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Cigar Review | Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Unicorn

Is any cigar truly worth $100? It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Unicorn. This is the big one! It’s a cigar that carries a hefty $100 MSRP and comes in only one size – a 6 ¼ x 60 double perfecto.

The blend features an absolutely gorgeous Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper concealing what we believe to be all Nicaraguan tobaccos inside. The blend details within are not confirmed at this time. I will say, this is the smoothest, oiliest Broadleaf I’ve ever seen. It’s almost a shame to light it on fire.

Muestra de Saka Unicorn

Steve Saka, the owner of DT&T, originally teased this cigar on Facebook as a project set out to create a cigar with absolutely no expense spared. He hand-sorted 6,000 pounds of the best Broadleaf to select only the top 1% to be used for the wrappers on this blend. He also bought a lathe and created the mold for the cigar himself.

Muestra de Saka Unicorn

Each cigar was made by a pair of rollers in the Joya de Nicaragua factory, and only 1,000 cigars were made. After everything, Steve set an MSRP of $100 on this stick, a number he, himself, said was unreasonable for any cigar. The cigars were then given to the company’s Select Purveyors as a thank you to do with as they pleased.

Muestra de Saka Unicorn

Luckily, I was able to obtain two of these cigars prior to release through a Children’s Hospital charity in the Hoochly Cigar Shack Facebook group. I paid far more than the $100 retail price per cigar, but it was my good deed for the year, and I’m happy to know it went to kids in need. I then let the cigars sit for about three to four weeks before review – a very necessary step to truly give a cigar a fair shake in a review.

Muestra de Saka Unicorn

Upon the pre-light inspection, the cold draw gives me raisin flavor. The wrapper produces a barnyard aroma. Once lit, I pick up refined cocoa flavor with black pepper spice. Through the nose, cocoa carries through with more black pepper and coffee. The finish gives me red pepper, earth, and cocoa.

After thirty-five minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up cocoa with dried cranberry and coffee notes. Through the nose, I find creamy coffee alongside red pepper. The finish hits me with additional cocoa on top of raisin and hints of black licorice. The strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

Muestra de Saka Unicorn

One hour and fifteen minutes pass, and the second third turns to ash. There are huge bombs of cocoa on the draw blended with espresso and a nice buttery sweetness. On the retro-hale, I pick up black pepper with cocoa and some leather. The finish sees black licorice up front with even more cocoa and some char notes. Strength and body remain at a steady medium-to-full.

Muestra de Saka Unicorn

The final third burns all the way to two hours and ten minutes. I almost cry as this high-dollar beauty wisps away. On the draw, cocoa mixes with raisin and tons of spicy black pepper. There are no changes to the flavors through the nose. Buttery cocoa treats me on the finish alongside more raisin and black licorice with a hint of toast. Strength and body both jump to a hefty full.

Muestra de Saka Unicorn

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Unicorn is a phenomenal cigar. It lived up to the high expectations I had for it, but one must take price into account. There are two ways to look at this cigar. On one side – price aside – you have one of the best Broadleaf blends ever created that will blow your mind with excellent flavor and construction. After all, a cigar is truly about the experience you get from it, and in many cases, I can personally forget about the money (low or high) depending on the experience. On the other side, the cigar does cost $100, so it may be unrealistic for many people to purchase.

If $100 will break your bank, or you are just more of a budget conscious cigar smoker, I would not advise buying this as you will likely be disappointed. If you have money to spare and go into this experience with the understanding that this cigar was intentionally created as more of an art project to create the best cigar possible with no regard whatsoever on price, I’d highly recommend trying to find at least one of these to smoke.

The Unicorn would make for a fantastic celebration cigar. It’s an experience many cigar smokers would appreciate but also an experience many will never get or care to pay for. If you can get your hands on this and don’t care about burning a Benjamin in two hours, by all means, step up to bat – you’ll quickly hit your home run. At any rate, this cigar will knock your socks off with flavor, and it’s an experience I truly cherished. This is a “sample of Saka” I’ll never forget!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Curivari Ciclope 554

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Curivari Ciclope in the 554 size. This new stick from Curivari comes in at a stout 5 x 54 with a slight box press to it. The wrapper is a gorgeous, dark Mexican San Andres leaf covering binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua. The price is very affordable at $7.50 per stick.

Curivari Ciclope

On the cold draw, there is raisin and dry red wine notes. The wrapper puts off a barnyard aroma, while I smell chocolate out of the foot. Once lit, I get tons of smoke with black pepper and dark chocolate. Through the nose, spicy red pepper dominates. The finish hits me with spicy cedar and earth.

