Team Cigar Review: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sobremesa Torpedo Tiempo

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Cigar Details: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sobremesa Torpedo Tiempo

  • Vitola: Torpedo
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: La Meca Ecuador Habano #1 Rosado
  • Binder: Matacapan Negro de Temporal
  • Filler: Nicaraguan Gk Condega C-SG Seco, Nicaraguan Pueblo Nuevo Criollo Viso, Nicaraguan La Joya Esteli C-98 Viso, Nicaraguan ASP Esteli Hybrid Ligero, USA Lancaster County Broadleaf Ligero
  • Factory: Joya de Nicaragua S.A.
  • Blender: Steve Saka
  • Price: $13.00
  • Release Date: December 2015
  • Source: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper is a nice deep reddish brown and looks very rustic. The wrap lines are easily visible and there are a few decent sized veins running across the wrapper. The Torpedo caps are very nicely applied. The primary band and foot band work very well on the cigar as the brown that is used is very close to the wrapper color and almost makes it looks as if the gold parts are floating around the cigar. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of leather and hay. The aroma from the foot is a very sweet hay with a very slight bit of graham cracker. The pre-light draw gives a dry leather component with a mild sweet hay. There is a fair bit of spicy tingle on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Sobremesa Torpedo Tiempo is a natural darker medium brown. The hearty wrapper looks oily in the sunlight and feels oily on the finger tips. The veins and seams look great as they are well pressed and seamless (respectively). The cigar feels well constructed as there are no soft spots felt and the sharp tapered head has a nice give. The gold and brown colored bands are a great match against the wrapper, making the cigar appear luxurious and classy. Pre-light wrapper aromas consist of barnyard, cedar and slight flowers. Nosing the foot tells sweet natural tobacco notes, chocolate, tingly white pepper spice and cedar. Cold draw tells gritty earth, cedar and cardboard. On the lips, the same tingly white pepper is realized (same spice as nosing the foot).

First Third

On initial light, I get a nice dose of cinnamon, closer to the sweet candy variety like a Red-Hot. After a few draws, the sweetness mellows and comes more to the actual spice of cinnamon. The retrohale brings a creamy version of the same cinnamon level. A quarter inch in, an oakiness comes in as a background flavor to support the cinnamon. At about half an inch in, the cinnamon, oak and some cream really come together well to create a nice flavor profile. A little further along and the cinnamon is now in the background with the oak taking over. There is still a little cream in the mix as well. The retrohale still holds on to the cinnamon, but the cream has been replaced by a woodiness. About an inch and a half in, the oak is joined by some char and some black pepper that is hitting me towards the back of the tongue. As the third comes to a close, the oak is slightly charred and the retrohale is woody with some cinnamon still in the background. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

The Sobremesa wastes no time from first draw providing nuanced flavors of dry cocoa, medium bodied sweet cream, gritty earth, new cedar and cinnamon. In addition to the cinnamon spice, a subtle palate layering black pepper spice rounded out the aforementioned flavors. Quarter inch in, the dry cocoa mixed with the medium bodied sweet cream yields a dessert like quality (perhaps chocolate cake). On the retrohale, sharp cedar and intensified nasal clearing black pepper. The finish consists of airy bread, lightly charred wood and cedar. Body and strength within the entire first third is a medium.

Second Third

This third begins much the same way the previous finished. Slightly charred oak with the retrohale being primarily woody with some cinnamon. The mouth flavor does have the addition of some cream again. A quarter inch in, the char backs off of the oak, but the cream remains. The retrohale still carries a nice bit of the cinnamon spice. About three quarters of an inch in, the char comes back and the cream has left. The cinnamon has now departed from the retrohale which is now creamy wood. An inch and a half in and the char has gone away again. There is a slight bit of cinnamon that has returned to mix with the oak. The retrohale has increased the cream level as well. Nearing the end of the third, the cinnamon increases some more to mix with the oak which provides a nice sensation on my tongue. The strength continues to hover right at medium.

