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Don Pepin Garcia Legado de Pepin

New from the maker of the #1 Cigar of 2012.

I'll be honest, I was a little confused when this brand showed up at CI HQ. Pepin's Cat, right? My high school Spanish class was finally paying dividends. But I still didn't understand the name. Fortunately, my slightly albino red-haired co-worker must have been paying better attention in class. I was quickly corrected. Legado=Legacy, El Gato=Cat.

Legado de Pepin is carefully blended by Don Pepin Garcia and handmade in Nicaragua. A Nicaraguan puro crafted with a dark, oily 5-year-aged Corojo wrapper, a Criollo binder and a feisty Cuban-seed blend of long-fillers. Perfect balance, ample flavor, and plenty of body are immediately present. But it's the subtle nuances that really round out the flavor and create a highly memorable experience. Sweet cedar, dark chocolate, earth, nuts, and plenty of spice. Bold, but perfectly refined and brimming with flavor, this is what a cigar should be. It's Pepin at his finest, and the price is crazy low. For fans of full-flavored boutique handmades, this is no doubt a gift.

  Size Pack In Stock MSRP Price Qty Cart
Belicoso (6.1"x52) BOX OF 20 In Stock $168.00 $89.95
5-PACK In Stock $42.00 $29.00
Churchill (7.0"x50) BOX OF 20 In Stock $184.00 $94.95
5-PACK In Stock $42.00 $29.00
Gordo (6.0"x60) BOX OF 20 In Stock $168.00 $89.95
5-PACK In Stock $46.00 $32.00
Robusto (5.0"x50) BOX OF 20 In Stock $148.00 $79.95
5-PACK In Stock $37.00 $25.00
Toro (6.0"x52) BOX OF 20 In Stock $158.00 $84.95
5-PACK In Stock $39.50 $27.00
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Customer Reviews of “Don Pepin Garcia Legado de Pepin”
Just bought a box these babies before cigar afficionado rates it and will be out of stock or double the price. anyways I would not say this is a full bodied cigar but it has enough punch not to be called a light weight either. this is definitely a full med to light full bodied cigar (if that makes sense) anyways since this is a pepin cigar as usual great product as expected right of the bat. Cuban style construction through and through. The wrapper is oily and reminds me of la requiza by tatuaje. Triple cap of course and flawless cuban wrapper perfect amount of tobacco means no soft nor hard parts on the cigar, now lets talk about on how it smokes.. This cigar is a medium bodied cigar that reminds me of an aged cuban partagas. The burn was perfect all the way through even on a windy day when I smoked one. Lots of aged tobacco, leather, pepper and cedar although the strength profile never changed from start to finish, it was an extremely enjoyable cigar. The after taste reminds me of my cuban cigars as well. Once again pepin has done it again and created a future 90+ rated beauty, buy a box or two while you can still afford it.
GP of CORONA, CA
"To start I'm a Pepin fan all the way, so some bias is inevitable. As I wait to see if my $79 bid for a box of 20 churchills wins, I will tell my fellow enthusiasts that I have already smoked 4 5-packs of toro and robusto size sticks. For the price it is vintage DPG. It compares to DP Black, 5-Vegas Miami and a couple of Tatuaje lower end varieties. I love the cigar, it is bold enough with plenty of taste. Not a lot of change as it burns but no weakening either. While some required an extra flame a spot, the effort was a small price to pay. At these prices boys....jump on it. Smok'em if you got'em"
LB of SUNRISE, FL
Just got one of these in my CI cigar of the month box. Puffin on it now and it just keeps opening up. I've read a v cut is recommended but I did a full guillotine cut and it's a wonderful. Will for sure be getting more of them!
BK of daphne, AL
These are outstanding smokes! Full bodied, Cuban-esque, perfectly constructed. Vintage Pepin Garcia! The My Father juggernaut rolls out another gem!
SL of WAPAKONETA, OH
Boy, there's a lot to like about this cigar. Got 5 of them in the Summer Sampler, smoked one, and then immediately bought a box. Flavors keep unfolding, with leather, cedar, earth and a floral component. Construction is incredible, but I've never seen a Pepin stick that wasn't well constructed. Nice, even burn all the way to the nub. I'm going to make sure I always have some of these around. By the way, if you're just starting to smoke fuller bodied cigars, this would make a great starter.
BM of PERRYVILLE, MO
Got a box of these and I had to try one asap, they are an excellent smoke.
PV of Rawlins, WY
I believe this is a CI exclusive and a great cigar. There are a lot of good moderately priced cigars but you'd be hard pressed to find a better one than this.
RM of ST PETERSBURG, FL
The question to ask. Can Don Pepin make a bad cigar? I've tried to smoke every cigar he had a hand in making & have never encountered any type of poor quality. As a cigar wizard he has his mojo working & smaller less known brands should learn as much as they can from his abilities. As one review pointed out, there are no soft spots on this. How in the hell can he accomplish this and other makers can't? Once again the 5 pack of Churchills I ordered will become a soon to come box. I can only hope that the low cost of these won't change any time soon. In agreement with another review, this is bold but nothing over powering. This would be a great cigar for those wanting to move up in strength without blowing them away. The only problem I've had is trying to keep it even. This is no big deal when the rest of the cigar is wonderful. Being very serious. This is a must try cigar for those who are true dedicated Pepin fans or you just love good cigars.
DM of Hixson, TN
Just received another box of these great smokes. One of the best burns out there. Definitely one of my top two favorites especially at less than $5 apiece. Always have these and the Acid Kuba Grande in my humidor.
DC of Hopedale, MA
Good cigar.
EW of Virginia Beach, VA
Ok! I said it was a good cigar, but after smoking it all the way to my fingertips, I decided that it's a great cigar. The longer it burned the better it taste. Delicious in flavor and I love the aroma. Definitely will keep these in my humidor. I'm not going to smoke my last one until I get the next box in my hands. Getting those today, woohoo!
EW of Virginia Beach, VA
Is this the cigar that Pepin will be remembered by through the ages? No. But that doesn't mean this isn't a good stick. I bought a few a around when they were newish to the market and noted that while they had typical Pepin flavors I was craving, they seemed to be a little too "fresh". They got very bitter towards the end and I could only smoke around 2/3rds of the cigar before I had toss it. Fast forward to today and a year and some change has done beautiful things to this cigar. It has picked up a creaminess that seems to come about from the flavors melding together so well. Bitterness is completely gone from the last third and I'm kicking myself for not buying more. If you're picking up some sticks, do yourself a favor and buy just a little more so you can really enjoy these cigars down the road.
NW of Vallejo, CA
Great smoke, one of his greatest! Highly recommend if your a full bodied smoker...
RV of NYC, NY
Another winner from Pepin Garcia. Provides a mix of multiple flavors throughout the smoke, and is more medium or medium-full rather than other full-bodies Garcia blends (Tatuaje). One hint: have patience and do not smoke these as soon as they arrive off the truck. I did with the first stick and I actually told myself I wouldn't order them again. After trying another one after sitting in the humi for a couple of weeks, it delivered a totally different experience and moved onto my Garcia favorites list.
JS of PALATINE, IL
I am wiating for these Don Pepin legends and hope they are as good as their others.
JP of MIRA LOMA, CA

