Flor de Las Antillas Maduro Short Robusto. In 2012, My Father Cigars won the Cigar Aficionado top 25 with the Flor de Las Antillas Toro. Winning that award boosts sales, but because of the quality, the cigar remains popular until today. But as with most successful cigars, there will be offspring. Either in new sizes or a similar blend with a different wrapper. For a new Flor de Las Antillas, My Father Cigars chose to go with a Maduro one.
So in 2016, a new line appeared. The Flor de Las Antillas Maduro, with several box-pressed cigars. The filler and binder remain Nicaraguan, with tobaccos from the family farms. The wrapper is an Ecuadorian Habano Sun Grown Oscuro. Of all the sizes, we picked the 4½x50 Short Robusto to review. And to be honest, since we love the regular blend so much, we never smoked the Maduro before if presented with a choice.
The box press looks good on this dark, leathery, and oily wrapper. It is quite even in color and there is one vein running on the side of the cigar. The ring does not differ from the prize-winning Flor de Las Antillas, yet there is a secondary band that reveals this is the Maduro version. But even without the ring, the color of the wrapper would reveal that. The foot of the ring is protected by a maroon piece of cloth. This cigar is strong when it comes to aroma. The moment it’s unwrapped from its cellophane coat, a strong smell of manure and fermenting grass hits the nose. And even though that does not sound appealing, the aroma is actually quite nice and comforting.
The cold draw is fine, with both a sweet and savory flavor. Once lit there is a distinct flavor of dark chocolate, but with raw wood, spices, leather, and soil. It bites a bit in the back of the throat. After a few puffs it mellows down and the bite is gone. Dark chocolate is still the strongest flavor with some pepper and wood. The Maduro sweetness joins in and the mouthfeel is a bit creamy. The cigar now tastes like cake with wood, soil, and pepper. Unique, something never experienced before. The second third starts off with oak and hay. There is still a hint of dark chocolate. And a dry grassy flavor. The cigar has balance and a nice Maduro sweetness. A little walnut flavor joins halfway, with more white pepper. In the final third, the cigar becomes stronger with more pepper. A lot of pepper, the kind of pepper Don Pepin was famous for in his early American & Nicaraguan years. With a nice sweetness of dried fruits. Wood also becomes stronger. Oak to be more precise. But still with a hefty dose of pepper and licorice.
The draw is great. The ash is white and dense. The cigar produces plenty of smoke. The burn is decent. It is a medium to medium-plus cigar in body, medium-plus in flavor as well. The smoke time is long, two hours and forty-five minutes.
Would I buy this cigar again? It is a nice cigar but the regular Flor de Las Antillas is better IMHO.