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My Father Le Bijou 1922 Torpedo Box Pressed
Torpedo Box Pressed
52 52
Tasting Note
The original My Father brand was created by Jaime Garcia to honor his father, Pepin. A year later, Pepin decided to honor his own father with an offshoot brand called My Father Le Bijou 1922. Unlike the originals, which wear an Ecuadoran cover leaf, Le Bijou 1922 cigars are darker and stronger. The blend is Nicaraguan from top to bottom, showcasing Cuban-seed wrappers that the Garcia family calls oscuro. Only one size—this torpedo—is box-pressed. Some will say that box-pressing a cigar is only an aesthetic decision. But when the Garcias took this hearty, complex blend, rolled it into a torpedo shape and then gave it a pressing, the result stood out for its ability to deliver complex notes clearly and harmoniously. The date 1922 denotes the birth year of José Garcia, the father of José "Pepin" Garcia. Le Bijou means "the jewel" in French. And this cigar is emblematic of all the Garcia family has achieved. Pepin started as a roller in Cuba before emigrating to Miami and eventually opening up a tiny rolling gallery in Little Havana. Commercial and critical acclaim for his cigars allowed expansion into Nicaragua. Today, Pepin, Jaime and Janny Garcia lead My Father Cigars, and their factory in Estelí produces millions of cigars a year. Despite rapid growth, the family still takes great care in producing cigars of quality and distinction, which shows in this My Father Le Bijou 1922 Torpedo Box Pressed. It takes a profound understanding of cigar tobaccos to create a smoke that conveys uncanny impressions of dark chocolate-covered raisins, savory leather and a sweet-and-salty finish that resonates on the palate. This cigar has an ideal combination of power and finesse to make it No. 1. It's the second Cigar of the Year for the Garcias.
Body Medium-Full
Size Figurado
Ring Gauge 52
Length 6 1/8"
Filler Nicaragua
Binder Nicaragua
Wrapper Nicaragua
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2016
Price $11.40
Designation Top 25 of 2015 | Cigar of the Year
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2019 | Score: 90

There's a rust-colored patina to the wrapper of this box-pressed torpedo. It's quite strong at first, full of tangy earth and coffee, but settles down a bit to show a caramel sweetness and an oaky finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2015 | Score: 93

A box-pressed torpedo that starts out sweet and woody before picking up notes of black pepper, nuts and salt. The finish smacks of earth and roasted coffee bean.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 2014 | Score: 93

First came the My Father brand in 2008, created in secret by Jaime Garcia to honor his father, José "Pepin" Garcia. One year later, Pepin decided to pay tribute to his own father by making this line extension, the My Father Le Bijou 1922. The Le Bijou Box Press Torpedo is a Nicaraguan puro, unlike the original My Father, which has an Ecuadoran wrapper. The Le Bijou has an extremely dark wrapper dubbed Habano Oscuro by the Garcias. The pressed smoke delivers a red-pepper spice that evolves and sweetens, taking on a distinct cocoa powder and coffee bean character, yet remains balanced. The Garcias, makers of the 2012 Cigar of the Year, continue to impress with one top-scoring cigar after another.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2013 | Score: 91

Dark and pressed, this belicoso starts out with red-pepper spicy flavors that sweeten to a distinct cocoa powder and coffee bean character. Well balanced.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale