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My Father Le Bijou 1922 Toro Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, March 1, 2011
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My Father Le Bijou 1922 Toro Cigar Review

This 6×52 stick offers a dark chocolate oily wrapper with small veins, invisible seams, a very even crushed velvet texture with a slight spongy give and a rich oily chocolaty tobacco aroma. First light revels full bodied flavors of a sily smooth chewy thick smoke, though not a lot of it. Flavors are a deep earth, chocolate and mild pepper zing through the long finish. Draw is perfect with just a bit of resistance. The first third gives solid medium body flavors of a super thick and rich dry aged tobacco with a touch of a sweet chocolate and pepper. 20 minutes in I encountered a strange burn problem, with a tiny shaft burning through the center of the cigar, and 1/2 of the stick getting very hot and mushy. It stopped putting out smoke yet continued to burn. After spending 10 minutes correcting the burn, manually lighting 1/2″ of wrapper and getting through a section that seemed to be rolled with a tube down the center, it is back to burning correctly. 40 min in at the 1/2 way point, flavors returned to a medium-full body treat of rich creamy milk chocolate, a slightly sweet eart and smooth tobacco with a touch of pepper and long smooth finish. 1:15 in at the band point the burn has slowed significantly flavors have changed to a creamy textured, smooth slightly sweet earth with a long earth and pepper finish. I have given it a couple minor touchups, but overall performance is good. Ending at 1:40 min where it got hot probably due to the touch-ups near the end, I ended it as flavors got a bit warm and washed out. If this hadn’t of had the burn issues it would be pushing the two hour mark easily, as I burned off more than an inch correcting the burn. Thank you very much to viewer Jonathan Novatt for generously sending this in for review, I greatly appreciate it!

  • Chris E

    Odd burn issue…pity you don’t have anymore available for comparison. The flavors sound good, but if I’m gonna drop $10 or more on a stick, I’m going with a sure thing (RP, Padron, or Man ‘o War). Don’t want to have to babysit or in this case essentially reconstruct.
    Good review…way to stick with it.

  • Jérémie (Canada)

    That cigar is a personal favorite of mine, one heck of a stick. Never had any problems with mine but hey that happens they can’t all be perfect. They are handmade. Good review Bryan.

  • Chaz

    This is an amazing stick. I am shocked about the construction problems… all garcia sticks, but especially the super- premiums are some of the most reliable in my opinion for excellent construction. I have to believe the issues were a freakish abberation.

    Chris- don’t be afraid to buy this stick- absolutely in the same class as the sticks you mention. Great review as always Bryan.

    • ChrisE

      Thanks for the follow up comments Chaz & Jérémie…will consider if I see a sampler or 5 pack at a good price.

  • Kevin

    This was a solid review…really sparked my curiosity and I had one last Saturday at an area cigar bar. Really blew me away and I luckily had no construction issues.

  • Justin

    Just finished my first; in robusto. There are only two negatives I found with it: It had to end and it has sort of ruined me for other smokes. You described the smoothness so well, but it still didn’t prepare me for just how smooth, smooth was. I almost wanted to eat it. Wow, I’m blown away like Kevin. The first half put off a lot of heat from the foot, but the smoke was always cool, second half slowed way down and I didn’t have a single burn issue. The smooth tobacco with a hint of spice on the draw was incredible, but the perfect and lasting black coffee flavor on the finish was amazing. I can’t wait until I can do it again. It was part of a My Father sampler and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more of these works of art!

  • drjwall

    I just had a torpedo 1922. The 1st half inch was insanely peppery, but through out the rest of the 1st third it lost that bite. The 2nd third had a nice chocolate espresso taste, which was definitely my favorite portion of the cigar. The las third was nutty with a hint of nutmeg. No construction issues with mine. Overall a delicious experience. A fair warning though, this is a heavy cigar that sent me staggering. Definitely a strong stick.

  • wymangroovin

    ooof…that’s a shame!!! I just smoke a robusto of this and it was amazing. Almost worth buying a box and eating peanut butter sandwiches for a couple weeks! 🙂

  • Dirk

    I too had burn issues with the toro stick, however,, in robusto… fantistic..wonderful transitions,, silky, chewy smoke with hints of coco, leather with dabs of pepper on the early finish.. I would recommend them to anyone wanting a full body cigar..

