Bite Size Review: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sin Compromiso
Its been a while since we’ve sampled something from Steve Saka and Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust, but we always knew we’d get to his next “liga”, as Saka likes to say. Ask any cigar producer and they’ll tell you it’s difficult to follow-up on successful products. We previously reviewed Saka’s Sobremesa and Mi Querida, 2 cigars that, in my opinion, would be a challenge to one up. Adding fuel to this challenge is Saka’s desire and efforts to create a cigar that not only manifests his own passion, but also serves to represent the working philosophy of his company. Whew, sure sounds good.
The result of this painstaking and personal journey is the Sin Compromiso, “without compromise.” The culmination of a tireless approach to and unapologetic expression of passion. Launched last summer at the 2018 IPCPR show, after initial teasers appeared 3 years before, Sin Compromiso showed up sporting a Mexican San Andrés Negro wrapper and Ecuadorian binder after originally being touted as a Nicaraguan puro. The price tag announced in 2015, however, didn’t change much so at just under $19 a stick, our Sin Compromiso No. 2 is bumping its head on Davidoff-like dinero.
Sheathed in cedar and wearing a black and white pagan-style cross on a simple band, Sin Compromiso is gently pressed, solid and seamless. The torpedo treatment is nicely executed by the torcedores at Joya de Nicaragua S.A.. Leaving a coating of prunes on the palate, the cold draw is noticeably tight, even after two, quarter-inch cuts. Fragrant cocoa abounds accented by notes of black pepper. This is truly a nice-looking cigar.
Complexity is not an issue with the Sin. Saka has nailed some wonderful flavor profiles that include a robust, semi-sweet first salvo punctuated by intonations of black pepper, caramel and cream with a nice whiff of allspice on the retro. Transitions feature a nice mix of core profiles that complement one another, going from sweet to woody to savory, layered nicely over a sumptuous body throughout. Draw and combustion are not ideal, but it does not diminish the enjoyment. While the price point makes the Sin Compromiso prohibitive as a go-to, it is definitely worth the price of a box when you need a treat. – In Fumo Pax!
Recommendation: 1. Boxworthy
Did you Know: Steve Saka spent over 3 years working on this blend and feels it his best to date.
- Profile: Med-Full
- Vitola: No. 2 [Torpedo]
- Length / Ring Gauge: 6″x52
- Purchased: B&M
- Origin: Nicaragua
- Wrapper: San Andrés Negro “Cultivo Tonto”
- Binder: Hybridized Ecuador Habano “Thin Ligero”
- Filler: Independent Plantation Grown Nicaraguan
- Blade: Xikar Xi1
- Fire: Colibri Firebird
- Price: $18.67
- Humidor Age: 9 mo.
- Box: 13
- Other Vitolas: Selección Intrepido [5.63″x46], Selección No. 5 [6″x54], Selección No. 7 [7″x56], Selección Espada Estoque [7″x44]
Smoke Time: 1:11
Draw: On the tight side (after 2 cuts)
Construction: Solid and firm throughout; demipress; seamless; minimal veins; matte texture; fudge brownie hue; Nice torpedo treatment; holds 1″ near-white ash; not a big smoke producer.
- Wrapper – Pepper, dark chocolate
- Foot – Cocoa powder
- Cold Draw – Prunes
- Initial: Hearty, semi-sweet draw; smooth intonations of black pepper, cream and caramel; long finish is toasty with black coffee undertones; hints of allspice on retro; hints of brown sugar on palate with a whiff of licorice; hints of anise on draw.
- Transition: Toasty, woody core; rich, sumptuous body; complexity underpinned with a carry over of caramel and black coffee; warm, sweet oats on retro.
- Transition: Savory, smoky profile; cedar tang with earthy notes on palate and espresso notes on finish; balanced well with caramel notes; nice spice on palate.
Touch ups: 0
Combustion: Very good, but char consistently lags on one side
Weaknesses: Tight draw; uneven combustion at times
Recommendation: 1. Boxworthy
- Go-to (boxworthy)
- Yard ‘gar
- Smoke a banana instead