For the first time since Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust launched in 2015, the company will showcase a sister blend to one of its pre-existing core-line brands. Sobremesa was the company’s first line, and at the IPCPR 2019 trade show—held in Las Vegas later this week—Dunbarton will debut a new iteration of the blend with the Connecticut-wrapped Sobremesa Brûlée.

According to company owner, Steve Saka, the intent—when setting out to showcase his first Connecticut Shade-style blend—was not to cater to the modern style of high-intensity Connecticuts. Instead, Steve looked back to the Connecticuts of his youth, highlighting subtle nuances through a mild, sweet and nutty profile.

Sobremesa Brûlée is a recreation of the milder, shade wrapped ligas of my early years. Somewhere over the last three decades many of the classic shade cigars have become wispy, uninspiring and rather dull to my palate. I wanted to share with others the way I remember these blonde cigars being. Also as ligador and tobacco man, I do not understand the recent trend of making strong Connecticut Shade cigars aka “not your grandfather’s cigar”. To me this seems like an oxymoron and a fundamental lack of appreciation of the enchanting characteristics and nuances of shade grown Connecticut Seed tobaccos. In Brûlée, I embraced this shade capa and dedicated myself to showcasing its mild, sweet and nutty nature.Steve Saka, owner of Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

Sobremesa Brûlée incorporates nearly the same core blend as the original Sobremesa; notable changes include the removal of Pennsylvania ligero, an increase of Condega Seco, and the addition of the cigar’s signature wrapper ingredient, a “top shelf grade of BW Ecuador Connecticut Shade leaf.”

The cigars will debut at IPCPR 2019 in three sizes, priced between $12.45 and $13.95 per cigar. Brûlée will be offered to select, authorized retailers of Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust, with the first shipments slated to begin arriving in July.

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Sobremesa Brûlée Breakdown

  • Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut Shade G2BW
  • Binder: San Andrés Negro
  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • Factory: Fábrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua, S.A. (Nicaragua)
  • Production: Small Batch
  • Packaging: 13-ct boxes
  • Vitolas: 3
  • Price: $12.45–$13.95 (MSRP)
  • Release: July 2019
  • Robusto: 5¼” x 52
  • Toro: 6″ x 52
  • Gordo: 6¼” x 60
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