Team Cigar Review: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sobremesa Brûlée Blue

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Cigar Details: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sobremesa Brûlée Blue

  • Vitola: Grand Corona
  • Length: 6.25″
  • Ring Gauge: 46
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut Shade G2BW
  • Binder: Mexican San Andrés Negro
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Joya de Nicaragua
  • Blender: Steve Saka
  • Price: $14.95
  • Release Date: August 2020
  • Source: Developing Palates via Lake Country Cigars

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sobremesa Brûlée Blue is dark tan and has some fine, slightly raised veins present. The seams are easily visible as they are raised and the head has a single cap that is finished with a tightly wound pigtail. The cigar has two bands with the same design as the previous Sobremesa’s, just that there is a pastel blue in place of where the brown would be. The aroma from the wrapper is a fire cured smokiness while the foot brings more of the same along with some sweet hay. A big question people will have is if there is a sweet cap and based on my testing, there is something on the cap that brings a very subtle spice and maybe an uber light sweetness that is not present on the rest of the wrapper. The pre-light draw brings fired cured smokiness and cedar along with that mild added spiciness from the cap.

Pre-light Experience

Finished with a lovely pigtail, the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sobremesa Brûlée Blue has lovely wrapper that is golden hay in color with a great silky texture. There are some small and medium sized veins throughout, and the cigar is firm throughout. The cigar has a lovely aroma of fresh shaved cedar, barnyard, spices, honey and some bread notes as well.

Pre-light Experience

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sobremesa Brûlée Blue has a UPC sticker designed with a tear tab to leave the UPC intact when the cellophane is opened. It features a primary band and a foot band in a baby blue color. The wrapper is smooth and a tan Connecticut Shade color. Looking at the cap, the cigar has an added complication of a pigtail cap. Aromas from the cigar surprised me with notes of peat smoke or lightly fire cured tobacco, along with aged wood. There is a subdued, sweet smoke, almost like Laphroaig 16 coming from the foot.

Pre-light Experience

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sobremesa Brûlée Blue has a uniformed golden brown claro wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight but visible, bunch and roll even and mini man bun head is well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper give rich humidor cedar, slight campfire and hay. Aromas from the foot tell plenty of roasted nuts and some nice red pepper spice. Cold draw reveals confectioners sugar on the lips, slight campfire and hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with dry wood, heavy mushroom mustiness and some baking spice. At a half inch in, the baking spice is even with the dry wood while the mushroom mustiness is slightly behind. The retrohale is dry wood, mushroom mustiness and light baking spice. At an inch and a half, the baking spice becomes quite faint while the dry wood and mushroom mustiness are even up front. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

First Third

The first third opens up by delivering some faint cream notes that are accompanied by qualities of cedar and hay. There are faint sweet spice notes, and I am picking up some anise and nutmeg. It has a touch of sweetness and a faint coffee quality as well. I would classify the cigar as being medium in strength and body. Nice start and a lovely Connecticut.

First Third

My first few puffs reveal a subtle sweet cap, which is more prominent after each draw. That sweetness has a very short finish. On the post draw, lingering hay and wood. A mild peat smoke comes through on the retrohale along with light hay. Mild nutmeg settles into the post draw. In the bottom half of the first third, the sweet cap has faded almost to a background note .

First Third

The first third has a well rounded flavor profile. Toasted almonds, buttered bread and oak. The sweetened cap does a good job of giving a sugar cane sweetness to the profile. Retrohaling shows highlighted toastiness and black pepper spice. The finish is soft, but lingering with notes of toasted oak and nuts. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the mustiness has lost the mushroom component. At a half inch in, the baking spice has transitioned to black pepper and remains a bit behind the dry wood and mustiness. The retrohale is now dry wood and mustiness. At an inch and a quarter, the wood gains a toasted note. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Second Third

I am in the second third now and finding a creamier profile being delivered. I am getting some tropical fruit notes and it is paired with some cedar qualities as well. There are touches of spice present as well, I am picking up some white and red pepper in this third, and like before it is smoking at a medium level for strength and body.

