This cellophane wrapped 6 x 60 cigar is the biggest in the Cuban Classic series by Don Pepin. The cigar looks pretty with the oily wrapper that had a few big veins running over it. The cigar produces a lot of barnyard aroma. The predraw is fine and gives away some pepper.
I can taste coffee and soon some sweet wood. After an inch I can also taste some herbal flavor, but where is the signature Don Pepin pepper? At a third the coffee disappears and all I can taste is the sweet wood and the herbs, but still no signature Don Pepin pepper. After the mid section the wood slowly grows stronger.
The cigar produces a lot of smoke. The draw and burn are fine, but the ash is frayed. The cigar is quite one dimensional, not bad, but not what I expect from Don Pepin, it is medium flavored and full bodied, although you don’t notice the strength of the body until afterwards.
Would I buy this cigar again? No, the Toro is no match for the robusto with the same blend. And there is no signature Don Pepin pepper and spices, which is a shame, because when I decide to take a Don Pepin from the humidor, I want and expect that pepper and spice ‘twang’.
Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10