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Ten Years of Pepin Garcia

David Savona
Posted: December 17, 2012

The year 2013 marks the tenth anniversary of when José "Pepin" Garcia of My Father Cigars Inc. began rolling his namesake Don Pepin Garcia brand in Miami. The company plans to celebrate the occasion with a special smoke, as outlined in a September issue of Cigar Insider.

New details have emerged about the cigar, called DPG-Limited Edition; it will be a one-time run of 2,000 boxes, each containing 14 cigars. The smoke is going to be in one size, 6 1/2-inches long with a 52 ring gauge. Inside will be tobaccos from Nicaragua, grown in 2007 and 2008, wrapped in 2009 Ecuadoran wrapper grown from Habano seeds.

The company has hinted that the packaging will be "completely unique," and unlike anything the company has done before.

The cigars will go on sale around May.

Cigars from My Father Cigars have done exceptionally well in Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Insider taste tests, taking several scores of 90 points or higher. Brands made by Pepin, Jaime and Janny Garcia include My Father, Don Pepin and Flor de las Antillas. The company also makes Tatuaje, San Cristobal and La Aroma de Cuba under contract for other cigar companies.

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Comments   9 comment(s)

JONATHAN DREW — NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES,  —  December 18, 2012 11:39pm ET

Exceptional tobacco family.

Jason Hutchins — Selma, N.C., USA,  —  December 19, 2012 7:42pm ET

Any cigar smoker owes it to yourself to try the My Father Le Bijou 1922 petit robusto. You will not be disappointed.

Ryan — MA,  —  December 22, 2012 5:05pm ET

Pepin makes some fantastic cigars. In my (somewhat limited) experience with stuff he makes(exluding tats) ive found the cigars very inconsistent. Out of a whole box no more than a group of 4-5 have tasted even remotely alike, and some have been downright gross.

Thing is though, when his stuff is on, its on and worth every single penny. Prpblem is those cigars are(again in my experience smoking boxes) the exception it seems. Maybe with such a high number of cigars he makes quality isnt what it should be? Idk.

Regardless his talents are not in question here, the man can produce blend after blend after blend of great cigars. I think quality and consistency just got lost somewhere between all the production.

My. 02$.

C Horn — Deerfield, IL, USA,  —  December 26, 2012 12:23am ET

I remember the very first two cigars from DPG that really impressed me. The My Father Limited Edition 2010 and his Don Pepin Garcia JJ Maduro. Totally blew me away.

Ben Albers — Baldwyn , MS, USA,  —  January 7, 2013 4:43pm ET

I haven't experienced any quality or consistency issues with DPG cigars. My experience so far has been with boxes of My Father, La Aroma de Cuba, Tatuaje and [now my second box of] Flor de las Antillas (wow!). I wonder if Ryan's experience could have anything to do with conditions during shipment, storage, display? Ryan, have you always bought your boxes from the same place? Just a thought.

Salomon January 9, 2013 12:28am ET

In my opinion, Don Pepin is the greatest blender alive. Of course there are better cigars than others but i have been never dissapointed with one of his blends even with the cigars that he makes for others brands. I really hope high volume of production does nor affect quality in the future.

Ryan — MA,  —  January 9, 2013 12:17pm ET

@Ben, I buy my cigars from all different sources. Never had a problem with any of the retailers before so I dont think they are the problem. I did have some storage issues a while back, but all my other smokes came out of that fine.

Idk, maybe i just got a few fluke boxes, but I will never buy a box of pepin/MF made cigars again. One box i bought actually made me think it was a bunch of seconds, they were that bad.

Except tats, every tatuaje ive had has been amazingly consistent from stick to stick :D.

The worst part of the whole thing is that I got a taste of what the cigars should taste like(and it was great lol), and then BAM, disappointment after disappointment. I just smoked a Mi Amor actually, and it tasted watered down, like no flavor whatsoever, and thats a common occurrence with those cigars tbh.

nicholas turner — academy, Texas, United States,  —  February 14, 2013 9:33am ET

Ryan, I will take all of your DPG/My Father Cigars off of your hands if you don't want them. I am not being ugly and I respect your opinion everyone has different taste. I on the other hand LOVE almost anything that comes out of My Father's factory. So, if you have any left let me know and I will gladly take them off of your hands.

Derek Wotton — Deltona , Florida ,  —  July 7, 2013 7:07pm ET

I just want to know one thing, In the picture what is that cigar he is smoking. That nice shade of reddish brown cigar? :-)

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