La Dueña No 7 by My Father Cigar Company

The Building Blocks:

La Duena

Wrapper Connecticut Broadleaf.

Both Binder and Filler are Nicaraguan and Connecticut Broadleaf

Daughter of Don Jose “Pepin” Garcia… no….sister of Jaime Garcia….no no. How about this- Executive Vice President of My Father Cigar Company, Janny Garcia, has recently had a cigar launched in her honor. Her job title, heritage and status in the cigar industry simple makes the name all the more fitting- “The Boss”.

Blended for her by Pete Johnson of Tatuaje Cigars and constructed under the supervision and distributed by My Father Cigar, it is easy to say this was one of the most anticipated cigars of the 2012 IPCPR Show.  For months information has been spread across various social media outlets of different people smoking samples of the La Duena and honestly, I’ve been looking forward to sampling the cigars.

For this  review I selected the #7 Petite Lancero and paired it with an “Ale 8” Ginger Ale.

The first thing I noticed about the La Duena was the very simple and well designed band. Say what you want about the artwork, to a novice smoker many times it would mean the difference between trying a cigar, and leaving it on the shelf. On to the cigar itself, the construction is typical of a cigar produced at the My Father Factory- perfect. Capped with a slight pig tail, this cigar has a very classic appearance and I was sold by looks alone.

Much like a bad girlfriend, looks can only get you so far, and it was time to dive into a cigar I had tried not to overbuild in my head. In true fashion, I pulled the pigtail cap, toasted the foot and went barreling into the first third of the cigar, fully expected a pepper overload. What I got was very impressive in the fact that while the cigar maintained some of the spice that My Father cigars are known for, the flavor profile was very different than what I had come to know and love from the Garcia family, in a good way.

What this cigar reminded me of was a La Riqueza with just a little more pop in the flavor profile. I purchased multiples in both the Robusto and the #7 in order to see how the different sizes changed the flavor profile and as per usual, the #7 was superior. My wife, the Beer Snob, claimed the Robusto had a slight “Stale butter” taste to it, which frankly I had never heard before.

To the point-

The Positive- It was a well balanced cigar, that I would easily place in the medium range. Others say medium full, I’m being different. I smoked this cigar after a light lunch and it was perfect with the choice of beverage. Never once did I touch the cigar up. I will say that I should have let the cigars rest several days, as I smoked them the day Uptown’s received their shipment. If they were that good off the truck, I bet these will get better with time. No doubt.

The Negative- The only problem I see is that people will buy the cigar, dismiss it because it stands apart from a typical My Father Cigar and totally miss the experience of a very well constructed and well balanced smoke.

Would I buy a box?- No. I will pick up this cigar in my typical grabs each visit to a smoke shop. I like it enough to add it to my regular rotation and feel that it is actually a better cigar than the Jaime Garcia blend.

Total Burn Time- 55 minutes

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