Experience the elite in Cuban cigars

Cigar smoking is back!

To be honest, it never really went away despite the lack of legal air space. There has always been a smoldering flame of support for one of the longest established luxuries in the world. Its association with glamour, royalty and power is immortal.

And as in any other art there are stars that define the era. Today’s brightest cigar star is Jose “Don Pepin” Garcia. The Class 8 (master) tobacco roller and Tabaquero Maestro (master blender) is the most wanted man in the cigar business.

As a native Cuban, “Don Pepin” is renowned for blending cigars for such Cuban luminaries as Cohiba, Partagas and Montecristo, as well as Ashton and Tatuaje among others. After leaving Cuba and settling in Nicaragua where he found tobaccos that were closest in flavor to Cuban cigars, he made it his goal to produce cigars in a style and flavor comparable to Cubans without using Cuban tobacco.

One need only smoke the Don Pepin Garcia Black Edition Belicoso (5 x 54) to see that he has already accomplished this goal. This hand-crafted beauty is made at his own factory El Rey de Los Habanos in Miami, made with exclusively Nicaraguan tobacco blended by the master himself, wrapped in only premium Habano Rosado and finished with a distinctive “triple cap.” This is a medium-to full-bodied smoke with deep notes of freshly cured leather, earthy and savory tones.

The Robusto (5 x 50) is even richer with more complexity. The draw was particularly easy and smooth. The flavors were seamless and akin to mocha and roasted black teas. I would say it is a “complete” cigar. These are not for “lightweights” but for smokers who like the power and thickness of rich tobacco flavor. I can’t wait to try more of Don Pepin’s production as his name on the cigar is almost a sure sign of satisfaction.