Dunhill

Dunhill Signed Range Corona

Alfred Dunhill opened his shop in London in 1907. In the 1930s he used his name for a cigar brand too, coming from Cuba. From that, he built an empire. Cigars, pipe tobacco, cigarettes, pipes, you name it and it carried the Dunhill name. But an era has come to an end. The current owners of the Dunhill name, British American Tobacco, discontinue everything except for the cigarettes. BAT is one of the worlds biggest players on the cigarette market and decided to focus on that completely.

 

These cigars, made in Esteli by General Cigars, were introduced in 2014. Or reintroduced is a better word, with a new blend. It’s got a Nicaraguan wrapper, Cameroon binder, and filler from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. I smoked the 5½x42 corona.

 

The cigar has a boring looking ring, old and in dire need of an upgrade. This ring does not appeal to younger cigar smokers at all. The cigar has a nice triple cap but the feet is cut at an angle. The cigar won’t stand up straight. The construction feels good. The aroma is strong. I smell barnyard with some musty hay.

 

The cold draw is perfect. I taste a fruity citrus acidity with some nutmeg and cardamom seeds. After lighting, I taste that citrus nutmeg and spice combination, with a little added pepper. It’s a mild start, but pleasant. After half a centimeter, I taste some leather and nuts, with nutmeg and a little citrus. There’s also faint vanilla. The flavors are all mild and a little dusty. After an inch, I taste more leather and spice. The mouthfeel is dry. The second third starts with leather, hay, and some pepper. At the halfway point, I taste toast with leather, dried leaves, and some sweetness. The final third starts with grass, hay, and pepper. The finale has some nuts and pepper.

 

The draw is great, the burn is good and the smoke is medium thick and full. The light-colored ash is flaky but firm. This is a medium bodied cigar, mild to medium flavored but there is evolution and the cigar does grow in strength. The smoke time is two hours and thirty minutes

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Would I smoke this cigar again? No, it’s too boring for me

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Dunhill corona tubo

This cigar was in a bomb that an American friend send me and I can’t find too much information about this 5¼x42 tubed corona online.
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The tubo is simple, just plain alumium with a small Dunhill sticker on it. The cigar is nice and smooth, medium brown with a few veins. The cigar has a mild straw smell. the construction feels good and the smooth predraw backs that feeling up. I taste a mild raisin flavor.
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I am surprised by the full flavored coffee that I taste with a little splash of wood, I expected this cigar to be much milder. After an inch the coffee disappears and I taste some wood with a metallic earth flavor. The strength of the flavors is also gone, the flavors are now medium like I expected.
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Halfway I only taste a pleasant wood flavor and after two thirds the cigar gets a little spicy.
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After about an hour of smoking the cigar turns, so I had to toss it. I got a lot of thick white smoke and a light colored ash. The burn and draw are good. When I purged the cigar I got a huge flame. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied. The ash was quite firm.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, this cigar was nothing special.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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Dunhill robusto

Serts gave me this cigar, he had a whole bunch of them and handed them out at a herf. All he could tell me is that the cigar had a few years on it and is made out of Dominican tobacco.
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This cellophane wrapped robusto is a bit smaller than the average robusto with just 4 ½ inch length and a 50 ring gauge. The light colored wrapper has even lighter colored veins and the overall appearance of the cigar isn’t good. The cigar isn’t round but bumpy and I could feel some soft spots in the construction. Not what you expect from a company with a reputation like Dunhill.
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The cigar has a musty, stale and a bit acidic aroma. The top is triple capped. I punched the cigar and the predraw was too loose, probably because the cigar is under filled, what causes the soft spots in the construction. The only flavor I could discover in the predraw were some dry raisin.
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I can taste a mild peppery wood flavor after lighting the cigar. The flavors start out mild but gain some more strength and I also taste some nuts. While the nut flavor grows in strength, the pepper and wood completely disappear. After ⅓ there is also a salty flavor involved, a bit like liquorices but not completely
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After the mid of the cigar I still taste the nut flavor but now with some toast and that liquorices like flavor on the background. Near the end that liquorices like flavor is all I can taste.
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This mild to medium bodied, medium flavored cigar only lasted me for 50 minutes and I am a slow smoker. The draw was too loose, way too lose. The amount and structure of the smoke was reasonable and the ash was light colored, firm and compact. The burn was good.

Would I buy this cigar again? No. It wasn’t a bad cigar, but not worth the 11 euro price tag it has in The Netherlands.

Appearance: 5 / 10
Construction: 6 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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