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Old 04-07-2010, 08:56 AM   #1
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Default Siboney Reserve (Don Pepin, under $4)



Size: 5×50, Robusto

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Rosado

Binder: Nicaraguan (Criollo ’98) and Honduran Habano

Filler: Nicaraguan (Jalapa and Condega Corojo)

Strength: Medium to Full

Price: Box of 20, $79.99

Grade: 8.9

The Siboney Reserve is produced for Famous Smoke Shop by the Don Pepin Garcia family at their My Father cigar factory in Esteli. This full bodied cigar employs some well-aged tobacco and is sold at a reasonable price. Don Pepin continues to blend cigars for just about anyone who asks, or so it seems. It is however nice to begin seeing some nicer priced DPG smokes, such as the Benchmade, a couple house blends from Holt’s, and today’s Siboney Reserve.

Gary over at Famous Smoke Shop sent us the Siboney Reserve Test Flight, which comes with 2 cigars from each of the three sizes: Robusto, Torpedo, and Churchill. You can check it out here.

For those of you that love Don Pepin Garcia’s blending style, this is a good cigar to take a look at.

Now, let’s get on with the toast!

Pre-light, 1.7:
The light to medium brown wrapper on the Siboney Reserve was in decent shape with a little tooth to the touch. There were a few noticeable veins and a patch that deterred from the aesthetics of the smoke, but the triple cap was constructed perfectly at the head. The weight was spot on but the tobacco was not as firm as I anticipated based on the appearance and weight. The pre-light aroma was barnyard toward the head with a sweet note toward the foot. The Robusto produced a blast of spice on the cold draw that nearly caused my eyes water.

Burn, 1.7:
Toasted and lit, the cigar produced mouthfuls of smoke with an excellent draw. The burn was very even at the beginning. The ash did not hold much past a half inch but was layered well until the middle of the second third, when it started to flower a bit. I would recommend that you not let the cigar rest too long between puffs; I am a slow smoker and I almost let the Robusto go out a few times. The last third continued with mouthfuls of smoke and an excellent draw.

Flavor, 2.7
The first third of this cigar produced notes of tobacco and cedar coupled with a spicy finish. The second third found the spice subdued with a smoother flavor profile and finish. The final third was woody, airy at times, and had a medium finish. The flavor profile was pleasing to the palate and, while somewhat spicy, it was never overbearing or uncomfortable.

Overall, 2.8:
This Don Pepin blend is nice – not super complex but not a bore either. The price per box makes this a decent smoke at a great price. Just like the band on the shoulder, simple but solid, the Siboney Reserve is a good smoke.

(Total: 8.9)
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Old 04-07-2010, 09:29 AM   #2
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Default Re: Siboney Reserve (Don Pepin, under $4)

Thanks for the review. I might pick up that test flight!
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Old 04-07-2010, 09:32 AM   #3
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The test flight is a pretty good deal, 2 each of the 3 sizes for under $30.
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Old 04-07-2010, 08:05 PM   #4
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Default Re: Siboney Reserve (Don Pepin, under $4)

i just wandered over to famous and this whole line is on a major sale:

http://www.famous-smoke.com/brand/siboney+cigars
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Old 04-07-2010, 08:58 PM   #5
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Default Re: Siboney Reserve (Don Pepin, under $4)

It says on Famous' website that these are made by Alec Bradley.

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It says on Famous' website that these are made by Alec Bradley.

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I get the feeling the Siboney brand is kind of like a the Famous version of CI Legends where different makers do different blends. A couple of months ago there was a Siboney with a gold and red band that was made by Alec Bradley. Stay away from that one if you see it. The flavors were good but the construction was absolutely awful.
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Old 04-07-2010, 09:43 PM   #7
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Binder: Nicaraguan (Criollo ’98) and Honduran Habano
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It says on Famous' website that these are made by Alec Bradley.

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Are you sure these are Pepin's? I have never seen Pepin use Honduran tobacco. The filler and binder are usually Nicaraguan then he uses different wrappers.
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http://www.famous-smoke.com/brand/si...reserve+cigars

Keep in mind that this is a big family.
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http://www.famous-smoke.com/brand/si...reserve+cigars

Keep in mind that this is a big family.


This is the cigar reviewed. The other by AB is not.
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Default Re: Siboney Reserve (Don Pepin, under $4)

Just to clarify - the Siboney (Regular) line is made by Alec Bradley. The Siboney Reserve is made by Pepin at the My Father factory in Nic. I've been working through a box of the Siboney Res. Torpedoes for the past three weeks now, and I must say that this blend is very good. In fact, I'd say that after the things he does for Cigar King/Phatash, these house blends for Famous are his next best. IMO, they are certainly better than the Holts and CI offerings.
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i just wandered over to famous and this whole line is on a major sale:

http://www.famous-smoke.com/brand/siboney+cigars
This is tricky! There is the Siboney made by Alec Bradley and the Siboney Reserve made by DPG. The bands are different...
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Default Re: Siboney Reserve (Don Pepin, under $4)

ah... sorry for creating the confusion guys. didn't notice the fine print.
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Default Re: Siboney Reserve (Don Pepin, under $4)

I got a AB sampler with a red gold Siboney and it didn't do it for me. I will have to try the DPG Reserve version
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