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Series JJ by Don Pepin Garcia

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Price – $9
Beverage – Coffee w/Cream
Size – Toro (Sublime – 6 X 54)
Strength – Demi (2/4)
Rating – Expendables (8/10)

You will get few people to dispute that Don Pepin makes great cigars. In my opinion, Pepin is like Fuente in that it is one of the first brands smokers take up as they get deeper into the lifestyle. I’ve now smoked multiple Series JJ over the past couple weeks and here are my thoughts:

1) Excellent construction, typical Pepin great draw, and wonderful burn

2) Solid Demi, not strong, good example of a lower level medium-full cigar.

3) I found the JJ to have a little bit of a peppery taste along with a little sweetness and coffee like flavors to it at points.

4) Smoke time for me was 55 minutes

Now to the two questions:

Would I smoke it again? Yes

Would I give it humidor space? Yes

The Series JJ is a great go to option and has everything I look for when contemplating an everyday smoke. The price point is good and the cigar is extremely enjoyable. I am calling the JJ not only humidor space worthy, but in my opinion it is box worthy as well. I highly recommend giving this cigar a shot.

Cuban Classic by Don Pepin Garcia (ZT Cigars exclusive)

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Rating – (6) Sabotage
Strength – (2) Demi
Vitola – Perla
Price – $5.64
Drink – Dr. Pepper

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Some back story on this cigar – It’s made for a cigar shop in Oklahoma City called ZT cigars. ZT has a great humidor, with plenty of options to pick from, the lounge is the best in the area by far, with super comfortable leather chairs and a few TVs. The staff is very knowledgable and helpful with any selections you might need. With all that being said lets talk about this cigar a bit. One of the other guys in the lounge recommended this cigar to me.(sorry man I didn’t get your name). Fired it up and let it roll, great even burn, excellent smoke, great taste to it and just a good all around cigar. If you make it through OKC stop in and pick some of these up.

El Centurion by My Father (Don Pepin Garcia)

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Price – $8
Beverage – Dr. Pepper
Size – Belicoso (5.5 X 54)
Strength – Demi (2/4)
Rating – Bullet to the Head (5/10)

To our valued readers, it is no secret that we are fans of My Father and Pepin cigars. This was my first time with the El Centurion and here are my thoughts:

1) Solid construction, didn’t need any touch ups on the burn. I found the draw to be a little tight.

2) The Centurion is billed as a medium-full stick, but for me it smoked more like a medium body so I’m calling it a Demi.

3) Had a peppery flavor to it

4) My smoke time was about 50 minutes

Now to the two questions:

Would I smoke it again? No

Would I give it humidor space? No

I was really looking forward to this cigar and was left a little disappointed. I found it lacking the burst of flavor typically associated with My Father cigars. It’s not a bad cigar, but it’s not above average in my opinion. The Centurion comes at an attractive price point of $8, but with the recent increase in competition at that price level there are other cigars I would choose in its stead. I would suggest the AJ Fernandez New World ($6), the AJ Fernandez San Lotano Bull ($8), both of which I recently reviewed. Additionally, if you wanted to keep it My Father I’d go with the La Flor de Antilles ($8) or La Antiguedad ($9). I know this cigar has its fans, but I just didn’t get the same enjoyment unfortunately.

Cuban Classic Black by Don Pepin Garcia

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Price – $10

Beverage – Fresh squeezed pomegranate juice

Strength – Demi (2/4)

Rating – Rambo (7/10)

I’d like to start off by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and that you all get a chance to be with family and friends!

Last night at Hollywood Smokes I was looking at my choices and thought to myself “it’s tough to go wrong with a Don Pepin stick” and selected this beauty to fire up. This Cuban Classic was smooth, had just enough spice to give it a little kick, and had one of the best draws that I can remember.

This is called a full body cigar, but I disagree, it’s a solid Demi and most reminded me of the some of the Regius red label cigars I’ve smoked. Now to the two questions:

Would I smoke it again? Yes

Would I give it humidor space? Yes, I’m not sure I’d get a box of them, but it’s nice to have a couple tucked away.

The Cuban Classic is a great solution to those times when you feel like having a cigar, are not sure what to smoke, but still want something with just enough kick that is not overpowering. These types of cigars are always good to keep around and at $10, it makes it a no brainer as they are worth every penny in my opinion.

I’d like to thank my boy on Cigar Dojo @Eleven for providing me some background on this cigar and for taking the time to check out our blog. @Bundy, we will get together for a smoke soon my Chicago brother and thank you for taking a look at our blog!

Buy this Cuban Classic Black by Don Pepin Garcia NOW!
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