Blended by Pete Johnson of Tatuaje, the cigar is really a true collaboration between My Father Cigars and Tatuaje. While it is blended by Pete, the cigar is constructed under Jaime Garcia at My Father Cigars, and is distributed under My Father Cigars as well. The cigar was made for Janny Garcia, and is meant to be made in her honor. The name La Dueña is quite simply translated as "the owner," and is referring to Janny Garcia if you still have not picked that up yet. There are five vitolas in the line, and the line is intended to be a solid bodied cigar, nothing too heavy, and be somewhere between the blends of La Casita Criollo and La Riqueza. The band on the cigar is practically identical to Victorian Silhouette portraits in lockets from the mid 19th century. For this review I grabbed the smallest of the vitolas, and chose the No. 7, which is a Petit Lancero.
|CT. Broadleaf Wrapper|
Lighting up the cigar I get an abundance of rich flavors from the get go. You really get the flavors from the aroma throughout, and there is a nice bit of rich earth and chocolate notes present with some lively stone fruit flavors. There is a finish of tobacco to the cigar, and with that sweet spices. The cigar is burning wonderfully in the first third of the cigar, and it is leaving a nice brown charcoal colored ash that is holding on firm. The ash typically shows growth in terms of more cigar being consumed, but this ash is practically solid and shows no sign of falling. There is a great amount of aromatic smoke produced with the cigar, and I have received many compliments on the smoke thus far in terms of aroma. I am finding the cigar to remain at a solid medium full level, and above all it is incredibly flavorful.
|Smoked wonderfully throughout.|
The final third really begins to show a lot more spicy notes, and the black pepper notes are more prominent. While I thought it would become much more spicier than the rest, it was still balanced and showing a lot more rich earth, coffee and cocoa notes with that. I got some tobacco notes as well in the end, but those stone fruit flavors faded some. Along with great flavors in the final third, the cigar is performing wonderfully, and it has throughout. The ash is keeping that solid brown charcoal color, ad with that remaining solid and firm on the cigar. There is tons of smoke being produced with each draw, and this is great for rings. There is still a razor sharp burn line to the cigar, and with that is a cool draw. It remains flavorful all the way to the end, and even at the tiny nub it cool and enjoyable.
I am not a fan of Connecticut Broadleaf wrappers, and with a cigar like this it will truly emphasize the flavors from the wrapper, and I have to say this cigar was scrumptious. It truly grabbed all the great flavors from La Riqueza and La Casita Criollo, and added it's own in the process. Pete does such a great job with Connecticut Broadleaf wrappers to begin with that I need to get over being hesitant to grab a cigar like this when he is involved. All fans of maduro wrappers are going to love this cigar, and I am finding this cigar to be perfect anytime of day. I have smoked several throughout the past two days, and at different times of the day, and after smoking one I want another one right after that. The construction was top notch with this cigar, and the flavors were just amazing. What an amazing cigar to be released in your honor. That is all I can say about that; La Dueña gets a 92 in my book.