I have always given H.Upmann Cigars a fair shake. Their heritage is rich in history …
The first cigar out of Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust from former Drew Estate President and CEO Steve Saka is the Sobremesa, and it is tasty. I have had the Sobremesa cigar on many recent occasions. The Sobremesa is a medium to full bodied cigar that pairs well with IPAs, stouts and you guessed it…bourbon. Steve Saka is the mind behind the Liga Privada No.9 and the rest of the Liga line. I am a HUGE fan of the Liga Privada brand so I knew the second the Sobremesa was launched I needed to find a few to smoke and age. The Sobremesa cigar was made at the Joya de Nicaraguan factory in Nicaragua, and it made up of some of the finest tobacco on the planet. Great cigars like the Joya de Nicaraguan Red, Cabinetta and Antano 1970.
The Sobremesa cigar is made up of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Mexican binder, and complex filler made up of American Broadleaf Ligero and 4 different types of Nicaraguan tobacco.
I smoked approximately seven Sobremesa cigars over the course of 5 months to make sure I experienced every bit this cigar had to offer. The cigar was priced at $11.50 and is relatively rare compared to other common brand cigars that you can always find in any brick and mortar cigar shop.
The construction of the Sobremesa cigar displays a greasy dark brown wrapper with little to no blemishing. It is most certainly a beautiful looking cigar that is topped off by a visually striking label of a crown. When the Sobremesa is next to other cigars on a shelve you can clearly tell that it is an eye catcher.
The burn of the Sobremesa cigar is well balanced that turns into bright white ash showing an expertly crafted cigar. The consistency of the burn is extremely impressive. The draw of the cigar has a small tendency to be slightly tight, but 15 minutes into each smoking experience it seems to become a much smoother draw.
The pre-puff of the Sobremesa cigar gives off fresh grass and dry cedar. Once I spark up the cigar I get hints of coffee, grass, salted earth, spice, pepper and a finish of dry cashew. The Sobremesa cigar pairs great with a fruit wine, Barleywine beer, and lighter based (flavored) bourbon like PennyPacker. It even goes well with a full bodied bourbon barrel-aged stout like Rare Scooop.
Overall, I will continue to purchase the Sobremesa cigar and age a few in my humidor. Find it, buy it, try it.