Don Pepin Garcia Legado de Pepin

Posted by Steve R
The other day I received two scathing emails from the same person. He took the time to tell me how wonderful my reviews are, how much he agreed with them, and how awesome my palate is. Seriously, both emails made me all warm and fuzzy inside. After the insults, in his most charming and classy way, he then told me to go back to drinking Bud Light and burning Swisher Sweets. Nice! Thanks for reaching out, ‘bro!’
 
Anyway, to honor this ray of sunshine, I’ve decided to do something a little different and exercise my virtual soapbox a bit. I am going to give you some (very) brief reviews on my favorite micro brews. I am a huge beer fan, and love exploring the craft beer scene whenever possible. If beer ain’t yo’ thang, feel free to skip to the bottom where I quickly review one cigar. If you enjoy beer, and unconventional brews, read on – I hope you enjoy it.
 
As for my biggest fan? Being in the cigar industry, and seeing what I’ve seen over the past 13 years, I will never label a cigar as bad. I enjoy some cigars. I don’t enjoy some cigars. But, I will never say a cigar is bad because, 9 times out of 10, the same amount of work, passion, and care goes into every cigar rolled, and I have too much respect for those creating them. If I don’t like a cigar, it’s not bad, it’s just not for me. If others disagree with what I like or don’t like, great. We’re all different, with unique palates, and our own personal tastes and preferences. That’s why the cigar industry is flooded with options. Because we’re all different.
 
That said, let’s talk beer – and let’s start with my favorites....