Curivari Ciclope

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. I pick up sweet cocoa on the draw with earth and black pepper. Through the nose, red pepper takes over with more cocoa. The finish blasts me with tons of dark cocoa flavor. Strength and body settle in at a steady medium-to-full.

Curivari Ciclope

Fifty minutes go by, and the second third wisps away. There is more cocoa on the draw with a lot of nuttiness and black pepper. On the retro-hale, I pick up more red pepper and cocoa. The finish has even more cocoa with strong espresso notes and a nice buttery element. Strength and body both remain at medium-to-full.

Curivari Ciclope

The final third ends right around one hour and fifteen minutes. On the draw, dark cocoa blends with espresso and cinnamon. I find no change to the flavors on the retro-hale – welcome consistency throughout the entire smoke. Spicy black pepper takes over the finish with underlying notes of cocoa. Strength and body both jump up to the full mark in this third.

Curivari Ciclope

The Curivari Ciclope is a phenomenal cigar. Complexity comes in moderation, but this cigar has such good flavor throughout, it doesn’t need to be more complex. I feel like I almost took Curivari to the cleaners price-wise as it offers a better experience than many sticks two or three times the price. I absolutely love everything it has to offer. Each puff is like a little dessert. I highly recommend trying this one out. It’s a box-worthy smoke!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas Robusto

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas in the Robusto size. This 5 ½ x 50 cigar features a Mexican San Andres wrapper on top of a Connecticut Broadleaf binder and fillers from Nicaragua. It retails for $9.55. The orange bands with a little bling to them make this one sharp looking cigar.

Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas

The wrapper produces a light barnyard aroma, while I smell cocoa and oatmeal out of the foot. The cold draw offers some raisin flavor. Once lit, I pick up very light cocoa and wheat. Through the nose, there is light cinnamon with little body. The finish hits me with black pepper and leather.

Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas

After thirty minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, metallic earth and leather take the front seat. Through the nose, there is a simple earth flavor. On the finish, I pick up fruity cocoa with some black pepper. Strength and body settle in at a steady medium.

Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas

The second third gets me to one hour and ten minutes. I find a stale toast and black pepper on the draw – it doesn’t excite me. On the retro-hale, the earthy flavor now has an unpleasant sourness to it. The finish gives me bitter cocoa. There is no change to strength or body.

Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas

The final third puts me at one hour and forty minutes. The draw flavors improve with sweet earth and black pepper. Unfortunately, there is more of the same sour earth through the nose. Cocoa and black pepper dominate the finish. Strength and body finish out at a consistent medium.

Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas

The Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas simply didn’t wow me. It has a very simple flavor profile with minimal complexity and some harsh and unpleasant notes. Construction was pretty good, but overall, this cigar was a let-down. For $9.55, there are tons of other much better cigars I’d reach for first, and for that reason, I can’t recommend this one.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | FQ Phenom No. 3 Robusto

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the FQ (Fernandez Quiroga) Phenom No. 3 in the Robusto size. This 5×50 cigar features an Ecuadorian Habano Maduro wrapper on top of a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Honduras and Nicaragua. It holds a modest retail price of $7.

FQ Phenom No. 3

On the cold draw, I pick up damp earth. The wrapper produces a spicy chocolate aroma, while I smell raisin out of the foot. Once lit, there is some saltiness with black pepper, leather, and cocoa. Through the nose, I get full-bodied chocolate and black pepper. The finish gives me more black pepper with leather.

FQ Phenom No. 3

Twenty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I find black pepper with spicy floral notes. Through the nose, red pepper blends with leather. The finish offers me a delicious, sweet plum alongside some spicy cocoa. Strength and body settle in at a hefty full with a lot of pepper in the throat.

FQ Phenom No. 3

The second third ends around fifty minutes. The smoke exudes salty oak and more floral notes on the draw. On the retro-hale, there is a delicious blend of toast, cinnamon, and leather. The finish sees the same plum and cocoa notes. Strength and body drop down to medium-to-full.

FQ Phenom No. 3

The final third closes out at one hour and fifteen minutes. The same flavors come through on the draw with the addition of some cocoa. Through the nose, there are cinnamon and floral notes. On the finish, black pepper and leather compliment fruity cocoa. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

FQ Phenom No. 3

The FQ Phenom No. 3 is a delightful cigar. The flavors it offers work perfectly together to deliver a refined and complex experience. Construction is great, and I simply couldn’t get enough. My only complaint is that it didn’t last longer! For $7, this cigar is an unbeatable deal – a must try that I highly recommend.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias Toro

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new Todos Las Dias by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust. It features a sun-grown, Cuban-seed Nicaraguan wrapper with filler and binder tobaccos from Nicaragua. For this review, I smoke the Toro, a 6×52 stick. It retails for $12.45. This dark beauty features a slick black and silver band and foot band resulting in a very sharp appearance.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias

