Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust has begun shipping the newest size of Sobremesa Brûlée, a 7 x 54 Double Corona.

Steve Saka announced the cigar in early March, calling it a spring release but not specifying at that time when it would begin shipping. It becomes the fourth size in the line, joining the three vitolas that were part of the line’s launch last summer:

  • Sobremesa Brûlée Robusto (5 1/4 x 52) — $12.45 (Box of 13, $161.85)
  • Sobremesa Brûlée Toro (6 x 52) — $13.45 (Box of 13, $174.85)
  • Sobremesa Brûlée Gordo (6 1/4 x 60) — $13.95 (Box of 13, $181.35)
  • Sobremesa Brûlée Double Corona (7 x 54) — $13.95 (Box of 13, $181.35)

The Sobremesa Brûlée line uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut shade G2BW wrapper over a Mexican Matacapan negro de temporal binder and four different Nicaraguan fillers: Condega C-SG, Pueblo Nuevo criollo, La Joya Estelí C-98 and ASP Estelí hybrid ligero. Saka created the blend in an attempt to make a cigar that harkened back to the Connecticut cigars of yesteryear. “I have always been reluctant to do it as there are so many classic Connecticuts in the marketplace and most of my consumers couldn’t care less for this style of cigar, but I started resmoking many of the mainstays,” said Saka. “Somewhere over the years they have just become too bitter and grassy.”

The cigars are made at Fabrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua S.A. in Estelí.

Saka also noted that the other new Sobremesa Brûlée vitola he announced earlier this year, a 6 1/4 x 46 corona larga called Sobremesa Brûlée Blue, has been delayed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on travel and other factors. Saka had slated it to be released at the 2020 PCA Convention & Trade Show in July, though that appears questionable at best.

Patrick Lagreid

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