Cuban Master Recreates Cuban Stogies in Nicaragua



My Father Cigars comes from a family with a rich history in the art of stogie making. The founder, Jose Pepin Garcia, was born in Cuba in 1950 into a large family of tobacco farmers and cigar makers. When he was 11 years old, Don Pepin rolled his first cigar. This experience inspired him greatly, and he went on to win accolades in his native country and reach Class 8 ranking (Master) for cigar rollers, the highest ranking possible. On top of being a Master Roller, he is also Master Blender of tobacco.


 


In 2001, he immigrated to Nicaragua before eventually making his way to Miami where he began his boutique company, El Rey de los Habanos in 2002. With this company, he created tobacco blends for others, most notably Tatuaje for Pete Johnson. This brand garnered him high ratings, and he was suddenly sought after by others looking for a “Don Pepin” brand stogie. His Miami factory could not keep pace with the demand, so they opened a second factory in Estelí, Nicaragua in 2009. This seven-acre complex was the birthplace of the My Father line of cigars. Today, Don Pepin’s focus is on recreating Cuban stogies without using Cuban tobacco. He has found that the Nicaraguan tobacco is the closest in flavor to the Cuban tobacco he used to grow and roll. His sticks are traditionally medium to full bodied cigars, for true aficionados and those ready to move up from lighter smokes.


Don Pepin’s son, Jaime, creates the My Father Classic and Limited series of cigars in honor of his father. The Le Bijou 1922 was created in honor of his grandfather who was born in 1922. The Classic line comes in nine shapes and sizes; the Limited comes in four different unique blends. The Le Bijou series comes in five different vitolas.



Their last offering was the Flor de las Antillas series in 2012 that was named the top stogie by Cigar Aficionado. In February of 2014, the Garcia family announced they would be releasing a new line later in the year. The line will be called La Antiguedad and will be blended with filler tobaccos from three areas around Nicaragua. It will consist of a double binder – one from a Nicaraguan criollo and another of Nicaraguan corojo. The line will use artwork from the 1870s emphasizing Don Pepin’s Cuban history and heritage. It will come in boxes of twenty and five vitolas: a Robusto (5 ¼ x 52), Toro (5 58 x 55), Corona Grande (6 3/8 x 47), Super Toro (7 x 56), and a Toro Gordo (6 x 60).



The Garcias say the stogies will be medium to full-body smokes with a heightened complexity offered by the Ecuadoran Habano wrappers. The announcement of a new line has been met with enthusiasm and many aficionados cannot wait to sample their latest offering.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017

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