A dark wrapper with a couple of medium sized veins; this cigar looks good. It comes from Don Pepin Garcia and the My Fathe Le Bijou 1922 makes use of this difficult leaf to grow called Pelo de Oro for the wrapper, which means something of gold, if I’m not mistaken (score one for three years of high school Spanish!). I have liked this cigar in the past and have generally good feelings about the My Father line of cigars as well. Never have done a review on one (except for the Smoke Inn’s special edition El Hijo) but do not take that as a sign of anything, good or bad.
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
Price: $235.00/Box of 23 | $11.50/Single
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Pepper with very dry wood – oak – and a distinct crispness to the flavor profile. It’s hitting me just right with that slight peppery burn at the entrance to my nasal passages, the lasting oak on my tongue and the general warmness of the flavors. Basically, it’s starting out a winner.
As all you francophiles out there already know “le bijou” stands for “the jewel” – at least that’s what I have read. And it makes sense, maybe not “the jewel,” but the whole French thing because while I was thinking about the best way to describe the flavor profile for this cigar that’s what I came up with: French. While the flavors are big and bold (spice and oak I’ve already mentioned, I’d add cocoa to the mix after the first third) they are also refined and there is an elegant balance to everything.
The only change of note to this great cigar is that there is a grilled meat flavor that starts coming on near the end. Overall, it’s a good cigar that definitely kept my interest from the beginning, when it was very peppery, to the end as it mellowed out into a well rounded mixture of pepper, oak, cocoa and meat. It’s medium-full bodied, just slightly more than medium really, with a great draw and burn. It’s one of those cigars that you will love smoking.