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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias Robusto
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Chuck (Cfickter)
93
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by our member DonM (Don).  The cigar provided for this round is the Todos Las Dias Robusto from Dunbarton Cigars.

"Todos Las Dias is my personal Spanglish translation meaning “All the Days.” The workers at Joya de Nicaraguan often cringe at my casual butchering of their mother tongue, but in my opinion cigars are far more than a grammar lesson to abide, they are the physical manifestation of a feeling and of an experience. TLD embodies the classic bold flavors that represent the heart of their soil’s peppery tobaccos and the labor of their always working hands. For me, this spicy Nicaraguan puro reflects no pretentious airs or any of that “notes of pencil lead with a hint of fennel” nonsense. It is an honest, hardworking cigar intended to be smoked by men who know what it means to be a cigar smoker and never give a damn about what others think."
- Steve Saka, creator of Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

Todos Las Dias is the strongest cigar to date from Dunbarton, using a high-priming, Nicaraguan puro blend that showcases Jalapa and Estelíano tobaccos in the filler, a Nicaraguan binder, and a Cuban-seed, Nicaraguan wrapper. This blend has been specially chosen to highlight the fiery, bold qualities of Nicaragua’s intense, volcanic soil. And Steve has specifically blended TLD to begin on the mellow side—slowly ramping up to the Nicaraguan powerhouse experience that diehard, experienced smokers crave! This is the complete reversal from the usual blending style of starting with a bang before mellowing in the later portions of the smoke.


Length:
5
Ring Gauge:
52
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Nicaragua
Color:
Colorado Maduro
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Robusto

This cigar was enjoyed with Dark roast coffee

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 20 Possible

Overall appearance was excellent, nice main band and foot band.  Triple capped.  Chocolate brown wrapper with two or three medium veins and several smaller ones but over all flawless.  Firm but not hard.  Aroma and cold draw shows semi-sweet bakers chocolate and slight woody flavors

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

Light quickly and starts with an even burn.  Produces lots of smoke early and thru middle stages but slightly backs off on last third.  Ash is medium grey, slight flaky but holds well, only knocked off the ash three times.
Burn later gets very slightly wavy but not concerns and turning keeps it under control.  No tunneling or canoeing.  Always kept lit, no relights.  Cigar would sit and stay lit even after five minutes.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

Overall construction was excellent. Although the foot seemed slight under packed.
No issues with the wrapper during the smoke.  Cap held up very well and never seemed to get soft. No fraying or loose ends  
Draw was always free and full.

Flavor: 32 Points of 35 Possible

First third - Immediately hit with pepper that adds a slight burn on the throat. the cold draw of bakers chocolate sat well in the background but was there. Early retrohales were powerful and very peppery.  Towards the end loses all chocolate and picks up a slightly nutty flavor

Second third - Cigar has mellowed slightly but pepper is still the predominate flavor.  You begin to more of the traditional maduro flavors of leather and woody tones. this is especially noticeable in the retro hale. Continues to smooth out towards the last of this third.

Final third - Picks up where the second third ends, woody flavors step forward.  Near the end of the third the strength and pepper return.  But not the level of the beginning. Also picks up a little heat. Nice changes in the final third really cap off a enjoyable smoke

Summary

Know what you getting into and prepare for a full cigar experience. Eat something before hand and find a nice accompanying drink.  Nothing sweet, something that will hold up.  My choice was a dark roast black coffee which seemed to work well.
While not overly complex that changes in strength and the three or four major flavors make for a great smoke.
While it may not be the cigar for a newb or those who prefer lighter smokes, if you enjoy a full smoke this cigar might be for you..  I know I will be looking to keep a few in the humi.
total smoke time 1:15



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