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Stogie Reviews: Don Pepin Garcia Series JJ Belicoso

13 Dec 2007

Pepin Garcia Series JJI don’t believe anyone has ever used Scoville units to judge a cigar, but if they want to start, this would be the one to test. I think the first few puffs of this beautiful light brown stick would rate pretty highly on the scale that’s used to measure the “heat” from chili peppers.

The Series JJ White Label is another in what seems to be a never-ending list of cigars from Don Pepin Garcia. I smoked the five and 3/4 inch by 52 ring gauge belicoso torpedo and thought it was terrific from start to finish.

That hot start quickly changes to an interesting sharpness that, surprisingly, almost has no finish. From there, as the cigar burned, tastes came and went, ranging from wood and leather to vanilla and coffee. I was doing some work while smoking, and at several points I got so wrapped up in the cigar that I lost track of what I was doing.

The Corojo wrapper is smooth with tiny, unobtrusive veins. The Nicaraguan puro’s prelight aroma is a wonderful earthy, thick mix. The cigar clipped and toasted easily. The only negatives I found were a few spots where the draw was a little tight and the smoke not as voluminous as I’d have liked. The ash was also flaky and, near the end, I experienced a wrapper split.

Overall, though, the JJ was a joy to smoke.

The popularity of this line, which has garnered many accolades and become a favorite of cognoscenti since its release a couple of years ago, just continues to grow. Consequently, discounts aren’t deep and sometimes the cigars can be difficult to find. The belicoso seems to run around $8 to $10 per stick. Remember, too, when you’re checking box prices, that there are 24.

I think anyone who enjoys medium- to full-flavored cigars will enjoy the JJ. On the Stogie Guys scale, it earns a rating of four out of five stogies.

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George E

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Drew Estate

8 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Don Pepin Garcia Series JJ Belicoso”

  1. Randall Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 5:22 am #

    So does this guy make a bad cigar, or what?

  2. Mike Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 6:05 am #

    Great review! I've had a few JJ's and really enjoy them, but the other night tried a "Cuban Classic" from Don Pepin, and was blown away. Really worth the try as well!

  3. padronnie Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 9:44 am #

    I also like the Cuban Classic. Looks like they already reviewed it and gave it a 3 1/2 rating.

  4. greg Friday, April 11, 2008 at 4:45 am #

    They are $4 today at http://www.cigarsinternational.com/html/spec_jc.a
    Plus a free torch on $100+

  5. Mike Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    I've smoked 2 of these and also the Solomon size. Extremely disappointed. There was hardly any flavor at all. Construction ect. were perfect. Flavor was practically non-existent. There was about half as much strength/body as an Oliva Connecticut reserve. Buy a single before you buy a box…even better save yourself 1.5 hrs. and get something else.

  6. Dave Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    I wish Pepin Garcia would put the pepper shaker away when he makes his cigars. To me they all smoke very much alike. Way too much peppery taste for my liking.

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