Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper:Nicaraguan Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Size: Robusto 5.0″ x 50 ring
Courtesy of CigarsDirect.com

El Centurion is a limited edition cigar from Don Pepin.  Actually this cigar is the “First Limited Edition 2007” which leads me to believe we may see other incarnations of this line sometime in the future.  My guess is it will be a different blend but will carry the same name, but this is just speculation on my part.  This edition only saw 850 boxes of each size made.  What is known about the blend is that it uses Criollo99 and Corojo99 tobacco grown in Nicaragua.  The best leaves were selected for this blend and were aged for 3 years under watchful eyes and in the best conditions.  It is available in just three vitolas.

  • Guerreros 5.0″ x 50 (robusto)
  • Emperadores 5.5″ x 52 (belicoso)
  • Gladiadores 6.5″x 52 (toro)

Today I am smoking the Guerreros which is a standard robusto size.  It is well constructed, firm with a nicely applied triple cap.  The wrapper is a reddish, tan color with a few fine viens running across it and it has an oily sheen.  Looking at the bunch in the foot and at the head after clipping, you can see this cigar is jam packed full of tobacco.  The burn was razor sharp and it produced a perfectly formed, firm, white ash.  I started off talking about the construction because it is the best part of the cigar.  I was a bit disappointed by the flavor of this smoke.  It was pleasant enough but I was expecting more from a limited edition cigar.  As is typical with most of Pepin’s cigars there is plenty of black pepper especially at the start, but it remains present throughout the smoke.  There is also a woodiness to it with a slightly bitter finish that I could have done without.  The cigar never developed, never changed.  The flavors remained consistent throughout.  This cigar actually reminded me a lot of Pepin’s Vegas Cubanas.  It is medium bodied, and not quite as strong as a lot of his other lines.  The El Centurion isn’t a bad cigar, but I feel it under performs for a limited edition cigar.

You can get the El Centurion cigars at CigarsDirect.com

Rating – B

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