June 16, 2018

Don Pepin Garcia 15th Anniversary Limited Edition 2018 Toro (6 1/2 x 52)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
My Father Cigars has its 2018 limited edition release. This year it pays homage to the 15th anniversary of when company patriarch Don Pepin Garcia first opened up his factory in Little Havana. The cigar is appropriately called the Don Pepin Garcia 15th Anniversary Limited Edition.

The cigar utilizes a variant of the Don Pepin Garcia Blue Label banding. It features a 100% all Nicaraguan blend highlighted by a Nicaraguan Habano Rosado Oscuro wrapper. Cigar Aficionado reported some Pelo de Oro in the blend – which is something that has been a staple of each of the annual limited edition cigars by My Father. The Don Pepin Garcia 15th Anniversary comes in the 6 1/2 x 52 Toro that has been a staple of the annual My Father Limited Edition line. However, for the first time, the annual limited edition will feature a second size – in this case, a 5 3/4 x 50 Robusto.

Both sizes will have each cigar packaged in individual coffins with 14 coffins per box. Cigar Aficionado reports the total production of the Don Pepin Garcia 15th Anniversary will be 2,000 boxes per size.

Blend Profile
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Rosado Oscuro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (My Father Cigars SA)

Vitolas Available
Robusto: 5 3/4 x 50
Toro: 6 1/2 x 52 REVIEWED TODAY

The bands on the cigar are beautiful. The main band definitely reminds me of the original DPG Blue. The ribbon at the foot has a gold embossed DPG 2018 which is very classy looking. The cigar has a very dense feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were semi-sweet cedar, brown sugar, cinnamon, almond cream, leather, and black coffee. There was black pepper which I rated at a 7. The almond cream appears right after the sweeter front end flavors and it has some length to it. Immediately after that you hit a wall of leather. It's a worn leather flavor. 

The first third ended at 40 minutes. Yes, 40 minutes. This is a very dense, slow burning cigar. It's a good thing because these go for $25 a pop! The almond cream which I had at the beginning of the cigar is no longer there. The cedar is nice and sweet with the brown sugar and cinnamon. The leather, black coffee, and pepper are elevated. The coffee is rather earthy at this point. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is one of leather with some cream and a nice amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar has a dark feel to it but there is enough sweetness to even it out. I rated the first third a 93.

The second third ended at 1 hour 20 minutes. Amazing. At this point the cedar had a nice tangy flavor. The brown sugar and cinnamon just completed the sweet flavors. The leather was still quite prominent along with the black coffee and black pepper. The cigar is full bodied. The finish is unchanged. This cigar is right in my wheelhouse. I rated the second third at 94.

The cigar ended at 1 hour 53 minutes.  I smoked the cigar as slowly as I could and it shows. The dense feel did not disappoint. The almond cream that I spoke about in the very beginning came back in the final third. Also, the tangy notes in the cedar went away. The cigar sort of reverted back to the way it was initially. The leather and black coffee remained quite prominent and the black pepper remained very good. The finish was unchanged. I enjoyed this cigar. It has all the notes I really like. With the re-introduction of the almond cream notes and the disappearance of the tangy notes in the cedar I dropped the final third score back to a 93 but it's still a very, very good cigar. It reminds me of the old DPG cigars which I really liked. With a price of $25 apiece it's rather expensive but very, very good.

Overall Score: 93

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