I was concerned when I learned Pepin took over rolling these cigars, as the "old" LAdC were of my absolute favorites. Not only did Pepin maintain the full-flavor and rich smoking stick I loved, he improved on the overall experience. The stick is even smoother and much more consistent from stick to stick, not to mention the burn has evened out tremendously. The "old" sticks, in all their glory, did not burn nearly as well, nor maintain a consistent flavor and draw throughout, or from stick to stick.
Pepin got this one right, and I am pleased to call it one of my all-time favorites!