The draw was perfect. Cutting the cigar towards the last cap yielded the ideal draw being not too tight nor too loose.
The only other time I smoked this cigar was upon initial release around August 2013. Back then, the cigar was fairly muted and not worth smoking. Fast forward to this review roughly 3.5 years later, I certainly had higher hopes this time around. I can say the cigar has aged quite well. I enjoyed the overall profile, especially with the spice transitions keeping me engaged the entire, long 3 hours. While I did enjoy the cigar, it isn’t prime time yet. I think the cigar has a lot more legs left, and aging for another few years won’t hurt, and hopefully will improve it. Nonetheless, at this age, still a fine example of a well made cigar worthy of Pepin’s great name.
Side note: Roughly 3 years ago, I smoked a Don Pepin Blue Generosos my friend gifted me with about 6 or 7 years of age on it. Til this day, it was one of the best cigars I have had, with distinctive and full flavored notes of hazelnuts, cream, and well balanced spice. In a way, I am really hoping the 10th anniversary will smoke like that one day.