Cigar: Don Pepin El Rey de los Habanos Binder: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Strength: Light to Medium
Filler: Nicaraguan Origin: Miami, Florida, United States
As the market for cigars today is expanding and reaching new smokers all over the world, one brand continuously soars to the top of the lists of cigar smoking enthusiasts everywhere. That brand is Don Pepin, and more specifically the Don Pepin El Rey de los Habanos line of cigars. These cigars demand respect and moreover produce the satisfaction of even the most experienced aficionados. Made by Don Pepin, these cigars are the ultimate showcase of his talent in one single stick.
Don José “Pepin” Garcia was born in Cuba and became a master roller and blender of tobaccos. Eventually, he moved to Miami, Florida and started his own cigar factory in Little Havana known as El Rey de los Habanos, Inc. or just Don Pepin Cigars to the locals. After making his debut in a prominent cigar magazine, his company, which is only staffed with 12 Class 8 Maestro rollers from Cuba, became overwhelmed with orders and could not keep up with the demand. Thus, he built another factory named Tabacalera Cubana in Esteli, Nicaragua.
Opening a company in Nicaragua was the only other reasonable location given the relationship he holds with the country in that all the tobaccos he uses come directly from them. In fact, Don Pepin will only use Nicaraguan tobacco grown from Cuban seeds in order to produce the most authentic Cuban taste possible without actually using Cuban tobacco. Therefore, after experiencing the Don Pepin El Rey de los Habanos, it would be easy for an uninformed smoker to find themselves thinking they had a Cuban on their hands.
When first taking notice of the Don Pepin El Rey de los Habanos, one will notice the beautiful Corojo Rosado wrapper. Upon further examination, it is easy to see what the fuss is all about in regards to Don Pepin’s work because the cigar is immaculately constructed and one would have to seriously study the stick to find even the slightest hint of imperfection. These cigars definitely exhibit craftsmanship at its finest.
Once setting fire to the foot of these Don Pepin El Rey de los Habanos, copious amounts of creamy smoke are complimented by a warm cedar flavor that begins to flow and satisfy the enthusiasts. Quickly after, notes of nut make their presence known and remain in perfect harmony throughout the smoke. In addition, the burn is perfect and the ash holds strong. Although this cigar is a one dimensional smoke, it is not lacking depth because the flavors and aromas are wonderful from the beginning.
Overall, the Don Pepin El Rey de los Habanos cigars are strong performers, especially given the light body they offer. Furthermore, the quality of craftsmanship just cannot be beat by other cigars. Of course, the best part is the nearly identical flavors of the Cuban seeded Nicaraguan tobaccos to those of actual Cuban cigars. Thus, when it comes to picking a handmade cigar with superior qualities of smoke, aroma, and flavor, the El Rey de los Habanos completely dominates the competition.