Review of Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial


As reflected by its name, the Reserva Especial is blended by Jaime Garcia, son of cigar legend José “Don” Pepín Garcia. Jaime is known for blending the Garcia family’s well-regarded My Father series, which were such a success that the family business was named after them. The Reserve Especial was debuted at an event at The Cigar Inn in New York City and was so well received that Jaime put his own name on it for the release to the general public.

The Reserva Especial is produced in six vitolas, including Petit Robusto (4½” by 50), Robusto (5¼” x 52), Super Gordo (5¾” x 66), Toro (6” x 54), Toro Gordo (6” x 60), and Belicoso (5½” x 52). My Father has also released the Reserva Especial in multiple limited edition and regional-released versions.

The cigars feature a dark oily USA Connecticut-grown broadleaf wrapper aged for six years, a Nicaraguan binder, and rich aged Nicaraguan long fillers from the Pepin family’s farms and Oliva Tobacco Company. Like all cigars produced by My Father, these are immaculately constructed and the smoke has medium-to-full bodied profile. On the palate, the cigars have well-balanced complex notes of black pepper, leather, coffee, and dark chocolate. This is an exquisite cigar at an affordable price.

Jaime and his sister Janny has been working in the family’s cigar business since 2002. At the ripe young age of 11, their Pepin Garcia began working in his uncle’s cigar factory in Báez, Cuba. During his 30-year career in Cuba, Mr. Garcia became a master blender, working on Cohiba, Partagas, and Montecriso, among other well-regarded Habanos brands. After fleeing from Cuba to Nicaragua in 2001, Mr. Garcia made his way to Miami’s Little Havana where he started his own cigar factory in 2002. His first client was Pete Johnson whom he produced the Tatuaje brand for. The success of his work with Tatuaje led to him starting his own cigar brand. The demand for his cigars required him to move his headquarters to an industrial park in Doral, Florida and open a second rolling factory, Tabacalera Cubana S. A., in Estelí, Nicaragua.

In addition to the Reserva Especial, James & Sons Tobacconists has several My Father cigar brands in stock, including the Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic, Don Pepin Garcia Original, Don Pepin Garcia Series JJ, El Centurion H-2K-CT, Flor de las Antillas, My Father [Ecuadorian] Connecticut, My Father La Antiguedad, My Father Le Bijou 1922, and My Father The Judge.

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