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Cigar Review: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sobremesa Short Churchill

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sobremesa Short Churchill




Sobremesa, is a brand launched by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust a second year company launched by ex-Drew Estate CEO Steve Saka. Steve is no newcomer in the cigar industry, a long time writer and cigar aficionado in the cigar industry as well as one of the guys behind Drew Estate’s legendary Liga Privada cigars.

In June, Saka announced that there would be two additions to the line at this year’s IPCPR trade show the Short Churchill and the Elegante en Cedros.

DTT Sobremesa offerings to date:

  • Sobremesa Corona Grande: 5 1/4 x 44
  • Sobremesa Cervantes Fino: 6 1/4 x 46
  • Sobremesa Belicoso Largo: 6 x 52
  • Sobremesa El Americano: 6 x 52
  • Sobremesa Robusto Largo: 5 1/4 x 52
  • Sobremesa Gran Imperiales: 7 x 54
  • Sobremesa Torpedo Tiempo: 6 x 54
  • Sobremesa Elegante en Cedros: 7 x 50
  • Sobremesa Short Churchill: 4 3/4 x 48



“poco más intensa” Steve’s way of describing the new Sobremesa Elegante en Cedros and Short Churchill ligas – they are still the core blend, but tweaked to be a bit stronger. I did this for my own smoking pleasure to satisfy my cravings for a cigar with a more pronounced pepper note within this marca.” 

Steve Saka is a genius of Walter White proportions, and although Steve isn’t “Breaking Bad” He is most certainly breaking ground in the cigar industry with releases that just keep getting better and better.

Created to replace his dwindling supply of “Dirty Rats” The Sobremesa Short Churchill was blended by Saka to accompany his cups of morning espresso. He stated to everyone through various social medias, “I’m down to my last 130 boxes of Dirty Rats and I refuse to pay retail for something I myself created”.

The Sobremesa Short Churchill is a shorter “Tweaked” blend of the Sobremesa line. I’ve smoked these in the morning, noon and late night, I have done my due diligence with this cigar smoking no less than 12-15. I’ve lit up the short Churchill time after time and the most impressive attribute is the consistency of the vitola.

It burned and tasted the same every time, one example was left outside for five days on my patio and other than it being a bit dry it burned and tasted exactly the same.





The wrapper of the Sobremesa Short Churchill is milk chocolate brown in color, minimal tooth with notable seam and vein.

The Vitola’s primary band has a crown of gold that reminded me of the old L.A kings logo however, this crown gives the cigar an old world look to it, something you would have seen in an early 1900 Cuban cigar ad.

The secondary band rounds the foot and bares the name of the cigar “Sobremesa” in gold font and gold accents. Pre-light aroma with sweet tea, light chocolate notes and cedar, the cold draw produced tastes of cedar, brown sugar and natural tobacco.




First light flavor of sweet cedar producing a woody smoke filled aroma. Black pepper is present at an upper level felt right in the back of the throat.

Flavors of cocoa, toffee and plain tea. An aftertaste of milk chocolate in between draws with a low level black pepper spice noted on the lips and palate.

The retro is producing medium to full bodied white pepper evolving into a distinct flavor of caramel.



The perfect size to filler ratio is allowing an array of combustible flavors such as milk chocolate, sweet tea and cedar with a balance of black pepper at a medium level.

Burnt toffee with a hint of vanilla bean are keeping the Sobremesa Short Churchill long, sweet and spicy. The retro ( a must with this cigar ) is producing upper level white pepper evolving into flavors of caramel straight out of a “Cracker Jack” box.


“The retro is producing upper level white pepper evolving into flavors of caramel straight out of a “Cracker Jack box”




Into the final duration there is a consistent aftertaste of toffee and caramel in between draws with a black pepper dusting notable on the lips and palate.

Flavors of cedar and strong plain tea have moved up front with nuances of milk chocolate, light coffee, roasted nuts and raw cinnamon. Black pepper has decreased to a mild level.

The retro is producing light black pepper increasing to white in the upper throat area evolving into straight caramel, again right out of a “Cracker Jack” box.




Smoking more than a box of these, the one impressive attribute other than the taste is the consistent characteristics of the vitola that performed identical time after time. Construction of the SCH was PERFECT. The draw had the PERFECT amount of resistance.

The burn line and ash PERFECT. The strength of the Sobremesa Short Churchill was in the upper MEDIUM bodied range with a very balanced array of amazing flavors that gets this vitola the highest rating ever received on this publication.



  • Toffee
  • Caramel
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Sweet/Plain Tea
  • Raw Cinnamon
  • Light Coffee
  • Sweet Cedar
  • Black Pepper
  • Vanilla Bean
  • Cocoa
  • Retro producing White/Black Pepper evolving into flavors of Caramel


Cigars for review: Purchased

Cigars Smoked for review: 15

Cigar Smoke rate: 97

Size: 4 x 3/4 (Short Churchill)

Wrapper: Ecuador La Meca Ecuador Habano Grade 1

Binder: Mexican Matacapan Negro de Temporal

Filler: Nicaraguan GK Condega C-SG, Pueblo Nuevo Criollo, La Joya Estelí C-98, ASP Estelí Hybrid Ligero, Pennsylvania Broadleaf Ligero

Toar Campbell

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, Stouts, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untappd @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder
Toar Campbell

One Response to “Cigar Review: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sobremesa Short Churchill”

  • Avatar bob langmaid:

    I totally understand this cigar receiving your highest ever rating!! I feel like it was right at the top of best cigars I’ve ever smoked!! Well done Steve Saka!!

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