Ashton added another Don Pepin Garcia cigar to their list with the Edicion Especial. Blended to be milder than the classic LADC cigar, this special edition uses an Ecuadorian Sun Grown Cuban-seed wrapper and Nicaraguan binders and fillers to produce a different flavor profile and more complexity.
The No. 5 has a beauty of a wrapper, we love that reddish brown hue with the slight oily sheen. Minimal veining is apparent, but this should not affect the burn. A scent of earth and spice is noticeable from the wrapper, with more earth and compost from the foot.
We also love the old-school band. It is a mini-masterpiece of art right there on the cigar.
Construction is solid and tight, though the stick is a little springy to the touch. A very clean clip of the cap produces an excellent draw and a taste of wood and cedar.
Some of these exhibited an erratic burn, but they did create a tight, light gray ash of good length, and excellent draw.
While the classic LADC uses that Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and has a fuller, more spicy peppery flavor, the Edicion Especiale doesn't bring the pepper. It is earthy and savory with coffee and sweet caramel flavors and a creamy mouth feel to the smoke.
The flavors remain pretty consistent through the middle of the cigar and pick up more cedar and cinnamon towards the tail end of the smoke. These sticks stay pretty much in the medium to medium-full range and would be very satisfying and enjoyable at any time of day. Consistent with a Pepin cigar is the complexity and layering of the flavors over the course of the smoking experience. The special edition is worth searching for.