The Garcia family knows cigar making like the back of their hand. First on the scene was Don Pepin, followed by his son Jaime, and now dipping her toe in the water is Janny, Don Pepin’s daughter. Blended by Pete Johnson a close family friend, La Duena is built to cater to Janny's appetite for medium-bodied full-flavored cigars. Crafted in the renowned My Father factory in Nicaragua, this impressive offering hits the nail on the head. Exceedingly rich and flavorful, this handmade manages to achieve a glorious array of flavors without ever growing beyond medium-bodied. Thanks to the dark and toothy Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper, and a supporting core of Connecticut Broadleaf and Nicaraguan long-fillers, this ensemble performs like a dream. Smooth refined notes of cocoa, coffee, earth, and gentle spices mingle before a naturally sweet finish. Complex, smooth, and lip-smacking from start to finish, La Duena is well-worth your time.
La Duena received a well-deserved 90-rating noting: "Dark and streaky, this veiny robusto is earthy and spicy with touches of cedar and mint. Cinnamon-sugar sweet- ness and a touch of leather add complexity."
I just smoked one of these. I cannot believe the less than stellar reviews. I got mine in the Don Pepin Sampler pack. Yes the draw was a little tight at first and I was concerned, but I always cut the cigar and put it in my mouth for about 10-15 minutes before lighting. By the time I lit it, the draw was perfect. The flavor was strong and pronounced, but excellent.
Was this helpful?
5 out of 5
Jan 10, 2016
This is a top notch full bore smoke, great for a drink night stogie. A bit strong, but always pleasantly flavored as an evening gar. Get you some.
Was this helpful?
2 out of 5
La Duena, no buena.
Jan 04, 2016
Not sure what to make of this cigar. Tight draw and rather harsh. Someone mentioned these are awful right off the truck. I have a couple more that I am in no hurry to smoke, so I guess I'll see if these improve with time.