Don Pepin Garcia

Don Pepin Garcia Series JJ Maduro Sublime

On July 22nd of 2007 Jerry Cruz from the famous Stogiereview website had a son, JJhis little robusto as he called him, but only three and a half months later tragedy hit and little JJ passed away from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The first cigar Jerry smoked after little JJ was born was the Don Pepin Garcia series JJ and for the first few years stogiereview had a “Smoke a JJ for JJ” day on july 22nd. I don’t know if that still takes place, but I felt I had to smoke and review this cigar on JJ’s 10th birthday even though I have never met Jerry, we are still part of a community and I hope he finds comfort in the knowledge that little JJ is not forgotten. Jerry, brother, this is for you and your wife.


I had this cigar in my humidor for years, so it is aged and depending on your definition of vintage it might even qualify for that. The cigar is made by My Father cigars ofcourse, and it is a Nicaraguan puro, with a Nicaraguan maduro wrapper, Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo filler and a Nicaraguan binder. The JJ comes from José and Jaime, the father & son team from My Father, José ‘Don Pepin’ Garcia and his son Jaime. By the time this cigar was released it was the first maduro wrapped cigar under their own name and still, up to today, the Garcia family doesn’t use a lot of maduro wrappers for their own production, the only other line I can think of is the Flor de Las Antillas Maduro but correct me if I’m wrong. They do use and have used maduro wrappers on cigars they produce for other companies though.


Once I take the cigar out of the cellophane, that started to discolor, I see a beautiful dark wrapper with lots of tooth, that makes it feel like leather and a sparkle from the minerals. The wrapper is gorgeous, nothing more nothing less. The same goes for the rings, instead of full white as My Father used for the regular JJ series, the maduro series uses the same rings but then in beige. Like I said, this cigar has been aged so it has the older rings. The bottom ring is small and just says “Series JJ Maduro” in beautiful golden letters on a beige ring with a thin red line and golden dots as decoration. The other ring is curved, it has a beautiful curly font saying Don Pepin Garcia with golden and red decorations around it. On one site there is a small image of the Cuban flag and a Cuban shield while the other side has the American flag and the statue of liberty. Behind that there is a decorative figure with the letters DPG that remind me of Pete Johnson’s logo after he learned he couldn’t use the Flor de Lis no more. The print quality of the rings is immaculate too. The cigar feels quite hard, but that doesn’t have to be an issue and the triple cap is nicely done. As for the aroma, as a teenager my little sister was having horse riding classes and sometimes I had to pick her up from the stables, the aroma of the cigar reminds me of those stables and it is medium strong.


I punched the cigar, the cold draw is great and tastes like a mix of raisin, milk chocolate, pepper and lemon. As usual I used a soft flame to light the cigar and I taste a mellow coffee with a little lemon. After just a few puffs I also taste some leather and slowly the coffee disappears. After an inch it’s all leather with some lemon and added pepper. After a third the pepper gets stronger while the lemon turns to lime. Halfway the leather gets weaker while cedar shows up, the lime and continuously growing pepper are still there too. Halfway the leather replaces the cedar again, although the cedar lingers around in the aftertaste. After two thirds it’s leather with pepper, a hint of vanilla and a minty aftertaste. The final few puffs gave me nuts.


The smoke is medium thick. The ash is white, dense and firm. Even in the ash you can see some sparkles of the minerals. The draw is excellent. The burn is pretty straight. This cigar is medium full bodied and equally flavored, there is a good balance between flavor and body and enough evolution. The smoke time is little over an hour and a half.

Would I buy this cigar again? I’m glad I still have a full box of these puppies.

Score: 91
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Don Pepin Garcia series JJ maduro sublime

This Don Pepin Garcia series JJ maduro is one of the few cigars with a maduro wrapper leaving the My Father factory in Nicaragua. The blend, with Nicaraguan criollo and corojo filler and binder and a broadleaf maduro wrapper, was created by José ‘Pepin’ Garcia and his son Jaime. The 6×54 Sublime is new on the Dutch market with a 9 euro pricetag.
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First thing I notice is a change in the colour of the band since I last smoked the series JJ maduro. This is the second change in bands for the series. The design stays the same this time, just like the fact that the cigar is double banded. The wrapper is nice and dark with a few veins and quite oily. The construction feels good but the cigar looks a little bended. The wrapper is quite thick, something I notice when I punch the cigar. The predraw is fine, I taste tobacco with a peppery aftertaste. The cigar has a peppery barnyard smell.
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I taste pepper and an earthy flavour, leather and some sweetness. After half an inch the pepper becomes the main flavour and herbs join the party. The sweetness grows a bit stronger too. Halfway I taste leather, herbs and quite some maduro sweetness.
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After two thirds I taste more leather, some herbs and that maduro sweetness although it’s losing some of it strength. The leather gets a bit stronger. Near the end the earthy flavour I tasted at the start returns.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and fifty minutes. The draw was great and I got a lot of thick white smoke. The light coloured ash is coarse and reasonably firm. I had to correct the burn a few times. This cigar is full flavoured and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes please

