Team Cigar Review: Fonseca by My Father Cedros

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Cigar Details: Fonseca by My Father Cedros

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6.25″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: My Father
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $11.00
  • Release Date: August 2020
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Fonseca by My Father Cedros is light brown and the lower portion has a matte finish while the upper portion has a bit of a glossy finish. There is a network of fine, lightly raised veins that carry a lighter shade of brown to them. There are also a couple of green spots. The seams are smooth and only visible due to the color variation of the wrapper while the head is finished off with an expertly applied set of caps. The cigar has two bands and a cedar sleeve. The primary band has the Fonseca logo with the My Father color combination and style of artwork. The cedar sleeve runs from the bottom of the band to the foot, has Fonseca printed on it with a yellowish gold ribbon at the bottom as a foot band. The aroma of the wrapper from under the cedar sleeve is not surprisingly cedar, but the wrapper above the band is a mix of general wood and hay. The aroma from the foot reminds me of a lemon iced cookie with some underlying spice. The pre-light draw brings a mix of the lemon iced cookie and lightly spicy cedar. There is also a light spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

Stunning presentation for the Fonseca by My Father Cedros. The cedar is fantastic on the lower half of the cigar and when removed reveals a dark Colorado wrapper that has some marbling present. The veins present are small to medium in size and the cigar is finished with a beautiful triple cap. It is firm and silky in texture, sporting an aroma of red pepper, cedar, dried hay, earth and barnyard.

Pre-light Experience

The Fonseca by My Father Cedros has quite the pre-light presentation. The band is the standard My Father yellow gold with ‘Fonseca’ on the bottom of the band. Additionally, there is a yellow foot band and a cedar sleeve with Fonseca etched onto it. The UPC sticker on the cellophane has a tear point designed to leave the UPC and cigar identification sections intact. The cedar sleeve slides off with relative ease, which is appreciated. Aromas from the cigar included bread, sweet graham cracker, with sweet raisin, and wood from the foot.

Pre-light Experience

The Fonseca by My Father Cedros has a uniform Colorado wrapper. The cigar is weighty and packed full of tobacco. Veins well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper give red pepper and black tea. Aromas from the foot tells red pepper, flowers and cedar. Cold draw gives cedar, red pepper and dry ramen seasoning.

First Third

The cigar begins with musty oak and light baking spice. At a quarter inch in, a light creaminess joins the profile. The retrohale is oak with a light baking spice. At an inch in, the baking spice is now more of a mellow black pepper. At an inch and a half, the black pepper picks up slightly and has a lengthy finish. The third wraps up with musty and lightly creamy oak up front with the black pepper slightly behind. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

The first third opens up by delivering a flavor profile of red pepper, cedar, hay and bran cereal. I am getting some tobacco and earth notes with that, and the finish is of barnyard. There is a nice strength and body with the cigar, and I would classify it as medium-full.

First Third

My first few puffs brought bread, cedar and a lingering post draw cedar. Some mild cocoa begins to sit on my palate between draws. As the cigar progresses, a mild hay sits in the middle of the profile. Some sour citrus breaks through by the end of the first third.

First Third

The first third has a good balance of spice, cream and wood. Red pepper, baking spices, medium body milk creaminess and cedar come through in a harmonious fashion. Retrohalling is when the red pepper and baking spices are really felt, doing a good job of clearing my nasal passages. The finish is a bit tame with mainly a lasting cedar. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the creaminess departs as the black pepper inches closer to the musty oak. At a half inch in, the profile has become fairly dry. The retrohale is now oak and light black pepper. At an inch in, some dry earth joins the profile as the black pepper lightens up. As the third comes to a close, the musty oak and dry earth are even with light black pepper in the background. The strength in this third dropped down to slightly below medium.

Second Third

The second third delivers a profile that is showing a lot of red pepper and dry earth notes. I am picking up some cedar and barnyard as well, but it is red pepper forward. There are some hazelnut qualities on the finish, adding a touch of sweetness to the pepper spice. Like before, the cigar is smoking at a medium-full level for strength and body.

