Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Don Pepin Garcia Series JJ Maduro Selectos

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Introduced in 2007, the DPG Series JJ Maduro sports an oily dark brown Nicaraguan Corojo Maduro wrapper, a Nicaraguan Criollo binder and Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo filler. If this cigar sounds like an a*s kicker, let me assure you, it is.

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The cigar is well constructed as you would expect from a Don Pepin cigar. The cap is triple layered and the wrapper showed no visible imperfections. The cigar feels firm with only one slight soft spot. Running your fingers across the wrapper, you will find that it has a slight gritty feel to it. The aroma is delightful. It smells rich and earthy and the foot displays a nice sweetness along with a red wine-like scent.

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The cigar lights easily and produces a profound amount of creamy full bodied smoke. The initial flavors are dark semi-sweet chocolate, cedar, roasted nuts and black pepper. You can feel the tingle on your lips and tongue right from the start. Eventually the chocolate fades out and leaves mostly cedar, nuts and pepper. The second third was the sweet spot when the heat faded out a little and allowed you to taste more roasted nuts with a honey sweetness on the finish. But alas, this cigar won't let you forget it's Nicaraguan heritage as the pepper heat returns once again to make it's presence felt. The last third showed a transition from roasted nuts to chewy leather as the smoke coats your mouth like syrup and leaves a long finish that feels like you have rinsed your mouth out with red wine. My only complaint about this cigar was that the draw felt too loose. With just 2 and 1/2 inches remaining the smoke started to thin out so I had to resort to biting down on the cigar which helped to generate more smoke. Thankfully this cigar was well constructed and had enough firmness to keep from getting soft.

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The cigar burned evenly most of the way and started to waver in the last third. I had to touch it up a couple of times with my lighter to even it out. The ash was gray and black and looked flaky, but it held on well until I tapped it off into my ashtray.

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Overall, I found this cigar to be an enjoyable smoke. It captures your attention from the moment you light it up until the very end. However, I wouldn't recommend it to beginners unless I wanted to scare them away from cigars. It is definitely spicy and has strong full flavors from beginning to end. This cigar is one of those that would age quite well in the humidor, if nothing else but to allay some of that peppery heat. The cost of the Selectos, which is a 5 by 50 robusto, is around $8.40 a stick. I think it's worth it and I wouldn't hesitate to buy some to keep in my humidor to enjoy for special occasions.

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Check out other great reviews of this cigar:

Jerry, from the Stogie Review and Lucky7 from Keepers of the Flame




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2 comments:

mike said...

A+ review good detail. I just smoked A belicoso the burn was eaven a little flakey good smoke full body flavors pepper ,cedar a hent of leather.I would almost compare to my #1 go to smoke Padilla Miami

Matt said...

Just won a 5-pack on CBid for about $5.50 a stick (with shipping). Sounds like I made out ok! Can't wait to try them.