“…whatever tweaks Saka made for the Sobremesa Brûlée Blue really came through with flying colors…this makes Sobremesa Brûlée (Blue) a winner.”

Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut Shade G2BW
Binder: San Andreas Negro
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Fábrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua, S.A
Vitola: 6 1/4 x 46
Price: $ 14.95

Sponsor: Yes
Samples Provided for Initial Review: Yes
Review: Sobremesa Brûlée Blue by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust (5/16/21)
Appearances on Countdown (By Year/Brand): 7 (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)

Coming in at #13 is the Sobremesa Brûlée Blue by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust. Throughout his career, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust owner Steve Saka has loved to take an existing blend and do some tweaks on it. In the case of the Sobremesa Brûlée Blue, it is a modification of the Sobremesa Brûlée, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust’s Connecticut Shade offering.

In addition to a top-grade Connecticut Shade wrapper, Sobremesa Brûlée Blue consists of a San Andres Mexican binder, and all-Nicaraguan fillers. The Blue comes in one size – a Corona Larga that measures 6 1/4 x 46. Production for the Sobremesa Brûlée Blue comes out of the Joya de Nicaragua factory. The Blue even has its own packaging – it uses the Sobremesa logo, but incorporates powder blue into the color scheme.


Sobremesa Brulee Blue by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

Saka blended the original Sobremesa Brûlée to be a milder old school Connecticut Shade cigar. The Sobremesa Brûlée Blue is on the bolder side, delivering a medium strength, medium-bodied experience. As for the flavors, the Brûlée Blue produced notes of sweetened cream, coffee, bread, pepper, butterscotch, and wood.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust has appeared on every Countdown since the company’s inception in 2015. If you are keeping score at home that means it has appeared seven consecutive years on the Countdown – tied for second all time for consecutive years. This also gives the Joya de Nicaragua factory its third cigar on the Countdown, tying Drew Estate. Nicaragua’s dominance continues. Of the eighteen cigars we have unveiled moving up the Countdown, this is the thirteenth one from Nicaragua.


For details of the 2021 Cigar of the Year Countdown, see our 2021 criteria.

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