Cigar Review: Powstanie SBC18

Powstanie SBC18

 

 

 

Created by the artisans at the Nica Sueño factory in Nicaragua which is best known for producing RoMa Craft Tobac cigars, comes the Powstanie SBC18 which stands for “Surrounded By Champions” the vitola is a visually stunning premium handmade cigar.

SBC18 is the follow up to last years successful and sought after SBC16, with a twist, this years release substitutes the Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper with a Mexican San Andrés wrapper in concert with an Ecuadorian Connecticut to create the barber pole design. 

 

SBC18 on display at the RoMa Craft Tobac Booth – 2018 IPCPR Las Vegas NV.

 

 

INSIDE THE BOX READS

 

“THIS TRULY LIMITED CIGAR HAS A PRODUCTION OF ONLY 250 BOXES. IT’S IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENTS REQUIRE THE TEAM TO BE SUCCESSFUL. TOO OFTEN WE SEE SUCCSESS ONLY AS A FACE OF A SINGLE MAN. SURROUNDED BY CHAMPIONS 16 IS A CIGAR THAT PAYS HOMAGE TO THE PEOPLE THAT MADE POWSTANIE POSSIBLE. THE MAIN INGREDIENT OF GREATNESS IS THE REST OF THE TEAM”

 

CORONA GORDA
5.5 x 46

 

 

Pospeich Inc. is the parent company of Powstanie and has begun shipping the Powstanie SBC18 to select retailers nation wide. The cigar measures 5 1/2 x 46 with both Mexican San Andrés and Ecuadorian Connecticut wrappers over Nicaraguan binder and filler.

 

Mike Szczepankewicz told Cigar Smoke “The original blend was created by both my brother and myself. The foundation was the ApolloDani Cigar that we made for the birth of my second son.

The 18 was a modified version of the orignal blend but this time it was made with a San Andrés wrapper. No size changes are slated at this time. every year its a one time run (one and done) so when they are gone they are gone”.
 

 

  • APPEARANCE
 
 
Mexican San Andrés and Ecuadorian Connecticut wrappers create the barber pole appearance of the Powstanie SBC18.
 
Looking like a miniature EMH Sabertooth, this years version shows a slightly darker shade with the edition of the San Andrés wrapper but only slightly, without bands it would be hard to identify the SBC16 from the SBC18.
 
Measuring 5 1/2 x 46 it’s rolled in the Corona Gorda format with notable seam, minimal tooth and vein with a rounded cap and open foot.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The identifier is the band, bright red in color with “SBC18” looking like a black sharpie in raised graffiti font over a red Powstanie symbol in the background.
 
Pre-light aroma had notes of cedar, chocolate and barnyard. The cold draw produced flavors of plain tea, leather spice and coffee grounds.
 
 
This years SBC18 box in lacquer wood
 
 
 
  • FIRST LIGHT

 

A light aroma of chocolate off the toasted foot. After initial combustion is an immediate leather component producing a spicy bite. Once the blend settles in flavors of cedar char, coffee and assorted roasted nuts, notably walnuts.

Leather is a prominent background flavor producing a black peppery throat punch with a clean finish. FULL white pepper on the retro with an evolving flavor of dried fruit sweetness.

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL  BURN

 

At the half way point the leather component has tapered off a bit, still present but not dominating the flavor profile. Dark chocolate, coffee and assorted roasted nuts, notably walnuts have transitioned to core flavors of the SBC18.

The leathery bite of pepper has morphed into a straight balance of black pepper keeping the vitola at the level of FULL. Enjoying a FULL compliment of white pepper on the retro with nuances of sweet maple and molasses.

 

 

  • FINAL THIRD

 

In the final third consistent flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and raw walnuts. Background flavors of leather and cedar with assorted balance of roasted nuts with a notable creamy effect on the blend.

The spicy element of black pepper that appeared at the half way point has remained balanced and FULL with a clean finish. The retro continues with a FULL compliment of white pepper through the nose evolving into flavors of sweet molasses.

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

• CONSTRUCTION: Construction was solid! The integrity of both wrappers held throughout all three smoking durations. No palpable soft spots or blemishes noted.

 

• BURN: Slightly crooked on all three examples. I could never get the first two smoking stages to burn straight, however every one of them corrected late in the final third. I never really let these sit and acclimate, the rest of the box is resting comfortably.

 

• ASH: The ash was almost solid white and smooth without grooves or fissures, it held to about an inch before tapping off.

 

• CUT: V Cut

 

• DRAW: Wide open with the perfect amount of milkshake type resistance, the result was copious amounts of aroma thick smoke.

 

• RE LIGHTS: A few re-lights due to the burn line not lack of combustion.

 

• FIRE: JetLine triple torch grenade.

 

• STRENGTH: Upper MED to FULL.

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

One of the big differences between the SBC16 and SBC18 was the increase in strength to the blend. SBC16 had a core profile of subtle sweetness, while the SBC18 was notability stronger, my guess is the exchange of Pennsylvania Broadleaf for Mexican San Andrés.

This years offering had a distinct leather spice bite with core flavors of coffee, black pepper and assorted nuts, most notable walnuts. Another visible difference was the band and box color moving from a solid black band and red box to a red band and a lacquer wood box. Will there be an SBC19?

The constant, at least for now seems to be the Ecuadorian Connecticut over Nicaraguan binder and filler, with the exchange of one wrapper component-TBD.

This years release was a great cigar and everything you’d expect from a name like “Surrounded By Champions” with only 250 units available they are disappearing quickly if not already sold out.

As far as a future release for the SBC series I’d like to see the exchangeable wrapper in Candela with Ecuadorian Connecticut , green lacquered box with green band? As for now smoke if ya got em, but get em fast before their gone.

 

 



Cigar reviewed: Powstanie SBC18 

Cigars for review: Purchased (Box)

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 92

Size: 5 1/2 x 46 (Corona Gorda)

Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés, Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Production: 250 boxes, 5,000 cigars

Factory: Fabrica de Tabacas Nica Sueńo S.A., Esteli Nicaragua

 

 

Toar Campbell

Toar Campbell

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