a very special cigar, exclusively from Top Shelf Cigar Co:
“Top Shelf® Signature Select” cigar by Don “Pepin”
This cigar bears the signature of the owner-operator,
Jim Cronin, on the cigar band and box.
Jim Cronin, an avid cigar smoker, has been
on a quest to find a superlative cigar on which to put his
name and the name of his company. He has been selling a brand
called “Don Pepin Garcia” in his shop. These cigars
are made in a small factory in Miami’s Little Havana
neighborhood. Don Jose “Pepin” Garcia was a “teacher
of teachers” in the arts of blending and rolling cigars
in Cuba, where he spent many years developing his skills.
He was instrumental in the creation and production of such
brands as Cohiba and Montecristo. As fortune would have it,
he recently immigrated to the United States. He has since
hired some of his students from Cuba to join him in producing
his namesake cigars in Miami. All of his rollers are Grade
8 or Master (no apprentices). It follows that the construction
and draw of his cigars are impeccable. These cigars, found
at a few select tobacconists and cigar bars across the U.S.,
have proven to be very popular in a short period of time.
More importantly, the quality of the cigars has remained consistently
excellent. These cigars are intense and full-bodied and are
highly recommended by Jim Cronin.
had success selling the Don Pepin Garcia brand, Jim Cronin
asked Don Pepin to create a super premium cigar to be sold
exclusively at Top Shelf™ Cigar Co., and thankfully, Don Pepin
obliged. Jim asked for a cigar that provides a bold taste
but is not overpowering. Pepin came up with a blend that has
a very balanced flavor profile, that fully stimulates the
palate, but that is smooth enough that it can be enjoyed by
most aficionados. The aroma is citrus-y and pleasant. The
cigar consists of a Nicaraguan grown, Cuban-seed “Corojo
‘99” blend, with gorgeous, silky Colorado wrappers.
The result is a cigar that many cigar smokers will crave!
By the way, Jim’s favorite size is the corona.