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Don Pepin Garcia Blue

A beautiful, Cuban-esque gem.

Jose Garcia, otherwise known as Don Pepin, is the man behind some of the industry's hottest cigars. My Father, DPG Cuban Classic, Tatuaje, and Flor de Las Antillas....to name a few.

To create the Blue, a blend of 100% Nicaraguan tobacco is utilized. All Cuban-seed, this hearty mixture is made complete with a dark Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper. The smoke is full-bodied and full-flavored, boasting a rich, spicy bouquet of flavor with an assortment of earthy nuances. Eventful from start to finish and ultimately satisfying, Don Pepin Garcia Blue is a delicious, well-balanced cigar.

In addition to being named among the World's Top 25 Cigars, number eight to be exact, Don Pepin Garcia Blue received a well-deserved '93' and '92' rating, noting:
"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."

  Size Pack In Stock MSRP Price Qty Cart
Delicias (churchill) (7.0"x50)BOX OF 24 In Stock $201.78$169.95
5-PACK In Stock $38.00
Demitase (petite corona) (Cigarillos) (4.5"x32)BOX OF 30 In Stock $130.00$107.95
5-PACK In Stock $19.00
Exclusivos (gran corona) (Presidente) (9.2"x48)BOX OF 24 In Stock $223.44$188.95
5-PACK In Stock $42.00
Exquisitos (corona) (5.6"x46)BOX OF 25 Out of Stock $180.00$152.95    
  5-PACK In Stock $32.00
Generosos (toro) (6.0"x50)BOX OF 24 In Stock $196.46$164.95
5-PACK In Stock $40.90$37.00
Imperiales (torpedo) (6.1"x52)BOX OF 24 In Stock $207.10$174.95
5-PACK In Stock $39.00
Invictos (robusto) (5.0"x50)BOX OF 24 In Stock $191.14$161.95
5-PACK In Stock $36.00
Lanceros (Lancero/Panatela) (7.5"x38)BOX OF 24 In Stock $212.04$179.95
5-PACK In Stock $39.00
Toro Gordo (6.0"x56)BOX OF 18 In Stock $166.00$139.95
5-PACK In Stock $42.00
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Customer Reviews of “Don Pepin Garcia Blue”
Nice, nice (Don Pepin Garcia Blue). Spice, spice....Nice!
BD of Red Lodge, MT
What a wonderful cigar (DPG Blue). Indeed a full-bodied cigar, with a blast of pepper to start, but it transitions to quite a flavorful and smooth smoke afterwards. In otherwords, one hour of smoker's bliss. Yes, I'll be buying this one again and again.
JR of Corpus Christi, TX
What a pleasant smoke. The Don Pepin Garcia Blue, leather, coco, deep ground coffee, spice and pepper. The shifting flavors mean they all, at one point, take center stage. Just delicious. Highly recommended.
VB of San Francisco, CA
WoW!! One of the most satisfying smokes I have ever had (Don Pepin Garcia Blue). Not only the most delicious looking, but tasting to. Pepper at the first puff, it mellows out inot a great smoke that just seems to last the entire afternoot. Got this one with the Cigar of The Month in May!! First time trying the Cigar of The Month but by showing me the cigars you will send me are quality, I will renew my subscription indefinetly.
JC of Louisville, KY
In my opinion, this is the BEST cigar currently being produced. I smoke other brands as well, but always find myself comparing them to this cigar. The other brands always come up short. The construction, flavor, draw and burn exceed all others that I have smoked. Its best attribute is that it burns cool all the way down to the nub. If you are a true cigar lover, then this cigar will not disappoint you.
RR of Pensacola, FL
Very nice cigar (Don Pepin Garcia Blue)except for some unevening burning on three different ones..two different sizes. The triple cap is a plus.
MC of MLeesburg, VA
Follow-up to my last review. The blue label is a great cigar when you can get smoke out of it. I have tossed three I have attempted to smoke because they were rolled too tightly. Great flavor!
KF of Greenwich, CT
My favorite cigars are Man O' War Ruination, Diesel Unlimited, and Cain Habano F Series. I used to smoke the DPG Blue labels years ago and then got caught up in trying other bands, thereby forgetting about the Blues. I orderd a box of the Toro Gordos and smoked one after one day in my humidor. It was phenomenal!! It had that "cuban twang" that I remembered and had forgotten how satisfying it truly was. The DPG Blue Label is a great full bodied cigar that can be appreciated by any cigar smoker who loves strength, richness and smoothness, delivered in an elegant way. I highly recommend the Toro Gordos!
KF of Greenwich, CT
Excellent construction, the wrapper is beautiful. (Don Pepin Garcia Blue) The cigar starts out peppery and has a unique flavor but begins to mellow out with a great finish which stays cool all the way to the end. The few that I smoked a little bit of a tight of a draw. All in all its a great smoke.
WB of Centennial, CO
How can something be so peppery, yet so smooth and creamy at the same time? It sounds impossible, but that is the best way I can describe this cigar. I just had my first one and I can't wait for the next one. It is definitely in the top five of all the cigars I have ever smoked. Do yourself a favor and try these!
RH of Spokane, WA
