Team Cigar Review: My Father El Centurion H-2K-CT Toro

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Cigar Details: My Father El Centurion H-2K-CT Toro

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Hybrid U.S. Connecticut
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: My Father Cigars S.A.
  • Blender: Don Jose “Pepin” Garcia & Jaime Garcia
  • Price: $8.60
  • Release Date: July 2015
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

A nice medium brown wrapper with very small veins on the front side of the cigar but a medium size vein running the length of the back of the cigar. The wrap lines are pretty well blended and very tight. The triple cap is very nicely applied. The cigar has a box press to it with rounded sides. The aroma from the wrapper is leather and a light hay sweetness. The aroma from the foot is hay with an increased sweetness. The pre-light draw brings some spice to the lips and the flavor is that of leather that is drying to my tongue.

Pre-light Experience

The El Centurion H2KCT Toro comes in with a silky, spotted medium brown wrapper. Construction is what I tend to expect from a cigar out of the My Father factory; well rolled with just the right amount of give, tight and invisible seams and a well adhered triple cap. In terms of pre-light flavors, nosing the wrapper gives strong barnyard musk, followed by cedar and slight white pepper spice. Nosing the foot provides namely a high dose of white pepper spice and cedar. Cold draw tells gritty natural tobacco notes and a lingering white pepper spice.

First Third

Upon initial light, I am getting a creamy dull pepper on the tongue with a slightly spicy cedar on the retrohale. A few draws in and the pepper on the tongue becomes a little brighter and the creaminess makes its way to the retrohale to mix in with the slightly spicy cedar. About a half inch in, the pepper on the tongue fades away and the cream is now mixing with a bit of woodiness. The cream begins to fade away from the mouth flavor and the mellow woodiness takes over. The retrohale remains a creamy cedar. Halfway through the third and the creaminess returns to mix with the wood. The creaminess has taken over the retrohale as well with just a hint of cedar left. A bit of mineral flavor is making its way in to mix with the cream and wood. Nearing the end of the third, the mineral flavor moved away from the flavor in the mouth and into the retrohale. The strength of this third was just slightly less than medium.

First Third

First thirds start feels like the cigar is warming up (or I hope it is just warming up). Faint notes of creamy burnt sugar, bread/yeast and charred wood. As I’m on my 5th or so draw, hoping the charred wood does not morph into a bitterness that some Connecticuts fall victims to. About an inch in, the cigars flavor profile expands, giving a tannin rich minerality and chalky unsweetened chocolate. These flavors, in conjunction to the above mentioned flavors of charred wood, faint creamy burnt sugar, and bread/yeast, is the extent of first third’s flavor profile. Body and strength is at a solid medium for the entirety of the first third.

Second Third

The start of this third continues on with the creamy woodiness. The retrohale is creamy along with the hint of mineral. A half inch in and the woodiness intensifies with the cream easing back a bit. The retrohale has the mineral increasing a bit. Nearing the middle of the third, the woodiness is still the dominant flavor with a bit of cream. The retrohale is still creamy with a bit of mineral. The woodiness turns into a bit of a BBQ smoke flavor while the mineral remains on the retrohale. The BBQ flavor fades away toward the end of the third and returns to woodiness. The retrohale looses the mineral note and comes back to creamy wood. This third was a solid medium in strength.

Second Third

Second thirds flavor is, for the most part, a continuation of the first thirds flavors. At the core of it, still tannin rich minerality and charred wood. The creamy burnt sugar sweetness is still there but at times intensifying. At times the smoke does become slightly bitter, but not enough to forecast over the aforementioned flavors. Body and strength is still at a solid medium for the entirety of the second third.

Final Third

This third starts out with a fair amount of cedar along with cedar on the retrohale which carries a bit of spice with it. The cedar transitions to oak and the strength is increasing. The oak makes its way to the retrohale with a bit of spice. The flavors really coat my tongue now with a very long lasting spicy finish. The retrohale returns back to cedar. This third was just a bit higher than medium in strength as it seemed to continue to increase slowly as the cigar finished.

Final Third

Last thirds flavors awaken. Distinct and intensified flavors of creamy sweet burnt sugar, cedar, and white pepper spice are the main notes followed by tannic rich minerality. The bitterness is still there but just an after thought. I wish the cigar didn’t take this long to warm up. Body and strength is still at a solid medium for the entirety of the last third.

Burn

The burn was very good as it stayed pretty much inline the entire time and didn’t require any touch ups.

Burn

Burn was good throughout the first and second third (fairly sharp, slightly flowery ash, consistent 1.5 inch ash holds). But on the last third, right after taking the primary band off, the wrapper split, requiring a dreadful touch up.

Draw

The draw was fairly firm the entire with with some pockets where it eased up a bit but then returned back to firm. Not a bad draw, but I prefer not to have to work as hard as I did on each draw.

Overall

Overall, the experience was pretty standard. There were a few core flavors that were always there, cream, wood and cedar. The mineral flavor that came and went was a nice touch, but all together no real standout flavors that had me on the edge of my seat. The performance was pretty good, which is always a plus. As a Connecticut wrapped cigar, it definitely gave a fuller profile, so it’s not for the mild only smoker. Easily something that anyone that is into medium strength cigars could reach for, so it could fit pretty much anyone’s profile. Probably not something I would reach for again, but it could be something that is a good stepping stone for a typical mild smoker to expand their range.

Aaron
Jiunn
Very Good Pre
Light
Average
Good First
Third
Average
Average Second Third Subpar
Average Final
Third
Average
Very Good Burn Subpar
Average Draw Amazing
Average Overall Subpar

Draw

The draw was on point, just the right amount of give. Amazing!

Overall

Overall, a subpar representation of a Connecticut cigar. The cigar had some favorable notes (creamy burnt sugar, tannin rich minerality, chalky unsweetened chocolate) but the depth of flavors was lacking. The lack of depth compounded by the shadowing bitter notes creates a cigar experience that is not entirely worthy of an hour and forty minute sit down time. I would smoke this again given the opportunity but it will not be high in the ranks of cigars to reach for.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.60

Cost/Point

$1.54

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

4.80

Cost/Point

$1.79

Scoring System

Aaron LoomisTeam Cigar Review: My Father El Centurion H-2K-CT Toro

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