Jose "Don Pepin" Garcia is a master cigar maker who not only makes several lines of cigars under his own brand name, but also makes cigars for brands owned by others. This is a tribute to his skill and reputation in the industry. Don Pepin's Blue Label cigars are made in Miami entirely with tobaccos from Nicaragua, and of course, support a blue cigar band
. The Invictos cigar that I smoked for this review was a Robusto size cigar
measuring five inches in length with a ring gauge
The Don Pepin Invictos cigar started off with a strong spicy and peppery flavor, which moderated after about ten minutes to become more of a medium spicy cigar for the remainder of the smoke. The strength of the cigar was more in the medium-to-full range. The smoke was not very complex, but nonetheless, an enjoyable cigar if you prefer a predominately spicy flavor with just a little bit of a kick.
Draw and Construction
The cigar was very well made, had a great draw, and did not require any relights. The burn was relatively even, but I did one touch-up light about half-way down, just to keep it burning perfectly even. It took me about 45 to 50 minutes to smoke the cigar all the way down to 1 ½ inch remaining, which is a half inch further than I smoke most cigars. If the flavor holds up, just keep on smoking until you can no longer hold the cigar anymore.
In my opinion, Don Pepin's Blue Label cigars are a bit pricey, which is mostly due to higher manufacturing costs in Miami. A box of 25 Invictos are priced around $170, which works out to an average of $6.80 per cigar. A better value for a Don Pepin cigar would be their Cuban Classic
, which supports a black band, and is made in Nicaragua. Not only have we rated the black label significantly higher, the price per cigar is lower than for the blue label. This makes the Cuban Classic a much better value, and well worth the price.