Back in May, I wrote an article discussing what to expect heading into the annual IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas. One of the items I touched on as exciting and buzz-worthy was the 10th Anniversary of Don Pepin Garcia’s My Father Cigars. Now that trade show has passed, we are starting to see some of the new product hitting shelves and the Don Pepin Garcia 10th Anniversary has arrived here at Cigar King. People have been clamoring for these for months, waiting with baited breath for them to reach store’s shelves. With only 2500 boxes of 14 produced, this is a very limited release with only 35,000 cigars being rolled. Each box comes numbered and as expected, is as ornate as any product on the market. Within each box is 14 individually coffined cigars where a cellophane wrapped 10th Anniversary awaits the consumer. The stick is something to behold; a 6 1/2 x 52 toro that just screams out to you “SMOKE ME!”. So let’s see if they hype holds up and light one of these beauties up!
Size: Toro 6 1/2 x 52
Wrapper: Ecuadoran Rosado Habano Oscuro
Price: $22.00/stick or $276.95/box of 14
Appearance: The Don Pepin Garcia 10th Anniversary is a sight to behold with each coming in individual slide-top coffins marked with the Limited Edition 2013 moniker. Once the slide-top is opened, the 6×52 beauty is revealed in all of its glory; the detailed, almost garish band immediately grabs your attention. A beautiful royal blue base color with intricate gold foil throughout, this is one of the most eye-catching bands I can ever remember, easily up there with the famed Opus X or Diamond Crown Maximus bands that so many love. The cigar itself is a deep brown color with minimal veins and a seamless roll from top to bottom. The triple cap is applied perfectly over the firm feeling stick, just spongy enough when squeezed without a soft spot to be found. Just looking at the cigar gets my mouth watering and when really analyzing the roll, it is hard not to be excited about what lies ahead.
Pre-Light Aroma: Bringing the foot of the cigar to my nose brings a much earthier and muskier scent than I expected. There is some sweetness on the finish but it is feint and not easily identified. There was also very little spice where I would expect quite a bit from a Pepin product. The wrapper brings a pleasing rich, sweet tobacco flavor through the nose, a note not picked up from the foot. When drawing on the cigar before I light it, I get a sharp vegetal like flavor with a very earthy undertone. There is no spice to be found on the draw either with just a slight tobacco taste left to the lips. This definitely doesn’t come across as a typical Pepin blend based on pre-light conclusions either in the strength or flavor department. The smoke should be quite interesting based on these two factors.
The Don Pepin Garcia 10th Anniversary lights effortlessly and the draw is fantastic, producing a mouthful of thick, chewy smoke on each puff. The first few puffs produce sweet earthy notes on the palate with a nice soft spice coming through the nose. Once into the cigar a little way, the earthy notes begin to develop into a soft fruity sweetness with a cinnamon and nutmeg finish on the palate. Strength starts off a solid medium but the nuanced and balanced flavors make it a deceiving medium body; I don’t notice the strength because the flavors are so unique for a Pepin blend. The burn line is as perfect as I can recall seeing with the ash holding for nearly an inch, not as long as I may have hoped, but definitely enough to show the great construction of the cigar.
Into the middle third and a nice pecan nuttiness takes over the palate with the fruit sweetness lingering in the background. The finish is long and lasts between puffs allowing your palate to really take in the subtleties of the smoke. It may sound a bit strange, but the smoke has a softness to it that I don’t recall experiencing before, almost a velvety feeling in the mouth. The strength has crept up to the medium-full range, stopping just short of an all out full bodied cigar, which I think suits this smoke very well. The subtle flavors could easily be overpowered if the cigar we to become a powerhouse. The burn line has remained flawless though the ash is a bit flaky, holding most of it for around 3/4 of an inch with pieces falling here and there. It definitely doesn’t take away from how the Don Pepin Garcia 10th Anniversary smokes or how great the construction has been to this point.
The final third may be the crescendo of the Don Pepin Garcia 10th Anniversary, which is saying a lot the way this has smoked to this point. The flavors really begin to meld together and create a symphony on the tongue, with each coming through at some point. You have the fruit sweetness on the front of the tongue, the nuttiness taking up the center with the spice and earthiness coming through on the back end. Through the nose you get the cinnamon and nutmeg spices, creating a wonderful medley of distinct and delicious flavors on the finish. At $22 a stick, the experience needed to be noteworthy and deliver in a big way. After smoking the cigar, I have to say it does and in all the right places. The strength isn’t too much for most smokers and it is different than any Pepin cigar past or present. These won’t last long, so if you would like to order, please call us at 800-669-7167 or click here.