Team Cigar Review: Don Pepin Garcia 20th Anniversary Limited Edition

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Cigar Details: Don Pepin Garcia 20th Anniversary Limited Edition

  • Vitola: Toro Extra
  • Length: 6.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano 2000
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: My Father
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $40.00
  • Release Date: August 2023
  • Source: Developing Palates

 Aaron Loomis

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Don Pepin Garcia 20th Anniversary Limited Edition is a uniform medium brown and has some decently raised veins and a network of finer veins. The seam and head work are some of the best I’ve seen. There are two bands, with the primary being blue, gold and red and denoting the brand and line. The foot has a blue ribbon with the DPG logo and year in gold. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of earth and graham cracker, while the foot brings graham cracker and stewed fruit. The pre-light draw brings graham cracker with light amounts of cedar and stone fruit sweetness, and just a bit of spiciness on my lips.
John: The Don Pepin Garcia 20th Anniversary Limited Edition comes in cellophane and does not have a UPC sticker. There is a large primary band with numerous design elements accented by metallic copper and gold, and additionally a ribbon foot band indicating the DPG logo 2023 in gold lettering on a blue background. I weighed the cigar at 18.3 grams and the humidity, as measured by the HumidiMeter Pro, was 61.9%. Aromas from the wrapper included sweet tobacco, wood, mild fruit like sweetness and background earth. From the foot, I was getting sweet tobacco and hay.

Don Pepin Garcia 20th Anniversary Limited Edition

Don Pepin Garcia 20th Anniversary Limited Edition

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar and then a wave of immense black pepper rushes in. At a half inch in, the pepper has mellowed a bit and doesn’t have the delayed delivery. The retrohale is an even mix of toasted cedar and zingy black pepper. At an inch and a quarter, some earth joins the profile. At an inch and a half in, the black pepper has mellowed a fair amount. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is up front, with black pepper a bit behind and earth in the background. The strength was slightly above medium.
John: My initial flavor impressions are sweet vegetal notes with sweet wood to finish into the post draw. Creaminess, along with light plus spices define the retrohale out of the gate. At roughly an inch in, graham cracker joins the retrohale. The profile remains consistent for the remainder of the first third.

Don Pepin Garcia 20th Anniversary Limited Edition

Don Pepin Garcia 20th Anniversary Limited Edition

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the black pepper mellows a bit and the earth picks up a bit and they are now even around the middle of the profile. The retrohale is toasted cedar with some black pepper and earth. At an inch and a quarter, the earth takes a slight lead over the pepper. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is up front, with earth not that far behind and black pepper in the latter half of the third. The strength remained at slightly above medium.
John: Sweet creaminess leads off the second third, with graham cracker, wood and mild spices to follow. The post draw is defined by mildly dry wood. Those flavor combinations remain stable with no intensity changes to remark on for the remainder of the third.

Don Pepin Garcia 20th Anniversary Limited Edition

Don Pepin Garcia 20th Anniversary Limited Edition

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the toast level becomes pretty heavy. At a half inch in, the black pepper is now quite mellow, but does carry a long finish. The retrohale is now toasted cedar and earth with light black pepper. As the cigar wraps up, the heavily toasted cedar is up front, with earth not far behind and black pepper in the background. The strength remained at slightly above medium.
John: The last third begins with creamy baking spices with baking spices and wood teaming up into the post draw along with a dry component on the palate. Subtle fruit sweetness moves into the retrohale as the final third continues. Mild earthiness is present by the halfway point and lingers on the finish and into the post draw.

Don Pepin Garcia 20th Anniversary Limited Edition

Don Pepin Garcia 20th Anniversary Limited Edition

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy throughout, and the cigar went out twice, requiring re-lights.
John: The burn is straight through the entire review.

Don Pepin Garcia 20th Anniversary Limited Edition

Don Pepin Garcia 20th Anniversary Limited Edition

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
John: The draw was in the ideal zone between open and resistant.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar and then a wave of immense black pepper rushes in. The pepper quickly mellowed. Some earth joined a bit later. As the cigar progressed, the earth steadily increased while the pepper steadily decreased. The final third saw the toast level become pretty heavy. The Don Pepin Garcia 20th Anniversary Limited Edition had a nice start, with a good mix of flavors, but as the earth started increasing in the second third, the profile became average the rest of the way. Overall, not a cigar I’d return to, as the flavor profile wasn’t very intriguing past the first third. Add in the very high price point, and it just makes it an easier decision to pass on it.
John: The Don Pepin Garcia 20th Anniversary Limited Edition had a promising first third with some dynamic and interesting flavor combinations. The remainder of the cigar was pleasant but I didn’t find anything about the delivery that made it stand above the crowd. Both the burn and draw were perfect, however I believe that should be an assumed standard of a super premium cigar. I’m a long standing fan of the Don Pepin Garcia line. I have some original DPGs in my humidor going back almost two decades, along with various anniversary releases over the years. I didn’t find the 20th Anniversary release something I’d revisit, especially when you factor in the price point. Total smoking time was a respectable 2 hour and 22 minutes.

Aaron
John
Very GoodPre
Light
Good
GoodFirst
Third
Good
AverageSecond
Third
Average
AverageFinal
Third
Average
AverageBurnAmazing
AmazingDrawAmazing
AverageOverallAverage

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.80

Cost/Point

$6.90

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$6.56

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Don Pepin Garcia 20th Anniversary Limited Edition

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