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Old 06-15-2023, 08:02 PM   #1
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Dunbarton Sin Compromiso Seleccion Intrepido

That last Dunbarton was so good I decided to make it a 2 fer on this fine Thursday evening.
The presentation on this is very nice. cedar wrapped foot is a nice touch. Of course upon removal the cigar smells like cedar. Wrapper is a dark chocolate toothy oscuro. Construction seems fine except for a spot about 1/3rd of the way up thats a little soft. I don't think it will be an issue.
Pre light draw is perfect and flavor is very interesting. like a mouthful of chocolate or cocoa.

1" in and getting a little pepper, coffee, chocolate and a watery mineral element I don't really care for. Definitely on the lighter side of full at this point. Ash is gray and black and the ash from the wrapper is peeling away and flaking off. I don't think I have ever had a Mexican San Andres negro wrapper before so the flaking is probably the wrapper and not really a construction issue. The burn is terrible but I'll give it a little longer and see if it corrects itself. Retro is cedar bordering on pepper. Aroma is a smooth chocolate. Very nice.

About a third of the way in and the ash dropped. Right around where that soft spot was. Burn has now corrected itself as well. Smoke output is excellent. Some burnt leaf flavor added to the mix with the chocolate and a little bit of coffee as well. Mineral flavor is gone for the moment. Retro is still mostly cedar.

Right around 1/2 way and we have a sweet component entering the mix. An inch later and I still cant identify that sweet note. I'm thinking instead of a dry cacao note it is more of a milk chocolate flavor. It isn't a sweet spice like nutmeg or cinnamon.
Anyway, moving on. Getting close to the last third. Aroma is very nice. Smoke volume is great. Burn is not perfect but well within being acceptable. Flavors are about the same and strength is still barely full.
Let's see what the last third has to offer.

Aroma has a nice char to it or burnt leaf which I really like. Little saltiness coming in on the palate. (Seems I have been using the incorrect spelling of palate.) Every puff is bringing in more saltiness too which I really enjoy. The sweetness is just about gone. Still some coffee but more like espresso now. A toasted leaf flavor there also. Right towards the end there is pepper and a nice tobacco flavor. Everything else seems to be gone.

Final thoughts are as follows. I smoked these 2 Dunbartons with about 1 1/2 hrs in between. I like the Sobremesa better. An hour after smoking it I was still licking my lips and thought it was excellent. This Sin Compromiso is a good cigar but I feel a bit over priced. If both of these were the same price my opinion would be the same. I think the Sobremesa was more balanced and more complex and in a blind tasting I think I would pick that as the more expensive cigar.
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