The latest batch of DP Blue Generoso's are the best I've ever had. Nice dark wrappers. Solid construction. Outstanding Pepin Peppery flavors throughout the entire stick, right down to the nub. Best Pepin's I've had in a while.
JW of Plainfield, IL
Although I've only had one of these (with more coming), I can concur with staff and customer reviews--this is a cigar among cigars and one can definitely tell the skill with which this was blended and constructed. Outstanding on all accounts with a lovely and complex bouquet of flavors complemented by effortless burn and draw. Highly recommended for those who want a luxury cigar.
CZ of Gainesville, GA
This cigar can hold it's own with the best of the them. Lots of great flavor with a very decent burn. A very high quality cigar.
CS of Rock Springs, WY
When ever I put the flame to a DPG Blue everything else just goes away for 90 min or so. Is that not why we smoke great cigars to begin with?
BW of Hamilton, OH
These are my favorite mid-priced cigars out there. Great craftsmanship, great draw and great flavor. I've had a box in the bottom of my humidor for about 14 months. Up until a week ago, I had not smoke one in about 6 months. They were great day one but after a year plus rest, they are simply amazing which I'm sure will continue. Stock up!
JC of Peoria, AZ
I would like to start off with saying, "I'm absolutely enthralled with the toro size." just received two 10 packs and the first two I have smoked are absolutely one of the best I have smoked. My humidors are stocked with padilla Miami, Padilla Dominus, monticristo media noche, graycliff, swagg, all of the man o war varieties, and now this beautiful work of art! I'll just put it to you this way, this will be a staple in the rotation. I can't wait to see what some age will do to this cigar. It's the half off version to a My Father or some others out there that are in that same category... Lots of pepper in the beginning, then the ligero's tame out a bit into some very smooth, sweet, spicy and rich espresso flavors. I did try a robusto, and this toro knocks it out of the park!!! Totally different taste and quality all together... Give it another shot (person at CI who reveiwed the robusto)... The toro rocks!!!
HC of Oak Park, IL
So I was on the fence about ordering these with so many other higher rated smokes out there and finally took the plunge. I lit one up straight out of the box when it arrived and was amazed by the wall of smoothe smoke and ever changing flavors. The last third totally blew me away... This is easily in my top three! Will definitely be ordering more!
RS of Valhalla, NY
Great cigar. My go to. Preference is the generosos.
SW of NEWNAN, GA
Don Pepin blue labels are by far my favorite cigar. These are the cigars that took me from smoking cheap stuff because I didn't know better to these and better. The Blue is incredible from start to finish. It has a full bodied flavor without being over powering. I highly recommend these cigars to anyone from a beginner to an aficionado.
ND of Boise, ID
Don Pepin Garcia, This cigar did not hit the mark for all the hype it has got. It starts off with a hint of spice and leather. Which fades into a woody short finish. This smoke is medium to full body with a good draw and short finish. I really do not know how it got #8?? There are a lot of smokes that would rate higher. I think the name on the band helps this one along. People are afraid to say what they think. I for one did not care much for it. I would not run out and buy one. How ever with that said I have had worse. Many people may find this a great smoke. That is why it is fun trying out all the cigars I can. Still the smoothest thing I have ever had the pleasure smoking was the Ashton Heritage or the Cabinet.. Both are very smooth and if you think the Pepin is smooth you should try the Ashton. Just my two and 1/2 cents worth. Enjoy your smoke.
LH of CASTLEROCK, CO
I'm a huge fan of Don Pepin cigars including the My Father line. Finally, I just got around to trying these. Wow, what an amazing cigar. I just wish I ordered more of them from the Joe's daily deal :(
MR of Crown Point, IN
Like all Don Pepin/My Father cigars, this one is very well constructed with a nice triple cap and packed with dynamic flavors. I love the silky texture of the smoke itself and the flavors I note are creamy cocoa, coffee, dark chocolate, and an anise or cinammon burst. Solid upper-medium to full body.
PS of Huntingdon Valley, PA
I love the DPG Blue. Great flavor and smoke. It leaves the palate wanting more. A really good cigar.
EW of Virginia Beach, VA
This is my favorite cigar. Great draw and smooth throughout.
MI of Plainfield, IL
I've made these part of my weekly rotation a true smokers passion. Oaky, earthy, leathery, semi sweet cedar, another Pepin great.
RH of FAIRMOUNT, IN
my favorite cigar. However, several of these cigars were very dry and the wrappers were cracked. Although I have purchased several orders fro CI, I was not happy with this shipment.
JM of Chicago, IL

