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Sobremesa Brulee Blue

Sobremesa Brulee Blue. A Corona Gorda with a Connecticut Shade wrapper from Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust. According to Steve Saka, this is a cigar for the cigar geeks. And that intrigues the cigar geeks in me. The cigars are limited in production, only 13.000 cigars, and only available in the United States. It is a tweaked version of the Sobremesa Brûlée regular production blend.

Two years ago, Dunbarton came out with the Sobremesa Brûlée. Quite a shock for the fans of Steve Saka, as he is known for bold yet balanced blends. But as he said back then “Sobremesa Brûlée is a recreation of the milder, shade-wrapped ligas of my early years. Somewhere over the last three decades, many of the classic shade cigars have become wispy, uninspiring, and rather dull to my palate. I wanted to share with others the way I remember these blonde cigars being,”. And the line is a success. Let’s see how this Sobremesa Brulee Blue is.

The cigar looks good. A light-colored wrapper, but not pale as many other Connecticut Shade wrappers. You can see it’s a delicate wrapper with some slight veins. The pigtail is always a nice touch. The ring is a piece of art, it looks very simple but it has a lot of details. The original ring won an international award. This version has a beautiful baby blue color added. The construction feels good. The medium-strong aroma has hints of sawdust.

The cold draw is very sweet. This is probably where the “sweetened wrapper or not” debate comes from. The airflow is perfect though. The first puffs are spicy and sweet. The spice feels a bit like tongue bite when you smoke pipe tobacco too fast. There’s also some toast. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. There a slight wood flavor as well. It’s subtle though, like everything on this cigar. Steve Saka’s goal was to blend a cigar to mimic the old school Connecticut cigars. He succeeded. In the second part, there is some marzipan sweetness. The pepper picks up. The finale is spicy and woody.

The construction is great. The draw is fabulous. The gray smoke is quite full. The light gray ash isn’t very firm. The burn is sharp. The cigar is mild in body, but medium in flavor. The smoke time is one hour and forty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I am a fan of Steve Saka’s cigars but not of Connecticut Shade. I’ll get something else from Dunbarton instead.

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Cigar of the month January

Over the last month I reviewed 9 cigars with my new 100 point rating system and the cigar of the month january is:

Cornelius & Anthony Cornelius Toro with a 94! score

I’ve been rating cigars with my 100 point rating system for a month and I must admit that I was worried it wouldn’t work after my first two cigars because both rated high in the 90 but then the third cigar proved that my rating system is spot on for me. Ofcourse its new to me so it needs a little fine tuning but overall I can say that it works quite well and I’m happy I changed to this 100 point system.

Now as for the complete list of cigars I smoked in January for Cigarguideblog:
1) Cornelius & Anthony Cornelius Toro (USA) 94 points
2) Sobremesa Short Churchill (Nicaragua) 93 points
3) Padron 1926 #1 Double Corona (Nicaragua) 91 points
4) Nicoya Medios Robusto (Nicaragua) 91 points
5) Splendid Robusto (Dominican Republic) 91 points
6) Cain F Lancero (Nicaragua) 90 points
7) Paradiso (San Cristobal) Quintessence Epicure (Nicaragua) 90 points
8) Santiago Maduro Robusto (Nicaragua) 90 points
9) Joya Black Robusto (Nicaragua) 89 points

El Titan de Bronze made a great cigar for Cornelius & Anthony and Sandy Cobas and her team live up to the reputation they earned over the years as top quality cigar manufacturers.

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Sobremesa Short Churchill

Back in 1996, years before I smoked my first premium cigar (that was a Cuban Cohiba in Indonesia late 2005) Steve Saka started what was most likely the first consumer-oriented website on cigars ever. As I mentioned, it was years before I lit my first premium cigar so I missed that Steve started working for JR Cigars as a dedicated consultant for sales, marketing, and product development. Actually, the first time I ever heard his name was after he moved to Drew Estate and created the cigar that was a game changer for Drew Estate, Liga Privada no.9, and the follow-ups like the T52 and undercrown lines.

After leaving Drew Estate Steve took a hiatus before returning with his own company, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust and his first line: Sobremesa. This cigar is made by Joya de Nicaragua but the blend is made by Saka and he actually owns the tobacco himself instead of using Joya’s tobacco. I heard and read a lot of the cigar and finally met Steve at intertabac last September. We chatted a bit and he gave me two cigars, his new blend Mi Querida and this 4 3/4 x48 Sobremesa short Churchill.

The wrapper is an Ecuadorean Habano rosado with a Mexican Matacapan binder and a filler consisting from Nicaraguan tobacco and Pennsylvania Broadleaf. The band is awesome, the shape is unique, it’s a crown, not a picture of a crown but completely shaped as a crown, very detailed and the brown of the ‘gaps’ in the crown matches the color of the wrapper perfectly. The simple yet matching foot band spells the name Sobremesa is beautiful curly letters. The wrapper is beautiful, shiny and I only see one vein. The construction feels good and the cigar has a medium strong barnyard aroma with also a hint of burned wood. I punched the cigar and found a great cold draw with some pepper and raisin.

After lighting the cigar with my Ronson varaflame I taste espresso with a woody background and a little sweetness. Soon the sweetness is stronger with wood, the espresso is gone.

After a third the sweetness is gone, the cigar now tastes like smooth oak with a little citrus aftertaste. Halfway I taste a little bit of sweetness again. The wood also changed a bit in flavor but it’s still wood. I also taste a very mild dark, mildly sweet, chocolate but is disappears quickly.

The smoke is white, thick and I get a medium amount of it. The burn starts of a bit crooked but it’s corrected itself. The ash is silver gray and beautifully layered. It’s also firm. The draw is great, no plugs and the right resistance. This is a great medium bodied yet full flavored cigar. The smoke time is about 90 minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Hell yeah!

Score: 93

93

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