54 X 6.5
Body/Strength: Medium full
It is time to review Cigar Aficionado's 2012 "Cigar of the year", and see what this cigar is all about! Many of our customers...
This cigar is a tribute to Cuba, Pepin Garcia's birthplace. "Flor De Las Antillas" in Spanish translates to mean "Flower of the Antilles", which Cuba has been affectionately called. This Nicaraguan puro boxed pressed with slightly rounded edges, that feels really nice in the mouth. The wrapper is of the sungrown variety, deep brown in color, and beautifully oily with a smooth silky feel and small veins. The Antillas has the classic Cuban style triple cap like all My Father's Cigars. The band has colorfully classic band with a red ribbon on the foot, and reminds me of a fine painting.
Wrapper aroma: Slightly sweet with notes of hay and cocoa. The foot also a slightly sweet hay aroma, but little smell overall.
1st light: I used a strait cut on this cigar, so I could get a full draw and flavor. The first few puffs gave a nice thick smoke, and it is medium bodied with a nice hit of pepper. In the first 1/2", the pepper has faded (it was never overpowering) and is much less noticeable than other offerings from My Father's Cigars. Cedar notes can also be tasted, which mixes well with the pepper and showcases the nicely aged tobacco.
After one inch, the ash fell clean, but that may have been my doing and not the cigars fault. This cigar smokes very smooth and is very complex. The flavors meld so well together, which makes it hard to pick them out individually. The previously observed spiciness has faded or blended with the cedar. Sweet tobacco notes come forth, making for a very enjoyable smoke.
2nd Third: Smooth, creamy, and a very slight spice blends together with sweet cedar and hints of chocolate. The cigar is burning fairly even, with no touch ups needed, and has been self correcting.
Last 3rd: More of the same flavors with the strength picking up. The finish is long and smooth.
Overall impression: This cigar is definitely milder and less peppery then the normal offerings from My Father's Cigars, but a very good one! This would be a nice cigar for someone who wants to try a My Father's Cigar for the first time, or an experienced smoker who wants a really well made and blended cigar. I think Cigar Aficionado may be on to something here, making it the number 1 cigar of the year!