Origin : USA
Format : Belicoso
Size : 5.7″ x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo
Binder : Nicaraguan
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.
The JJ Maduro is a handsome cigar with a dark wrapper that doesn’t look like your typical maduro. It lacks the toothy, rustic look that most maduros seem to have. This wrapper is smooth and silky with an oily sheen and very few small veins. In addition to the handsome wrapper you can also tell that this is a high end, top shelf cigar by the bunching of the filler tobacco. This cigar is packed full of tobacco and the bunching is amazing, smooth and full looking. It looks as if it is all packed together so tightly that you’d think there is no way the cigar will draw but it does and it does so very well. The are no gaps or holes in the bunch and absolutely no veins or stems, just 100% thin tobacco leaf. It has a rich cedar aroma and an excellent draw that provides the perfect amount of resistance.
This cigar was amazing right from the start. In the beginning the flavors were very defined, creamy with notes of nuts, cedar, and a subtle spice. The Maduro has quite a bit more strength to it than the natural version. The additional strength doesn’t add any rough edges to the flavors like you might expect. It is still very smooth and refined. As I neared the half way mark there was lots of exotic spice and cedar. I think the Maduro title is a misnomer for this cigar. It doesn’t taste like any other maduro I have ever had as it lacks any sweetness or earthiness I usually associate with a maduro. I don’t mean that as a criticism as this cigar is superb. I think this cigar tastes remarkably similar to a Tatuaje Reserva with a bit more kick to it. In the last third the flavors begin to get very robust but they still maintain their smooth refined nature. It starts to develop a bit of earth intertwined with the cedar and spice that has been present since the beginning. The Series JJ Maduro is an exceptional cigar is now on my list of favorites. As good as I think the natural JJ is, I find the maduro to be far superior. This is a special cigar that should be reserved for occassions when you can give it all the attention it deserves.
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