Team Cigar Review: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Unstolen Valor

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Cigar Details: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Unstolen Valor

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: NACSA
  • Blender: Raul Disla
  • Price: $17.95
  • Release Date: May 2020
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Unstolen Valor is medium brown with a network of well pressed veins that carry a slightly darker brown. The seams are very smooth and well blended. The head is finished off with a well applied double cap. The single band is standard for this line as it’s a yellow ribbon foot band that has the line name in red letters with the sub line over it in black lettering. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of leather and earth while the foot brings a mix of wood and tobacco sweetness. The pre-light draw brings a nicely aged cedar note.

Pre-light Experience

Oily to the touch, the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Unstolen Valor is firm throughout and finished with a solid cap. The wrapper is toothy throughout and it has a nice Colorado Maduro coloring. The foot of the cigar gives off notes of milk chocolate, raisins and paprika while the wrapper gives off leather, earth and tobacco. The foot really gives off this aroma that reminds me of my youth.

Pre-light Experience

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Unstolen Valor comes in a wooden coffin, which is always going to score some significant pre-light points. The UPC sticker on the cellophane is designed to remain intact when the cellophane is opened. There is no band present, instead there is a yellow ribbon as a foot band with the name of the cigar overlaid on itself. The aromas from the cigar are sweet cedar at medium-full intensity. From the foot, just faint sweet tobacco.

Pre-light Experience

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Unstolen Valor has an oily and uniform Colorado Maduro wrapper shade. Veins are neatly pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head finished off with a deep, multi-layered wrap. Aromas from the wrapper give jasmine flower petals and punchy cedar. Aromas from the foot tell rich nuttiness and fresh cracked red pepper spice. Cold draw gives cedar and prunes.

First Third

The cigar begins with wood, creaminess and a mild baking spice. At a half inch in, the baking spice has increased to become even with the wood and creaminess. The retrohale brings a slightly fuller baking spice with creaminess just behind. At an inch in, the baking spice has morphed into black pepper and has a long finish. At an inch and a quarter, the creaminess and black pepper have lightened up a bit and the retrohale is now wood with light creaminess. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

The first third opens up with some dry peppery spice flavors that are paired with some leather, oak and meaty qualities. I am getting faint bits of dry earth and with that, espresso beans on the finish. I would classify the cigar as being medium-full in strength and body, and it goes well with the flavors.

First Third

Baking spices, fresh bread and cedar to finish are what greets me on my first few puffs. Graham cracker and cedar settle into the middle of the profile after a few short minutes. The baking spices move up to medium-full on the retrohale, and linger between draws. By the halfway point, a leather and earth combination move into the post draw.

First Third

There’s a lot going on within the first third. Overall vibe is smooth (i.e. no spikes in flavors). I get consistent barnyard must and faintly bitter oak. Further, intermittent waves of roasted coffee and creamed cherries. The creamed cherry note especially shows through retrohaling. The finish is medium with a combination of slightly bitter oak and stale dried nuts. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the creaminess morphs into mustiness. At three quarters of an inch in, the profile is musty wood with black pepper in the background. The retrohale is musty wood. At an inch in, the wood gains some char. As the third comes to a close, the profile remains charred and musty wood with light black pepper. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Second Third

The second third shows slight transitioning, and while the pepper spice is still prominent, I am getting some citrus and dry wood notes. There are some earthy qualities as well, and the finish has notes of peanuts and tobacco. Like before, the cigar is smoking at a medium-full level in strength and body.

Second Third

Cedar, bread, baking spices and earth make up a complex retrohale, with the earth moving into the post draw. Cedar joins the earth as the cigar progresses. The earth continues to move up in strength, almost reaching medium-full at one point before backing down to light plus by the mid point of the second third. Bread leads the retrohale in the bottom half, followed by cedar and earth defining the post draw.

Second Third

The second third steps it down a notch. I’m namely getting influences in dry oak and stale dried nuts. Retrohaling broadens the flavor profile by giving deeper oak and creamed cherries. Strength and body remains medium.

Final Third

The final third continues on with the charred and musty wood with light black pepper. At a quarter inch in, the char increases a bit and the black pepper drops from the profile. The retrohale is now lightly charred wood and mustiness. At three quarters of an inch in, some earthiness joins the profile. The retrohale is now lightly charred wood, mustiness and earthiness. The cigar maintains the charred and musty wood with earthiness through to the end. The strength remained at slightly above medium.

Final Third

The final third delivers a flavor profile that shows some transitioning from before. The pepper spice profile has increased and it is pairing with dry wood and earth notes. On top of that, I am picking up some popcorn and peanut flavors on the finish. Like before, the cigar is smoking at a medium-full level in strength and body.

Final Third

Earth returns at medium-full on the retrohale. Some tannic cedar settles into the middle of the profile not long after. That earth profile lingers between draws at medium strength.

Final Third

The final third is unchanged from the second third. It’s still all about that dry oak and stale dried nuts. Retrohaling saves it by giving the same fuller oak and creamed cherries. Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn was a bit wavy throughout and required a touch-up in the second third to keep things in line. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.

Burn

From start to finish the cigar had a very good burn. The burn line was even throughout and it produced a solid charcoal ash that held on firmly.

Burn

The burn is relatively straight through the first third. By the second third, the burn becomes uneven, requiring a minor touch-up.

Burn

Great burn performance. Only a couple quick touch-ups to get the burn line back on track. Ample smoke production, solid ash marks and cool burning temperature.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The cigar began with wood, creaminess and a mild baking spice. Halfway through the third, the baking spice morphed to black pepper. The second third saw the creaminess morph into mustiness and some char joined the profile. The final third saw the black pepper drop out and some earthiness join the profile. The construction was pretty good aside from a touch-up and strength was slightly above medium most of the way. The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Unstolen Valor had a nice start, but once the creaminess shifted to mustiness and some char joined in, it knocked things down to average and maintained that level the rest of the way. It was interesting to smoke a Raul Disla blended offering, but it was just a fairly average experience. I wish the profile from the first third could have held on longer. With the price point and the experience, I don’t really see myself chasing down more of these.

Draw

Like the burn, the cigar had a great draw. Nice level of restriction present throughout.

Overall

I was not blown away by the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Unstolen Valor and found the cigar fairly one dimensional. There was some transitioning taking place, but the flavor profile was just muddy in my opinion. I felt the cigar really could have used more complexities and some changes to make the blend pop. It had a nice strength and body level to it, construction was very good as well, but at no point did a flavor profile pop out that was noticeable and very enjoyable. Disappointing on many levels, though I liked the presentation.

Draw

The draw is very good, with a minor resistance to each draw, roughly 1-1/2 notches.

Overall

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Unstolen Valor was overall a good experience. The first and second third had a complex medley of flavors that kept me interested and engaged through the smoking experience. Draw and construction were very good. The presentation was great, and I would happily light another Unstolen Valor up the next time I have the opportunity. My total smoking time was 1 hour and 54 minutes.

Draw

The draw was perfect, striking the ideal air flow.

Overall

Unfortunately, I still have yet to find a Muestra de Saka that I fully enjoy. The first third was actually very intriguing with the array of flavors I got (barnyard must, faintly bitter oak, splashes of roasted coffee and creamed cherries). But past that, it settled down to an average tasting profile of bitter oak and stale dried nuts. I’ll pass on the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Unstolen Valor and look forward to the next variant.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$3.12

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Seth Geise

SCORE

5.85

Cost/Point

$3.07

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John McTavish

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6.57

Cost/Point

$2.73

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Jiunn Liu

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6.00

Cost/Point

$2.99

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