El Rey d.l. Habanos

My Father Cigars, Miami, USA *no longer in use, factory closed down*

El Rey de los Habanos robusto

A couple of friends stuck their heads together and plotted to group bomb me, and boy, their plan worked. I got a box with a very nice selection of cigars, some I smoked in the past, some I read about and some I never even heard of and this was one of them. Now you must know that I am a big Don Pepin Garcia fan, so I couldn’t wait to light this cigar which was unknown to me. Visiting the El Rey de los Habanos website thought me that this is a milder cigar with a Corojo rosado claro wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and filler.
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The wrapper is chocolate brown with a light reddish glow, it is shiny and oily with a few veins. The cigar has a classic barnyard aroma and the construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste pepper and raisin.
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I taste coffee and pepper with a very mild sweetness. The flavors tone down quickly into a medium strength. I taste leather with some sweetness, the coffee and pepper left the cigar after only half an inch. Soon after I taste nuts with the same mild sweetness as the other flavors I have tasted so far.
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After an inch and a half I taste a sweet earthy flavor and halfway that flavor changes into herbs and pepper. After two thirds I taste nuts and pepper and the sweetness has disappeared. Near the end the earthy flavor makes a comeback, combined with the nuts and the pepper.
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This 5×50 robusto lasted me for an hour and five minutes. The draw is a bit hard, although that is getting better along the way, just like the smoke, which started out poor and thin but that also got better. The medium gray ash is firm. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? It was a nice cigar, but when smoking a Don Pepin stick I expect more power and that signature Pepin ‘twang’.

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

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5 Vegas Miami knuckle

About two years ago I bought a bundle of 5 Vegas Miami Knuckle’s at Joe Cigar. I smoked a few, gave some away and found out that this was the last I had left so it was time for a review. The cellophane of this Don Pepin blended 4½x60 wannabe Nub already started to turn yellow.
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The cigar looks rough with a shiny, oily wrapper full of veins and the nice chocolate brown color. The construction feels a bit hard but the predraw is good. I taste a spicy wood flavor but the cigar has an ammonia smell to it, like a barnyard that hasn’t been cleaned in a while.
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I taste a bitter and spicy coffee flavor. After a quarter of an inch the bitterness fades away and I can taste some earth and something toasty, but I couldn’t tell what tasted toasty if my life depended on it. After almost an inch the flavors change to wood and a dry chocolate flavor.
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Halfway I still taste the wood but now with a mild and sweet nut flavor. The chocolate has gone. I punched the cigar and that created a slight problem. The top layer of the triple cap came off during the smoking of the cigar, which made the cigar a little less enjoyable.
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The smoke time of this cigar is about 80 minutes, which is quite long for a short cigar. I got a lot of smoke but the smoke was a bit thin. The light gray ash is quite firm. I had a little bit of a crooked burn. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I liked the blend, but this cigar is too thick.

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

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5 Vegas Miami toro

I got this 5 Vegas Miami toro when JohnnyKay5 bombed the shit out of me with not 1 but 2 Don Pepin Garcia samplers. This toro is 6 x 48 and has a peppery barnyard aroma. The wrapper has some spots on it and lots of veins. The construction feels good. The cigar band is simple. The fire end is a bit box pressed. Instead of cutting the cigar I decided to try and punch it. The predraw is fine. I smoked this cigar in SmokeyNL’s backyard.
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I could taste pepper and cedar and soon after that there was some leather, all with a chocolate aftertaste on the background. After 1/3rd its cedar which changes into a peppery chocolate at the halfway point. When the chocolate fades away, I can taste the cedar again with the pepper that decided to stick around. The last few puffs give me lots of nuts with pepper and some chocolate. The structure of the flavors is warm. The flavors are full but smooth. This cigar is good enough to nub.
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The smoke is good and there is enough of it. The ash is white with some dark spots. I would call this medium bodied full flavored, it is the mildest Don Pepin cigar I smoked so far. Because I smoked outside and there was some wind, it was hard to keep a straight burn.
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Would I buy this cigar again? It is a Don Pepin stick, so you can’t go wrong. Yes, I will buy this cigar again.
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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: 8 / 10

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