    • Dirk

      just a note: I purchase a five pack of robustos.. same great flavors creamy and almost “meat like” thick chewy smoke.. smooth.. very little burn issue.. I would recommend them over the toro.. but FULL strengh at the last third.. have a full meal then enjoy..

  • new2sticks

    Tried the torpedo as a birthday treat last night. It had been in my humidor for over a year. Great flavor for half the stick, and was truly enjoying it. Then came the tar balls and construction problems. Very uneven burn that needed multiple corrections. Big disappointment after such a great start. Had to leave the lat third in the ash tray. I’ll take a chance on a different vitola though.

  • Cgaudin

    This is one of my favorite cigars. I bought about four boxes of these. I’ve had a few construction issues with the ones I smoked.

  • swj045

    I have two of these , both are in robusto. I hope they burn alright.the flavors sound great

  • Boucher207

    My local Cigar Bar has a large selection of these. I’ll like to try them soon.

  • mrdaveii

    So I bought a sampler pack of these (different sizes) about 2 months back when I originally watched this review. Decided to bust out the smallest one last night.

    Guess what!? I had the tunneling issue with mine… Although it only lasted a short time and not enough to impact the draw. Thought it was interesting and i would share with everyone.

    I track all my cigar experiences on an app on my iPad and I ended up ranking this a 3 star (out of 5). The smoke was just like you described, and favors were full (with no strength)… But for me, the flavors were too much. With that said, after I was done, I found myself wanting more… But in a (wish I could have the thick meaty smoke texture with less overwhelming flavor) way.. Lol.

    Guess ill let my palette develop more and try it again later this year.

  • yosef5

    I will have to get this Cigar Thanks for this review

  • Brandonsr81

    I love this cigar in the Robusto size. Great smoke output and burn. Mmmmmmm I can taste it now just thinking about it.

  • eric.hanson

    Don Pepin makes some great cigars, the My Father Line is some of the best stuff that he’s involved in IMO.

  • Greg Bellante

    Well, unless i got 2 duds in one sampler i think this cigar is vastly over-rated. 1st off the cigar was packed so tight the draw was almost impossible. I even tried using a metal stick pin through the head to create a better flow and it was so tight the pin wouldn’t enter it. I tried re-lighting and finally got some kind of a draw ,minimal amount of smoke and the flavors were rich and full but it kept going out so i gave up after 25min of struggling and tossed it and went and got my Vegas 5 Miami “M5” and the draw was perfect and with that one draw i filled up my whole deck with billows of thick,rich,creamy smoke. What a difference.

  • Dude you might have got a dud, because I love these cigars.

  • Corey

    This cigar is awesome, definatley got a dud, you would’ve really enjoyed it had it been performing

  • Christopher

    I just had one of these in robusto last night after letting it sit in my humidor for the past couple of months and man, it was the smoothest cigar I have ever smoked…for those who like a chocolate taste to their cigar this was a chocolate bomb in my opinion.

    Great flavor!

  • Haggis

    I have burn issues with this cigar. I love the flavor profile, but the burn problems (relighting and correcting the burn) do knock this down a peg in my estimation.

  • puffrey

    I have had one of these aging in the humi for almost a year and holding onto it until Father’s Day, its a new tradition my buddy and I started. Hoping the performance issues dont pop up but at least with the review I can be aware of them prior to lighting.

  • MorganGeo

    Smoking this ‘gem’ right now. What a beauty. Flavors are great and I love the smoothness of the smoke.

  • BCamara

    I picked up one of these yesterday at a local shop. The flavor profile sounds like a dessert, I just hope I don’t get the same burn issues.

  • hoghead

    This was also a disappointment…purchased two for 8.19 each. The first one was a great disappointment the burn was terrible and had the tunneling and tasted bad. The second one smoked today July 10th 2013 although better but not by much 🙁 I will not purchase anymore. Sad to say but that the way it will be. The Padron 2000 I had yesterday was more enjoyable. Had to relight this one once so far and the other one I let go at the Half way point.

  • Justin

    Fantastic cigar! Got it in a torpedo based on my local tobacconist’s personal favorite. Wowza. Unfortunate you had the issues. Totally going to get another, but hope for some consistency and not any issues.

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