Posts Tagged With: le bijou 1922

My Father Le Bijou 1922 Boxpressed Torpedo

A few years ago My Father released the My Father Le Bijou 1922 series, it was the follow up to the regular My Father line, the line Jaime & Janny Garcia created to honor their father Jose ‘Don Pepin’ Garcia and he in his place honored his father with this Le Bijou 1922 blend. At that time I was working for the Dutch distributer of My Father Cigars and we added this line to our portfolio in several different vitolas, including the Box Pressed Torpedo.

Now for some reason the line didn’t sell, it is a great cigar but I guess time wasn’t right to compete with the Cubans in their price range I think because quality and flavor wise I would pick this Nicaraguan puro with the beautiful Pelo de Oro wrapper over any Cuban cigar any day but the sales numbers changed when Cigar Aficionado picked the Box Pressed Torpedo to be the #1 cigar of the year 2015. Since we stopped carrying the cigar we quickly had to order a few hundred boxes and even with a €13 price tag I wrote a record number just in pre-orders and the week they got in we received another shipment of highly awaited cigars too so it was a madhouse at the office, the boss was in Nicaragua on a business trip and I spend all week helping our warehouse staff to get all shipments out to break the company record with a landslide.

Once I release this 6 1/8 x 52 box pressed cigar from its cellophane packaging I smell a strong barnyard aroma. The construction feels good and the pointy tip of the cigar stands out, it looks more pointy than most torpedos I have seen. The dark wrapper looks leathery because of the tooth, the thin veins and the mild shine, you can see that the sun did its work. The rings are pretty, I like the fact that the bottom ring has a gap on top where the pointy bottom of the upper rings fits in. The bottom ring has a golden background with curly black letters saying Le Bijou 1922 while the bitter top ring has a pink white circle with the golden My Father logo, golden decorations and a pink banner underneath with golden letters. I don’t think these rings are printed by Vrijdag, their gold is a bit more shiny and of a higher quality but the rings are still beautiful.

I cut the cigar with a flat cut since punching is no option with a torpedo. The cold draw is great with a very peppery flavor, the famous Pepin twang from his old days is back. After lighting the cigar with a soft flame I taste coffee and leather with a very tiny bit of chocolate. After a centimeter i taste a meaty charred wood, which is nicer than it sounds with some spice and pepper. Slowly the flavors change to wood with a bit of metal and pepper. After a third the pepper gets stronger with a little wood as a base flavor. Halfway I had to cut the cigar a little more, i had cut it really small and that caused some tar build up. After cutting a little more I taste nuts, lime, wood and pepper, a very Nicaraguan flavor profile. The pepper gets stronger towards the two thirds and become the dominant flavor by far but I also taste a little nuts.

The draw is great. The smoke is reasonable thick and medium plus in amount. The burn is straight. The ash is white, dense and firm. This well balanced full bodied cigar is full flavored with a nice evolution. The smoke time is an hour and forty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I have over half a box left. It’s a great cigar but not my number 1

Score: 91

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My Father le bijou 1922 box pressed torpedo

From what I’ve been told, cigar aficionados asked My Father cigars for a box pressed cigar and here it is, a box pressed torpedo with the My Father Le Bijou 1922 blend. This line didn’t have a torpedo nor a box pressed cigar and the masterminds at My Father found this blend and shape to be perfect for a box pressed version. The cigar is not available in The Netherlands yet, but it will be soon. I got this cigar from John Gonzalez at the Intertabac trade show in Dortmund.
The dark Habano oscuro oscuro wrapper is oily and has some small veins. The cigar has the beautiful double My Father Le Bijou 1922 bands and an orange foot band. I smell peppery chocolate and feel a good construction. The predraw is a bit easy and I taste herbs and tobacco.
I taste spicy and peppery coffee with a chocolate pepper on the background and in the aftertaste. After half an inch I taste a bit sweetness, some chocolate, herbs and pepper. The herbs and pepper are a bit too strong, this is definitely that Pepin twang that you would expect from a My Father product. After an inch the cigar mellows out a bit, less pepper, a bit more chocolate and the sweetness grows a bit stronger. The herbs are still the main flavor. I do taste a little bit of pepper in the aftertaste.
Halfway I taste dry herbs with some chocolate and wood. After two thirds I taste dry herbs and near the end pepper in the aftertaste. The pepper packs some power and grows quite strong.
This cigar lasted me for an hour and twenty minutes. The draw was great, just like the smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. The burn is great. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? Depends on the price I guess.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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My Father le bijou 1922 petit robusto

A friend gave me this My Father Le Bijou 1922 petit robusto after I told him that I didn’t care for the churchill I smoked from the same blend. He said he didn’t like the blend at all and gave me this petite robusto from his collection, as he would never smoke it.
The wrapper is nice, dark, and oily but mat. It has some veins that give the cigar character. The band is detailed but beautiful. The construction feels good. The predraw is a bit on the loose side, even though I punched it instead of using my palio. I can’t get any flavor from the predraw. The cigar is only 4½ inch long and has a 50 ring.
Bitter coffee and a full earth flavor is what I get after lighting the cigar. The bitterness quickly disappears and after half an inch I get a hint of chocolate. After an inch the chocolate gets sweeter and the coffee and earth flavors have turned into wood.
Halfway the sweetness disappears too and all I taste is a very nice wood flavor. Near the end that wood gets company from some herbs.
Even though this is a small stick, it lasted me for 75 minutes. It gave me a lot of smoke. The draw is good but I had to correct the burn a few times. The light gray ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes!

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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My Father le bijou 1922 churchill

I was chatting with an American friend on facebook some time ago and he tricked me into telling that I never smoked a My Father Le Bijou 1922. Don’t mistake this for the normal My Father line though, the normal line was created by Pepins son Jaime as a tribute to his father while the My Father le Bijou (French for jewel) 1922 was created by Don Pepin to commemorate his father.
The cigar looks great with a nice dark wrapper. I do think that the band is a little over the top, there is just too much going on. The wrapper doesn’t have a lot of veins and the construction feels good. The predraw is fine but leaves no flavor on my palate. The 7×50 churchill does have a nice peppery barnyard aroma.
I get a medium full coffee flavor and I do miss the signature Pepin pepper twang. After almost an inch I do get some herbal flavors too. Little passed an inch and the coffee turns into leather on a mild herbal background.
Halfway the leather changes into wood with herf and after ⅔ the coffee returns. The wood slowly disappears, I only taste coffee with leather, herbs and finally some pepper but I can’t say I like it a lot.
The smoke is medium thick and the quantity is medium too. Medium seems to be the key word as both flavor and body are medium too. The burn is good and so is the draw. The salt & pepper colored ash is quite firm.
Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar is probably the Don Pepin blend that I least liked. Too be honest, if I wasn’t reviewing the cigar I would have tossed it.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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