Don Pepin Garcia JJ Selectos Review

Brand: Don Pepin Garcia

Line:  JJ Selectos

Size: 5″ x 50

Shape: Robusto

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo

Binder: Connecticut, Nicaragua

Filler: Connecticut, Nicaragua 

Origin: 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 Verdict

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:


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