Known for making “uncompromisingly robust cigars”, cigarmaker Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia was recently inducted into the Cigar Aficionado Hall of Fame in 2022. Alongside his son Jaime, the two are responsible for making an acclaimed line of cigars that typically utilize the tobaccos which are grown on their farm in Esteli, Nicaragua.
When stepping into the booth, it quickly becomes apparent that it’s a ‘family affair’ when it comes to all things My Father, as the entire Garcia family are frequently found seated together on the booth’s white couches whilst enjoying their award-winning cigars.
Don Pepin and Jaime are routinely approached for pictures and conversation, but with very limited English, one quickly realizes that conversation with Don Pepin won’t run very deep. Thankfully, one of the many employees at the booth often quickly appear to bridge the language gap for adoring fans.
2023 was a milestone year for the Garcias, as they released the Don Pepin Garcia 20th Anniversary to commemorate 20 years for the brand, as well as the company.
Sunday evening, we were treated to a special celebratory dinner and cigars at Lavo in the Palazzo Hotel to commemorate this major milestone, as well as 20 years for Pete Johnson’s Tatuaje brand.
Pete is married to Pepin’s daughter Janny – the first Garcia to come to America.
For the occasion, Tatuaje and My Father each released a La Union cigar for each other, almost like the Padrons and Fuentes did. It features 20 limited edition cigars within a gorgeous black humidor, complete with limited edition cutter.