Brand: Don Pepin Garcia
Line: JJ Selectos
Size: 5″ x 50
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder: Connecticut, Nicaragua
Filler: Connecticut, Nicaragua
Machine or Hand-rolled: Hand-rolled
Age: 1 year
Price: $6.80 USD
Where to Purchase: Atlantic Cigar Co.
When you have been a big fan of the Garcia family as I am you wouldn’t hesitate to go after some of there most obscure and less sought after lines. The JJ series has some contention around it. Some die-hard fans swear by their quality and flavour, while others simply dismiss them entirely. I have always found that cigars are too subjective to be absolutest about. Here is my review of the cigar.
The stick has been sitting in my humidor for over a year now since I find that Garcia cigars change significantly over the course of 6 months and the 1 year point seems to be their plateaux. I removed the cigar from the cellophane and was met with a distinctively cedar and light earth scent. I sliced the cap off with my table cutter and toasted the foot with my butane torch. The initial flavours were distinctively Habanos-esqu.
First Third (1/3) – 15 min
The first third was as expected. The note of cedar that dominated the initial draw continued on until the finish where it was replaced with a beautifully balanced profile of hay and mild coffee. The burn continued to be sharp and the smoke volume was about average.
Second Third (2/3) – 20 min
The smoke volume increased at this point to the level of being voluptuous. Accordingly, the flavours intensified also, the profile retained the cedar notes, but a bittersweet chocolate became the dominate note. Aside from needing a minor burn touchup, it was a thoroughly enjoyable third.
Final Third (3/3) – 15 min
The final third was very similar to the first in that the cedar notes came back with full force. The stick did not heat up at the nub like I expected it would and rather continued to produce cool and mellow smoke. The burn remained razor sharp until the end, where I put the cigar to die in grace.
Total Smoke Time: 50 min
The DPG JJ Selectos is an interesting take on what is an atypical take on the My father line of cigars. The Garcia’s continue to produce cigars of what i believe to be consistent quality and taste. The burn sharpness, smoke-time, draw and tastes all culminated into a beautiful cigar. Taking all of these elements into accounts the DPG JJ Selectos gets on the Leather Library 10-Point Stogie Scale a:
Steven Umbrello – Senior Editor