Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust: Sobremesa Brulee Blue Unicorn Cigars
Product Number: 007-856-0057
Dunbarton's Sobremesa literally translates to "over the table" from Spanish and refers to the Latino tradition of leisurely conversing around the table after a meal. In the word's of the Nicaraguan brand's founder, Steve Saka (former president and CEO of Drew Estate), sobremesa "is the experience of lingering casually with family and friends in conversation, relaxing, drinking, smoking, and enjoying each other's company."
In honor of those times, Dunbarton presents the Sobremesa cigar. The original Sobremesa is marked by Nicaraguan and Pennsylvania Broadleaf ligero fillers, covered in a Mexican San Andrés binder and Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper, but here in the Brûlée version, the Pennsylvania Broadleaf fillers are removed and the Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper is replaced by one of Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade leaf. The result makes for a milder, even smoother version of the Sobremesa, meant to highlight the Connecticut Shade wrapper and all its complex and nuanced flavors. This even more special Brûlée Blue version features the same blend as the other Sobremesa Brûlée cigars; however, the Blue was aged for over a year after being rolled.
The idea behind the Unicorn originated from Steve's disappointment with ultra-high end cigars that often feature rare elements like gold leaf, expensive alcohol infusion, or celebrity endorsements and fetch prices ranging from $100 to $3,000. Are cigars like this worth it? In Saka's experience, the answer was a resounding, "No." What would it cost, though, to make a cigar using only the finest, top-end tobacco leaves and have it rolled by only the best torcedores? And would the flavor and construction justify that price?
To start, Steve wanted the Unicorn to be a recognizable, one-of-a-kind shape, so he settled on a dramatic Perfecto styled after those depicted in classic cartoons. He, then, decided to use only finest tobaccos, and he selected the best-quality Broadleaf wrappers he could find — only the most textured, most oily, and best-colored leaves made the cut. Ultimately, only 2% were deemed worthy of the Unicorn. After utilizing intricate bunching techniques required for the cigar's shape in the hands of the best torcedor in Nicaragua, the Unicorn finally came to life. Saka admits the the cost and effort was absurd for something that's ultimately going to be burned up; however, it's a project he and Dunbarton are extremely proud of, having produced arguably one of the rarest and finest production cigars ever made.
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- Length: 6.25 in./158.75 mm.
- Ring Gauge: 60
- Country: Nicaragua
- Wrapper Type: Connecticut, Shadegrown
- Wrapper Country: Ecuador
- Filler Country: Nicaragua
- Binder Country: Mexico
- Package Type: Stick
- Make: Handmade
- Box Pressed: Not Box Pressed