Flor de las Antillas Belicoso (by My Father)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown
Strength: Medium to Full
The Set up:
Chilling with friends
Smoke time: 1 hour 40min
Sorry for the quality of the pics, I was not at home, so had to use my cell phone.
The Flor de las Antillas is a great looking cigar with a beautiful wrapper, great band (along with a red cloth foot band ribbon for good measure) and a nice oily shine. It has what seems to be a slightly rounded box press and fits nicely in the hand.
Cold draw brings notes of cedar and (at least to me) oddly enough pine nuts. There is also a hint of black pepper behind it that hits you at the back of the throat but come on, its Don Pepin, when isn’t that there to get ya!
As expected, the first third is full of spice and notes of cedar/oak. There is a hint of nuttiness dancing around in the background and even a hint of earth. No pine nuts though, I think that was just my palate messing with me. The pepper normally associated with DP cigars is there but mostly in the background. It doesn’t kick the palate like some of the other DP cigars. The smoke is thick and white (great for smoke rings) and the ash on the cigar is nice and white. Ash held on for the 1st third and the burn line was just fine.
I expected more Pepper on the retrohale but got mostly the cedar and earth.
Hmm..not much is changing here. I would have thought by now maybe some espresso or cocoa would come into play but the 2nd third, is very much like the first. Not a bad thing as it is a full flavored cigar with a medium body to it, but you expect a bit more of a journey from a My Father cigar. There is a nice creaminess to the 2nd third that does lend some complexity but nothing that blows your socks off.
Retrohale was just more of the same, with more pepper stepping in.
Okay, now the cocoa notes are stepping into play but the pepper is also back in full force which squashes the cocoa notes with a vigor akin to Edward Norton's infamous "American History X" curb stomp. This is the DP you expect. The cedar is also up front on the palate making this a pepper/wood bomb. The ash is still holding on nicely, the burn is still fairly sharp and the draw on this belicoso is pretty darn good.
Pepper and Cedar all the way.
The Flor De Las Antillas is not what I was expecting. I was expecting an experience on par with say a My Father Le Bejiou 1922, but this is a different cigar and it is doing its own thing. While the flavor profile wasn’t as complex as I would have liked, it still is a tasty cigar. Running at about $7 a stick I could think of a few other cigars I would grab for before this one though. I would have to say between Awesome and Crap, this falls in the MEH category because it’s never bad, never great, just there. If you haven’t tried one, and see a good deal on one, why not grab one and make up your own mind.