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

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Don Pepin Garcia series jj robusto maduro

Every aficionado had heard of Don Pepin Garcia and his series JJ maduro is one of the few cigars with a maduro wrapper leaving his factory. The cigars used to be made in Miami at the El Rey de Los Habanos factory but production has been moved to the My Father factory in Nicaragua. I smoked this cigar before, when it still had the old band, and I decided to review this one, with the new band too as it just became available on the Dutch market for a fixed price of € 6,50. I have to admit, I am a bit under the weather while reviewing this cigar so my taste buds might be a bit off.
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The wrapper of this 5×50 robusto is dark, rough, dry and with a few veins. As I said before, the band has changed and is beige now instead of broken white. The construction feels good. I smell a strong and peppery barnyard smell. The predraw is easy and a bit spicy.
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I taste a spicy soil flavor with some coffee and pepper in the aftertaste. The flavors are dry. I also taste a honey like sweetness. After half an inch I taste a mild sweet cedar with a little bit. The cigar slowly becomes more spicy.
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After a third I taste wood and an earthy flavor with some maduro sweetness. The feeling is still dry. I taste herbs and pepper in the aftertaste. After two thirds I taste dry wood with herbs and the cigar is quite spicy.
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The smoke time is about an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw is great and I got a lot of thick, white and pretty smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. The burn is great. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied. I got a bit light headed but I am not sure if that’s just the cigar or a combination of the cigar, my medication and the mild flu.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I would

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

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Don Pepin Garcia blue invictos

Since I started to write reviews I smoked and reviewed a lot of Don Pepin cigars, including the Firecracker and the generoso from the blue line, this time I thought it would be nice to smoke the Invicto, a 5×50 robusto, from the same line. The cigars are made from all Nicaraguan tobacco with a corojo oscuro wrapper.
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The wrapper is nice and dark with a few veins, it looks shiny and oily. The construction feels good and I smell a strong barnyard aroma. The predraw is fine and quite peppery.
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I taste a mild bitter earthy flavor with some coffee, all quite spicy and with a high dose of black pepper in the back of the throat. The bitterness disappears almost immediately. After half an inch I taste toast with some pepper and wood and after an inch some sweetness joins the other flavors. Another half an inch later I taste some chocolate in the aftertaste.
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Halfway the cigar gets a bit of a herbal flavor but that fades to the aftertaste soon and the main flavor is wood. Near the end I taste sweet wood with a strong peppery aftertaste.
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This robusto lasted me for eighty minutes, which is quite long. I got a lot of thick smoke and a dark, but firm, ash. The draw was great and the burn was good. This cigar is a straight in your face stogie, full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Of course

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Don Pepin Garcia blue toro gordo

In february of this year My Father cigars released the news of an addition to their blue label blend, a 6×56 toro gordo and this cigar already hit the Dutch market. In the past we had to wait years before cigars were finally available in The Netherlands but distributer The Longfiller Company is doing great stuff for the Dutch aficionados, not just in getting great cigars on the Dutch market soon after the US release but also price wise. In the past we overpaid for our cigars, prices were doubled or even tripled compared to the US MSRP but not anymore, this cigar will cost € 6,50 in the Dutch shops.
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The cigar has a great construction and the beautiful, dark and oily corojo wrapper feels quite silky. I see a few veins and I smell a barnyard. The predraw is fine and I taste tobacco and raisin.
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I taste pepper with coffee and after half an inch I taste wood with a peppery aftertaste. After a third I taste wood with lots of herbs and some pepper. The flavors are full and in your face, but then the flavors slowly gets a bit smoother.
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Halfway I taste mainly wood with a small amount of herbs on the background and in the aftertaste. After two thirds the wood changes flavor, it is still wood but different. I even taste some nut flavors too.
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The smoke time of this super toro is a whopping 2 hours. The draw is a bit loose but I got plenty of smoke. At the start I had a crooked burn but it corrected itself. The light colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied, and gave me a nice flame during the purge.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I will.

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

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Don Pepin Garcia blue delicias

The Don Pepin Garcia blue delicias is a 7×50 churchill size Nicaraguan puro with a Nicaraguan corojo wrapper and it has a 6 euro price tag here in The Netherlands, which is a great price for a 7 inch cigar. From the blue series I reviewed the 6×50 generoso in the past and the Famous Smoke Shop exclusive firecracker.
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This cigar has a greasy dark wrapper with some veins. The cigar has a strong barnyard smell. The construction feels soft and inconsistent. The predraw is fine and I taste tobacco with a little bit of pepper.
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I taste some sweet coffee with a little bit of herbs and pepper. Soon after I taste some wood with herbs, smoother and milder than expected from a Don Pepin Garcia smoke though. I taste wood and herbs, but the wood flavor is not the regular wood I taste so often, I can’t really tell what kind of wood it is. I taste some pepper in the aftertaste and the flavors are mild creamy.
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After two inch the pepper disappears and right before I reach the middle point of the cigar I taste some cacao with the returned pepper and herbs. I still taste the funny but pleasant wood flavor. After two thirds I taste herbs with a peppery aftertaste. The pepper grows and grows in strength, now this is what I expect when I smoke a Don Pepin Garcia, this is his signature.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and forty minutes. The draw is great, but the smoke starts out poor, not much in volume and very thin although I get more and thicker smoke along the way. The burn needs to be corrected two times. The light colored ash is firm. This cigar if full bodied, it started out medium flavored but ended really strong and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked this cigar

