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After more then a year in development, My Father has produced a Davidoff New York Exclusive cigar, a new belicoso made exclusively for the company’s New York Stores.

According to Davidoff GM Michael Herklots:

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This was a special project between Davidoff GM Michael Herklots, Jaime and Janny Garcia of My Father Cigar Factory, and Rich Rodenhaus and John Gonzalez of My Father Cigars.  These beautiful Nicaraguan Puros were blended to be slightly outside the classic “Pepin” experience.  Modeled after the Bolivar Belicoso Fino, at 5.5″ x 52 and packaged in traditional cabinets of 50 cigars, these Campanas smoke with a tremendous creaminess while still maintaining their rich Nicaraguan character and body.

The My Father Davidoff Belicoso will be manufactured regularly, but in limited quantities. It costs only $7 per cigar, which is a stunning price given its a limited edition cigar sold in a Davidoff store in New York, and comes unbanded in cabinets of 50 for $350.

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  • Cigar Reviewed: My Father Davidoff Belicoso
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Factory: My Father Cigars S.A.
  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Size: 5 1/2 Inches
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Vitola: Belicoso
  • MSRP: $7 (Cabinets of 50, $350)
  • Release Date: Feburary 2011
  • Number of Cigars Released: Regularly Production
  • Number of Cigars Smoked for Review: 4

The cigar seems nicely constructed, albeit a bit rough looking. The wrapper is a nice medium brown, with a bit of oil present. It is firm when squeezed, and the wrapper smells like a combination of barnyard, hay, coffee and cedar. nThe cap is a bit rough looking, but it cuts cleanly.

The first third starts out with an impressive, but not surprising, considering it is a Pepín creation, amount of black pepper along with flavors of leather, coffee, hay and wood. It is a typical Pepín profile, perhaps a bit stronger then a normal My Father cigar, and very easy to smoke.

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The second third shifts a bit, with the pepper falling off to almost nothing, and the flavors mellow out quite a bit. The profile is the same for the most part, although there is a bit more sweetness and creaminess than in the first third

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The final third continues the mellowing and sweetness trends, but adds flavors of nuts and creamy coffee. There’s no pepper at all at this point, and no spice either: a nice ending, but not as complex profile-wise as the first third.

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Final Notes

  • Davidoff of Geneva New York actually as has a few exclusive cigars from other manufactures such as Fonseca and La Aurora.
  • Although this cigar is a collaberation between My Father and Davidoff of Geneva, the Belicoso is a Nicaraguan puro, made with all Nicaraguan tobacco while Davidoff’s typical cigars are obviously Dominican.
  • This is obviously a very different situation than if My Father made a Davidoff blend using Davidoff tobacco.
  • There is really not a lot of smoke production from this cigar less than I was expecting, but what smoke there is has a great spicy note to it.
  • The burn and draw were absolute perfection for every sample I smoked. A joy to smoke, construction-wise.
  • The final smoking time was between one hour and 20 minutes and one hour and 35 minutes.
  • If you want to purchase some of the My Father Davidoff Belicoso, the only place you can get them is from Davidoff New York. You can buy them at either the Madison Avenue Location at 212.751.9060 or the Columbus Circle location at 212.823.6383.

85 Overall Score

This cigar is exactly what you would think a collaboration between My Father and Davidoff would taste like, despite the fact that it was only produced by My Father with Nicaraguan tobacco. However, instead of combining the flavors and profiles that each manufacturer is known for into one overall profile all at the same time, it almost seems as if each of them gets their own third of the cigar with a transition of the two in the middle third. It's spicy, earthy and leathery up front, morphing into a more creamy and sweet profile by the end. Even though the flavors are not as distinct as I would like, it is an overall solid cigar experience, and the price is a real surprise when you take into account where it is sold. While I won't be buying a full cabinet, although at those prices, I was tempted, I will be buying a few five-packs to age.

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Brooks Whittington
About the author

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.

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