Posts Tagged With: Don Pepin Garcia

My Father lancero

By now everybody probably knows the story behind the My Father cigars and that it was a way for Jaime Garcia to honor his father, José ‘Don Pepin’ Garcia. The lancero from the My Father line is a 7½x38 Nicaraguan puro with a Habano Rosado wrapper. The lancero is topped with a pigtail and the price tag of this cigar is 9 euro in The Netherlands.
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The wrapper is nice, shiny, oily and dark. The construction feels a bit soft. I love the detailed band. The cigar has a mild barnyard smell. The predraw is hard and flavorless.
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I taste a lot of pepper with some earthy tones and something floral. After half an inch I taste wood with herbs and pepper. The pepper isn’t as strong as in the first half inch though. After a third the flavors mellow out a bit, I taste something floral with wood, herbs and pepper. A few puffs later I even taste some nuts.
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Halfway I taste wood, herbs and a little bit of pepper in the aftertaste. The pepper almost disappears. Just passed the middle point of the cigar I taste wood with leather and some pepper. The leather is very mild though. The pepper returns near the end with chocolate on the background. The pepper is really strong.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and fifty minutes. The draw is a bit hard but I got a lot of thick smoke to make up for it. The burn is flawless. The ash is dark but firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I like the vitola and I like the flavor profile.

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

These sandwich style cigars are made by Don Pepin Garcia exclusively for Holts and are sold as cheap as $42 for a box of 20 robustos. The cigars are a blend of Nicaraguan Criollo, Corojo and Habano seed tobaccos with an Ecuadorian wrapper. This specific cigar had been resting in my humidor for at least a year and a half, possibly even longer. All cigars are individually wrapped in cellophane
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The oily wrapper is a bit pale brown and has lots of veins. There are some soft spots in the construction of this mild box pressed cigar. I like the simple yet clear band. The cigar has a medium strong smell of straw and wood. The predraw is fine and I taste dry tobacco.
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I taste a full flavored coffee with some cedar wood. After half an inch I also taste some herbs and the strength of the flavors decreases a bit. After an inch I notice the coffee getting weaker while the herbs grow in strength. I also taste some toasted flavors and nuts, but these flavors are smooth.
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Halfway I discover a hint of chocolate and I taste a full herbal flavor with some nuts and cedar. The cedar disappears and I taste a perfect mix of chocolate and nuts behind a strong herbal flavor. Near the end I only taste cedar wood and cayenne pepper.
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Even though this is a sandwich style cigar, it still lasted me for an hour. I got a lot of smoke from this stick but the smoke is thin. The draw is fine and the burn only had some minor issues. This full flavored and medium bodied smoke has a firm, salt & pepper colored, ash.
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Would I buy this cigar again? For these prices? Hell yeah!

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

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My Father #2 belicoso

I’m not gonna tell the the story of the “my father” blend again, I guess by now everybody knows that it is a tribute from Jaime Garcia for his father Jose ‘Don Pepin’ Garcia. The cigar is a Nicaraguan puro with a rosado wrapper and is made at the My Father factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.
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The rosado wrapper looks nice, chocolate brown color with just a few minor veins. The top of the belicoso is quite round. The band is detailed and awesome. Once I remove the cellophane I smell a very strong barnyard aroma. The construction feels great and the predraw is fine. I discover raisins in the predraw and the aftertaste is peppery. The cigar has a length of 5½ inch with a 54 ring.
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I taste a full flavored spicy coffee with that signature Pepin twang. After half an inch I also get some wood on the background. An inch later the pepper decreases in strength, the wood becomes the main flavor with the coffee on the background. At ⅓ I can also taste herbal flavors and some sweetness.
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The sweetness disappears as quickly as it showed up and I only taste wood and herbs. The herbs slowly gain power, with a hint of pepper and some wood on the background. The cigar slowly becomes more spicy and more peppery. Near the grande finale the wood and herbal mix gets stronger and the aftertaste is a black pepper flavor.
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The smoke time of this cigar is about 95 minutes and during that time I got a lot of smoke, that was reasonably thick. The firm ash has a pepper and salt color. The draw and burn are good. There is a lot of build up in this full flavored, full bodied cigar because I got a huge flame when I purged. After finishing the cigar I was a little light headed, guess I had a light vitamin N overdose.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, not a whole box, but a single every now and then.

