All rise: The Judge from My Father Cigars now has a finalized look.
When the new line made its debut earlier this year at the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers trade show, attendees were able to view the box-pressed cigar, but the band and packaging were still being tweaked.
The Judge, which is an extension of the core My Father brand, will be differentiated from its predecessor by a chestnut-colored secondary band with the words "The Judge" stamped on it. The boxes also features an ornate logo based on a Victorian lithograph from 1905 under the lid that depicts a dapper man dressed in Victorian-era garb, complete with a bow tie, smoking a cigar.
According to José Ortega, vice president of sales for My Father, the name was inspired by a friend of the Garcia family who is a judge. The Judge, he says, is more full bodied than the original My Father. It is rolled with a light-brown, Sumatra-seed wrapper from Ecuador, Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo binders, and filler tobaccos that were cultivated from three of the Garcias family's farms located in Nicaragua: La Bonita Two, El Pedrero and San Rafael.
For now, The Judge, which Ortega anticipates will begin shipping by late October or early November, is slated for only two sizes measuring 6 inches by 56 ring gauge ($12.10) and 5 by 60 ($12.40). The cigars will come in 23-count boxes.
"We did not want to over do it," says Ortega. "With a name like The Judge, we needed the sizes to be larger and stand out. So we chose two sizes that we felt were imposing but not over-the-top."
Like all My Father cigars, The Judge is made at My Father Cigars S.A., the Garcia family's factory in Nicaragua.