Monthly Archives: July 2011

Mi Barrio acare

Don Pepin created the Mi Barrio as a limited seasonal release in cooperation with United Tobacco and EO Brands, famous for their 601 cigars. Every quarter 1200 boxes, with artwork from Cuban artist Edin Guitierrez, will be released in four different sizes. I smoked the 6×50 Acare, made from aged tobacco from Esteli and Japala wrapped in a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper.
The band on this cigar is art by Erin Guitierrez. The wrapper is dark and has lots of veins, but it is also shiny and oily. The construction is good and the predraw is fine.
I taste coffee and some time later also some herbs, full but smooth and mild sweet. The herbs are getting stronger just like the sweetness while the coffee disappears.
After a third I taste wood and some sweetness. Halfway the flavors change to herbs and wood. Near the end I also get a herbal freshness, almost mint like.
This cigar lasted me and hour and a half. I got a decent amount of medium thick smoke. The draw is good, but I had to correct the burn a few times. The dark ash is firm. I would say that this cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? I might, this is a nice cigar.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Don Pepin Garcia serie JJ salomon

The JJ series by Don Pepin Garcia are Nicaraguan puros with a corojo rosado wrapper. It is a full serie with several vitolas, including this 7¼x57 salomones. The cigar was recently added to the portfolio here in The Netherlands and it has a 15 euro price tag. I see that the band has changed since I smoked my last JJ, the secondary band is still the same though. I can’t say I like the new band, compared to the old one.
The wrapper looks leathery with some veins. The color is chocolate brown. I love the salomones shape. The cigar has a good construction and a mild straw smell. I only cut a small piece of the cap and still get a great predraw, which has a strong black pepper taste.
I taste a spicy, peppery leather with some nutmeg. I get more pepper than expected, but then again, this is a Don Pepin Garcia cigar. After half an inch the cigar still gives me pepper, but now with wood, herbs and some spices. The pepper is less overpowering than before. After an inch wood becomes the main flavor with some spices and herbs, the cigar is quite spicy. The pepper has moved to the aftertaste.
After a third the wood turns mild sweet. The wood slowly changes to cedar and the pepper has completely disappeared. The aftertaste is herbal. After two thirds nutmeg is the main flavor with spicy herbs, the wood flavor I tasted before is now a supporting flavor. Near the end the pepper makes a comeback, the cigar is now spicy and very herbal.
The smoke time of this cigar is an hour and twenty-five minutes. The draw is great. The cigar produced a lot of thick smoke. The ash is gray, compact and firm. The structure of the ash looks like sand. The burn is pretty straight. The cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? It is a nice cigar, but for the same amount of money I can smoke a Padron 1926 series which is better than ‘a nice cigar’

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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