Switching it up a bit. One of the requests we received awhile back when I asked how we could make The Stogie Review better was to offer quick, concise, picture and audio only reviews. I guess some folks think I don’t have a TV friendly face…in our ever growing attempt to give you (our readers, viewers and now listeners) what you want I bring you The Stogie Sampler feature to The Stogie Review. Don’t worry, I’m not abandoning video reviews (its our money maker…well if we made any money it would be) but this was kind of fun and remarkably convienent and easy to do using my iPhone, microphone and a digital recorder.
With that lets kick this thing off with the newest staple to my humidor, the Serie JJ Maduro by Don Pepin Garcia. Pepin cigars are starting to enter the Rocky Patel arena for me. By that I mean, there doesn’t seem to be any cigar that Pepin gets his hands on that I don’t like.
As for as I know, the Serie JJ Maduro is only the second Pepin cigar to be offered in a Maduro wrapper (the other being the 601 Maduro). This is the belicoso size coming to you at 5 3/4 inches long with a 52 ring gauge. The Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan Corojo filler are the same components you will find in the natural version of the Serie JJ but with a Broadleaf Maduro wrapper.
Construction was great. With some of the other Pepin lines I’ve always experienced some kind of uneven burn issue but not this time. Construcion was spot on with a even draw. On the flavor profile side you have a predominant woodsy/cedar flavor with rich subtle coffee notes and a dark chocolate like finish.
I made the mistake of ordering 5 packs to try them out and by the time I went to pull the trigger on a box of the Serie JJ Maduro, guess what? They were sold out. So don’t make the same mistake I made…pull the trigger on a box (or two) and don’t screw around with 5 packs.