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#6 – Don Pepin Garcia – 10th Anniversary
Limited Edition 203

Coming in at #6 on the 2013 Cigar of the Year countdown is the Don Pepin Garcia – 10th Anniversary Limited Edition 2013. As the name indicates, this a cigar commemorating the ten year anniversary of the brand that started it all for the Garcia family.

The Don Pepin Garcia – 10th Anniversary gives My Father Cigars its first entry on the 2013 Cigar of the Year Countdown.  It also is the fifth consecutive year that My Father Cigars has appeared on the countdown (joining Drew Estate as the only other company to accomplish this).  This cigar features an Ecuadorian Habano-seed wrapper – which becomes the seventh cigar with this wrapper on the 2013 countdown.

It was back in 2002 where Don Pepin Garcia opened up the El Rey de los Habanos factory.  One of those cigars that originally came out of that factory was the Don Pepin Garcia Original (commonly called the Blue Label).  It would be that line which would serve as an inspiration for this 10th Anniversary cigar. 

The packaging is worth mentioning.  The band uses a more intricate version of the Don Pepin Garcia Original.  The cigars are also packaged in individual coffins.  This is the first time this has been done since the My Father Limited Edition 2010 cigar.

Coffin packaging of the Don Pepin Garcia 10th Annivesary
Limited Edition 2013

While the banding does have some parallels to Don Pepin Garcia Original the similarities stop there.  The Don Pepin Garcia 10th Anniversary cigar is completely different than Blue Label.  This cigar delivers notes of cocoa, pepper, earth, nut, and grass.  There was a nice herbal spice on the retro-hale.  The flavors are medium to full-bodied.  The strength starts out a bit dialed back as it is in the medium range.  By the second have the Don Pepin Garcia 10th Anniversary is smoking medium to full strength.

Click here for our assessment of the Don Pepin Garcia – 10th Anniversary Limited Edition 2013.

Blend Profile

The wrapper is an Ecuadorian Habano seed from 2009.  The binder and filler are from Nicaragua utilizing crops from 2007 and 2008.  In keeping with the tradition of the previous ultra-premium limited editions from My Father Cigars the blend incorporates pelo d’oro tobacco.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano-seed (2009)
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Vitolas Available

The Don Pepin Garcia Limited Edition will be made in one size – a 6 1/2 x 52 toro.  

Score: 95 (9/3/13) 
Assessment Rating: 4.5 – Fight Chuck Norris for Them

For more information on our vision and criteria for the 2013 Cigar of the Year countdown, see our December 2013 Editor’s Corner.