Appearance: 7 / 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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Tatuaje Boris

Thanks to two American friends I got my hands on two of the hard to get and hyped up Tatuaje Dracula and Tatuaje Boris. I smoked the Drac before and liked it a lot, so my expectations for this Boris were very high. Almost every review I read on this Boris was positive too, so I couldn’t wait to light it but I forced myself to wait a while, as I knew that it would be next to impossible to get another stick if I liked it. The moment that I couldn’t wait any longer arrived, last night I decided it was time to light this special stick. From what I’ve been told, this Boris is last year’s Tatuaje Frank but out of costume. I can’t tell as I haven’t smoked the Frank yet.
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The oily wrapper is a little messy with lots of veins. The Ecuadorian Sumatra Rosado gives the cigar a nice reddish glow. The cigar has a bit of a sour, ammonia like, barnyard smell. I feel some soft spots in the construction but the predraw gives the right amount of resistance. I can taste cedar and raisin with a peppery aftertaste.
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I get a full earth and coffee flavor and a very very mild chocolate. I also get some freshness from the cigar, I don’t know exactly what kind of freshness, it is not minty and the flavor is a bit hidden. The chocolate gains some power and after an inch the freshness become a bit stronger too. I get a dry feeling in my mouth. After ⅓ I taste cedar with the mild chocolate and the fresh aftertaste.
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The chocolate joins the freshness in the aftertaste, and halfway the cigar I also taste some herbs on the background. After ⅔ the herbal flavors are the main flavor, they pushed the cedar away completely. There is a hint of chocolate with the freshness on the background and in the aftertaste, but the chocolate starts fading away until I can’t taste it anymore.
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The smoke time of this 7×49 cigar is one hour and forty five minutes. I had to correct the burn a few times but the draw was good. I got a lot of smoke from the cigar. The firm ash is light colored, almost silvery gray. To me this cigar was medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No. This cigar is almost impossible to get, and I liked the Drac better.

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

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Benchmade gordo

I’ve smoked the Benchmade robusto recently and liked it a lot, especially considering the price. Today I had the pleasure of smoking another of these Don Pepin made Ashton cigars, the Gordo which is the latest addition to the whole Benchmade line. It measures 5½x54 and is a Nicaraguan puro, just like the other Benchmades. In The Netherlands it has a € 3.00 price tag.
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I like the cap, you can’t really call it a pigtail as the tobacco sticking out isn’t curled, but it comes close. The cigar has a strong barnyard smell and a simple band. The wrapper is nice, dark and oily and has a few veins. The construction feels good. The predraw, that has a peppery flavor to it, is good.
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I taste pepper with some coffee on the background and some sweetness. The pepper is strong and dominant. After half an inch the pepper gets a bit milder while the coffee grows in strength.
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After two inch the cigar loses some of its power and strength. The coffee has gone and instead I taste wood, pepper and something sweet. The pepper slowly loses strength until it almost disappears but it returns after two thirds and keeps growing in strength until I have to dump the nub in the ashtray.
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The smoke time of this cigar is about an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw and burn are good and I got a decent amount of smoke. The smoke is a bit thin though. The medium gray ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I love this cigar and you can find it dirt cheap.

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

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Ambos Mundos habano robusto

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My Father le bijou 1922 petit robusto

A friend gave me this My Father Le Bijou 1922 petit robusto after I told him that I didn’t care for the churchill I smoked from the same blend. He said he didn’t like the blend at all and gave me this petite robusto from his collection, as he would never smoke it.
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The wrapper is nice, dark, and oily but mat. It has some veins that give the cigar character. The band is detailed but beautiful. The construction feels good. The predraw is a bit on the loose side, even though I punched it instead of using my palio. I can’t get any flavor from the predraw. The cigar is only 4½ inch long and has a 50 ring.
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Bitter coffee and a full earth flavor is what I get after lighting the cigar. The bitterness quickly disappears and after half an inch I get a hint of chocolate. After an inch the chocolate gets sweeter and the coffee and earth flavors have turned into wood.
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Halfway the sweetness disappears too and all I taste is a very nice wood flavor. Near the end that wood gets company from some herbs.
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Even though this is a small stick, it lasted me for 75 minutes. It gave me a lot of smoke. The draw is good but I had to correct the burn a few times. The light gray ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes!

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

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La Riqueza #4 *revisited*

I know, I know, I reviewed this 5×48 cigar not too long ago but The Longfiller Company, who imports these great cigars in The Netherlands asked me to revisit these box pressed cigars as they recently came available on the Dutch market with a price tag of € 9.00. It is made by Don Pepin at the Tabacalera Cubana factory. The Connecticut broadleaf wrapper comes from the Oliva farm while the filler and binder are from Nicaragua.
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I like the simple band and the fleur de lis gives away that this cigar is part of the Pete Johnson empire. The wrapper is dark, oily, leathery and only has a few minor veins, just a few thin ones. I don’t smell anything when I sniff the cigar. The construction feels good, and the triple cap always looks good. The predraw is good and I get a little pepper on the tongue.
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I taste a spicy coffee flavor with some sweetness and a peppery aftertaste. After an inch these flavors have transformed into a mild and sweet dry leather flavor with a spicy aftertaste. The feeling in my mouth is dry.

Halfway I taste a lot of spicy herbs with some cedar wood. The flavors are sweet and spicy. Near the end I taste a spicy leather with herbal flavors again, the cedar has disappeared.
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This cigar lasted me for 50 minutes and gave me a lot of thick smoke. The draw and burn were good and the white colored ash is firm. I would call this cigar full flavored and full bodied. I love this cigar, the only downside is the short smoke time.

Would I buy this cigar again? Damn sure I will

Appearance: 8 / 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: 8 / 10

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