Team Cigar Review: My Father La Union Black Prominente Especial

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Cigar Details: My Father La Union Black Prominente Especial

  • Vitola: 109
  • Length: 7.25″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: My Father
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $60.00
  • Release Date: February 2024
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the My Father La Union Black Prominente Especial is medium brown with some darker marbling and carries some decently raised veins. The seams are smooth and the 109 style head is well finished. There are three bands, with the primary denoting the line and having the logos for both My Father and Tatuaje. The secondary band is gold, black and silver and denotes that this is for Tatuaje. The foot ribbon is a pinkish orange and denotes the line. The aroma from the wrapper is earth with some light cocoa, while the foot brings cedar, earth and light stone fruit sweetness. The pre-light draw brings lightly spicy cedar, doughy bread and light floral notes.
Seth: The My Father La Union Black Prominente Especial has a nice appearance. Really a classic good Ecuadorian Habano wrapper appearance. Oily wrapper with some small tooth. Dark Colorado coloring. Red clay. Small to medium sized veins throughout. Reminds me of an old Oliva V wrapper. Aromas of tobacco, minerals, leather, spices and earth.
John: The My Father La Union Black Prominente Especial, blended for Tatuaje, comes in cellophane and does not have a UPC sticker. There is a primary La Union band that is two bands wide, with double attachment points. Additionally, there is a secondary black on gold band indicating Para Tatuaje, along with a ribbon for a foot band in black and red indicating La Union. The cigar also had an additional artisanal complication of a ‘109 style’ cap. I weighed the cigar at 21.7 grams and measured the humidity with the HumidiMeter Pro at 65.8%. Aromas from the wrapper included chocolate, wood, some sort of grain and sweet tobacco. From the foot, I could pick out mild, sweet tobacco, wood and hay.
Jiunn: The My Father La Union Black Prominente Especial has an even Colorado wrapper shade. The wrapper quality looks nice as it gives off a nicely oily sheen. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the conde 109 style head is well wrapped and capped. Pre-light aromas consist of rich nutiness and a hint of white pepper spice.

My Father La Union Black Prominente Especial

My Father La Union Black Prominente Especial

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with lightly creamy, toasted cedar, black pepper and light earth. At a half inch in, the black pepper mellows a bit. The retrohale brings musty cedar, earth and black pepper. At an inch and a quarter, a light chalkiness joins the profile. At an inch and three quarters, some mustiness joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the profile is musty and lightly creamy toasted cedar up front, with earth and black pepper a bit behind and some light chalkiness in the background. The strength was right at medium.
Seth: The first third begins with a lot of red pepper qualities up front. Some earth notes, dryer side of the spectrum, with some mineral and clay like qualities. Tobacco and leather present as well. Medium-full to full in strength and body.
John: The first third opens with sweet tobacco, and light baking spices on the retrohale. Creaminess establishes itself as the spices move up to medium-full strength and lingers well into the finish. The spices recede as quickly as they had built up, settling to light plus. At this point, some mild cinnamon is detectable on the retrohale, which also is lingering into the post draw. There is no further evolution until the halfway mark, where the spices move back up to medium strength.
Jiunn: The first third’s core flavor profile has cedar, semi-full leather tannins and creamy toasted nuts. Retrohaling gives a fresh pop of black pepper spice and further accentuates the creamy toasted nuts. The finish has an ongoing semi-full leather tannin. Strength and body is medium.

My Father La Union Black Prominente Especial

My Father La Union Black Prominente Especial

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the earth picks up a bit. The retrohale is now musty, toasted cedar and earth. At an inch and a half in, the earth and black pepper are now right behind the toasted cedar. At two inches in, the toast level picks up a bit. As the third comes to a close, the musty, light creamy toasted cedar is just ahead of the earth and black pepper with some faint chalkiness in the background. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The second third continues to deliver those red pepper notes with some earth and mineral qualities. Tobacco and leather present as well. Dry earth. Medium-full to full in strength and body.
John: Creamy, sweet wood gets the second third started, as baking spices combine with wood to finish and define the post draw. Mild graham cracker is present in the center of the retrohale as the second third settles in. Wood on the post draw takes on some dryness as the second third progresses. The profile is stable for the remainder of the second third.
Jiunn: The second third has a less complex and eventful flavor profile. The flavor combination is just leather tannins and cedar. At this point, given such a long smoking session, it feels monotonous and starting to lose my attention. Strength and body remain medium.

