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Boss Hog
29-04-2009, 12:14 AM
Don Pepin Garcia Blue

What is it?
i knew nothing about this brand until I started to look into it while smoking it. I was surprised to find out that this was a home made cigar from Little Havana... Miami, florida!
A Nicuraguan filler that features a corojo wrapper, size was 6x50.
It doesnt look to badly made, when pinched it had a firm feel with a very light spring to it. I personally like that in a cigar

What does it taste like?

It started off rather peppery and sour for the first few draws. Although I would possibly put it down to the can of my favourite tipple Red stripe I'd finished earlier clouding my palette. This dissapointed me slighty in that I was quite looking forward to a nice smoke. Or it may have just been a little strong to start.
I stuck at it and the next few draws it completely changed.
It pulled me in like a siren onto the rocks. What surprised me was it drifted into hot buttered toast, then smooth & creamy finishing with very
faint leather overtones which were perfectly understated to the extent that it left you guessing and wanting to go back and double check.
Normally I would scoff at such descriptions.
As I got past the first inch it developed into more of a woodier flavour and the finish tailed off slightly but still pleasant. It remained consistent like this to the end.

How strong is it?

This is medium strength cigar,

The draw?

Easy. An even burn throughout and the ash held it's own, quite a pleasant aroma from the standing smoke as well.

Final thoughts?

After the intial rejection it gave me, it took me by the hand and led me to the bedroom. 1 hour later I emerged with a smile.
A easy going pleasant smoke, something I would be happy to smoke again. I dont think it something to sit down over coffee or the likes with and
concentrate over but as something to smoke to while pottering round the garden it's ideal.
Would I bring it home and introduce it to my parents? Probably not, but I would sneak out the bedroom window once a month for a hour of fun.
I was thinking about scoring this a 6.5 out of 10 but given that it surprised me in the fact that it was made in Miami I'm willing to knock it up to a 7.0

http://www.ukcigarforums.com/picture.php?albumid=48&pictureid=426

TJCoro
29-04-2009, 12:54 AM
Don Pepin Garcia Blue

What is it?
i knew nothing about this brand until I started to look into it while smoking it. I was surprised to find out that this was a home made cigar from Little Havana... Miami, florida!


Nice review, senor jefe hog...you a funny hombre!:lol:

FYI - the Don Pepin cigar is well known in the great land to the north (USA) and is heavily marketed by many of the vendors, including www.famous-smoke.com/catalog (http://www.famous-smoke.com/catalog). (see pic below.)

:nerd: FYI, you can find many fine hand-made stogies in Little Havana, Flordia. It's where many expatriats from Cuba live, many of whom worked in the Cuban cigar factories - hence the name. Perhaps senor Rocket Man can shed more light on cigars from Little Havana.

:bandit:

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b9da09b3127ccec6ac12641f5600000040O00AYs27li0aNW QPbz4Y/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

:juggle: Still playing with my balls, mates.

Mr Moore
29-04-2009, 01:05 AM
Brilliant Boss.

nicwing
29-04-2009, 05:48 AM
Like your style Bossman! :smoke:

rokkitsci
29-04-2009, 10:38 AM
I too was very happy with this 'gar. Although I didn't experience the melange of flavo(u)rs you describe, I thoroughly enjoyed the earthy/nutty interpretation my taste buds provided. Also liked the almost musty aroma this stogie exuded when presented (unlit) to my probocis.


Don Pepin Garcia Blue

What does it taste like?

What surprised me was it drifted into hot buttered toast, then smooth & creamy finishing with very faint leather overtones... past the first inch it developed into more of a woodier flavour

Boss Hog
29-04-2009, 11:10 AM
I too was very happy with this 'gar. Although I didn't experience the melange of flavo(u)rs you describe, I thoroughly enjoyed the earthy/nutty interpretation my taste buds provided. Also liked the almost musty aroma this stogie exuded when presented (unlit) to my probocis.


Yes, I found the inital unlit musty aroma very similar to the padron 2000 maduro.

whisky77
29-04-2009, 03:14 PM
Nice review Boss; from the photograph it looks like a nicely constructed little Robusto.

TJCoro
01-05-2009, 10:03 PM
I too was very happy with this 'gar. Although I didn't experience the melange of flavo(u)rs you describe, I thoroughly enjoyed the earthy/nutty interpretation my taste buds provided. Also liked the almost musty aroma this stogie exuded when presented (unlit) to my probocis.


FYI, you senor rokkitsci, are the "Rocket Man." Lo siento that I couldn't remember your forum handle in an earlier post.:(

:bandit:

JasonOne
10-07-2009, 02:45 AM
Jose Garcia, otherwise known as Don Pepin, is the man behind some of the industry’s hottest cigars.
Once you have smoked one of these, you will realize that any other non-Cuban cigar you have ever
smoked that you thought was full-bodied was…not.
About a third of a way into the stick, it all blends into a creamy, spicey, peppery mix with hints of a
Cubanesque tang — and it stays that way until the long, nutty finish.




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G-man
10-07-2009, 10:09 PM
The Boss hits great reviews:smoke:
I found this stoogie more on the full side ,but the ones I smoked were first releases !
No cello and differant bands. The newer release is a tad milder from the original one.
All in all Don Pepin has held a hot hand for the past 3 or so years. Visited his shop on 3rd st. in Miami and it was nothing to write home about. The few cigars he had for retail sales were more or less the same price as in any B&M. The service was average at best but better then his neighbor LGC of Miami ! They acted like we were not important to them. :laser:LGC,KMA(Kiss my ass)