Cigar Aficionado

Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic 1979
1979
92
points
Nicaragua
Nicaragua
50 50
Tasting Note
Yet another fine cigar from Pepin Garcia, the Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic is a brand he makes for himself, rather than another company. The former Cuban cigar roller is now the owner of two factories, and this Cuban Classic is the product of his fabrica in Estelí, Nicaragua. The cigars in the Cuban Classic line are named for the birth years of various members of Garcia’s immediate family. The 1950 is named for Pepin. Our favorite was the 1979, a robusto size (5 inches by 50 ring), named for his daughter Janny, who works alongside him. It has lots of wood, leather and toasted almonds on the palate, a rich, medium- to full-bodied smoke with a long finish. Just when you think you’ve tasted it all from Garcia, he dazzles you with something new.
Size Robusto
Ring Gauge 50
Length 5"
Filler Nicaragua
Binder Nicaragua
Wrapper Nicaragua
Issue Cigar Aficionado – N/A
Price $6.00
Designation Top 25 of 2007 | Rank: 17
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2017 | Score: 89

Rolled with a tidy three-seam cap, this cigar burns evenly, forming a solid, stable ash. Initial spiciness becomes sweeter with raisins before a lighter patch of tea notes and zesty cedar. Flavors go back and forth.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2015 | Score: 92

A predominantly savory smoke with notes of leather, oak and cumin layered on top of smoked meat and black pepper intonations. Bold and tasty.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2007 | Score: 92

A lovely cigar that has an elegant draw and burn. The blend is pleasant, with a toasted almond flavor, notes of wood and touches of leather on the palate.

Issue: Cigar Insider: May 22, 2007 | Score: 92

A lovely cigar that has an elegant draw and burn. The blend is pleasant, with a toasted almond flavor, notes of wood and touches of leather on the palate.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale