Vitola: XVIII (Robusto) 5 X 54
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Oscuro Corojo
Box Price: $144.90 (Box of 20)
Description: I wasn’t sure where I got this cigar until I dug through my notes. That’s one of fun things about running this site, going into my humidor I’m always finding something I didn’t know I had or where it came from. Anyways this cigar was sent to me by Jon over at TinderBox, and is another Don Pepin blended cigar. Yeah, I know we mention his cigars quite a bit here, but the man has his hands in everything now days.
Troya is a California based cigar company founded in 1985 and were able survive the cigar boom. The Troya Clasico XVII is a joint production between Troya and Don Pepin Garcia. It is a Nicaraguan Puro using a coffee-hued Corojo Oscuro wrapper.
On to the review! I found the cigar to be very firm with a nice heft to it, but the draw was a touch easier than I like. The prelight draw check left a light tingling on the tongue. Once lit the cigar had that classic Pepin flavor, very nutty, coffee and some pepper. After an inch or so the cigar really mellowed out though with some wood and coffee flavors and less spice to it. I also picked up some sweeter notes similar to dried cherry occasionally.
I did have some burn issues to contend with, but it really only took a couple touch ups to get them straightened out.
Verdict: The flavor profile is more subdued than the typical Don Pepin cigar and not overly complex. I really enjoyed the cigar though and if you’ve been a bit nervous about trying a Pepin blended cigar because of the strength you may want to give this one a try first.
Similar Cigars: The Don Pepin Vegas Cubanas is another blend that I think is mellower than your typical Don Pepin cigar.
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