Cigar Review: My Father The Judge Grand Robusto

My Father The Judge Grand Robusto






Ultimate father and son cigar-makers José and Jaime Garcia have won Cigar Aficionado’s coveted ‘#1 Cigar of the Year’ twice in a recent four-year span.

With demand for their succulent Nicaraguan cigar brands at an all-time high, we highly recommend adding My Father The Judge to your collection today. Cinnamon-hued Ecuador Sumatra wrappers cover a full-bodied recipe of select Nicaraguan tobaccos grown on Garcia family estates.



According to José Ortega, vice president of sales for My Father Cigars, 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.
The Judge, which is shipping now, is slated for only two sizes measuring 6 x 56 ring gauge  and 5 x 60, 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.

The box pressed cigar is dark brown in color with notable seam, tooth and visible vein. The primary label is decked out in the usual salmon, green and off white colors. My Father the Judge has a secondary band, brown in color with thick gold font that reads “MF THE JUDGE” there is a smaller silk plain band on the footer which is light gold in color.

The vitola has an open foot and a rounded cap. Pre light aroma smelled of cedar, barnyard and wet earth. The cold draw produced mild flavors of plain tea and natural tobacco.


Upon first light immediate flavor of light chocolate with the aroma of fresh lit cedar. Mocha, cedar wood and coffee are appearing. Medium black pepper is present. The retro is producing a gritty black pepper right through the nostrils with a distinct cedar aftertaste.


Entering cruise control burn there is an increase of black pepper right to the back of the throat. Heavy cedar notes with leather, milk chocolate, coffee and charred cinnamon have appeared.

A dusting of fine black pepper on the lips as well as the front and back of the palate with an aftertaste of mocha and cornbread. The long finish is semi sweet and spicy. The retro is producing a stronger black pepper with an assault on the nostrils evolving into a distinct flavor of chocolate.


The flavors have turned slightly bitter with a decrease in black pepper. Bitter dark chocolate, roasted corn nuts with a heavy nuance of cedar. Light black pepper is present with a rawhide leather aftertaste on the palate in between draws.
Burnt toffee and caramel are maintaining the sweet aspect of the vitola. The retro is still producing black pepper with an edition of burnt woody notes evolving into flavors of strong coffee and chocolate.


The construction of the MF THE JUDGE was solid with no palpable soft spots. The draw was extra wide open on the large vitola producing an above average amount of cedar filled smoke. The burn line was slightly crooked on all cigars smoked for review but was self straightening at the end of cruise into the final third.

The ash was solid and never flaked but tapped off with ease. One of the examples smoked for review only required a few re-lights, however it was probably due to the windy conditions experienced at the time of smoking.

The strength of the MF THE JUDGE was in the MEDIUM to FULL bodied range producing a wide range of hearty leather and woody cedar notes both balanced and tasty. With a strike of the gavel, the verdict is in, MF THE JUDGE is everything you would expect from the Garcia family in both flavor and strength.



  • Black Pepper (Medium)
  • Woody Cedar
  • Cornbread
  • Corn Nuts
  • Chocolate (Bitter/Milk)
  • Charred Cinnamon
  • Coffee/Mocha
  • Retro Black Pepper evolving into flavors of Coffee, Chocolate. Burnt Cedar


Cigars for review: Purchased

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 92

Size: 5 x 60 (Grand Robusto)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua


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