Second Third

The second thirds flavor profile stays relatively similar to the first thirds flavor profile. Still gritty earth, dry cocoa, medium bodied sweet cream and new cedar. The cinnamon and black pepper spice are noticeably intensified. On the retrohale, sharper and deeper notes of cedar, dry cocoa and black pepper. The finish cakes my mouth with full tannins providing cinnamon up front, gritty earth, slight cedar and black pepper layered throughout the palate. Strength since the beginning of the second third creeps to a medium full, giving my head a slight buzz, while body stays at a consistent medium.

Final Third

As this third begins, the cinnamon has gone away and I’m getting a little bitterness to go along with the oak. A little further in, the oak flavor is morphing into a very fresh oak flavor, exhibiting a bit of greenness. About a half inch in and the oak transitions to cedar. There is still some bitterness hanging around. After a few draws, the dry oak returns and the bitterness goes away. The retrohale is also the identical dry oak. About halfway into the third, I begin to get a non-sweet cocoa powder to go along with the oak. Not really any flavor changes for the remainder of the third, just dry oak with some of the cocoa powder in the background. The strength remained at medium.

Final Third

Last thirds flavor profile is less nuanced, giving namely black pepper spice, sharp cedar and semi sweet milk chocolate. The earthy grittiness tastes less “dirty” and more “refined”. The cinnamon tapers off and becomes an intermittent note. Halfway through the last third, a slight bitterness is detected, namely on the finish. Through the retrohale, namely sharp cedar and black pepper spice. Strength and body mimics the second third at medium plus and medium (respectively).

Burn

The burn was a bit wavy in the first third but straightened out for the remainder of the cigar. The ash held in nice inch and a half segments.

Burn

Burn performance was very good. A cool, slow and even burn lasting 190 minutes of smoking time. Snow white, slightly flaky ash averaging 1.5 inch ash marks. Doesn’t really get much better than this.

Draw

The draw was a bit tight and got slightly tighter as the cigar went along. It didn’t seem to effect the performance of the cigar though.

Overall

Flavors were pretty good through the first two thirds and then became average in the final third with a bit of bitterness and a drop in transitions. The cinnamon is a great flavor in this cigar and line overall. This vitola isn’t the best representation of the blend in my opinion, but the Torpedo is still a good cigar. I would say that this cigar is approachable to any level cigar smoker as the strength is right at medium and the flavors are desirable. There will be some nuances that the retrohale will bring out, so don;t miss out on that aspect. I also thing that a wide range of drink pairing will also go along with this cigar such as tea, coffee or brown spirits.

Aaron
Jiunn
Good Pre
Light
Very Good
Good First
Third
Very Good
Good Second Third Very Good
Average Final
Third
Good
Very Good Burn Very Good
Average Draw Amazing
Good Overall Very Good

Draw

The draw was as good as it gets. Just enough tightness to taste all the subtle nuances of the cigar.

Overall

Initially, it was hard for me to smoke this cigar without having preconceived notions. I expect the cigar to look and taste like a Liga 9. I’m happy to say, all that is thrown out the window and I now associate Saka with Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust. This was a great opener for Saka. A cigar with near flawless construction, full, distinctive, and nuanced flavors. Well worth at least picking up a fiver and if your budget allows, go for the box (you’ll actually want the box because it’s a beaut all by itself).

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.27

Cost/Point

$2.07

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

8.20

Cost/Point

$1.59

Scoring System

Aaron LoomisTeam Cigar Review: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sobremesa Torpedo Tiempo

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  • Josh B - July 8, 2016 reply

    Thanks for the review and contest

  • Jason R. - July 8, 2016 reply

    Great review. Thanks for the give away.

  • Matt Ross - July 8, 2016 reply

    Thanks for the contest – much appreciated

  • Lurker_to_poster - July 8, 2016 reply

    Great reviews, and great contest, but MAN what a lot of hoops to jump through to enter! LOL

    Still, worth it if I win.