My Father La Union Black Prominente Especial

My Father La Union Black Prominente Especial

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the toast level is now pretty heavy, and a light wood bitterness joins the profile. At a half inch in, the wood bitterness transitions to a vegetal bitterness. The retrohale remains musty, toasted cedar and earth. At an inch and a half in, the vegetal bitterness is now vegetal mintiness. As the cigar wraps up, the musty, slightly creamy and heavily toasted cedar is up front with black pepper, earth and vegetal mintiness a bit behind. The strength bumped up to slightly above medium.
Seth: The final third is right in line with the second. I feared the mineral notes would spike, but they did not. Lots of red pepper notes and with earth and tobacco qualities though. Dry earth still. Little balance. Medium-full to full in strength and body.
John: Baking spices move up to medium strength in the last third, reaching medium-full at points. Wood is still present on the post draw with some dryness to it. An acrid earthiness is present on the finish at times as the last third continues. That acrid component fades and is replaced primarily with dry wood.
Jiunn: The final third definitely has lost my attention. No changes to the flavors from the second third, still showing leather tannins and cedar. But if it wasn’t for the review, I probably would have pitched the cigar by now. Strength and body finish the same medium.

My Father La Union Black Prominente Especial

My Father La Union Black Prominente Especial

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy at times, but never needed any attention. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.
Seth: Burn was off from time to time. Never dead on, which was weird because the Tatuaje offering smoked great.
John: The burn had some mild waviness to start, eventually becoming uneven and requiring a touch-up. By the halfway point of the second third, the cigar went out, requiring a re-light. No issues for the remainder of the cigar.
Jiunn: Ideal burn performance. Even burn, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

My Father La Union Black Prominente Especial

My Father La Union Black Prominente Especial

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Solid draw throughout.
John: The draw started out resistant, roughly 3-1/2 to 4 notches into the resistant spectrum. As the first third settled in, the draw opened up to 2 to 2-1/2 notches into the resistant spectrum.
Jiunn: Ideal draw performance as well, giving the best of air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with lightly creamy, toasted cedar, black pepper and light earth. A light chalkiness and some mustiness joined a bit later. The second third saw the toast level increase a bit. The final third saw the toast level become heavy and some wood bitterness joined in that later transitioned to vegetal bitterness and then vegetal mintiness. The My Father La Union Black Prominente Especial had a nice start, with a good combination of flavors. From the second third on, the profile dropped a level as the toast became heavier and the bitterness and mintiness joined in. Not as good of a showing as I would have hoped for a cigar of this prominence and price, but we’ll see how the Tatuaje version fares.
Seth: I was not a fan of the My Father La Union Black Prominente Especial. I definitely do not think the wrapper helped. I think Tatuaje went with a more elegant wrapper, and that showed with the blend. This blend was too pepper forward, and the mineral notes were not enjoyable. Pete has had mineral notes in his blends, My Father as well, and it has been a nice addition. I got tired of the cigar before the halfway point, so that hurt.
John: The My Father La Union Black Prominente Especial started out promising in the first third, with a cinnamon component I found particularly engaging. The second and last thirds were a disappointment with average flavor combinations that didn’t engage me in a noteworthy way. The draw had some resistance to it, while the burn required a touch-up and re-light to correct. If you ignore the draw and burn issues I encountered, the flavor profile overall was lacking. When you factor in the burn and draw issues, and the price point for the cigar, this was a major miss for me. I would consider myself a long time My Father fan, and this is not a cigar I would want to return to even if the price point were under $20. Total smoking time was 3 hours and 16 minutes.
Jiunn: The My Father La Union Black Prominente Especial was a disappointment. While the first third was good, the overall feel was that the cigar lacked depth and complexities. Being such a long smoke, it needs to do a much better job of engaging and keeping my attention. The first third was able to do that, but starting from the second third, I was smoking it just for the review and didn’t find much enjoyment out of it. Definitely save your $60 bucks and look elsewhere.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$10.00

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.15

Cost/Point

$11.65

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.50

Cost/Point

$10.91

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$9.84

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