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

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Don Pepin Garcia series JJ maduro belicoso

The previous Don Pepin Garcia JJ maduro I smoked and reviewed I absolutely loved. I love the natural JJ series too, but the maduro is just a little bit better and one of the few maduros to leave the Don Pepin Garcia factories. I smoked the 5¾x52 cellophane wrapped belicoso.
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The top of the cigar is quite blunt and the dark wrapper is oily with just a few veins. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. I taste tobacco.
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First flavor I get is a high dose of pepper with a mild sweetness. The strength of the pepper fades away a bit and I also taste some wood. The maduro sweetness slowly gains some strength and after a third I also taste leather. The leather slowly gets stronger with a peppery aftertaste, the flavors are mild sweet.
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After two thirds I get some herbs, wood, leather, pepper and that sweetness, the flavors are well balanced and quite complex for a Don Pepin Garcia blend. Near the end I get a lot of pepper, sweetness en wood.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and fifteen minutes. I got a lot of thick smoke with a great draw and a straight burn. The ash is firm and almost white. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied, I had a mild nicotine overdose after smoking this baby.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Hell yeah.

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

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Don Pepin Garcia series JJ sublime

After reading this post on stogiereview I decided to save this 6×54 Don Pepin Garcia series JJ sublime for this date. The band is the same as the Don Pepin Garcia black and the Don Pepin Garcia blue series, only in white. The series JJ maduro also has the same band, but beige.
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The wrapper is mild oily and pretty smooth with just 2 veins. The construction feels good, the predraw is fine and I taste some dry raisin and some pepper. The cigar has a bit of a musty straw smell.
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I taste a nice coffee flavor with a mild bitter aftertaste and soon those flavors gets company from some spicy wood and pepper. After an inch the spice and peppers disappear, just like the coffee. All that is left is a very nice wood flavor.
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The wood is full flavored but yet smooth and even a bit creamy. Halfway I also get a hint of nutmeg and near the end I taste more different herbs and spices.
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This very nice cigar lasted me for 110 minutes. The draw is great, just like the amount of smoke. The ash is firm but frayed and has a light gray color. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied. The purge was epic.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Hell yeah!

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

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Don Pepin Garcia black 1973

Everybody who reads my reviews knows that I love me some Don Pepin Garcia sticks, especially the Cuban Classic aka Black robusto. All cigars in this line are named after important years for Jose ‘Don Pepin’ Garcia and I smoked a few before, like the 1979 (robusto), the 1970 (belicoso) and the 2001 (6×60). I knew I had the 1973 (figurado) from the original release somewhere down in my humidor and as I was in the mood for some Don Pepin I decided to look that 1973 up and light it. I had high expectations from this cigar, as it is an original release and that release had a slightly different flavor profile than the other releases.
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The cigar looks great, a medium brown and oily wrapper, a great shape, just a few veins. The shape is a bit different from other figurados I smoked, as this one has a flat head, and usually a figurado has a pointy head. I like it, because that means I can punch it, instead of clipping. The construction feels good and the predraw is a bit on the loose side. The flavor I get from the predraw is the worst ever, a nasty and bitter pepper.
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Oh, what a disappointment I get after lighting the cigar, I taste a sharp, dry and very unpleasant flavor of newspaper, but fortunately that flavor disappears as soon as I get passed the small part at the fire end of the cigar. After that I taste dry wood and straw, mild spicy. I also taste the wild berry flavors that are so signature for the original release of this blend, I have never tasted it in the other releases, too bad because I love it. I also taste a lot of pepper, right on the edge of what I can handle comfortably. The cigar makes my mouth feel dry.
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After ⅓ the flavors tone down a lot, I taste some wood and earth. A few puffs later the wild berry flavor returns in a milder form than before. Halfway the wild berries disappear again and the remainder of the cigar is wood and earth.
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This cigar lasted me quite long, an hour and three quarters. I got a lot of smoke. The draw was fine, the burn was fine too. I had to correct the burn once but that was my fault, I dropped the cigar on the floor for a reason I am still trying to figure out myself. The ash is quite light colored and pretty firm. This cigar is full bodied and medium to full flavored. The flavors start out full and then fade to medium.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I think I will stick with the robusto. And with the current exchange rate I am better off buying them locally in The Netherlands, as they are about the same price without the shipping and the risk of customs seizing my order.

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

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