Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Grade 1
Binder: Mexican Matacapan Negro de Temporal
Filler: Nicaraguan, Pennsylvania Broadleaf
Vitola: Short Churchill
Purchase Link: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sobremesa
Sobremesa Short Churchill REVIEW – CALIFORNIA
Summary: Starting off with coffee, potting soil, and sweet cream. My taste buds must have blinked because all of a sudden I feel like I'm eating a red apple. And now I'm getting tortilla chips with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Flavor hopscotch.
More tortilla chips in the second third. I only get a hint of that sweet cream once every five puffs or so. The flavors transition now to what I would call a spiced bun with a western fling (the cowboy kind of western). Holy cow(hide), this stick seriously went from meh to fantastic in this third. YEEHAW! Sweet cream is back in the saddle again.
Final third begins and ends with bread and cooking spices. No burn issues to speak of.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Sexy female yodelers.
Pairing Suggestion: Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Box.
Sobremesa Short Churchill Review – WISCONSIN
Summary: This cigar starts like a bowl of cereal and milk - cereal grain and sweet creaminess. It quickly adds nuts, milk chocolate, black tea, and orange zest. There's a ton of smoke pouring out of it.
Moving on, it adds cedar and floral notes. The finish gets more chocolatey and orangey, making it a great dessert-y cigar. Moving toward the end, earth comes to the forefront and the finish includes something that reminds me of port.
Overall, it was a smooth cigar that brought interesting flavors to the table. I'd happily smoke another.
Construction-wise, it needed a couple of small touch-ups. Otherwise the burn was solid and the draw was spot-on.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Breakfast pastries.
Pairing Suggestion: Rum.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Fiver.
Sobremesa Short Churchill REVIEW – OREGON
Summary: This week’s cigar appears to be a short Robusto or possibly a Petite Corona; I’m taking a guess but I’m not sure where this ring gauge is falling.
The wrapper has a little coffee and cocoa coming from it and the cold draw is relatively generic with dry hay, natural tobacco...and that’s about it.
Upon lighting the cigar, initial flavors are lightly buttered toast with cinnamon and just a touch of charred oak. There is also a light citrus note in the mix. A discernible amount of pepper spice on the pallet livens things up but it finishes very quickly. The pepper spice in the retro-hale is quite a bit more pronounced and carries a slightly longer finish.
The middle of the cigar is tunneled so badly I end up cutting away nearly the entire middle third of the cigar. Relighting...
The final third is becoming harsh and wavers towards bitter. The flavors are natural tobacco, leather and over brewed coffee.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Long talks about nothing.
Pairing Suggestion: Pair with coffee or stout.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Single stick.
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