Cigar Review: Umbagog From Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

Cigar Review: Umbagog From Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

Cigars International  Says Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. “When Steve Saka of Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust sets out to make top-shelf blend like Mi Querida, he ends up with some leftover materials. Why? Glad you asked. Mi Querida features a dark and delicious Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper that is high in flavor, but also prone to blemishes. Since the blemished wrappers taste just as good, Umbagog was born. The recipe is simple, 10-count mazos of Saka’s signature flavor profile, at a price that pales in comparision to his super-premium lines.”




Sounding more like the next stage on Sony Play Stations Banjo Kazooie, Umbagog is actually a lake in the New Hampshire division of parks and recreation. “Umbagog is my favorite lake to fish for smallies here in NH” Says Saka via his Instagram page “It was created so I would have a suitable cigar for all my outdoor activities – ugly, durable and delicious.”




I asked Steve Saka is this the same blend used in Mi Querida? He told Cigar Smoke “Not quite…..less aesthetically pleasing capa and variably different priming/texture on some of tripas as needed to make best use of the materials – anyone else would just box them as Mi Querida, but doing so wouldn’t live up to my Puros Sin Compromiso standard”. For all practical purposes it is a less attractive Mi Querida for lower price point.






Available Sizes

  1. Churchill
  2. Corona Gorda
  3. Gigantes
  4. Gordo Gordo
  5. Plump Corona
  6. Robusto Plus
  7. Short Robusto
  8. Toro Toro

As of 10/1/16 all sizes of Umbagog are listed as back ordered on the Cigars International website.



The Connecticut broadleaf wrapper has very notable vein and tooth creating fissure type lightning bolt design on two examples smoked for review, the third was smooth and had very little going on other than a smooth sheen, all examples had visible seams from stem to stern. One band sits atop the vitola matte white with the name “UMBAGOG” across in solid rust colored font, broken lines above and below circle the simple looking label. The cigar has a rounded cap and wide open foot. Pre-light aroma produced flavors of cocoa, vanilla cookies and sweet cedar, the cold draw produced flavors of leather, dank earth, dirt and woody notes.


A throat punch of black pepper with bitter leather notes are immediate upon first light. A tiny nuance of dark chocolate and woody char are notable. Black pepper is the dominant flavor on the lips and palate in between draws with an enjoyable low level burn similar to “Mikes Red Hots” the retro is producing a nose clearing sting of white pepper slowly evolving into flavors of caramel. I usually don’t talk about the ash until the construction portion of the review but the Umbagog is producing a chunky gritty ash! But who cares this cigar is quickly establishing an identity of its own.


The black pepper has eased off, but only slightly allowing woody char and bitter raw walnuts to move forward with nuances of dark chocolate and orange peel. The retro has eased off the sting of white pepper evolving into flavors of caramel and toffee.


Moving into the final third it has mellowed out considerably, however there’s just enough going on to keep a mild spice alive. Nuances of brown sugar with a molasses type sweetness has appeared bringing different flavors to the profile. Flavors of leather and woody char have been consistent background flavors since first light. The retro is producing a steady flavor of white pepper evolving into warm caramel.


Nothing was flawed about the construction as the vitola had a solid feel to it with no palpable soft spots. I switched from v-cut to straight on two examples, the v-cut had slight resistance, the straight cut on the next examples allowed the perfect draw producing copious amounts of thick creamy white smoke. The ash was thick, bulky and ugly until the final third where it turned compact and tight never falling off until tapped. The cigar held its combustion integrity as ZERO re-lights were required. The strength of the Umbagog was is the solid HIGH MEDIUM to FULL bodied range that produced some straight forward spicy full flavors. Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust has produced cigars for after dinner relaxation and eclectic offerings suitable for scotch tastings and even one this year almost too complex for description! Now add to the portfolio Umbagog a cigar very deserving of its own identity! Not just the bastard child in the shadows of Mi Querida a suitable and economic cigar for the golf course, gun range or as Steve likes to do the casting of the rod and reel, solid, tough and rugged at a price point that won’t break the bank.


  • Black Pepper
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Woody Char
  • Mikes Red Hots
  • Raw Walnuts
  • Brown Sugar
  • Molasses
  • White Pepper on the retro producing flavors of Caramel and Toffee



Cigars Purchased From: Cigars International

Cigars Smoked For Review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 89 (Price point Factored in)

Size: 5 x 52 (Robusto Plus)

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan


2 Responses to “Cigar Review: Umbagog From Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust”

  • Rob Malgieri Rob Malgieri:

    Umbagog From Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust: Robusto Plus
    The wrapper actually has a nice glossy sheen and nothing more than some toothiness and veins. Based on the description, I expected a mottled wrapper with blemishes, but no so on this one.

    The dry-draw produced rich, wet earth with some cedar.

    First Light
    -Black pepper, cedar, dark chocolate
    The Umbagog is delivering a hint of bitter on the start with a nice level of pepper balanced by the chocolate and natural earthiness. The smoke is rich and almost gritty (good thing). The lingering flavors are this thick, dark chocolate with a balanced pepper bite.

    -Subtle black pepper, charred oak, earth, molasses, leather, cardamom
    The pepper, although never strong, is lessening as I smoke into the first third. There is this earthiness that persists, along with the rich, dark chocolate that is giving the Umbagog a nice, natural and woody flavor profile. The sweet note has a molasses quality with some cardamom

    There is a hint of bitter, but not at an annoying level. It actually blends well with the chocolate and earthiness. I can taste the fermentation in this cigar, and I really like it.

    Final Third
    -Subtle black pepper, charred oak, earth, molasses, leather, cardamom
    The pepper is biting a little and lingering on the palate, along with the molasses sweetness and charred, earthy blend of flavors. Retro is all chocolate with a hint of pepper. Good to the end.

    Besides a name I just cannot remember, this is not a “seconds” cigar, and was not the intent. Sorry to even bring the term up, but it is an offshoot of the Mi Querida line and tobaccos. Toar explains this well in his into. I’ve smoked my share of seconds, and this is nowhere near that category. The—what was that name again?—Umbagog is a well made cigar with a nice balance of flavors. I had a razor sharp burn line from beginning to end accompanied by a perfect draw. I would gladly smoke another, and another, especially at $5.75 per stick! This is truly a value-priced daily smoke. If it were in the shop, I would recommend it all day long.

    Rating: A robust 89

  • Bob Langmaid:

    Sounds like a cigar I can get behind!

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