Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Grade 1 Dark Rosado
Binder: Mexican Matacapan Negro de Temporal
Filler: Nicaraguan GK Condega C-SG seco, Nicaraguan Pueblo Nuevo criollo viso, Nicaraguan La Joya Estelí C-98 viso, Nicaraguan ASP Estelí hybrid ligero and broadleaf ligero from Lancaster County, Pa.
Vitola: Short Churchill (4.75 x 48)
Brand: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust
Factory: Fabrica de Tobacos Joya de Nicaragua S.A.
CigarNoise Price Range: $8-$10
Availability: Regular Production
Source: IPCPR 2016
Sobremesa Short Churchill – Pre-Light
Nearly a full year has come and gone since Dave first reviewed the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sobremesa Corona Gorda. I thought it appropriate to celebrate this anniversary with a review of my own, but this time placing the Short Churchill on the stand for cross examination.
First off, the Sobremesa Short Churchill appeared to be an exquisitely made cigar. The rich coloring and slightly oily wrapper had the look of a masterpiece. The wrapper had a moderately rough feel to it, offering notes of cocoa, mild tobacco and some spices. The cold draw was almost too easy yet enticing with more cocoa, hay and leather. It managed to hide just a touch of pepper in the medley as well.
Let’s get this witness on the stand!
Sobremesa Short Churchill – First Third
Cocoa, Earth, Spice, Nuts, Espresso, Fresh Bread, Pepper, Baking Chocolate
With the foot nicely toasted, smoke began to pour from this cigar in urgency. Cocoa, earth and heavy spice rolled onto my palate like a one-two punch of flavors. Offering slightly more subdued input, nuts, coffee and fresh bread combined in subtlety. Mild pepper finished on my tongue, hinting there may be more power here than initially realized.
Mid way through the first third, cocoa transitioned towards baking chocolate with just a touch of bitterness on the end of my tongue. In the middle of the first third, the flavors decided to get their stories lined up, complimenting one another rather than trying to stand alone. This change helped the mild bitterness accentuate the other flavors rather than ruin them.
Sobremesa’s burn through the first third was barely wavy and caused no concern. As I mentioned with the cold draw, at times through the first third I almost suspected the cigar was under-filled due to the easy draw. The solid, light gray ash held firmly right through the entire first third. My first retro hale produced an eye-opening experience with medium heat and copious amounts of pepper. If there was any question where the pepper hid in the profile, my question was answered.
Sobremesa Short Churchill – Middle Third
Chocolate Malt, Nuts, Leather, Earth, Grilled Meat, Vanilla, Pepper
Watching the solid ash cling to the end of the cigar, I began the middle portion of the Sobremesa Short Churchill. As if it needed more complexity, the cocoa from the first third became chocolate malt in nature, adding a hint of sweetness to the mix.
Nuts, leather and earth notes combined to tone back the sweetness. This is where things got really interesting. I suddenly noticed the smoke took on a chewy, thick substance. A heavy, grilled meat note took over the other flavors, pummeling my palate and causing my mind to wander into days past sitting by the grill mid-summer.
The flavors were heady and I could feel the nicotine kicking up a bit by the middle point of this cigar. While the mouthfeel of the smoke was heavy and luxurious, the retro hale had actually backed off a notch. The Sobremesa became smooth and somewhat creamy with vanilla and pepper in the retro hale.
The burn remained nearly flawless through the middle section and the draw remained almost too effortless. Just before the end of the middle third, the ash finally fell, bringing even more strength to the profile. Coupled with the smooth draw and a ton of smoke, the Sobremesa Short Churchill just became the key witness in this case!
Sobremesa Short Churchill – Final Third
Baking Chocolate, Oak, Espresso, Mild Tobacco, Nuts, Leather, Cream, Pepper
With the Sobremesa running at full tilt exiting the middle third, I prepared myself for a finish of strength. Without disappointment, baking chocolate paired with flavors of oak dominated the front of the profile. Unlike the beginning third, the flavors immediately meld together in perfect unison.
The finish of the Sobremesa Short Churchill lengthened, featuring hints of espresso, mild tobacco notes, nuts, leather, and a creamy finish. Just as the rest of the cigar proved maintenance-free, so was the final third, adding to the enjoyment of this smoke. The Sobremesa Short Churchill remained enjoyable right to the end.
Maintenance Free Burn