I love a cigar that comes with a story…
One of the most interesting stories in the premium cigar industry is the career trajectory of Mr. Steve Saka.
Saka wasn’t born into cigars. He had to create his own reputation with hard work and a God-given talent for expertly blending premium cigar tobaccos.
It’s hard to believe that the same man may have been responsible for blending Liga Privada and Acid Blondie. Saka spent almost 10 years as President of Drew Estates before retiring in 2013.
It seems that retirement didn’t satisfy Saka, so he began to dabble in cigar blending once again and publically surfaced as the principle behind Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust.
Dunbarton’s initial release, the Sobremesa, is a handrolled work of art crafted in the Joya de Nicaragua factory.
Sobremesa, meaning “over the table” when very mechanically translated to English, has no precise English translation, perhaps because there is no cultural equivalent in the US. It is an idiom used among Latin cultures to describe the leisurely time spent tableside after you have finished dining, but before you rise for the evening. It is the experience of lingering casually with family and friends in conversation, relaxing, drinking, smoking, and enjoying each other’s company. Sobremesa is one of life’s simplest, yet greatest pleasures.
Sobremesa Cigars are made with a unique intricate blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos, and beautifully orchestrated, meticulously grown Pennsylvania Broadleaf Ligero. The wrapper leaf is a dark and oily Rosado Ecuadorian Habano – selected to enhance the true tobacco sweetness of the blend. All is well throughout and part of the incredible taste of this collaboration of tobaccos. Medium to full-bodied and simply luscious on the palate, this cigar is strong, but not harsh… notes of cedar, creamy coffee, and dark cocoa set off pleasantly sweet cherry… a cornucopia of wonderful flavor.
Steve Saka created this cigar with the company’s chief mindset: “Puro sin compromiso”, meaning “a cigar without compromise” – taking all of the things he wanted his creation to entail without leaving anything out – it was a process that did not leave anything left to second best. Saka’s experience and knowledge is what allows this cigar stand out from the ordinary. The experienced cigar enthusiast will appreciate the fine details in this beautiful smoke; a true beauty to behold!
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano Grade 1 Dark Rosado
Binder: San Andreas Negro
Filler: Nicaraguan & Pennsylvania
Strength: Medium-Full (* – these 2 vitolas are “poco más instensa”)
Flavor Profile: A lush liga with a creamy core laced with abundant notes of cedar, cocoa and café, which is punctuated by a tellicherry peppercorn retrohale. Pleasing to the nose and providing the smoker a delightfully sweet, lingering finish.
Puro Style: Refined, balanced, and complex. Intended for the experienced palate
- Over forty varieties of black tobacco were sampled in the development of this blend.
- The final blend that was ultimately selected is the 27th iteration of the progressive muestras created during the blend’s development.
- No expense has been spared or shortcut taken in its creation or production – it is a puro “sin compromiso.”