Who is Don Pepin?

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The man, the legend, the cigar maker, the cigar. Don Pepin is not only the brand name of quality premium sticks, but he is also the front man for the company El Rey de los Habanos, Inc. Like most cigar makers in the industry, he was born into a family business of cigar rollers and tobacco growers. He was born in Cuba which is a thriving nation and culture that produces the finest tobacco for smoking. He relocated to Miami which is another hub for rolling and producing some of the most well known sticks in the industry.

Don Jose “Pepin” Garcia has been involved with the smoking culture and brotherhood for more than forty years. His knowledge and involvement made him more than qualified for the position of CEO of El Rey de los Habanos, Inc. He is not only a legend and considered one of the best cigar artists in Cuba, but he has also received the same notoriety in Miami. He runs a family business, and just as he learned of the culture from his father he also passes on the knowledge to his own son and daughter.

Don Pepin started making and rolling sticks when he was eleven years old and worked in a cigar factory in Cuba. After he perfected the art of cigar rolling, he moved to Nicaragua and was able to leave Cuba. He was in Cuba for most of his life and left safely in nine years ago. He made his way to Miami in an area called Little Havana where he owns a factory. The company was established a year after he left Cuba.

His cigars range from medium to full bodied. There are currently five cigar brands that have the Pepin name which are: Vegas Cubanas, Don Pepin Garcia Blue Label, El Rey de los Habanos, and the Don Pepin Serie JJ. His son played an active part in creating the blend for some of these high demand cigars. His creativity for blending the perfect smoke and his knowledge and skill of rolling is in such high demand that he makes sticks for other clients and sells them in his store.

He had to open another factory in Nicaragua to handle the demand. The factory in Nicaragua is called Tabacalera Cubana. There are also five brands with the Pepin name. The Pepin Garcia brands that are produced in Nicaragua are called: El Centurion, Don Pepin Garcia Black Edition, Don Pepin Garcia Serie JJ Maduro, and the Don Pepin Garcia Black Edition Maduro.

He tries to make cigars like most makers do in Cuba. He found a blend of Nicaraguan tobacco that tastes just as good as the coveted Cuban tobacco. He also finishes each stick with a triple cap which is a common practice for Cuban makers. He is true to his Cuban background and brought the culture and knowledge with him to Miami.

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John Pullo

John Pullo

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This is not his picture, nor does John even have a beard. Interestingly, his Social Security number is all ones. All we can say is " "You will know him by the mullet he wears." "

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