The Don Pepin Garcia Blue blend of cigars is full of surprises. This sexy cigar is hand-rolled in the El Rey de Los Habanos factory in Miami by none other than the master himself, Cuban-born Jose Pepin Garcia, the patriarch of the Garcia Family. The Garcias proudly stand behind many notable cigars they have blended and helped create for others like the Padilla Miami 8/11, Tatuaje for Pete Johnson, My Father line, 5 Vegas, amongst others, but Jose’s Blue line is very unique and special indeed.
Paying great attention to details, Jose blows this blend out of the park with the Nicaraguan tobacco lineup he blends the Don Pepin Garcia Blue cigars with. Using Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo long-filler tobacco leaves and a Nicaraguan Corojo Oscuro wrapper, he has managed to create a complex and intoxicating stogie. We have smoked complex cigars, but the Don Pepin Garcia Blue might take the cake on complexity. While this blend falls under full-flavored, medium-to-full bodied in strength, it can still be enjoyed by most cigar smokers as it is smooth and not overpowering on the palate.
Country of Origin: Nicaragua/USA
Flavor: Medium to Full Bodied
Wrapper: Corojo Oscuro
Each Don Pepin Garcia Blue cigar comes adorned with an intricate blue band and gold font and a blue satin ribbon on its foot. Their packaging was recently redesigned and the Blue line is offered in handcrafted cedar boxes of 25 sticks, but is also offered in 5-cigar samplers or as a single cigar sampler. It’s great that they are offered up as single sticks or 5-cigar samplers, but be fairly warned, they are made in extremely limited quantities so we highly recommend going for a full box of them if you can find them. At a fairly reasonable price-point (from $7 – $9 per stick) it’s a very smart investment to get the full box.
Delicias (7 x 50, Churchill)
Exclusivos (9 ¼ x 48, Gran Corona)
Generosos (6 x 50, Toro)
Imperiales (6 ½ x 52T, Torpedo)
Invictos (5 x 50, Robusto)
Have we mentioned that the Don Pepin Garcia Blue cigars were rated 93 by Cigar Aficionado and named as 2008’s ‘Top 25 Cigars of the Year” by them, and rightfully so! Upon lighting the Don Pepin Garcia Blue the thick smoke begins oozing, even when it just rests in your ashtray it continues billowing thick wafts of smoke… such a sexy characteristic of a cigar, non? Upon lighting up the first part of the Don Pepin Garcia Blue cigar you might detect a decent amount of black pepper and an earthy undertone. As you smoke your way through the second third of the cigar the savory meatiness of it becomes more pronounced. And on the last third of the smoke a unique woody and nutty flavoring becomes most prominent. You can definitely detect the flavors changing throughout, but rest assured that the burn is nearly perfect, as is its ash. If this isn’t a complex stogie, we don’t know what is!
Brace yourself for a very eventful smoke when you light up a Don Pepin Garcia Blue cigar!!! Enjoy!
For more details on the Don Pepin Garcia Blue cigars please visit their homepage at ElReyDeLosHabanos.com.
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