In May of 2012, the highly reputable Garcia family released the Flor de Las Antillas brand.
They named the cigar for Cuba, the largest of the Antilles islands. This is where the Garcia family’s heritage began. Specifically, it means ‘Flower of the Antilles,’ which is actually named “Antillas” in their native Spanish language.
With a 96-rating, the Toro size was named Cigar Aficionado’s 2012 Cigar of the Year. Of course, we chose the Flor de Las Antillas toro size for this cigar review.
The Garcia Family is known for their signature double binders, triple cap technique for the head of the cigar, and Sun grown wrapper leaf.
A Sun grown wrapper is grown in the open sunlight, typically in higher altitudes. This process give the tobacco leaves a more intense exposure to the sun, producing oil as a form of self-protection.
The sun also causes the tobacco leaf to undergo a production of sugar through photosynthesis. The production of oil and sugar, make darker leaves sweeter and more flavorful.
Traditionally focused on more full-bodied cigars, Flor de Las Antillas is the first entirely box-pressed line from My Father cigars. The Antillas is the company’s venture in yielding a magnificent, true medium-bodied experience.
For the filler, a proprietary blend of different Nicaraguan tobaccos are used. All cigars coming from My Father company incorporates a ‘entubado’ style of bunching, where the filler tobaccos are folded in an accordion fashion.
- Profile: Medium-Full
- Wrapper: Nicaraguan, Sun Grown
- Binder: Nicaraguan
- Filler: Nicaraguan
- Shapes: Belicoso, Gordo, Toro, Robusto
- Online Price*: $6.40 per cigar
*Online Price is based on approximated average of Toro size across single, box, and packaged cigars online.
The Flor de Las Antillas Toro is magnificent in structure. Giving it the initial pinch test, the cigar has a soft spongy give to it, indicative of how the fillers were packed n production.
The beautiful, dark brown wrapper has a sheen from the sun growing process, with minimum vein-age in the construction.
The cap on the head of the cigar, was sweet to the tip of the tongue, suggesting great flavor to come.
First 3rd Smoke:
Upon lighting the cigar, there is a light smoke through the first few puffs, as sweet cream and floral notes begin to hit you. On the finish, I then picked up on cedar and a little pepper. At this point, a mild-to-medium body profile has presented itself and I began to really enjoy the cigar.
Second 3rd Smoke:
In the second-third of the smoke, the flavor profile has intensified to a medium to medium-full body, which is more in my wheel house.
I am now beginning to detect sweet spice and nutmeg, with the more robust premium smoke. I like spicy cigars and nutmeg is a flavor I easily pick up on in a good smoke.
The cigar is still burning and smoking smoothly, and my second ash is continue to build perfectly more than inch and a half, with a light grey hue.
Final 3rd Smoke:
By now, I do understand how the Flor de Las Antilllas Toro was rated 2012 Cigar of Year by Cigar Aficionado magazine’s panel.
To this point, the cigar has been a flawless smoke. This is a testament to the premium construction, and quality of rich soil of the Nicaraguan region is which the tobacco was procured.
In the final 3rd there isn’t much of a transition in the smoke, however there is a hint of nutmeg that has come to the party.
As I’ve been developing my palate for cigars and I favor the fuller, spicier products, nutmeg is a spice that I am able to detect more so than many others. Also, a more earthier profile is now present as the cigar is beginning to burn at it’s hottest point.
Flor de Las Antillas- Final Thoughts
The Flor de Las Antillas delivers a distinct array of flavors, including notes of pepper, nutmeg, sweet cedar, and floral notes, and a hint of sweet spice throughout the smoke.
From start to finish, Flor de Las Antillas maintains its smooth character and never goes a tick over medium to full-bodied.
Like many other cigar enthusiasts, I’ve smoked many Flor de Las Antilllas cigars since they achieved their rating of 2012 Cigar of the Year by Cigar Aficionado. It is my experience that the cigar is consistent across sizes.
I have many friends and strangers I have introduced to cigars over the years, and this has consistently been a stick that I have recommended without hesitation.
While I still find it to be a premium smoke, and a gem for the price, where the Flor de Las Antillas rates in your cigar journal, remains in the palate of the smoker.
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