Team Cigar Review: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust The Halligan

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Cigar Details: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust The Halligan

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6.25″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano H2000
  • Binder: Mexican San Andrés Negro Cultivo Tonto
  • Filler: Nicaraguan Jalapa Seco, Jalapa Viso Grande and Pennsylvania Lancaster #41 Seedleaf Ligero
  • Factory: Joya de Nicaragua
  • Blender: Steve Saka
  • Price: $18.99
  • Release Date: November 2023
  • Source: Tobaccology

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the rectangle pressed Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust The Halligan is milk chocolate brown with some lighter marbling. There are some lightly raised veins present, the seams are very smooth and the head is finished with a tightly wound pigtail. There is just a yellow ribbon at the foot with the line name and an image of a Halligan. The aroma from the wrapper was lightly smoky wood and earth while the foot brings cedar, stone fruit sweetness and light smokiness. The pre-light draw brings cedar and a very light earth.
Seth: The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust The Halligan is a good looking cigar. It has a nice press and is finished with a lovely light Chocolate colored wrapper. Dark Natural I would say. Small to medium size veins throughout, the cigar has a nice leathery texture. Aromas of wood, tobacco, spices and barnyard on the foot and wrapper.
John: The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust The Halligan comes in cellophane and does not have a UPC sticker. There is a ribbon indicating ‘The Halligan’ in red on yellow, positioned as a foot band. For artisanal complications, the cigar has a sharp box press shape as well as a curled pigtail cap. I weighed the cigar at 16.2 grams and the humidity as measured by the HumidiMeter Pro was 60.6%. Aromas from the wrapper were sweet, fermented tobacco and some background earth and hay. From the foot, I picked up on hay and the smell of a pilon of tobacco.
Jiunn: The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust The Halligan has a fairly even Colorado wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the man bun has a strong presence. Pre-light aromas consist of primarily rich cedar and hay.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust The Halligan

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust The Halligan

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with decently toasted cedar and light earth. At a quarter inch in, a mild black pepper joins the profile. At three quarters of an inch in, the earth picks up a bit. The retrohale is toasted cedar and earth with a very mild black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the decently toasted cedar is up front, with earth a bit behind and some black pepper in the background. The strength was right at medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with this dry earth, mineral spice, barnyard and tobacco flavor profile. There is this grassy cedar quality present as well, which softens the blend some, but it is still delivering that dry wood and spice profile. Medium to medium-full in strength and body.
John: My first few puffs are flavors of sweet tobacco, followed by some delayed medium strength spices and wood. The retrohale takes on some baking spices rather than the pepper based spices previously noted. The finish develops a short woody finish, and over time, some tobacco sweetness joins the post draw as well. Creaminess moves into the retrohale as the first third continues. By the halfway point, leather and mild tannins join the post draw. In the bottom half, wood takes on some mild sharpness through the retrohale.
Jiunn: The first third provides a mixture of spicy cedar, bitter tea, leather and tannin layered roasted nuts. Retrohaling gives a nice awakening of dried red pepper spice. The finish is medium in length with cedar and tannins. Strength and body is medium.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust The Halligan

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust The Halligan

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the toast level is now pretty heavy. The retrohale remains toasted cedar and earth with a very mild black pepper. At an inch and a quarter, the black pepper picks up a bit. At an inch and a half in, a light smokiness joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the heavily toasted cedar is up front, with earth a bit behind and the black pepper and smokiness in the background. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The second third is in line with the first. Barnyard qualities with some earth, cedar and grass. Mineral spices present as well. Medium to medium-full in strength and body.
John: Creamy bread leads the cigar into the second third as baking spices and mild wood follow. The wood finish takes on some tannic qualities through the post draw. Spices build to medium-full on the retrohale as the second third progresses. Earth defines the center of the retrohale at medium strength some time later.
Jiunn: The second third transitions to a profile that is focused on cedar, bitter tea and leather. There’s a significant loss in any type of sweetness and creaminess from the roasted nuts. The finish is longer, with the same cedar and tannins. Strength and body remains medium.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust The Halligan

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust The Halligan

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the black pepper has increased some more and is now in the middle of the profile. At a half inch in, the heavy toast transitions to light char. The retrohale is heavily toasted cedar, earth and black pepper. As the cigar wraps up, the profile is lightly charred cedar up front, earth right behind with black pepper in the middle and smokiness in the background. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The final third is right in line with the first.
John: Creamy earth takes the review into the last third, with earth and wood combining into the finish. Light plus spices sit in the retrohale just under the earth as the cigar settles in here. The earth progressively moves up to medium-full as it moves towards the halfway point. In the bottom half, the earth recedes down to medium strength.
Jiunn: The final third is the same as the second third. The profile still has abundant harsh earthiness in cedar, bitter tea and leather. The only time it’s not as noticeable is when retrohaling, as I’m only getting nice dried red pepper spice. Strength is reaching towards medium-full, but body is at a consistent medium.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust The Halligan

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust The Halligan

Burn

Aaron: The burn line was a bit wavy at times, but never needed any intervention. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.
Seth: Great burn from start to finish.
John: The burn was straight through the first third, with a half inch ash. The burn became wavy in the second third, eventually going out, which required a re-light. The burn was fairly straight for the remainder of the review.
Jiunn: Burn performance could have used quite a bit of help. Multiple touch-ups and a complete re-light.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust The Halligan

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust The Halligan

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Great draw throughout.
John: The draw had quite a bit of resistance to it, roughly 3 to 3-1/2 notches into the resistant spectrum.
Jiunn: The draw was perfect, giving the ideal air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with decently toasted cedar and light earth. Some mild black pepper joined in pretty quickly. The second third saw the toast level become pretty heavy and a light smokiness joined in. The final third saw the heavy toast become light char. The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust The Halligan had an average and uneventful flavor profile throughout. Just focused around toasted cedar, earth and light black pepper. Not an experience I typically get from the brand and not something I’d likely see coming back to.
Seth: There was something about the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust The Halligan that I could not get behind. I’m not sure if it was the wrapper, or something with the blend, but it was not to my liking. It didn’t smoke like a blend from Saka and Joya as well, which threw me off for the entire smoking experience. I didn’t know if I was losing it, so then I smoked a Krakatoa the next day and that was amazing. I am interested to hear from the group on this blend. I will be honest, I have looked to see what others have thought as well and have not seen their experiences. It just seemed off for a Saka blend.
John: With the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust The Halligan the company has released another good cigar that delivers medium-full flavors, but it restrains the strength right at the medium level. The cigar went out at the halfway point, requiring a re-light and the draw had quite a bit of resistance to it. I enjoyed The Halligan review, but I’d like to try another one to see how it performed without the draw and burn issues, which are an outlier in my experience. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 22 minutes.
Jiunn: There are a couple issues with this Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust The Halligan. One is clearly objective, having issues with burn performance. This might have directly caused the flavor profile to be skewed. In terms of the flavor profile, there was too much of a focus on harsh earthiness, being cedar, bitter tea and leather tannins driven. It could have used much more sweetness and creaminess to balance it out. I’ll pass on this one.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.65

Cost/Point

$3.36

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$3.30

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.17

Cost/Point

$3.08

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.80

Cost/Point

$3.27

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