My Father Le Bijou 1922

My Father Le Bijou 1922

Origin : NicaraguaDon Pepin Garcia cigars
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 4.5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $135.00 per box
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Le Bijou, French for "the jewel" was a blend created by Jose Don Pepin Garcia to honor his late father after Jose's son, Jamie, created the original My Father blend to honor him. 1922 refers to the year of Jose's father's birth. The new blend utilizes a Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro wrapper in contrast to the original My Father series which uses an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. The wrapper change gives Le Bijou a fuller body and more depth of flavor. I want to send a shout out to Jeremy Soares of My Father Cigars and everybody over at buttheadstobacco.com for making this review possible.

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Don Pepin Garcia My Father Robusto

Don Pepin Garcia My Father Robusto

Origin : NicaraguaDon Pepin Garcia cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.25 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $190.00 for a box of 23
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Introduced in 2008, this brand was created in honor of Jose “Pepin” Garcia by his son Jaime. The wrapper comes from Ecuador which is different from the traditional Nicaraguan wrapper used by Don Pepin Garcia. The cigar line offers different vitolas for enjoyment: a Torpedo (No. 2 -5.5 X 54); a Toro (No. 3 - 6 X 49); Long Panatela (No. 4 - 7.5 X 38); Grand Corona (Cedros Deluxe Eminentes - 5.6 X 46); Lonsdale (Cedros Deluxe Cervantes - 6.5 x 44); and today’s feature cigar, the No. 1 Robusto. The No. 3 was named “2009 Best Cigar of the Year” by Cigar Aficionado, and it received a very high rating of 94. The cigar features its own website; however, the section that covers the My Father’s line is still under construction.

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Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic 1952

Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic

Don Pepin Garcia cigarsOrigin : United States
Format : Perla
Size : 4.25 x 40
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$95 for a box of 20
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After last week’s debacle with the Series JJ White Label I usually would have put Don Pepin’s products out of my lineup for at least a short while to get the sour taste out of my mouth and intended to do just that. Shortly after writing the review, however, I received gifts from two separate individuals and each contained a Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Blend. Neither had read the Series JJ review and although this blend is not uncommon, I found it an interesting coincidence that they would both send a stick from the line. Always on the lookout for shorter smokes, I put the Perla 1952 size in my desktop humidor to rest and stowed the larger in my coolidor.

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Don Pepin Garcia Series JJ Robusto

Don Pepin Garcia Series JJ Robusto

Don Pepin Garcia cigarsOrigin : United States
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo Oscuro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6-7 each
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Today was yet another beautiful day in my tundra paradise. Not feeling like a particularly long smoke I reached for the Don Pepin Garcia JJ White Label that has been resting in my desktop for just over a month. I had been looking forward to this one for a while because I cannot seem to find enough smokes in the shorter vitolas.

First inspection shows a wrapper that is a bit more vein laden than I would like. Some of them are quite pronounced begging to affect razor edged burns. Despite this, the seams are unpronounced and the cap is nice and secure. Moving to the foot I notice two fairly pronounced dents that can only be described as pencil eraser sized divots. This leads me to believe that this one is under filled. Pinching from the head to the foot reveals a solid cigar with slight give. Unfortunately, there are two very significant soft spots. One is 2 inches from the foot and the other is right about where the larger band is located.

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Don Pepin Garcia Blue Label Fundadores

Don Pepin Garcia Blue Label Fundadores

Don Pepin Garcia cigarsOrigin : United States
Format : Lancero
Size : 7 1/2 x 38
Ring : 38
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo Oscuro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $9 each
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Everybody knows Don Pepin Garcia. Everybody has smoked at least one cigar rolled by the man, be it a EO 601, a Tatuaje or a Cabaiguan. It's no surprise that he produces cigars under his own brand - Don Pepin Garcia Blue was introduced in 2005 and had its band redesigned since then. This lancero is a Nicaraguan puro produced in the El Rey de los Habanos factory in Miami. It retails for approximately $9 per piece.

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Mi Barrio El Puro

Mi Barrio El Puro

Photo credit: Florez Cigars

Origin : NicaraguaDon Pepin Garcia
Format : Double Corona
Size : 7 1/2 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $9+
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Background Info

Mi Barrio “my neighborhood” is a limited-edition cigar that was created by Jose Pepin Garcia for United Tobacco. The band shows off artwork by Edin Gutierrez. I received “El Puro” (7.5 x 52), which was released July 15, 2008 for IPCPR. Each release offers different artwork on the label. Very interesting concept.

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El Centurion Guerreros by Don Pepin

El Centurion Guerreros by Don Pepin

Don Pepin GarciaOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.0″ x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $12 each

El Centurion is a limited edition cigar from Don Pepin. Actually this cigar is the “First Limited Edition 2007″ which leads me to believe we may see other incarnations of this line sometime in the future. My guess is it will be a different blend but will carry the same name, but this is just speculation on my part. This edition only saw 850 boxes of each size made. What is known about the blend is that it uses Criollo 99 and Corojo 99 tobacco grown in Nicaragua. The best leaves were selected for this blend and were aged for 3 years under watchful eyes and in the best conditions.

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Don Pepin Garcia Series JJ Maduro Belicoso

Don Pepin Garcia Series JJ Maduro Belicoso

Don Pepin Garcia cigarsOrigin : USA
Format : Belicoso
Size : 5.7″ x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $8 each
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The Don Pepin Garcia Series JJ is the Premium version of the DPG line of Cigars made by Jose “Pepin” Garcia. The JJ is a collaboration between Jose and his son Jamie, hence the “JJ”. This is the newer maduro version of this cigar and is to the best of my knowledge, the only maduro besides the EO 601 Maduro that is made by Pepin.

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