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Short Cuts: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Umbagog

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Umbagog

 

 

 

 

 

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.”

 

 

Back in October 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. Today we take a “Short Cut” look at the Umbagog recently released in full production. Word got out and the cigar that’s “Perfect for fishing” Steve Saka’s words, flew of the shelves faster than a worm off the hook! (Fishing Reference).

A handful of Umbagog were released last year and I was fortunate enough to purchase a pack of Robusto Plus and be one of the first publications to smoke and review the earliest example of the cigar see full review here. Essentially the same product now dressed in green, I like to call it Umbagog Verde.

 

AVAILABE SIZES

  • Churchill: 7 x 50
  • Corona Gorda: 6 x 48
  • Gigantes: 7 x 64
  • Gordo Gordo: 6 x 56
  • Plump Corona: 4 x 44
  • Robusto Plus: 5 x 52
  • Short Robusto: 4 x 48
  • Toro Toro: 6 x 52

ALL “SEEGARS” COME IN 10 COUNT BUNDLES

 

APPEARANCE

The Connecticut broadleaf wrapper is dark chocolate brown in color, rough to the touch with heavy seam, tooth and vein. Upon further inspection it does have small white blemishes on the wrapper, I didn’t notice the discoloration on the first examples I smoked and reviewed last October 2016. This particular example is rolled in the robusto plus format with a rounded cap and a wide open foot.

The band on the cigar is green with “UMBAGOG” in white font with small white accents rounding the band. One of my favorite colors is green and although I might question why the change occurred with the band, I completely approve of the color. Pre light aroma had notes of barnyard cedar and chocolate. The cold draw produced flavors of strong dry tea, cedar and leather.

 

 

FIRST LIGHT

  • Cedar
  • Chocolate
  • Black Coffee
  • Smoked Almonds
  • Roasted Nuts
  • Toffee/Char
  • Cocoa Bean
  • Black Table Pepper/Medium
  • Retro/White Pepper evolving into flavors of signature Saka Caramel

CRUISE CONTROL BURN

  • Cedar/Sweet
  • Caramel Corn
  • Chocolate/Milk
  • Roasted Nuts
  • Coffee/Coffee Grounds
  • Almonds/Glazed/Smokey
  • Black Pepper/Medium-Full
  • Retro/White Pepper evolving into flavors of Caramel/Toffee

FINAL THIRD

  • Cedar
  • Caramel Corn/Toffee
  • Leather
  • Chocolate/Dark
  • Roasted Nuts
  • Raw Walnut
  • Almonds/Smokey/Glazed
  • Charred Wood
  • Charred Cinnamon
  • Black Pepper/Full
  • Retro/White Pepper evolving into Caramel/Charred Toffee

CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

  • Solid Construction
  • Wide Open Draw/V-Cut
  • Mixed Burn Line/Slightly Crooked/Straight
  • Solid Compact Ash/Dark Grey/White
  • Zero Re-Lights/Perfect Combustion
  • Strength/Medium-Full

SUGGESTED PAIRING/THIS CIGAR PAIRS WITH ANYTHING

 

CONCLUSION

As previously stated and no secret, there are small visible blemishes on the wrapper, so what does that mean for Steve Saka? He has tobacco that he has stated “Doesn’t live up to his Puros Sin Compromiso standard”.  this translates to good news for the consumers, it means we get a pretty dam good cigar, economically priced and suitable for everyday enjoyment.

Conveniently packed in 10 count bundles of “Seegars” in easy storage paper bag type material with a tobacco plant on the front. Umbagog is perfect for golf, camping and of course fishing. Let’s talk about looks, I think the green band suits the cigar much better than white. It’s worth mentioning the psychology of a cigar, did the green band make it taste better? Probably not, I would attribute the improved taste and quality to further aging that the cigar received before finally being shipped out to retailors in full production.  

 


CIGARS FOR REVIEW: PURCHASED

CIGARS SMOKED FOR REVIEW: MORE THAN A DOZEN

CIGAR SMOKE RATE: UPGRADED 90

SIZE:5 x 52 (ROBUSTO PLUS)

WRAPPER: CONNECTICUT BROADLEAF

BINDER: NICARAGUA

FILLER: NICARAGUA

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