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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 | Crowned Heads Le Carême

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the brand new Crowned Heads Le Carême in the Robusto size. This 5×50 slightly boxed pressed cigar features a rustic Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper with an Ecuadorian Sumatra binder and Nicaraguan fillers.

Crowned Heads Le Careme

On the cold draw, I pick up a salty raisin-like note. The wrapper produces an earthy aroma, while I smell a potent raisin out of the foot. Once lit, the draw gives me cream with cocoa and black pepper. Through the nose, I pick up a simple, airy tobacco. The finish produces black pepper, cocoa, and coffee.

Twenty minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up salty dark cocoa with black pepper. Through the nose, I pick up what I can best describe as a spicy Milky Way – a phenomenal array of flavors. On the finish, espresso blends with leather and a hint of caramel. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.

Crowned Heads Le Careme

The second third finishes out at forty-five minutes. More dark chocolate and black pepper comes through on the draw. On the retro-hale, I continue to get the amazing spicy Milky Way notes. The finish bombs me with black pepper and a hint of cocoa. Strength and body remain at the medium-to-full mark.

Crowned Heads Le Careme

The final third ends at one hour and ten minutes. There is no change to the draw. Through the nose, I pick up the same spicy Milky Way flavors along with some earthiness. On the finish, black pepper and char blend with espresso. Strength and body finish out at the medium-to-full mark.

Crowned Heads Le Careme

The Crowned Heads Le Carême is a phenomenal cigar. It offers up some bold dessert flavors and a good amount of complexity. There aren’t a whole lot of transitions, but the flavors are so delicious, it doesn’t even matter. This is a must try cigar that I highly recommend.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Joseph NicaVana NicaVana

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the NicaVana by Joseph NicaVana, one of the original Salamanca Cigar Group releases. This 6.25×52 Torpedo features a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper hugging a double Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers. Two bands adorn this gorgeous, dark stick.

NicaVana

The wrapper puts off a potent dark cocoa aroma, while I smell a fruity cocoa out of the foot. The cold draw gives me light chocolate and caramel notes. Once lit, I pick up cocoa with black pepper spice and some earth. Through the nose, slight caramel and salty earth make an appearance. On the finish, black pepper increases with more cocoa and some leather.

Forty minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, cocoa and black pepper blends with espresso. Through the nose, I pick up sweet toast with more black pepper and a nutty note. The finish offers more cocoa and leather on top of oily leather. Strength settles in at the medium-to-full mark.

NicaVana

The second third gets me to one hour and ten minutes. More cocoa and black pepper hit me on the draw with a charred cedar. On the retro-hale, I pick up cocoa, espresso, and leather. The finish displays dominant leather on top of bold earth. There is no change to strength or body.

NicaVana

Two hours in, I finish the final third. On the draw, I get even more cocoa with vegetal earth and black pepper. Through the nose, charred toast tops off black pepper. The finish gives me leather alongside floral coffee, and cinnamon. Strength and body jump to the full mark.

NicaVana

The NicaVana is another big win for Alan Fonseca and the Salamanca Cigar Group. It’s a complex blend that’s big on flavor and good to the nub. The construction is top notch with a near perfect burn throughout. I highly recommend this one and can’t wait to smoke more from this emerging company.

A special thanks goes out to Cigar Chairman for sending this one for review. Thank you, brother!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Padron Famous 75th Anniversary Maduro

It’s Stog o’Clock once more, and this go around, I check out a shop-exclusive Padron cigar. The Padron Famous 75th Anniversary Maduro is a 5×54 box-pressed Robusto made to celebrate Famous Smoke Shop’s 75th year in business. It’s a Nicaraguan puro rolled with 5-year old tobaccos. Only 3,000 boxes of ten have been made.

Padron Famous 75th Anniversary Maduro

The wrapper produces a chocolate and earth aroma, while the foot gives off a fruity tobacco smell. The cold draw is very loose and gives me the slightest chocolate flavor. Once lit, the cigar offers spice on the tongue with cocoa and coffee. Through the nose, I find more coffee with black pepper spice. The finish is spicy with earth and cedar.

After twenty-five minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I find espresso with a nutty earth. Through the nose, there is cedar with raisin and red pepper. The finish offers dark chocolate with black pepper and blackberry notes. Strength is at a manageable medium while body is very full.

Padron Famous 75th Anniversary Maduro

The second third ends after fifty minutes. The draw gives me a salty earth alongside more espresso and grass. On the retro-hale, I pick up cocoa with more cedar and a hint of raisin. The finish gives me leather on top of black pepper and some black licorice. There is no change to strength or body.

Padron Famous 75th Anniversary Maduro

The final third closes out at one hour and twenty-five minutes. More salty earth and espresso dominate the draw. Through the nose, I get a delicious blend of oak, leather, and raisin. Dark chocolate returns in the finish with buttery cream and black pepper. Strength and body finish out at medium and full, respectively.

