Cigar Reviews

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Días Short Churchill

A rich, delicious Nicaraguan puro from Steve Saka

Dimensions/Shape: 4 3/4 by 48 ring gauge; Parejo

Wrapper/Capa: Jalapa sungrown (Nicaragua)

Binder/Capote: Jalapa (Nicaragua)

Tripa/Filler: Estelí, Jalapa (Nicaragua)

Tabacalera: Fábrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua, S.A. (Nicaragua)

MSRP: $10.45 single, $104.50 box of 10

In 2015, Steve Saka of Drew Estate and JR Cigar fame founded Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust (DTT), dedicating itself to the mission of crafting “puros sin compromiso.”  Later that year, DTT released their first cigar, the Sobremesa: a complex, medium-bodied cigar produced by Joya de Nicaragua in Estelí, Nicaragua.  Mi Querida, a fuller cigar featuring a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, was released to the satisfaction of fans of Drew Estate’s Liga Privada No. 9, an ultra-premium and popular cigar also showcasing a broadleaf wrapper.

After the continued successes of Mi Querida and Sobremesa, along with more limited releases such as Muestra de Saka and Umbagog, Steve Saka launched Todos Las Días, a full-flavored, full strength addition to DDT’s lineup.  While the name of the blend is a Spanglish spinoff of “todos los días,” these cigars are serious, packed with a complex flavor profile and satisfying strength.  The blend consists of Nicaraguan tobaccos from the growing regions of Estelí and Jalapa.  The wrapper of this blend, a nicely-textured sun grown Jalapa leaf, is remarkably thin for being sungrown, making for an exceptional burn for a Nicaraguan puro.  The cigars are presented in boxes of ten, and the blend is available in four sizes: double wide belicoso (4 3/4 by 60), robusto (5 by 52), toro (6 by 52), and in short churchill (4 3/4 by 48), the subject of this piece.


The Experience:

The sungrown Jalapan wrapper of Todos Las Días is very attractive, exhibiting a slight toothiness, subtle sheen, and a beautiful, rich color.  The brand’s bands and packaging, paired with its outer leaf, give the cigar a sleek-yet-classic impression.  Notes of brine, cinnamon, and black pepper are followed by more faint notes of vinegar, caramel, and sweetness from this unique wrapper, promising an interesting and complex experience ahead.  Of the three cigars of this vitola smoked, no soft spots were found, and all draws were perfect.

The prelight draw was relatively intense, echoing the sweet/caramel notes of the wrapper, with the addition of spice and chocolate.  The first light matches this intensity, with medium to full-flavored notes of earth, chocolate, and sweetness, followed by a peppery finish.  The cigar’s smoke output is large as well, and will remain so through to the end.  Its aroma is potent, with chocolate and damp cedar.  Warming up, the finish yields distinguishable notes of cayenne and caramel, while the retrohale brings more sweet and vegetal notes through the heavy smoke.

Settling into the first third, the cigar reaches a full-flavor profile, while strength is low.  The smoke becomes more chocolatey, while the finish remains long with pastry notes joining the sweet cayenne.  This decadent smoke coats the palate, and leaves a slight, briny tingle.  Coming closer to the second third, strength begins to enter a medium intensity, while chocolate notes, reminiscent of a chocolate dessert, increase.  The cayenne on the finish diminishes.  Simply, there is a lot happening, even in these early puffs.

Progressively creamier, the second third builds on the sweet, bakery chocolate notes with milky coffee, while the smoke remains oily and the aroma becomes enticing.  The cayenne on the finish transitions into black pepper, while a very pleasant bread note enters the scene.  Wood notes begin to appear, along with slight citrus and dry sherry notes.  Todos Las Días is is close to reaching full strength.

The final third brings with it full strength and a reintroduction of sweet cayenne.  Many of the notes in the second third remain on the draw and in the retrohale, along with its creamy and oily texture.  In its last moments, like most, the blend becomes slightly bitter.

“Fortaleza” is the most appropriate word to use in describing this cigar; yet, its graceful conservative pace makes Todos Las Días a step above your typical powerhouse cigar.  It’s construction, burn, and, most importantly, flavor profile and complexity were all exceptional, drawing and holding your attention with every puff.  With the short churchill’s approximate smoking time of one hour, this seductive cigar by Steve Saka is worth every penny and more.

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