An Original!, 17th Mar 2017
Reviewer: The Cigar Authority
One the cigar is clipped, the new serves up a cold draw of prunes, and molasses and the aroma off the foot has a subtle spice, wood notes and a faint mocha. For those keeping score at home I have opted for a straight cut and will be lighting the cigar with a triple torch vertigo lighter.
With the cigar properly toasted the initial notes treat you to that signature Pepin spice especially on the retrohale. As the spice tones down a few notches some citrus appears especially on the finish. However, the dominant note is cedar with a subtle dark chocolate. This finish at this point is short and a little bit sweet.
In the second third of the cigar things begin to change-up at the halfway point as the cigar becomes a little bit sweeter moving the citrus notes to the background. The primary notes of chocolate and caramel mix together perfectly and the finish becomes a bit longer with some earth components.
The last third of the Don Pepin original sees the pepper notes through the nose ramp back up while the cigar becomes predominantly earthy with some cedar. The lengthy finish is leathery.