Cigar Review: A strong Centurion (Don Pepin Garcia El Centurion)

Cigar Name: Don Pepin Garcia El Centurion

Cigar Description: Nicaraguan/Corojo 1998 Cuban-seed filler with Corojo, again Cuban-seed, 1999 wrapper

Review of the Cigar itself: The cigar band came off nicely which means they didn’t use too much glue. Cutting it and lighting it released a wonderful taste of pepper and soft spices. It actually burns a nice white ash that remains consistently whole. The wrapper actually has a pleasant creamy taste to it. The smell that emitted from it was pleasant and not overwhelming, something nice from a cigar that lists itself as being “medium flavoured”.

For the first third it burned wonderfully without any tugboating and no need to relight, an impressive thing given how humid the place has gotten because of the recent rain in NYC we’ve had this weekend. It stay consistent in flavour. Just before finishing the first third, the ash fell off in a single nice swoop into the ashtray and the cigar continued to burn beautifully. At this point, the ash is falling off in smaller chunks and has a nicer blue smoke wafting from it.

Unfortunately, when I got about 40% through the cigar, it began tugboating and no matter what I tried I couldn’t get it self-correct. So a quick flick of the Blazer and I was able to get it to correct. It then continued to burn evenly. Perhaps I was drawing too heavily on one side of it or something. As a result of the relight, however, it did let a few ashes fly into the air and I wasn’t too pleased about that but it wasn’t a lot (unlike other cigars I’ve relit where a lot of ash will flake off). It was liveable. Even with that, it was still an enjoyable cigar. At this point, the pepperness of the Nicaranguan filler began to become more pronounced with each draw. Keep in mind that this wasn’t overpowering but just enough to make it somewhat of a kick.

As I got down to the last third, I tried tapping the cigar to ensure there’d be no flakes and none came out. Perhaps my flaking issue was due to a not-so-tight center or perhaps due to too much flame. Either way, it continued a nice burn and I was able to avoid further tugboating. The pepperness started to wind down as I continued into the last third, eliminating any fears of it getting too overpowering. It has been rated as a 90 (out of 100) kind of cigar. I don’t know if I’d go that far but certainly it’s not a cheap or a waste of time to smoke it.

One of the things that I liked about this one was as I got closer and closer to the nub, the core didn’t burn overly hot and make it hard to hold. This was a nice plus and made the experience more enjoyable.

Enjoyed with: Water and a Corona with lemon while snacking on some Pretzel Stix

Smoke time: approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes (I was puttering around a variety of sites and mucking about in some blog stuff as I was smoking it so some distractions made the cigar smoking a bit longer)

Purchased from: Barclay-Rex Cigar Store in Wall Street district

Final Review Rating: 8.5/10

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