Second Third

Cedar mixed with a light to light plus peat smoke moves the profile into the second third. Hay takes up the middle of the profile as the cigar settles in. The profile is similar to the first third but with that sweet cap being absent at the end of the draw. Some mild bitterness or astringency comes in by the halfway point, moving up to medium strength. In the bottom half, that astringency leads the profile.

Second Third

The second third increases the overall intensity of flavors, and at the same time starts to show some oak bitterness. The flavors are spicier, creamier and nuttier with increased toasted almonds and black pepper. Strength and body remains medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the toasted note transitions to a light char. At a half inch in, the char goes back to the toasted note. The retrohale is toasted wood and mustiness. As the cigar wraps up, the profile remains musty and toasted wood with some light black pepper in the background. The strength remained at medium.

Final Third

The final third delivers a creamy profile that is accompanied by those cedar and hay notes from before. There are some graham cracker qualities as well as some pepper and barnyard. The finish is spicier in the end, but like before the cigar is smoking at a medium level for strength and body.

Final Third

The profile becomes a more classic Connecticut Shade blend of grass and bitter hay in the last third. There is no further evolution through the review.

Final Third

The final third decreases on the enjoyment level for one reason: the bitterness of the toasted oak seeps through more, making a lasting impression on the finish. Aside from that, the profile is less creamier and sweet, giving less influence to the toasted almonds. Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn line was slightly wavy at times, but never needed any attention. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.

Burn

Burn was amazing from start to finish. Perfect.

Burn

Another well constructed Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust cigar. Straight burn throughout with ash holding at times up to 1-1/2 inches.

Burn

Burn performance was flawless. Even burn, cool burning temperature and solid ashes.

Draw

The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar had a nice start with the mushroom mustiness providing a good boost to the dry wood and baking spice. Once the mushroom note left the mustiness, the cigar became fairly average from the second third on. The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sobremesa Brûlée Blue is an easily approachable traditional Connecticut Shade profile. There might be a bit more oomph to it over the previous Brulee, but not anything that makes it feel like it puts it over the top to necessarily make me want to come back to it. The price is fairly high, so I’d say try one to see what you think and then make a decision on buying more.

Draw

Perfect draw from beginning to end.

Overall

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sobremesa Brûlée Blue is a good cigar that has amazing construction and great flavors. There is minor transitioning throughout and I like the changes from anise spice to tropical fruit and then to graham cracker. The cigar is complex and balanced and it keeps that solid medium body and strength profile from beginning to end. It is much better than the original Brûlée release and the vitola offering is better as well. Like so many, if not all Ecuadorian Connecticut releases out of Joya, it is very good!

Draw

Minor amount of resistance to the draw, roughly 1-1/2 to 2 notches.

Overall

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sobremesa Brûlée Blue was a pleasant cigar experience, with the greatest complexity for me coming through in the first third. Although I could have done without the sweetened cap, it was done in such a way that I didn’t find it dominating my palate, and the short finish didn’t detract from the other flavors. I found the cigar to be enjoyable, but based on the price point it would be unlikely that I would choose a Brûlée Blue over many of DT&T’s other offerings. Construction was excellent with no burn issues, and only a slight resistance to the draw. Total smoking time was a fairly rapid 1 hour and 33 minutes.

Draw

The draw was also flawless, providing the ideal air flow.

Overall

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sobremesa Brûlée Blue was an overall enjoyable cigar. There was good balance of sweetness, cream, spice and earth. Comparing the Blue to the first release of Brûlée, the Blue has more body and depth of flavors. The only let down was allowing the bitterness of toasted oak to seep on the finish within the last third. When it comes to Dunbarton’s Connecticut shade offerings, this is no doubt my choice.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$2.49

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.17

Cost/Point

$2.09

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.95

Cost/Point

$2.51

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$2.19

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