Cigar: Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic 1970
Ring Gauge: 54
Country Manufactured: Nicaragua
Pre-Light & Construction
This line is one of three bearing Don Pepin’s name. Like any of his cigars, the cigar is beautifully constructed. The wrapper is golden-brown, mostly vein-free, and has a nice oily sheen. There is a black and gold double band that offsets well with the color of the cigar. As I felt the length of it, I detected no soft spots and noted that it was firmly bunched and heavy in hand.
Light & Burn
As is my custom with this format, I used a Xikar V-cut and it cut cleanly. Once I set a torch to it, it fired up easily and started off with a razor straight burn. It would burn that way to the nub. The draw was a little firm, but it still allowed for a good amount of smoke with each puff. As evidence to the craftsmanship, the ash was firm and fell in solid clumps at one inch intervals.
If you are familiar with Pepin’s cigars, then you know that they oftentimes start with a black pepper blast. This cigar is no different. Once it mellowed, cedar and a slight nuttiness met the palate. Those flavors would dominate the majority of the cigar. In the last third, the flavors intensify and become heavier, with the addition of pepper and leather. There was even a hint of coffee in the mix toward the nub.
If you haven’t had a chance to try this cigar, it should be on your list. Full-flavored and well-made, it is remarkably smooth for the flavor combination.Cigar Review: Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic 1970 by David Sabot