El Centurion Cigars For SaleThe History

El Centurion cigars are back to stay! Originally introduced in 2007 by Don Pepín as a limited release cigar, a modified version of the masterpiece is in production to commemorate Pepín’s 10th anniversary. The original is comprised of Cuban-seed, Nicaraguan-grown tobacco wrapped in Nicaraguan Habano leaves and was handcrafted by the finest rollers at El Rey de Los Habanos, Pepín’s Miami factory. Considered by many aficionados to be one of the finest, the tobacco is aged for three years to impart a medium to full bodied strength. The factory produced only 50,000 total. At the Retail Tobacco Dealers of America’s annual convention and trade show, where it made its debut, there were only 850


20-count boxes released in each of three sizes.

 Guerreros – 5 x 50

 Gladiadores – 6 1/2 x 52

 Emperadores – 5 1/2 x 52

In December 2007, El Centurion cigars appeared once again in a sampler called Lanceros Collection by Don Pepín Garcia. The sampler contained two El Centurion Lanceros, a 6 7/8 x 42 size vitola. 2,000 boxes of the sampler were produced. In early 2011, the industry was abuzz about new event pieces which bore a striking physical resemblance to the Pepín favorite. Then, in October, Don and Pete Johnson of Tatuaje announced its return.


The 2013 El Centurion cigars are available in four sizes:

Belicoso (5 1/2 x 54)

Robusto (5 3/4 x 50)

Toro (6 1/4 x 52)

Toro Grande (6 1/2 x 58)

El Centurion cigars (the 2013 incarnation) originate in Nicaragua. The wrapper is Nicaraguan Sun Grown Criollo ’98, and the filler consists of a Nicaraguan blend of Criollo, Corojo Habano and Sancti Spiritus. To the aficionado, they are a beauty to behold with a triple cap and chocolate colored wrapper. The flavor remains medium to full bodied throughout according to reviews. Initially, the smoker will notice a dry leather note which is quite strong. Earthy notes commingle with bitter espresso and finish dry with a touch of sweetness. Overall, it starts out below the medium mark, but is a solid medium by the end of the first third. The profile then develops into creamier flavors which include chocolate and espresso. By the last third of the cigar, there is a floral note as a major component with flavors of cinnamon, cherry, and dark chocolate in the mix.

What Reviewer’s Say

The Halfwheel review considers the 2013 representation to be nowhere close to the original blend; therefore, the versions taste nothing alike. Even so, the smoker states he enjoyed the blend calling it, “excellently balanced, wonderfully complex and almost perfectly constructed.”

William Cooper of the Cigar Coop assessed the re-released El Centurion cigars as “memorable.” He notes in his final thoughts that though different from its predecessor, “it is very satisfying.” He believes it has both excellent flavor profiles and excellent construction.

Seth’s Humidor concurs with the other reviewers that the two are entirely different. He, too, applauds the new version as having superb construction from beginning to end with a wonderful flavor profile which grew in strength over the second half. He states that the 2013 product is “darker, bolder and richer overall” designed for the modern smoker.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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