My Father Le Bijou 1922 Churchill
You’ve heard of dark maduro wrappers and you’ve heard of even darker oscuro wrappers but have you ever heard of oscuro-oscuro? If you’ve ever had a cigar from the My Father Le Bijou 1922 line, then you’ve smoked one of these double-oscuro wrappers. The unusual classification is more of an in-house grade ascribed by My Father Cigars than it is an official industrial term, but the dark tobacco sets the tone for this strong cigar, and the Churchill is a blockbuster of Nicaraguan flavor.
Created by cigarmaker and Cigar Aficionado hall-of-famer José “Pepín” Garcia, the My Father Le Bijou 1922 was meant to honor Garcia’s father, who was born in 1922. “Le Bijou” is French for “the jewel,” but it’s unclear as to exactly what the jewel refers to. Perhaps it’s a reference to the Cuban-seed Nicaraguan wrapper. Or maybe Garcia views this all-Nicaraguan blend as the crowning jewel of the entire My Father portfolio. Whatever the case, the dark, oily Churchill is every bit as strong as it looks with heavy notes of chocolate, leather and spice, but the cigar shows refinement and grace, revealing a profound butterscotch sweetness and light hint of cinnamon.