IMG 2099 300x225 - Don Pepin Garcia JJ Maduro, for JJTo Celebrate the life of little “JJ”, who passed away suddenly almost 3 years ago, I joined many others who follow Stogie Review and lit up a Don Pepin Garcia JJ yesterday. I had picked up the Maduro Sublime, which is a Toro at a full 6 inches and 54 ring guage. This cigar is wonderful to look at, touch and smell before smoking. The wrapper is shiny, dark and smells quite sweet and rich.  The cigar feels perfectly constructed all the way down it’s length, without any noticeable lumps or veins.

Origin: Nicaragua

Build: Nicaraguan binder and filler with Maduro Corojo

Format: Toro

Size:  6″ x 54

Price: $9

This Toro pulled pretty loose, but resisted burning too fast, giving sweet mellow flavours of brown sugar and coffee. It gave off less smoke volume than I was expecting, but the smoke had a wonderful smell to it. Sometimes when I walk in a public place and catch the faint sweet whiff of a cigar, that is how I would describe the smell. As the cigar progressed past the half way mark there was a little area of slow burning, but after that the cigar started developing some wonderful richness and spice, becoming more chewy in flavour and reminding me of eating fresh baking. I started getting a little head rush just into the final 3rd and I finally put the nub to rest after just over an hour of great smoking. IMG 2102 150x150 - Don Pepin Garcia JJ Maduro, for JJ

Having entered the phase in my life where it seems most of my close friends and family are now married, and having children, I had lots to reflect upon while getting through this smoke. We’re thinking of you, Don, on this difficult day.  Here’s to the small pleasures, and sorrows, that we share with those we love.