The La Antiguedad is the latest release form My Father Cigars. While I liked the name (and look) when I first saw this cigar, I had to go to Google to look up the meaning of La Antiguedad. The translation I found said that La Antiguedad means: antiquity,age, seniority. In my head I think of veteran leadership in the locker room. Patrick Willis fills that role on the 49ers, Derek Jeter for the Yankees and so on. This didn't impact my opinion of the cigar or change my expectation, but I dig the concept. Enough of this nonsense... let's get to the review.
My Father La Antiguedad
Size: 6 3/8 x 47
Vitola: Corona Grande
Wrapper: Habano Ecuador Rosado Oscuro
Cigars smoke for review: 2
Cigars for review were purchased by RobbyRas
Quick Note: For this review I used CigarFederation's rating system. You can view it in detail here.
Pre-Light: The Habano Ecuador Rosado Oscuro wrapper on the La Antiguedad wasn't tough to look at. The deep golden brown hue offered a nice backdrop to the red and gold color combo of the ornate La Antiguedad band. The band had a similar look to that of the Flor de las Antillas. In fact it looked like a painting (with a strong Spanish vibe) you'd find in your nearest art museum.
The wrapper offered up notes of graham cracker, cinnamon and cedar. The odd part is that few of these flavors came in to play as I smoked the La Antiguedad. As you will see in the coming paragraphs, the sweetness that I would associate with graham crackers and cinnamon was none nonexistent.
Beginning: There was no "building of flavor" for the La Antiguedad. From the first puff I was hit with big "chewy" flavors of coffee and black pepper. This cigar would be another example of how the smoker can confuse flavor and strength. The pepper notes were bold on the tongue and intense on the retrohale, but the strength was in the medium range.
As I progressed through the first inch I was met with a thick earthy note on the tongue along with a note of leather on the retro. When I hit the one inch mark, the pepper on the retro receded (insert hairline joke here) and the leather took over. This carried on into the middle portion.
Middle: This was, by far, the most enjoyable part of the smoking experience for me. The pepper was dialed back to a secondary note while the coffee (which took on an espresso vibe), earth and leather combined to offer up a hearty flavor profile. This lasted through the entire middle portion without much variation.
End: The pepper came back. That was the only real change as things came to a close. The pepper came back in a big way and took over the profile and I wasn't pleased with this transition. Unfortunately the La Antiguedad came to a harsh close. It was like a decent movie with a "let down" type of ending.
Final Thoughts: There were things I liked and things I didn't. The middle portion of the La Antiguedad was enjoyable but it never had that "wow" moment. The slightest hint of sweetness would have taking this cigar in a whole new direction, but I was left wanting. The construction was great and the burn was precise,but I found myself bored with the flavors. It was a typical My Father cigar and I was hoping for more.
Score: 84 AKA "I'd buy a couple"
I bought a 5-pack of the La Antiguedad for the purposes of this review, but I don't see myself buying another one. I'm going to let the remaining sticks rest for a few months or so and see if that helps things. I was disappointed by this cigar, but I think some rest will do them some good.