This was the very first Don Pepin cigar I had about 5 years ago. When the rep came into a store I worked at he said that Pepin cigars would be the hottest cigars on the market in a few year s and I thought it was just typical sales BS. Well, since then Pepin has grown into the most premier cigar manufacture in the world. The El Rey De Los Habanos site bills today’s smoke as, “a medium cigar with magnificent flavor and enchanting aroma. This premium cigar is made with “Cuban Seed Corojo 99” blend and packed in Cuban style dressed boxes of 25 cigars individually wrapped in cellophane.”
Cigar: Vegas Cubanas by Don Pepin Garcia
Size: 5 x 50 (Invictos / Robusto)
Wrapper: Habano Rosado Claro
Appearance and Construction (16/20): This stick is probably the least visibly appealing cigar in the Don Pepin line of smokes. The cigar has some significant veins and you can make out some stems beneath the wrapper that look like they want to poke through. The triple cap has some imperfections on it, and I would assume by the cigar that the novice rollers in his factory handle these smokes. The cigars has some tooth and a nice weight to it. The band is a little bit plain for Pepin and it looks more like a bundle smoke instead of a premium smoke.
Flavor & Notes (27/30): The prelight draw has some sweet woody notes while the foot has some spices and wood. The first third of the cigar offers some spices, but very muted compared to other Pepin cigars. There are also some bitter notes, but aren’t bad mixed in with wood. As we enter the 2nd third of the cigar the notes of wood remain and there is occasional wisp of cocoa as well. The cigar smells wonderful to the nose. The final third of the cigar to cocoa takes over before becoming earthy on the finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (24/25): The burn of the cigar is perfect from start to finish. The dark ash held on tight with only the slightest bit of flake, The draw was a tad loose but acceptable.
Overall (22/25): When I reach for a Don Pepin cigar I want the spices and the complex flavors, so this cigar falls short in comparison to other Pepin blends. However the cigar itself is a nice alternative to his family of cigars. I just can’t see reaching for it on a regular basis when I have that desire to smoke a Pepin cigar.
Price: $30.99 a 5 Pack at Famous