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DTT Timeshare Experience

Dunbarton, NH – Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust® (DTT) is announcing an innovative virtual initiative dubbed with
their tongues firmly planted in cheek called “The DTT Timeshare Experience”. The program will be debuting in
the 2nd half of July 2020 in response to the cancellation of PCA’s Annual Trade Show for the cigar industry.
“Everyone is trying to figure out the best way to serve their Retail Customers and their own interests in this very
topsy-turvy year of trade show and event cancellations. Most are doing virtual sales meetings, other are hosting
virtual tradeshows and/or mini-physical travelling trade shows. Honestly, I do not know how these will work, but I
am doubtful that any of these strategies are appropriate for our Select Purveyors currently when it comes to our
brands. For us, sales have been solid and we are on track for another record setting year; this is thanks to steady
growth with ever increasing turns and volume per turn. In my opinion, the best thing we can do is remain steady
and continue to enhance our brands’ value for our Retailers and their customers,” states Steve Saka, Founder and
Co-Owner of DTT.
He goes on to add, “So rather than focus on sales, we have created an interactive program that will educate and
engage our Select Purveyors and any of their staff they wish to include. It will be focused on our products,
industry trends, business strategy for continued growth, etc. in my typical no-nonsense manner. But ‘man does
not live on work alone’, so we decided to spice it up a bit and jokingly bring in some elements of those really
crappy timeshare pitches that we all endured as children whose parents just wanted the FREE whatever for
listening. Now I cannot promise it will be good, but it will definitely be different and hopefully fun! And of course
we will throw out some sort of deal or two at the end, but that will not be the primary focus – we want our
Purveyors to buy our puros not because they are discounted, but because they are exceptional and serve the
needs of the most experienced and discerning customers. ”
Emails soliciting for registration in the DTT Timeshare Experience have been transmitted to our Select Purveyors.
Some opportunities will only be extended to those who participate in the program. If you have yet to register, we
ask you to do so by contacting David Lafferty, our VP of Sales, via email at dlafferty@dttcigars.com.
About Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust, LLC
Founded in 2015, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust (DTT) has quickly become the premier craft manufacturer of ultrapremium handmade cigars. Founded by cigar and industry expert Steve Saka, a former Executive Consultant to
JR Cigar and President and CEO of Drew Estate, with the singular focus to create only “Puros Sin Compromiso” –
Cigars Without Compromise. Included within their portfolio are Sobremesa, Mi Querida, Todos Las Dias, Sin
Compromiso, Umbagog and Muestra de Saka. DTT is the only company ever to be name the “Company of the
Year” for three consecutive years by Halfwheel. For more information, please visit: http://www.dunbartoncigars.com.
®Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust are registered trademarks of Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust and/or affiliated
companies.

Crowned Heads Juarez

This Robusto is a very dark and fragrant Sa Andreas wrapped Maduro. The wrapper is very smooth and the bunch is firm. Tonight’s beverage is a glass of Agavales Anejo tequila.

Initial flavors are sweetness with a touch of pepper. The retrohale has much more pepper and a bittersweet background. The draw is perfect and the burn is very even.

Agavales is pretty much a margarita mixer brand, but the Anjejo has a much better flavor profile of agave and caramel notes. It’s a pretty solid pairing with the San Andreas wrapper.

In the first third the sweetness backs down a bit from sugary to more of a molasses flavor and the pepper settles in retrohale. The flavor profile is mostly medium bodied. The ash is a bit fragile but the burn remains very even.

During the second third the cigar and tequila continue to pair well. The molasses of the cigar blends almost perfectly with the caramel of the tequila. The burn has become a bit uneven, although only slightly.

Approaching the final inch the pepper in the retrohale comes back to full. The flavor profile is very consistent. The burn is returning to even. Overall I would recommend both the cigar and the tequila.

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Rocky Patel Aged Limited Rare Toro

This cigar is very dark and smells very rich. The bunch is firm. Tonight’s beverage is a glass of Diplomatico Reserve Exclusiva Rum.

The flavor starts out heavy on the tongue like molasses, enhanced by the rum. The retrohale has hints of black pepper with heavy smoke as well. The burn is fairly even.

In the first third the flavor profile remains heavy and sweet. The smoke is very smooth and plentiful. The retrohale remains about the same. The burn remains mostly even.

During the second third the sweetness of the cigar combined with the rum produces a very sugary finish that isn’t really what I look for in a cigar. The pepper in the retrohale has retreated and leaves mostly heavy smoke. The burn remains mostly even.

