Don Pepin Garcia

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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Don Pepin Garcia Firecracker

Is this Don Pepin Garcia’s answer to the Nub? I don’t know, all I know is that Don Pepin created a very small 3x 50 cigar in the same blend as the popular blue series and with a innovative shape and called it ‘the firecracker’. The pictures will show why that name is so well chosen.
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The top has a long pigtail and once you open the box it looks like you look down to a box of TNT. The foot of the cigar isn’t cut, the tobacco leaves are folded close. The dark wrapper has just a few veins. The predraw, which gives me a mild peppery flavor, is fine just as the construction.
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Pepper with some sweetness is the first flavors I taste. On the background some wood and leather are taking their turns to show up. Halfway the sweetness disappears. Somewhat later the pepper disappears too and I get a nice warm creamy wooden chocolate flavor.
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Even though this is a very small stick, it lasted me about an hour. The smoke is very nice, thick, a bit bluish and there is plenty of it. The folded foot makes the cigar a bit hard to light. The ash is nice and white.
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Don’t let this cigar full you. It is full bodied and full flavored and gave me a bit of vitamin N.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, once the box I have is empty I will get myself another one. I gave half a box away before I smoked this cigar, and now I am sorry.

Appearance: 9 / 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: 8 / 10

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Don Pepin Garcia Black 2001

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.
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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.
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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.
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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’.
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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

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Don Pepin Garcia black 1979

This was my first Don Pepin Garcia ever, a gift from my cigarbuddy Smokey, and he told me that I would love this cigar. He was right. The 1979 is a robusto size cigar, 127 mm long with a 50 ring made out of Nicaraguan tobacco with a dark corojo ’99 wrapper. The aroma is deep dark manure and the wrapper looks great, silky smooth with hardly any veins. The predraw is fine, with some fruity flavors, which I have never tasted in a cigar before.
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The first flavor are wood with some wild summer fruit on the background. The fruit flavors become stronger while the wood disappears. There is a slight hint of chocolate noticeable which slowly grows in strength. Approximately halfway the cigar the fruit flavor disappears and some nutty flavors surface soon to be followed by some white pepper.
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This cigar produces lots and lots of smoke and strong straight ashes. I do realize that this review makes the cigar sound a little weird, fruity & nutty, but it’s the best way to describe the flavors.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I want some boxes of this cigar.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 9 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Don Pepin Garcia black 1970

The Don Pepin Garcia black series is the first blend Jose Pepin created in his factory in Estelí, Nicaragua and I think it’s the least expensive of all the lines that carry Don Pepin’s name. The different vitolas all have a year to their name instead of the vitola type, the 5 x 54 belicoso that I smoked is the 1970.
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The small belicoso has a nice wrapper, almost without veins, and oily. The construction feels good, I can’t detect soft spots of plugs upon inspection. The cigar has a sweet aroma. The predraw is fine and leaves a peppery flavor in my mouth.

 

A fruity peppery coffee with wood flavor is what I taste when I light the cigar. The pepper and the coffee fade away quickly and I can taste some wood with wild fruit. For a moment I can also taste some sal ammoniac candy (a kind of liquorice that I love) with a fresh minty aftertaste. The flavors are very uncommon but also very nice.
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Halfway the sal ammoniac disappears and the wild fruit flavor is getting milder, but I can still taste it on the background of the wood. This is the flavor I keep tasting towards the end, but the flavors pick up and get a bit spicier towards the end.

The draw is fine and the cigar has light colored firm ash. I did get a bit of a crooked burn and lots of nice smoke. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I liked it a lot, but I must admit, the robusto will stay my favorite of the Don Pepin Garcia black blend, but if I want the same flavor palate with just a bit less peppery power, this is the stick.

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

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Don Pepin Garcia blue generosos

This 6 x 50 Toro was a gift from Dan aka Hardcz. The first thing I notice is the aroma, which is full & strong and reminds me of a barnyard. The wrapper is quite dark and due to the rough looks with the nice veins it is a manly cigar. The predraw is great and peppery.
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I can taste the flavor of black pepper, and a lot of it and I get flashbacks to the Oliva V belicoso I smoked some time ago. This is one spicy cigar with an aftertaste of toast. After an inch the flavors are pepper and cedar. Halfway the pepper is less overpowering but still present. The woody flavor and some chocolate are better noticeable now. Toast makes a comeback close to the turning point while the pepper fades away a bit.
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No doubt about this cigar, full bodied, full flavored. The smoke is also full and the draw and burn are just great.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Maybe, so far I liked other Don Pepin cigars like the black, the JJ and the CI legends yellow better than this one. The pepper was a bit too overpowering in this stick.

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

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C.I. legends yellow Don Pepin Garcia

This CI legend is blended by Don Pepin Garcia and it can’t go wrong there, I have loved every Don Pepin cigar I smoked so far. This 5.7 x 54 cigar has a nice aroma to it that reminds me of some Cuban cigars I smoked in the past, the wrapper is smooth, shiny and oily with some very small veins. The predraw is good and leaves a sweet flavor.
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A full cedar flavor is what I get after lighting the cigar, combined with some herbs and after an inch some leather is introduced to the palate. The cedar disappears and the leather and herbs leave an amazing flavor on my palate. At the end some chocolate joins the herbs and the leather. For the grande finale the leather and herbs fade away and the cedar returns and pairs well with the chocolate.
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This is a full flavored medium bodied cigar which produces a lot of smoke. The draw is good but unfortunately the burn is crooked, something I haven’t experienced in the other CI Legends yellow I smoked, so I just blame it on this specific cigar and not on the whole batch.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Hell yeah, I already did
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Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 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 blue torpedo

This big torpedo, 6 ¼ inch ring 52 looks pretty, feels good, maybe a bit too hard, has a fine predraw and a nice light aroma. I taste some tobacco with coffee with a little bit of leather on the background, what a nice flavorful cigar. The flavors are soft, comfortable and after an inch or 2 also creamy. The flavors continue to be creamy, warm and soft, even when there is a woody flavor added to the palate approximately halfway the cigar. Near the end the cigar grows in strength with a more woody flavor. There is no turning point, I could nub the cigar.

There is lots of smoke coming from this mild but flavorful cigar, it took me more than 90 minutes to smoke it

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, although it comes second to the DPG black

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 9 / 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 torpedo

This nice 5.75 x 52 torpedo is a Nicaraguan puro with a Nicaraguan Corojo oscuro wrapper. This blend was developed by Don Pepin and his son Jaime Garcia. The cigar has a barnyard aroma to it and feels well constructed.
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I get a full flavored pepper and wood. The pepper fades away quickly but the cedar remains. After an inch I get hints of coffee and chocolate on my palate. Halfway the cigar, the pepper returns and soon after that a light coffee flavor is noticeable. The wood flavor is consistent and all the other flavors are build around it. The encore is a bit stronger and more flavorful, I taste wood and chocolate, with a peppery flavor on my tongue.
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The smoke on this cigar is amazing; I get a lot from it. The ash is white and the burn is close to perfect. This is a medium to full bodied cigar, full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? You can count on that.
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Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 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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