Cigar Aficionado

Don Pepin Garcia Lancero
38 38
Tasting Note
Toothy and oily with a pigtail cap and a strong aroma as it burns. It's spicy and woody though burns a bit hot, taking on intermittent charry notes.
Body Full
Size Panetela
Ring Gauge 38
Length 7 1/2"
Filler Nicaragua
Binder Nicaragua
Wrapper Ecuador
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Dec 01, 2011
Price $9.00
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2008 | Score: 92

An almost perfectly constructed lancero with an exemplary pigtail cap. The draw is perfect, loading the palate with rich coffee notes well balanced by spice, chocolate and a leathery finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 1970 | Score: 93

Lanceros, long revered by smokers of Cuban cigars, have lately become a hot size in the United States. Cigarmakers have responded with amazing thin smokes, none finer than the Don Pepin Garcia Lancero, made by Jose “Pepin” Garcia at his tiny El Rey de los Habanos factory in Miami. The fabrica is one of the world’s smallest, with all of a dozen rollers. Garcia makes many brands for other companies; Don Pepin is one of his own, and his oldest—he began making it in 2003. The lancero is a new size for the line, introduced in May. The cigar is exquisitely crafted from a core of Nicaraguan tobacco and finished with a leaf from Ecuador. The cigar is ultra sweet from the first puff, tremendously rich and flavorful. Although his favorite size to smoke is a robusto, Garcia excels at the lancero format.

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
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