Brand: Don Pepin Garcia
Line: Series JJ Maduro
Size: 5 3/4″ X 52
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Price: $7.95 USD
First Third (1/3) – 25 min
The flavours from the initial light remained during the first third, however, they became somewhat less distinguishable. It was as if they intermingled with one another into a single complex flavour. My palette and lips were coated with a beautiful oily slickness which I find to be characteristic of great smokes! The cigar remained a definite full body and produced a voluptuous amount of smoke which could probably be seen for half a mile. The burn remained razor sharp, and the strength stayed to a minimum…thankfully. Overall, this cigar is turning out to be another go-to classic from the Garcia’s.
Second Third (2/3) – 30 min
The burn remained perfect despite the wind picking up a bit. I will say that I was actually quite surprised at the fact, yet I was not willing to give up such a tasty stick simply because of the wind. The flavour profile had taken a definitely different turn in the second third. The black pepper seemed to be gone and was replaced by a noticeable leather and aged tobacco taste. The richness was very noticeable here, the taste was simply spectacular as the oily slickness turned into a more chewy texture on my tongue. I have had this experience with quite a few cigars and I find it to be one that I adore! Notes of white pepper and nutmeg creeped into the finish, which was long to say the least. As the cigar mellowed out more we reached the band point, and thus the final third.
Final Third (3/3) – 15 min
The final third made some discernible changes in profile compared to the previous two thirds. The cigar really mellowed out at this point and notes of butter and cream seemed to compliment the increasing heat of the smoke as the burn approached the nub. The tastes were really good, and the chewy texture continued to persist on the finish, however, the burn picked up its pace and I was forced, through necessity, to finally put the cigar down to rest.
Total Smoke Time: 1h 10min
This installation and long time frontrunner of the My Father line is not a disappointment to its recent award winning contemporaries. The JJ maduro was a fantastic smoke and provided me with an enjoyable and ever transforming smoking experience. The only draw back is that there wasn’t more to smoke and that the burn in the final third was a little to quick for me. The notes of pepper, leather and finally cream were an excellent profile and it attests to the blending skill and knowledge of Don pepin and his son Jaime. I look forward to smoking more of these crafted beauties as well as their other lines of cigar blends. On the Leather Library’s 10 Point Stogie Scale the Don Pepin Garcia Series JJ Maduro gets a:
This is a super-premium stick and it comes at a relatively good price. I recommend purchasing a box of these to age and allow for the flavours to consolidate themselves as a more mellow smoking stick. I look forward to trying this cigar in another 6 months to see differences in flavours.
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.