Don Pepin Garcia Exclusivo Ltd Review

Brand: Don Pepin Garcia

Line: Exclusivo Ltd

Size: 5 1/2″ X 54

Shape: Belicoso

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano 

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Origin: Nicaragua

Machine or Hand-rolled: Hand-rolled

Age: 3 Years

Price: $5.95 USD

Where to Purchase: Atlantic Cigar Co.

          IMG_1672 I have always been a fan of the cigars made by the Garcia family, and I think I always will. Now, I didn’t quite know what to expect when I bought this cigar because the Don Pepin Garcia Exclusivo Ltd is a cigar made for Atlantic Cigar Co. I tend to think of exclusives like this to be of lesser quality, especially since the packaging isn’t all that grand, and it doesn’t come with a band. Overall you would think that less love went into these sticks……and I could not have been more wrong.

          Most people who smoke Cuban cigar or who have smelt them knows that they have a distinct aroma, and aroma that cannot be matched by anything non-Cuban. However, this cigar changes that paradigm. I took one of the belicoso sticks from the Atlantic branded cabinet box and snipped the end off with my table cutter. The cigar was perfectly smooth with tight invisible seems. It was a light yet surprisingly dense pack with little to no sponginess. I used my butane torch to toast and light the foot. The first drawn produced a heavy volume of smoke with notes of cedar, hay and that distinct habanos smell.

First Third (1/3) – 20 min

          The draw was remarkably good, some would say near perfect. The volume of smoke was enough to constitute it being called a fire! this helped the cigar to produce a nice array of flavours. There was definitely a nuttiness to it but overall it produced a cedar like aroma. The cigar, although its large smoke volume, remained a medium body throughout that first third.

Second Third (2/3) – 25 min

          I realized that i was enjoying the cigar so much that I was mistakingly smoking it too fast. Lucky the strength of the cigar was almost non-existent or else I would have been knocked out! The stick remained a medium body while still giving off a nice array of flavours to decipher. Notes of port wine, cedar, and a nice hint of ice wine came to the forefront with a medium length finish of hay.

Final Third (3/3) – 20 min

          The cigar began to get a little to hot was it burned down the last inch or so. flavours remained quite consistent as did the medium body. The volume of smoke likewise stayed relatively consistent from beginning to end and would definitely be confused with a full body cigar.

Total Smoke Time: 1h 5min

The Verdict

          The cigar is definitely a different take on the Garcia’s typical profile. They took a different avenue from their usual full-body nutty cigars to a more mellow, yet still flavourful Exclusivo. This is more reminiscent for a Davidoff or a Hoyo de Monterrey (Cuban). Its an interesting take on a medium bodied smoke and I am sure it will please anybody who like a middle-of-the-road smoke. It is definitely constructed to the highest standards and sure not to disappoint. If this sounds like a cigar that suites you I recommend that you pick one up and try it. Given its beautiful construction, excellent smoke volume, yet surprisingly medium body I give this cigar on The Leather Library 10-Point Stogie Scale a:


By: Steven Umbrello

Steven Umbrello is a student of philosophy and an avid cigar and pipe smoker. He has been smoking cigars and pipes for over five years and has made it his mission to learn as much about the industry as possible. He has attended some high profile cigar events and is a leading member of the Toronto Cigar Club.  You can find more from Steven at his blog The Leather Library Blog.


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