Don Pepin Garcia Series JJ Little Robusto

Don Pepin Garcia Serie JJ Little Robusto

Don Pepin GarciaOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 4 x 50
Wrapper : Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan Corojo & Criollo
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : ~$6 each

I was really excited to see the old Series JJ line of Don Pepin cigars debut a new size, especially one of my favorite vitolas, the petit robusto. Revisiting the Series JJ line really excited me because first I have not smoked one in a really long time, second it’s one of my favorite cigar lines, and third it was one of the first brands that made me fall in love with cigars and the genius that is Don Pepin Garcia. The “Little Robusto Project” was the brainchild of Jerry Cruz, of Stogie Review, to commemorate his infant son’s passing and give awareness, and raise money, for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★★
For a maduro wrapper, this cigar is quite light in color. It’s lighter than the original Serie JJ Maduro, and darker than the regular production Serie JJ. The wrapper is a beauty though nevertheless, and appears flawless with substantial amount of oils. The veining is very thin and the seams are super tight. The band on the “Little Robusto” is different from the regular production as well. It’s very attractive and ornate with white, gold, and minor reds. The wrapper smells of faint earth and leather, and the foot smells of sweet sugar cane and straw.

Construction : Rating: ★★★★★ (4.75)
Lighting made easy per a triple flame torch, the draw is pretty open, and the smoke production is massive. Lots of creamy smoke can be drawn from the Serie JJ and allows for flavors to be dissected. The burn line starts off pretty straight and razor sharp and the ash is light grey to almost creamy white. These are pretty much “light ‘em and forget ‘em” cigars. The production is top notch with hardly a burn problem among them.

Don Pepin Garcia Serie JJ Little Robusto

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★☆
I am surprised to not find much pepperiness in this stick compared to the original Serie JJ. The cigar is much sweeter it seems than its counterparts, and it is starting off in a very good place in my book.

1st Third: Flavors of sugar cane sweetness, earthiness, some nuts?, and musk start off the cigar. The flavors are vivid and the smoke is thick and creamy. The body of JJ is smoking in the medium bodied category. At this point the corojo really seems to shine to me and is quite enjoyable. I am questioning myself more and more now, “Why have I gone so long without you?”

2nd Third: Hella smooth is the “Little Robusto.” Not a whole lot of change in this cigar in the beginning of the second third, but the flavors are spot on. The marshmallow sweetness is something really coming through that I like a lot.

3rd Third: Of course now the flavor profile has become a little stronger and flavors a little darker,… but not by much though. Nutmeg, almonds, and continuing earthiness has concluded this helluva cigar.

Value : Rating: ★★★★★ (4.75)
I would throw down $6 bucks for this type of smoke all day long. For a short smoke, it delivers everything you could possibly want for little coin. And better yet, it goes to supporting a good cause.

Don Pepin Garcia Serie JJ Little Robusto

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★★½ (4.25)
From what I remember of the Serie JJ’s from back in the day, I remember them having a much more peppery profile. The “Little Robusto” hardly had any of this pepperiness. The Little JJ instead is super smooth, really sweet, and just a delicious little cigar. I really love corojo leaf, and it seems that the earthy core of this cigar really expresses what this leaf is all about. This is a great treat for me truthfully considering all the non-corojo cigars that I have been smoking and reviewing lately. Please don’t overlook this little guy on the shelves, it is a solid stick with a great creamy profile in a compact frame, and helps out guys like Jerry Cruz in his goal to provide more attention to SIDS awareness. From one Filipino to another, Jerry Cruz, keep up the good work and we all support what you are doing.