Best of the Best 2011: Cigars: My Father Cigars Limited Edition 2010

There is a rare sweetness in the smoke of My Father Cigars Limited Edition 2010 (www.myfathercigars.com, $20 or $240 per chest of 12 cigars), due to the blend of Pelo de Oro tobacco, a delicate leaf that is no longer grown in Cuba because of its susceptibility to blue mold. Jaime García and his father, Pepín, a Cuban expatriate, felt the taste was worth the risk: Raw silk and caramelized sugars come to mind when smoking this impressive 6½ x 52 toro from their skilled hands. The tobaccos are from the Garcías’ three family-owned farms and also include a unique hybrid Ecuadoran rosado Criollo wrapper and a Nicaraguan wrapper and binder, aged just over 16 months. Each cigar is boxed in its own cedar “coffin,” then placed in 2,000 individually numbered cedar chests of 12 cigars each, for a total of 24,000 cigars. That is a lot of tobacco to be handrolled—and the Garcías did it in their “spare time,” after hours in the factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

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