Review of Sobremesa Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
Sobremesa was the first cigar released by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust, back in 2015. The company was founded by Steve Saka, a couple of years after his departure from Drew Estate. Sobremesa cigars are made in Nicaragua with an Ecaudorian Habano wrapper, Mexican binder, and a blend of Nicaraguan filler tobaccos along with a ligero Broadleaf from Pennsylvania. These cigars are available in several sizes, including a Corona Grande (5.25 x 44) priced at $10.25, which was sampled for this review. For more information about Dunbarton cigars, please visit dunbartoncigars.com.
The Sobremesa Corona Grande cigar began with a naturally sweet tobacco flavor complimented by a modest dose of pepper. After a few minutes, the flavors transformed into an enjoyable creamy caramel taste, along with some earth and notes of spice. This was a medium-to-full bodied boutique cigar that would be appreciated the most by experienced cigar connoisseurs, but it should still be acceptable to most mainstream smokers (especially in the smaller corona grande size). However, this is not a cigar recommended for beginners!
The cigar held a medium-to-long ash, had a great draw which provided a generous volume of smoke (especially for a cigar that size), and had a slow and mostly even burn. It took me 45 minutes to smoke the corona grande down to 1½ inches remaining, which was pretty impressive for this smaller vitola. No relights were required, but a minor touch-up was applied at about the half-way point.
I rate the Dunbarton Sobremesa Corona Grande with an impressive score of somewhere between 4 and 4.25 points, on a 5-point scale. In other words, it was a very good to superior cigar. And yes, this would be a very good cigar to enjoy after dinner while relaxing and enjoying some casual conversation with family and friends. Saka got it right!