On the cold draw, I pick up wheat cereal notes. The wrapper produces a spicy earth aroma, while I smell something similar out of the foot. Once lit, the smoke gives me faint black pepper spice. Through the nose, charred toast takes over. The finish holds black pepper spice with coffee and cocoa.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias

The first third closes out at forty minutes. On the draw, cocoa and oak mix with black pepper. Through the nose, I find lots of spicy black pepper. The finish offers me light black pepper with sweet dark cocoa. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias

The second third gets me to one hour and fifteen minutes. Salty coffee and black pepper blend together on the draw. The retro-hale hits me with nutmeg, black pepper, and cocoa. On the finish, charred toast sits next to cocoa and black pepper. Strength and body jump to the full mark.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias

The final third ends at two hours. I pick up nutmeg and leather with black pepper on the draw. Through the nose, black pepper and cocoa are complimented by floral earth. The finish gives me spicy gingerbread with clove and char. Strength and body finish out at a hefty full.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias is an excellent cigar. It offers deep, rich flavors with complex “dark” notes. Throughout the experience, strength and body continually build but not just for the sake of it. Mild fans might want to steer clear, but if you enjoy full-bodied goodness, this is a must try and one of the best cigars of the year. I highly recommend it!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Foundation The Wise Man Maduro Corona Gorda

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out The Wise Man Maduro by Foundation Cigar Co. This is a new cigar for 2017 and a follow-up to the company’s original release, El Gueguense. For this review, I smoke the Corona Gorda, a 5 5/8 x 46 slightly box-pressed cigar. It features a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper concealing Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. MSRP comes in at $9.90.

The Wise Man Maduro

On the cold draw, there is a distinct chocolate and raisin flavor. The wrapper offers a nutty leather aroma, while I smell fruity leather out of the foot. Once lit, I pick up nutty chocolate. Through the nose, the chocolate flavor becomes darker with creamy coffee. On the finish, black pepper and cocoa take the lead with underlying leather.

The Wise Man Maduro

The first third closes out at twenty-five minutes. On the draw, I pick up creamy cocoa with black pepper. Through the nose, nutty earth blends with light black licorice. The finish offers me cocoa alongside a dark coffee and more black pepper. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

The Wise Man Maduro

Fifty-five minutes in, the second third wraps up. The cocoa on the draw has lost its creaminess, and I pick up more black pepper. On the retro-hale, dried fruit peeks through with additional black licorice. The finish gives me more cocoa and coffee with notes of charred cedar. There is no change to strength or body.

The Wise Man Maduro

The final third ends at one hour and fifteen minutes. Cocoa dominates the draw with underlying black pepper. There is nutty cedar and black licorice through the nose. On the finish, cocoa takes over muting out any other flavors – but that’s not a bad thing. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

The Wise Man Maduro

The Wise Man Maduro is a phenomenal cigar. It offers a good deal of complexity with very enjoyable, bold flavors. Construction is spot-on with huge clouds of smoke and a razor-sharp burn. This is a must-try cigar that I highly recommend. I’ll call it now – this thing will be on many top 25 lists for 2017.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | La Flor Dominicana La Volcada

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new La Flor Dominicana La Volcada. It comes in one size, a 7×48 stick with a pigtail cap. The cigar features a Mexican San Andres wrapper over an Ecuadorian Corojo binder and Dominican fillers. It retails for $12.

La Flor Dominicana La Volcada

On the cold draw, I pick up faint cocoa flavor. The wrapper produces a leather aroma, while I smell light raisin out of the foot. Once lit, I pick up black pepper with dark cocoa. Through the nose, spicy red pepper and wood make an appearance. The finish offers leather and black pepper.

La Flor Dominicana La Volcada

Forty minutes in, the first third closes out. I pick up cocoa with black pepper and cedar on the draw. Through the nose, red pepper blends with a nice nuttiness. On the finish, sweet dried cherry comes through with leather and earth. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

La Flor Dominicana La Volcada

The second third gets me to one hour and fifteen minutes. Cocoa is now gone on the draw, while leather and black pepper dominate. There is no change to the retro-hale. On the finish, I get cinnamon with more leather and earth. Strength and body remain at medium-to-full.

La Flor Dominicana La Volcada

The final third ends at one hour and fifty minutes. Rich earth and leather coat my tongue on the draw with black pepper spice. Cocoa comes through the nose with spicy red pepper. The finish explodes with a leather bomb and black pepper spice. Strength and body finish out at the full mark.

The La Flor Dominicana La Volcada is an excellent cigar with bold complexity. Flavors are enjoyable on this smoke, and they all work well together. The construction is top-notch with a perfect draw and stacking ash. I highly recommend this cigar.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)