My Father Le Bijou - 1922
My Father 1922 Le Bijou cigars are handmade in Nicaragua. While the original My Father was made secretly by Don Pepin's son Jaime, Le Bijou is Don Pepin's homage to his own father, born in 1922. French for the jewel, Le Bijou lives up to its billing! Notoriously difficult to grow, Pelo de Oro wrapper leaves (dubbed Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro) cloak a well-aged, full-bodied blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos. A sweet, creamy start gives way to some spice and bold tobacco flavor.
According to Cigar Aficionado’s description of the regular production My Father Le Bijou 1922 Torpedo Box Pressed, which just won 2015 Cigar of the Year with a 97 rating: “Some will say that box-pressing a cigar is only an aesthetic decision. But when the Garcias took this hearty, complex blend, rolled it into a torpedo shape and then gave it a pressing, the result stood out for its ability to deliver complex notes clearly and harmoniously… It takes a profound understanding of cigar tobaccos to create a smoke that conveys uncanny impressions of dark chocolate-covered raisins, savory leather and a sweet-and-salty finish that resonates on the palate.” Only three sizes of the My Father Le Bijou 1922 are box-pressed, the 6 1/2 x 52 My Father Le Bijou 1922 Torpedo (regular production), the 4 1/2 x 50 Martino (Anthony’s Cigar Emporium 20th anniversary 2014 store exclusive, see halfwheel.com article here, 500 boxes made) and the 6 x 46 Toro Fino (Honolulu Cigar Company 2015 store exclusive, see halfwheel.com article here, 300 boxes made).
In November 2014, Anthony’s Cigar Emporium based The Martino after the store-favorite regular production 4 1/2 x 50 Petite Robusto size but in a box pressed format like the My Father Le Bijou 1922 Torpedo Box Pressed which shows off the impeccable construction from My Father Cigars S.A., in Estelí, Nicaragua. The My Father Le Bijou 1922 Martino is full bodied and smooth with lingering finish full of spice and roasted espresso, just the perfect size for half-hour-plus smoke.