Thursday, December 16, 2021

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Cigars Sin Compromiso Paladin de Saka in Review

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Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Cigars 
Sin Compromiso Paladin de Saka in Review

WRAPPER: Mexican San Andres Negro
BINDER: Ecuadorian Habano
FILLER: Nicaraguan, Pennsylvanian

FORMAT: Churchill (750) box-pressed
ORIGIN: Joya de Nicaragua
INTENSITY: Medium-full

S'mores | Spice | Black walnut

This blend reminds me of me, at a used bookstore. I'm there to look for Sherlock Holmes but sure, I can be distracted. Apparently, I'm here for the touch of PA but I can be distracted. Meaning I get a sharply delivered dark chocolate but what's that you got there? Habano sweet spices? Also deeply earthen and peppered Nicaraguan. The SA lends its characteristic S'mores and wine. I think it's that PA that carries a tick of an edge. It'll put hair on your chest, this one. Anise, red pepper, a delineating oak, cedar, a bit of a cola vibe. Hint of black walnut--shell and all--maybe a part of the tree. Espresso pours into the mid-point.

Well-balanced and complex. Each darkly-so and well-orchestrated. Goodly nuanced particularly in the bittersweet realms via malted notes. Not harsh but definitely has them 'linebacker eyes.' The finish is pretty spectacular, a long-look at spiced earthiness that has a maturely-sweet back-end, then clean as a whistle end after a rising toasted creaminess.  That aforementioned oak structures like structuring is going out of style. Let's talk character. Let's talk about how the character is apparent in my final grade. Not just a cigar, nor just a celebratory one--but a destination offering. One day I'll get to The Mysterious Bookshop.

The performance here carries a slight pair of half-bugaboos. A tick hesitant draw in the 1/3 and a barely-wavy burn throughout. I have to nitpick, it's my J-O-B. Smoke out-put is B-I-G and settles into a fucking delightful leathery room-note which first appears in the aroma and lingers finally on the palate. It smells like a gentleman's wood-paneled study--books and all. Back on track here: ash grows in dense ladder-rungs to an appropriate length. Everything insofar as assemblage holds admirably-so. I'm thinking Holmes again and of the gaslight burning outside of the study on a crisp evening, and I'm warmed by a crackling fireplace.


A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

for Brooks (12/9/21)

::: very :::