Cigar Review: Don Pepin Garcia

Solid but didn't "wow" me. Decent cigar worth enjoying again.

Quick notes from a recently smoked Don Pepin Garcia … please let me know what you think of this format in the comments section!

CONTEXT

Brand: Don Pepin Garcia
Size Name/Variety: Lancero
Length & Gauge: 7.5 x 38
Price/Vendor/Date: $10, The Corona (Battle Creek), 1/11/13
Smoke Date/Place: 1/13/13, back porch
Percent Enjoyed: 95%
Associated Beverage: Four Roses bourbon
Total Score: 88

 

APPEARANCE/PRESENTATION (20 pts)

Vitola: PAREJO:  Corona  |  Panatela  |  Lonsdale
FIGURADO:  Belicoso  |  Pyramid  |  Perfecto  |  Diadema
Packaging: Round   |  Box-Pressed  |  Cigar Condom
Initial   Impression: Oily  |  Dry  |  Veiny  |  Smooth  |  Soft  |  Hard
Wrapper Color: Candela  |  Claro  |  Col Clar  |  Colorado  |  Col Mad  |  Maduro  |  Oscuro
Wrapper Origin: Ecuador
Binder Origin: Nicaragua
Filler Origin: Nicaragua
Cut Type/Ease: Punch |  Straight  |  V-Cut  |  Easy  |  Hard  |  Shredded Head?
Initial Aroma: Understated; slightly woodsy.
Band Notes: Appears to have changed from old photos; now green.
Subscore &   Note: 18 points. Would have preferred more initial aroma.

 

LIGHTING/BURNING (15 pts)

Initial Light: Easy  |  Hard  |  Even  |  Uneven
Burn Consistency: Straight  |  Canoing  |   Hollowing  |  Bulging  |  Too Hot
Burn Rate: 70 min — ~   1″/10min
Relights: 0  |    |  2  |  3   |  4   |  5
Ash   Type/Consistency: Firm  |  Loose  |   White  |  Lt. Grey  |  Dark  |  Fine   | Grainy
Resting Smoke: Subdued, aromatic, borderline acrid on blowback.
Subscore &   Note: 10 points. Went out once at 75%.

 

CONSTRUCTION (25 pts)

Draw Quality: Too Firm  |  Just Right  |  Too Loose
Draw Consistency: Draw was flawless   throughout.
Non-Burn Problems: Plugs  |  Sap  |  Other
Wrapper   Consistency: Intact  |  Head Unraveled  |  Body Unraveled
Subscore &   Note: 25 points. No flaws.

 

TASTE (30 pts)

Flavor Intensity: Light  |  Medium-Light  |  Medium  |  Med-Full  |  Full
Dominant Profile: Bland  |  Vegetal  |  Spicy  |  Peppery  |   Earthy  |  Sweet 
Flavor   Characteristics: Slightly sweet, but difficult to pin down a flavor.
Aroma Intensity: Rich  |  Strong  |  Acrid  |  Weak  |  Bland
Aroma   Characteristics: Good smoke, borders on acrid. Rich and complex.
Subscore &   Note: 25 points. Again, borderline acridity.

 

CONSISTENCY (10 pts)

Changes in   Body/Flavor: No real changes detected in the thirds.
Quality of Finish: Smoked to the nub — finished well.
Subscore &   Note: 10 points. No flaws.

 

SUMMARY IMPRESSIONS

Smoke Again? Yes.
Personal Notes: Solid but didn’t “wow” me. Decent cigar worth enjoying again.
MFR Claim: None observed.
Other Reviews: 2008, Cigar Aficianado #8 of the Top 25 of the Year
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