Dogfish Head 75min IPA (at the brew pub) – you have to have it at the brew pub. This is 60min brewed with 90 min, then left in the cask and poured directly from the barrel. It’s served at room temperature and delivers a glorious sweetness that mingles with the fresh hops aroma and floral bitterness, perfectly. It’s a slice of heaven, in liquid form.
 
Weyerbacher Insanity – If you like Belgian beer, you need to try Weyerbacher, and Insanity is a great place to start. This is the brewery’s top-selling barley wine, aged in bourbon casks. Rich, sweet, and robust throughout, with a noble bourbon note on the finish. 11.1%. Time to man-up!
 
Weyerbacher Tiny – Belgian + Imperial Stout = Heaven. 11.8% and loaded with chocolate and sweet, sweet Belgian goodness. If you can’t find yourself a solid Abbey beer, this is a good place to start – and finish.
 
Stone Imperial Russian Stout – Easily my favorite stout. Heavy dark cocoa and coffee notes, with a sweet and roasted backbone that sits on your palate like a bag of sand and clings like super glue. 10.6% and delicious.
 
Unibroue Terrible – Unibroue, another great choice if you love Belgian beer. This beer is bold and big throughout, with the perfect balance of richness and sweetness, and a subtle touch of wine and spice. 10.5%.
 
Sixpoint Hi-Res / Bengali Tiger / Resin / Global Warmer / Diesel – Too many solid options from Sixpoint to list them all. Don’t fear the can. Savor this brewery’s wares.
 
Then there’s the ‘flavored beers.’ I am not too big into them, but there are some that stand out from the rest:
 
Spring House Big Gruesome Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout – the peanut butter is subtle on the palate, but really shines on the nose. The chocolate is rich and toasty, almost like toasty cocoa powder. Then there’s the 8.5% backbone....no trace of 8.5% in this rich, smooth, velvety beer....until you’re requesting the second bottle.
 
Spring House Satan’s Bake Sale Mint Chocolate Chip Stout – Really nice unsweetened dark chocolate on the frontend, followed by a fresh, mint chocolate chip note on the backend. Very interesting, with cascading flavors that roll around your palate with each swig. 8.4%, and you would never know.
 
DuClaw Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout – on the lighter side, at 6.5%, but this porter is rich, creamy, and loaded with cocoa, espresso, and peanut butter notes. Try it. You’ll see why it’s called Sweet Baby Jesus, and then you’ll no doubt order another. That is, if you appreciate good, interesting, outside the box craft beer.
 
Dogfish Head Red and White – probably my favorite beer. This is less of a ‘flavored’ beer, and more a processed beer, so to speak. It’s Belgian to the core, with a nice twist. It’s a lighter, witbier, but aged with pinot noir juice, inside oak barrels. 10% and worth every bit. Smooth, sweet, complex, and loaded with bold flavors. My favorite beer. Ever. I heard it was made of 25% beer stuff, 25% awesomeness, 25% scrumptiousness, 20% magic, and 5% cute baby seal. Epic.
 
Southern Tier Choklat – nothing girlie about this chocolate imperial stout. 10% and tastes like a fudge brownie tossed in a blender with caramel and cream.
 
Southern Tier Crème Brulee – only 9.5%....shucks....I guess I’ll have to have two. Caramel, vanilla, cream, deliciousness.
 
Southern Tier Pumpking – once you try this 8.6% pumpkin ale, you will never reach for anything else come harvest time. Period. No pumpkin beer can hold a candle to Pumpking. None.
 
And here’s the cigar portion of my long-winded write-up....
 
I’ll keep this short, and I’ll keep this quick. I’ve already made you suffer through my Bud Light inspired beer reviews. So, if you like Pepin Garcia....and you like the works that put him on the map – Cuban Classic, Padilla Signature 1932, Tatuaje – then get to know Legado de Pepin. This cigar is grassroots Pepin to the core. Power in the gut. Power in the head. A rustic, raw, Cuban-esque core of earth, tobacco, and satisfying spices throughout. Just enough bite, balanced perfectly by smoothness, to deliver an eventful, complex smoke with bold flavors, supported by a bouquet and body that both build throughout the slow burn. It’s damn good. In fact, it’s my favorite Pepin blend since My Father hit the scene many years ago. Try it. I think you'll enjoy it. And if you don't, please feel free to send me a scathing email about it. Apparently, it's the 'in' thing to do.