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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Todos Las Dias Robusto
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brlesq
89
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 Scotch and water

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 20 Possible

The first thing that you notice is the classic art deco silver and black band and complementary foot band. Very sharp. Wrapper was a dry looking, rustic mottled light and dark brown hue.  In the sunlight, you could see some small crystalline specks sparkling through. It had some discernable veins that showcased the leaf.  It was a bit hard despite a couple months of rest in my humidor and heavy-in-hand. Prelight aroma of natural tobacco and woodiness.

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

The cigar burned almost perfectly throughout the entire smoke. No touch ups were ever required. The burn line was mostly straight, and when it got a little crooked it self-corrected. The ash was a layered, light gray color, and held on for almost 2 inches until the first tap and then an inch or more thereafter. This cigar produced a ton of smoke. The draw had a bit of tug which is perfect in my book.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

This is a well constructed cigar.  Solidly rolled with no soft spots at the start or later during the burn.  Triple cap held up nicely to a straight cut. It was a bit on the hard side, and my preference would have been for a little more pliability, but that’s just my preference.

Flavor: 28 Points of 35 Possible

Upon lighting, this cigar opens with a strong black pepper blast though the nose and on the tip of my tongue. It was a bit harsh for the first inch, but calmed down and became smoother after that.  In addition to the black pepper, some citrus, leather and mineral notes developed. Medium-full body and full strength from the first puff.

The second third started to develop a creamy characteristic and was much smoother than the first third. Woodiness and cinnamon developed, along with leather and mineral. The black pepper is still blasting me through the nose and can now be felt in the back of the throat as well. The aftertaste (following each puff) is very clean and the flavor notes do not linger on the palate for long. Now full body and strength.

By the final third some black coffee emerged, and some leather and woodiness.  The ever-present black pepper was still roaring at me, and I was developing the nicotine sweats at this point.  It finished full body and strength.



Summary

This cigar means business, and is probably not for the novice smoker.  It packs a full nicotine punch and is one of the strongest in-your-face cigars that I have smoked in a while, although I was quite surprised by the clean aftertaste given the strength of this cigar. If you like pepper, this one is for you! Definitely one to enjoy after a full meal.



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