  • Jason Meyers - July 8, 2016 reply

    Great review. I have found the Corona Grande and El Americano to be my favorite sizes in this blend, but this sound like a good one to try sometime too.

  • nonfiction_1968 - July 8, 2016 reply

    Great review guys!

  • Texican8 - July 8, 2016 reply

    Great review. Can’t wait to smoke one!

  • DJ Kozerow - July 8, 2016 reply

    Love to get me some.

  • Bob Langmaid - July 8, 2016 reply

    This cigar is absolutely amazing!!

  • Chris Brose - July 8, 2016 reply

    Good stuff guys!

  • CalebK - July 8, 2016 reply

    Great review for what sounds like a great stick! Huge RG!!! Seems like an absolute beast.

  • Sam C. - July 8, 2016 reply

    Great smoke. I have one in this size I need to try. Corona Grande is my favorite so far!

  • Foozer6976 - July 8, 2016 reply

    Very nice, gotta get some!!

  • Scott Wilson - July 8, 2016 reply

    Great reviews! Thanks for the contest!

  • Perietta Migranté - July 8, 2016 reply

    gr8 review! i’ve not smoked the Sobremesa cigar. this will be on my cigar bucket list.

  • Donald Santos - July 8, 2016 reply

    Had my first one today really a great cigar thanks for the contest maybe I’ll get to try some more

  • atllogix - July 8, 2016 reply

    Very good review. I like the detail of it and how it comes from more than just one person. Thanks for the opportunity as well.

  • Jarchen - July 8, 2016 reply

    I actually just got one of these in a Sampler pack, loved the look of the band but knew nothing about the cigar. Can’t wait to find a weekend for it now

  • Mark VS - July 9, 2016 reply

    Thank you for one more opportunity to win some Sobremesa.

  • Jason Gross - July 10, 2016 reply

    It would be awesome to have some of each vitolas in my humidore . Great prize guys Thanks for the contest!

  • Charlie Hascall - July 10, 2016 reply

    Thanks Aaron/Jiunn!

  • mike - July 10, 2016 reply

    great review, thanks for the contest

  • Ken Fellenstein - July 10, 2016 reply

    Great Contest and keep reviewing..thorough reviews.

  • jimmy Zaroda - July 10, 2016 reply

    I got my hands on the Sobremesa and really enjoyed it. Would like to smoke more from steve!
    Thanks

  • Stefan - July 10, 2016 reply

    Great review. Love this blend, and I am loving the review format.

  • mike - July 11, 2016 reply

    have smoked 1, would to try pairing it with a wine

  • William Williams - July 11, 2016 reply

    Great review, actually enjoying one as I read this.

  • John Trickett - July 13, 2016 reply

    Love these cigars, good review(s)

  • GameOfCigars - July 14, 2016 reply

    I hope I win!

  • Gary D - July 14, 2016 reply

    Giving away some Sobremesa? I’m your huckleberry!

  • Wylaff - July 14, 2016 reply

    Love me some Sobremesa.

  • Mautrak - July 14, 2016 reply

    Thanks for the contest!

  • James40 - July 14, 2016 reply

    Nice review guys. Thanks!!

  • Brad - July 14, 2016 reply

    I need to revisit this one soon. Thanks for the review!

  • Donnie - July 14, 2016 reply

    Sweet. Props to the site.

  • Derek - July 15, 2016 reply

    Sobremesa is a great cigar, would love to put some in the humi 🙂

  • Wes - July 15, 2016 reply

    Hi JIUNN.

  • Aaron Loomis - July 19, 2016 reply

    Grand prize winner: David Kozerow
    Second prize winner: Ken Fellenstein

    David, please reach out to us so that we can get your shipping address to send the prize to.

    Thank you to everyone that entered the contest and supports the site.

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