Cigar Czars


Review of My Father Toro
Flor de Las Antillas Cigar

By: Gary Manelski

My Father Flor de Las Antillas cigars were introduced back in 2012, with the Toro size (6 x 52) being named the top cigar of the year by Cigar Aficionado. These cigars are box-pressed Nicaraguan puros featuring a Nicaraguan Sungrown wrapper. In 2024, the Toro was selling for around $9 per stick.

The sample My Father Flor de Las Antillas Toro cigar began with a modest peppery flavor that started to gradually moderate after the first 5-10 minutes, when a leathery taste began to emerge. After about 30 minutes, the leather became the predominate flavor with the pepper now in the background. After this point, the flavors remained pretty consistent for the remainder of the smoke. The body was medium throughout, but got close to medium-plus near the end.

The Flor de Las Antillas Toro was very well made and had a great draw, mostly even burn, and held a long ash. No relights were required during the 65 minutes that it took me to smoke the cigar down to just under two inches remaining. However, one minor touch-up was applied about halfway through the cigar to keep the burn even.

Although this cigar received a 96 rating and was ranked Cigar Aficionado's Number One cigar of the year in 2012, it is no longer the gold standard in 2024. A bit of research revealed that the same Toro vitola was rated 89 by Cigar Aficionado in 2022. It isn't easy for any continuously produced cigar to maintain a consistent flavor over many years. Also, premium cigars in general have significantly improved during the last 12 years, and even some of the top cigars from the past may no longer be considered outstanding in today's market. However, the Flor de Las Antillas is still a good cigar worthy of a rating of 3.75 points on our 5-point scale.

Bonus Pairing:

My Father Flor de Las Antillas cigars pair very well with a number of fine libations, including Number Juan Reposado Tequila. Just in time for the 2023 Christmas holidays, a special promotion by “Number Juan” included a complimentary Flor de Las Antillas Toro with every bottle purchased, probably because the cigar was once ranked “Number One”. By the way, the cigar-smoking comedian Ron White happens to be part owner of “Number Juan”.

Number Juan
Flor de Las Antillas Cigar
& Number Juan Tequila

My Father Cigar
My Father Toro
Flor de Las Antillas Cigar