Don Pepin Garcia – Blue Label
As planned, I have a review of the Don Pepin Garcia Blue Label for you. This particular cigar is a Nicaraguan Puro and made in Miami Florida. It weighs in at 50 ring gauge and 5 inches long with a price point of about $6.00.
During my initial inspection I found this cigar to be constructed very well. When pinched it had a firm feel with a very light spring to it. The texture was fairly smooth, having a few veins throughout the stick. The wrapper also had a light oily sheen that looked very appealing. After being pleased with the inspection I reached for my cutter and clipped the head of my cigar. The initial draw was a little firm but good overall while giving you a sweet tobacco flavor before lighting.
After toasting and Lighting, the cigar began to produce a good volume of flavorful smoke. The initial flavor was sweet and spicy with a medium body and crisp finish. When resting in the ashtray the cigar produced a light resting smoke that filled the room with an excellent aroma that was not even the slightest bit offensive.
As I smoked past the first half inch of the stick the flavor began to develop into what I can best describe as a medley of wood flavors. The initial spice mellowed out a bit and had a sweet flavor to it which made for a complex start to the cigar. The body remained Medium and the Finish became a little shorter but stayed nice and crisp. I was having a little trouble with an uneven burn at the start, but after a few minutes it settled out and burned slow and even.
Unfortunately for review purposes, the remainder of the stick was just like the first third. I found it to be very consistent but complex at the same time. The only variation that I was getting came from the Body and Sweet Spice flavors slowly building throughout the smoke. The burn remained fairly even as well as slow, producing a mild aroma that I just could not get enough of.
Overall I think that this is a very enjoyable cigar but may leave some people feeling a bit bored with its consistency. If I had to choose to smoke either the Blue Label or the Black Label, my choice would most definitely be the Black Label. That isn’t to say that I thought this was a bad cigar, because that is far from the case. I just feel that the Black Label has more complexity and offers you a little more variety in the flavor profile.
If you happen to come across one of these Don Pepin Garcia Blue Labels at your local cigar shop, I do not think it would be a waste of money to pick one up. It is definitely worth a try.