10/10/16

Don Pepin Garcia Serie JJ - Blind Cigar Review

B"H
Project X
Offering #11 Serie III
(All praise to Mr. Darryl Martin)

THE CIGAR
Don Pepin Garcia Serie JJ 
5 3/4 x  x 52 Belicoso
w./b. Corojo
f. Nicaraguan
K A P L O W I T Z SCALE
K least, Z most
Construction W
Combustion O
Flavors O
Body W
Strength O
&
Sweet I
Sour O
Salty K
Bitter O
Umami P
&
Complexity L
Nuance W
Transition O
Balance W
Smoothness I
&
Animal K
Spicy O
Woody W
Vegetal O
Earthy W
Chemical K
SUMMATION
No real acidity lest a bit of a cleansing effect. Low in salty bits. A touch of nice bitterness which plays well with an on-par touch of sour. Mainly sweet. Zilch bite. Super-duper smooth. Heavier body than at first apparent. Medium-bodied in a delicately rich, balanced delivery.

Cocoa, red spiced. Pepper, white and red. Earth. Wood. Leather. Cream. Sugar, light brown. Carmel. Fruit, green apple. Aromatic tobacco, light. Alfalfa. Nuts, pale soft. Wood, sweet spiced cedar and apple. Vanilla. Spices, cinnamon and nutmeg. Coffee, blonde.

Combustion is even 'nuff on the line, and nicely-paced. Filler burns out-of-stride with binder on occasion. Burn bugaboo at the mid-point requires a readily accepted re-touch -- another smaller occurrence at 3/3's onset. Construction-wise, pack density softens a tick at the 3/3 but seams and medium+ tension'd draw hold. Ash is solid but tick flaky in teeny spots on a pale grey spectrum ladder-rung build.
SMOKE TIME
65mins

FINAL GRADE
****B+****
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