March 17, 2010
Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.25 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $190.00 for a box of 23
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.
Appearance : [rating:5/5]
The wrapper is a Havano-Rosado which has a very nice milk chocolate color to it. The cigar does not seem to have an oily sheen to it although it seems very soft in the hands. The wrapper offers barnyard and hay notes.
The cigar consists of a triple cap although it is hard to make out all three caps.
The band represents a beautiful work of art with an elaborate “MF” written in a large cursive font. The family’s name “Garcia & Garcia” is written under the MF. The band has a salmon colored background which matches well with the red tones of the cigar. Other smaller drawings round out the design of the band.
Construction : [rating:4/5]
The cigar appears veiny which may be a cause of concern. There are no noticeable soft spots in the cigar; it is a very firm cigar.
The Robusto No. 1 offers a bit of resistance in the pre-light draw although this could be due to how tight the tobacco seems to be packed.
The smoke is not too abundant, and it seems to rise fairly quickly. The ash seems pretty tight although some spots were flaky. The color is very bright white. The cigar has a beautiful and even burn.
A good inch ash was obtained before having to tap it off on the ashtray.
The band was glued very tight, and rather than damaging the cigar by removing it, I decided to leave it around the cigar.
Flavor : [rating:5/5]
After cutting the cigar with a Boston Cigar Company Little Guy “V” cutter, the pre-light draw has notes of honey and molasses. The foot offers a sweet, floral scent which resembles honeysuckle or even lavender.
Upon lighting up the cigar, hints of pepper and leather were immediately noticed. The finish is definitely a very long one. On the retrohale, a very nice leathery aroma lingered in the nasal passages, and the retrohale itself was not very overpowering.
About halfway into the cigar, roasted nuts were perceived. This was a well-pronounced taste.
Value : [rating:4/5]
This cigar is an expensive one (around $8.25/stick) for a Robusto. This one falls under the category of a special occasion cigar. For me, it is just a bit too much money for a “go-to” daily cigar. However, a box of these would make a nice gift to honor any cigar smoker’s father.
Another “philosophical” problem I have with this cigar is that since I could not remove the band, I really smoked about 3.75 of the cigar. Now, I am sure that with some work, the band could have been removed, and I would have been able to enjoy an extra 0.5 in. or so. Again, I did not want to take a chance and damage the cigar.
Overall Rating : [rating:4.5/5]
This No.1 Robusto featured a very nice range of balanced flavors. The only problem I found was the price; one can get extremely good robusto cigars at a more affordable cost.
It was a very enjoyable medium-to-full body smoke with a long finish and a pleasant retrohale. I am a big Pepin Garcia fan as I have not found any of his cigars that I did not enjoy.
[sz]garcia my father[/sz]
December 16, 2015
I purchased one of these at the local B&M today, and this is my first experience with it. I has a wonderful feel in the hand, a soft wrapper that is very veiny, as mentioned in the website review. The pre-draw was very tight which was concerning. After toasting the cigar, I attempted to light it and it was like trying to drink a milk shake that was to thick. It seemed almost impossible to take a draw. I carefully rolled the cigar in my fingers and I felt a knot near the band and attempted to loosen the cigar up so it could be smokable. Very little smoke output, if any really at all (I enjoy a smoker). The flavors are as described, but very difficult to obtain because of the still tight draw. I’m completely disappointed in this cigar. I will MAYBE give another a chance, but not for a very long time. I’m looking at it now, as I’m still smoking it, and thinking about throwing it in the trash.
July 4, 2011
Your review was right on! I just smoked my #3. I received it as a gift (not sure when) and it is a home run! I, too, was concerned about the tight wrapper, but after enjoying my smoke, it was easy to remove and I enjoyed it to the end. I am more of a “mild” smoker, but this is a winner! I want more. Very good and accurate review.
March 17, 2010
Thanks for the review. I’ve got one resting in my humidor and look forward to firing it up.
March 17, 2010
Nice review. I’ve been wanting to try those but I haven’t seen them in my shop yet.
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