This is my first Don Pepin cigar and I'm still pretty much a noob so take that into consideration when reading this review.
I had an equally stressful/rewarding week so I was looking forward to sitting on my balcony and having a cigar this afternoon. I picked up this Don Pepin which looked beautiful with a dark brown wrapper and sharp looking band. It clipped very easily and lighting it was a breeze. I was hit by a huge blast of pepper from the start that left the tip of my tongue tingling. This amount of pepper was new to me in a cigar and it was almost too much to be honest. After about half an inch the pepper subsided (but was still strong) and I could taste a background of sweet chocolate. I was impressed by the amount of flavour this cigar had and the volumes amounts of smoke coming from the almost perfect draw. I did have a number of burn issues that had to be touched up during smoking this cigar.
About halfway through this cigar a spiciness entered the mix and the pepper was replaced by what I think may be what people call a leather flavour. This may sound strange but this cigar made me almost feel full and I had to almost push myself to keep smoking it. Even though I appreciate the amount of flavour this cigar had it was a bit too much for me and I had to stop smoking it with about a third left.
I don't think this cigar is for me but I could see someone who likes this kind of flavour profile (pepper) loving this cigar a great deal. I'm curious if all the Don Peppin's are like this because I liked how flavourful this was but not the profile itself.