To celebrate Federal Cigar 91st Anniversary, My Father Cigars made two blends specifically for Rick Gadway. One continued with the habano oscuro wrapper while the other used a Connecticut Shade wrapper. The Connecticut Shade cigar was received with such positive feedback, Rick immediately thought about re-releasing the cervantes vitola along with 2 additional sizes. You can see the review of the My Father Le Bijou 1922 Federal Cigar 91st Cervantes (Connecticut shade) review here.
The My Father Le Bijou 1922 Connecticut Federal Cigar Exclusive arrived at Federal Cigar this past Wednesday (June 6th) at all four locations. They will be available in the following sizes, price points and come in boxes of 23:
Cervantes “6.5 x 44″ $8.00
Corona Gorda “5 5/8 x 46″ $7.50
Petit Robusto “4.5 x 50″ $7.00
Approximately 75 boxes or so have been made for each size. The sizes and blend are expected to stay a Federal Cigar exclusive and will continue to be produced in limited batches throughout the year.
My Father Le Bijou 1922 Connecticut Federal Cigar Exclusive
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
Size: 5 5/8 x 46
Vitola: Corona Gorda
Box Count: 23
Smoke Time: 1hr 40min
Release Date: June 6th, 2012
Location: Federal Cigar
Each vitola is cedar wrapped though I really like how it looks on the cervantes and corona gorda. The wrap has the Le Bijou 1922 band along with the imprint of ‘Federal Cigar’. Other than giving this exclusive a different appearance, the less bands on the Connecticut wrapper, the better so as not to damage it. Taking off the cedar wrap reveals an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper that is fairly smooth to the touch. While not completely seamless, the triple cap looks good and blends in well. There aren’t any soft spots on the cigars for this review though the corona gorda does have a soft feel to it. The cigar definitely has some solid weight and I don’t notice any tears or holes that would be compromising. Holding the My Father cigar into the light, there is a nice sheen to the wrapper.
The corona gorda accepted a perfect cut across the head and the cold draw was very smooth. On smaller ring gauge cigars, the cold draw can be tight until the heat warms up the tobacco. The burn throughout the review never quite reached a razor sharp burn but was more than acceptable. The draws felt full and smooth, never having an airy sensation at all. The smoke streamed elegantly and at times had a chewy texture. The ash was a mix of salt and pepper and while it wasn’t flaky or fragile, it lasted about 3/4 of inch at most. But, you can tell how well the cigar was constructed as the ash stayed intact when landing into the ashtray.
The wrapper has a wonderful fragrance similar to aged tobacco and cedar. On the foot, the smells are bit more prevalent. The initial few draws are of roasted nuts, good amount of pepper with some earthy tones. The first corona gorda that I smoked for this review was loaded up front with black pepper and didn’t settle down until half way. However, the subsequent cigars that I smoked shared a more similar profile. In the first third, I’m getting sweet notes of honey and graham cracker with a nice complimentary taste of black pepper. The flavors smooth out very well once past the 1/2 inch mark. The aroma is spicy with sweet undertones.
As I enter the second part, I pick small notes of vanilla, graham cracker and nuts coming forward. Pepper is the finish and stays awhile. At this point, the corona gorda feels like a strong medium though the sweeter notes may mask the strength. Earth and wood flavors dominate the last third and any other sweet notes are more subtle. At times, earth and roasted nuts are bold and upfront. The cigar itself has a creamy profile almost throughout.
- Having smoked all 3 variations, I feel the biggest different between them may be the abundance of pepper. The corona gorda has a nice balance between strength and flavors though I wouldn’t hesitate to grab the other two vitolas.
- The cigar stays around a medium to a strong medium for the duration of the smoke. The connecticut wrapper pairs nicely with the Le Bijou 1922 blend to bring it down a notch in strength. As a personal preference, I’d probably grab a Jaime Garcia New England Exclusive as a morning cigar but would most likely grab this for the rest of the day.
- When the My Father Le Bijou 1922 Corona Gorda (habano oscuro) and Cervantes was first released for Federal Cigar, they started off with a very long blast of pepper and took a few months to truly settle down nicely. I’m surprised as how delicious the corona gorda is out of the gates and expect the cigar become more balanced down the road. I wouldn’t be surprised if the cigar gained 1 or 2 points within the next year.
- At $7.50 a stick, this is a box buy if you enjoy the Le Bijou 1922 blend but would like some sweeter notes. While all 3 sizes are very good, it would be a close match for me between the cervantes and corona gorda as those are the vitolas that I am currently enjoying.
- For purchase information, please call Federal Cigar in Epping, NH at (603) 679-2447. Be sure let them know Traveling Stogie sent you!
Final Rating: 91