Don Pepin Garcia Blue

Posted by Brock

In this industry, I learn something new every day. Whether it’s from a cigar manufacturer, manager or co-worker, if you have something interesting to say about tobacco, I’m all ears. Believe it or not, one of my finer resources for good information is customers from the CI Super-Store. It amazes me how much these folks know about tobacco growing, fermenting, rolling and so much more.

Sadly though, a customer occasionally gets a hold of some bad info and ends up spouting it off to me, thus, resulting in a painful wince in my face as if I just changed a diaper. A loyal customer named G. swears that the Don Pepin Garcia Blue blend changes every time he comes into the store. His bewilderment is conceived by the fact that Pepin formerly applied a light blue cigar band with normal manuscript font for the blend. However, more recently, the hue of blue has changed to a darker shade, while the gold font is printed in cursive. This makes G.’s head spin, elevating a state of confusion in his mind. Seriously, he stumbles down the CI Super-Store aisles as if he just got off the Tea Cup ride at Disney World.

I’m not comparing the cigars with two differing bands side-by-side because, honestly, it’s not that big of a deal to me. But G.’s baffling plight did spark an interest in me to rate the blend. Therefore, I am smoking the Don Pepin Garcia Blue Invicto (Robusto).

Before I light this thing up, I’m excited. Not only do people rave about Pepin’s blends, the Blue is a cigar that receives an overabundance of high accolades, including a #8 rating as a top cigar in the world according to a well-known cigar publication. With this said, I expect greatness.

However, as I grab this Nicaraguan puro off the shelf, I need to be honest with you; this cigar doesn’t look overly appealing to me. It’s ok I guess. The Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper looks average at best and that original light blue band with gold manuscript is somewhat lackluster. The ‘Invicto’ size is a standard 5”x50 robusto, a size that I prefer while at work. One thing I know is never judge a book by its cover, especially when it comes to a Pepin blend.

As I toss the vaguely yellow cellophane away (a sign of good age), I fire up the Blue with wooden stick matches. A pleasant, rich aroma fills the air but I’m greeted by a significantly tight draw. Listen, I can’t suck no golf ball out of a garden hose…if I could, it would be extremely questionable…and I’m not fixin’ to start practicing. I’ve had relatively good experience with Pepin’s products but a 12-year old must have been operating the Drawmaster during the construction of this cigar because I am getting minimal smoke. 

I quickly toss the cigar away and grab a new one. As I light Blue #2 up, the draw is much better and I catch a nice leathery note at the start. Okay…now this is what I’m talking about! Through the first half-inch of the cigar a subtle spice changes into a bready flavor which I enjoy. Seriously, I’m getting notes of sourdough pretzel, but that could be due to the fact I ate 3 small bags of Anderson Buttered Balls…wow, that sounds awkward. Oddity aside, my happiness did not endure, for my Pepin Blue Invicto had extinguished without my doing. To blame it on myself could potentially be an erroneous accusation but I’ll take this one on the chin for the sake of argument. But while we’re at it, I did not catch many noteworthy changes of flavor throughout the rest of the cigar. Solid blend and flavor? Sure. Something that tickles my fancy? Not particularly.

I know…I didn’t give you much there. Sadly, I didn’t pick up on many notable characteristics that were singed into my memory. Moreover, I will not go on for two paragraphs barraging the cigar with disapproval. This cigar is medium-to-full bodied, though my friend G. really likes the Pepin Blue because it’s “mild and smooth.” Epic fail, G.

Listen, I know this is a highly rated blend. Furthermore, I’m aware Pepin has been making incredible cigars for some time. Honestly, I’m just not on board right now with the Don ‘Pepin’ Garcia Blue Invicto. I ask of you to take my review with a grain of salt and, whatever you do, please do not lose confidence in my palate. However, at $7.50 a piece, it’s easy for me to chalk this one up as a FAIL.

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