Second Third

Bread and cedar, with baking spices and cedar finish the draw moving into the second third. Sweet graham cracker comes through as the second third settles in. Moments later, cocoa joins the retrohale, as post draw cedar lingers at medium strength. By the halfway point, I feel as if the cigar has reached peak balance.

Second Third

The second third highlights more baking spices. But the profile is still intact, giving off the same red pepper, milk creaminess and cedar. The finish is a bit drying on the palate, and still has a lasting cedar. Strength and body remains medium.

Final Third

The final third continues with the profile from the second third. At a half inch in, a light char joins the oak. The retrohale is now oak and light, dry earth. As the cigar wraps up, the profile is musty and lightly charred oak, dry earth and light black pepper. The strength in this third bumped back up to medium.

Final Third

The final third shows some transitioning as a cigar and it has a lovely finish. I am picking up some hazelnut qualities and it is paired with some creaminess and earth. I am getting touches of cedar as well, and the finish has a nice barnyard quality. In terms of strength and body, the cigar is smoking at a medium level.

Final Third

The profile is cedar forward moving into the last third, with hay sitting in the middle of the profile. Some light plus earth comes through a few minutes in. No other flavor evolutions through the remainder of the review.

Final Third

The final third allows for the baking spices to continuously take over, in which at this third tips the balance. The overall profile is more baking spices and cedar driven with a dry finish. The retrohale still gives a very powerful tinge to the nostrils with baking spices and red pepper. It’s almost like a dab of wasabi clearing the nasal cavities. Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn was slightly wavy at times, but always self corrected. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.

Burn

The cigar was constructed well and smoked great from beginning to end. The ash didn’t hold on well, but that means nothing.

Burn

The burn was quite good with the ash holding on up to one inch, and some significant flakiness to the ash. The wrapper cracked part way through the review, which is likely due to the smoking conditions. A canoe formed through the review, requiring a touch-up.

Burn

Burn performance was very good. A couple quick touch-ups and a flowery ash were the only flaws. The cigar did burn cool and give off good smoke production.

Draw

The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The Fonseca by My Father Cedros had a lot of anticipation behind it to see how My Father would take on this brand and make it their own. While the first third of the cigar had a nice flavor profile, by the second third, it became fairly basic and a bit linear the rest of the way. It was partially a different profile than the typical My Father blends, but it kind of finished up about on par with what they do. I’m looking forward to smoking the Cosacos vitola to see what that provides, but in regards to the Cedros, I’m not sure I see myself revisiting it.

Draw

Very good draw from beginning to end. Draw had a nice level of resistance throughout.

Overall

I really enjoyed the Fonseca by My Father Cedros and I think it is the best release to come out of the factory in a long time. The flavor profile was complex and I thought the finish was brilliant. It is peppery for the first two thirds, and then suddenly it is creamy and nutty. There is transitioning and depth, and at no point did the strength and body take over from the flavors. Really a lovely blend and an important Nicaraguan puro for the company. If this is the future of My Father, I am in!

Draw

The draw had a fair amount of resistance to it, roughly 3 to 3-1/2 notches putting it in the average category.

Overall

The Fonseca by My Father Cedros surprised me, in a good way. If I had smoked this blind I would not have put this as coming out of My Father, and I would describe it as the most un-My Father cigar I have ever smoked from them. If you’re a fan of the typical My Father flavor profile, this cigar might disappoint you, but I found it to be nuanced, balanced and good through two thirds of the review experience. I would happily smoke more Fonseca Cedros if I had the opportunity. Burn was very good, with the draw struggling with some resistance. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 2 minutes.

Draw

The draw was a bit snug, probably due to so much tobacco being jammed in.

Overall

I think utilizing My Father’s production of the Fonseca was a success, and hopefully is what the brand needs to give it a revival. The overall vibe of the Fonseca by My Father Cedros was a good balance of spice, cream and wood with just the last third falling short by being too baking spice and red pepper driven. I look forward to smoking more of these in the current state as well as see how it ages.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$1.83

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.92

Cost/Point

$1.59

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.27

Cost/Point

$1.76

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.57

Cost/Point

$1.68

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