Cigar Aficionado 2016 #16 Cigar Of The Year - Rated 93
It does not get any better than when My Father Cigars releases a new smoke, and their latest is the My Father El Centurion H-2K-CT. Sure, the name is a bit of a mouthful but so are the reams of smoke that carry this new stogie’s complex and profound flavors directly to the palate. Let’s break it down, shall we? As one of the shining cities atop the hill that is the cigar world, the My Father Cigar company, under the direction of Jaime Garcia and the inimitable ‘Don Pepin’ Garcia, is responsible for some of the best cigars anywhere. The El Centurion Blend, a hearty Nicaraguan mix of Criollo and Corojo rumored to be Pepin’s personal blend, was first released in 2007 to wide acclaim. Now, the H-2K-CT (meaning the Habano 2000 wrapper grown in the Connecticut River Valley) is unleashed to conquer the hearts and tongues of aficionados everywhere.
The exclusive sun grown Habano 2000 that graces each box-pressed El Centurion H-2K-CT was developed as a collaboration between Jaime Garcia and a Connecticut farm willing to take on the challenge of departing from the state’s usual shade or broadleaf varieties. With its creamy caramel color and an aroma of toasted malt, we can only say they nailed it. After the expected Pepin-esque blast of black pepper, the wrapper provides a honeyed citrus peel and cedar overcoat to the sultry filler tobaccos full of dark cocoa, vanilla cream, roasted almonds, and cherry stem. Evolving as it slowly burns to include espresso, toffee, and nutmeg, these medium-strength yet utterly full-bodied Toros will leave your senses battered yet crying out for more.
Most of the world-class sticks coming out of the Garcia’s Esteli-based factory are surprisingly affordable, and the My Father El Centurion H-2K-CT is no exception. For about less than half the cost of some of the ‘Ultra Premium’ brands, the thrifty enthusiast will have a cigar that can handily beat each and every one when it comes to flavor and satisfaction. Get yours now and prepare to be amazed.