Padron Famous 75th Anniversary Maduro

The Padron Famous 75th Anniversary Maduro is another great cigar from Padron fit to celebrate an anniversary. It offers delicious familiarities within its own unique flavor profile. Performance is excellent, and the amount of smoke this cigar produces is phenomenal. At $21 per stick, there are some other Padrons I would grab first for that kind of money, but this is still a cigar I highly recommend.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | La Mission du L’Atelier 1959

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a Pete Johnson-made stick that’s been gaining popularity. La Mission du L’Atelier in the 1959 size is a 4.75×52 box-pressed stick featuring a Mexican San Andres wrapper securing all Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. It was made to honor a French winery with all size names representing years the winery received a 100-point rating.

La Mission du L'Atelier

The slightly rustic wrapper gives off a chocolate and bold earth aroma. Out of the foot, I smell black pepper and curry. On the cold draw, there is a damp leather flavor with a hint of grass. The first light hits my palate with black pepper spice and cocoa alongside a creamy cinnamon note. Through the nose, there is a balanced mix of spicy cedar, cocoa, and black pepper. The finish bombs me with cinnamon and leather.

After twenty-five minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up rich cocoa alongside espresso and black pepper. Through the nose, I find creamy hazelnut complimented by more cocoa and cedar notes. The finish offers bold, spicy cinnamon with metallic earthy and a hint of plum. For a Pete Johnson smoke, I don’t find as much spice as I expected. Both strength and body settle in at the medium mark.

La Mission du L'Atelier

The second third ends at fifty minutes. The draw gives me slightly spicy coffee and stout beer mix with a big jump in black pepper. On the retro-hale, there is perfume and rich earth on top of hay and leather. The finish is long with a delicious blend of dried fruit, dark chocolate, and black pepper. Both strength and body jump up to the full mark in this third.

La Mission du L'Atelier

The final third closes out at an hour and ten minutes. The draw offers smooth smoke with creamy cocoa, black pepper, and a smoky peanut note. Through the nose, a grassy cocoa mixes with cedar and more leather. The finish bombs me with dark chocolate, espresso, and oak. Strength and body finish out at the full mark, although manageable.

La Mission du L'Atelier

La Mission is a wonderful smoke. The hype is justified as this stick offers bold, complex flavor with underlying reminders that it’s a Pete Johnson creation. It’s strong enough to stay interesting, but it won’t kick you in the head too hard. Construction is perfect on this finger-burner, and it’s easily box-worthy. To top it all off, it’s only around $8 per stick. I highly recommend it.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Padron 50th Anniversary Maduro

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I review a very special, elusive cigar. The Padron 50th Anniversary Maduro, also known as “The Hammer,” was made to celebrate the company’s fiftieth year in business. Only a thousand humidors of fifty have been released and retail for $5,300. The owners of the humidors are offered the opportunity to purchase a refill once all cigars are smoked. Each cigar features a unique serial number and comes in a 6.5×52 box-pressed vitola. The blend is entirely Nicaraguan featuring tobacco that has been aged for ten years.

Padron 50th Anniversary Maduro

The wrapper offers up a chocolate and manure aroma. The foot gives me a potentfruity, aged tobacco and earthy chocolate aroma. On the cold draw, there is simply a faint earth flavor. Once lit, my palate is hit with black pepper spice, dark cocoa, and espresso. Strength is already noticeably full. Through the nose, the smoke is full bodied with buttery chocolate and potent black pepper spice. The finish gives me black pepper spice and cinnamon with bold earth and espresso.

After forty minutes, the first third closes out. Construction is perfect with plentiful, smooth smoke. On the draw, I find cocoa, black pepper spice, and grassy coffee. Through the nose, there is a mix of toast with rich earth and floral cedar. The finish offers me a delicious buttery chocolate on top of bold espresso and oak. Strength and body are both very full at this point.

Padron 50th Anniversary Maduro

The second third closes out at an hour and twenty-five minutes. The flavors on the draw are phenomenal with a sweet cocoa reminiscent of hot chocolate, notes of blackberries, and leather. Through the nose, I find sweet toast with creamy wheat and cedar – a huge contrast to the draw. The finish treats me to a bomb of buttery, creamy chocolate on top of slight citrus and coffee. Strength and body continue to be very full.

Padron 50th Anniversary Maduro

The final third gets me all the way to two hours and fifteen minutes. The draw is bold with espresso and dark chocolate paired with a smoky cedar note. On the retro-hale, I pick up vegetal earth with some leather and spicy black pepper. The finish is very long and delicious with more of that buttery, creamy chocolate on top of coffee, sweet pepper, and smoky hickory. Strength and body both finish out at the full mark.

Padron 50th Anniversary Maduro

The Padron 50th Anniversary Maduro is hands-down one of the best cigars I’ve ever smoked. It offers immense complexity with an unmatched depth in flavors and is truly a fine smoking experience. The price is steep, ranging anywhere from about $40 to $120 for singles, but this is a cigar every true cigar lover should try out at least once. Construction is top-notch, and the overall experience represents absolute perfection in a cigar. Make note that this is not for the faint of heart with a giant amount of strength and body. Just when I thought Padron cigars couldn’t get any better, they blow me away with this fantastic stick. I highly recommend this one and consider it a “must-smoke” cigar!