Approaching the final inch the sweetness dies down and leaves a heavy but fairly ordinary Maduro profile. This cigar is fine if you’re not looking for a lot of complexity. The construction is good and the burn remains mostly even.

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Sans Pareil Lancero LE (purple band)

This cigar has a mostly smooth wrapper with some veins towards the head. The foot smells of light cocoa. Cutting with a Colibri deep V. Full disclosure, this was a gift and is definitely out of my price range. The cold draw is perfect.

The initial flavors are very full with hints of cocoa and fig. The burn started uneven but has already corrected itself. The retrohale is very smooth. The body of the cigar is a very pleasant medium to full. There is plentiful pleasant smoke.

In the first third the flavor profile is medium bodied with a rich tobacco flavor. So far I have not been able to detect any other flavors. The cigar is very good, just very one dimensional. The burn remains perfect.

During the second third a bit of earthiness joins the flavor profile. The smoke is very smooth, both on the palate and in the retrohale. A very pleasant cigar without much complexity, which I understand some people prefer.

Approaching the final inch some cedar notes join the flavor profile. Overall this is an excellent cigar, but I doubt I’ll smoke it again due to the price point.

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Dunbarton Sobramesa Creme Brulee Robusto

This cigar has an utra-smooth wrapper. There are light vanilla notes in the foot. The cold draw is perfect. Cut with a Colibri Deep V.

Initially the cigar is very smooth but with light white pepper notes both on the palate and in the retrohale, creating a good complexity from the start. As the flavors settle in the pepper subsides and a creamy vanilla note comes to the fore. The burn is excellent.

In the first third the pepper stays far in the background, almost teasingly. For a lighter cigar, this one has plenty of body, as well as pleasingly thick and aromatic smoke. The burn remains perfect.

During the second third the flavor profile builds a bit. It suggests that this cigar would pair well with a good cognac. Anyone suggesting that this cigar too light is smoking it too fast. The burn remains perfect.

This is a great light to medium bodied cigar. Definitely the lightest in the Dunbarton line-up. But it is still a very satisfying smoke; perfect for those who like to start their day on the lighter side. The construction is immaculate and the complexity is very interesting. And the finish is very pleasant.

Approaching the final inch, the cigar remains excellent. From construction to flavor profile, I find little to no flaws in this cigar.98 tiff

Southern Draw Jacob’s Ladder Brimstone

Well constructed Figurado with a very smooth dark wrapper. The bunch is firm and the draw is perfect. Tonight’s beverage is a cold Topo Chico.

The initial flavors are very earthy with coffee and dark cocoa. The retrohale is surprisingly smooth. The burn is excellent.

In the first third the strength ramps up as the burn clears the hump. This is definitely a full bodied cigar and I’m glad I ate first. A cloying sweetness creeps into the flavor profile. The burn remains perfect.

During the second third a crack appears in the wrapper. The burn remains even across the split. Some cinnamon has joined the flavor profile, which remains otherwise consistent. The retrohale remains very smooth.

Approaching the final inch pepper joins the flavor profile, both on the palate and in the retrohale. This is definitely a must have for all fans of the Jacob’s Ladder line. The spiciness has been kicked up for an excellent flavor profile.

Southern Draw Cigars updates package design

Southern Draw Cigars has been growing like wildfire over the last five years and as a result the company has stacks of used cigar boxes on its warehouse shelves, has noticed empty boxes piled in the corners of its valued retail partners and even in the garages of its most supportive customers.  The growth has also attracted some unwanted attention and the company opted to address it with an updated package design. Continue reading Southern Draw Cigars updates package design

Southern Draw Cigars commemorates its LUSTRUM

 

Once every five years, Southern Draw Cigars plans to release a special onetime blend to celebrate the family’s commitment to the growing brand.  To be known as the LUSTRUM- meaning a five year period, the limited production offerings will be very small batches of 25,000 – 75,000 total cigars.  The first special blend is scheduled for release at IPCPR 2019.

The company has designated the initial release as the Kudzu LUSTRUM, celebrating the original Kudzu cigar blend offered by Southern Draw Cigars which was first produced by our exclusive factory partner A.J. Fernandez Cigar Co. in 2014.  The blend of this limited production Nicaraguan puro is comprised of a thick and oily Medio-Tiempo Habano wrapper with Nicaraguan Ometepe binder and vintage Nicaraguan long-leaf filler tobaccos delivering a harmonious balance of what the company characterizes as medium+ strength, flavor and aroma finished in an elegant box pressed format. Continue reading Southern Draw Cigars commemorates its LUSTRUM

Southern Draw Cigars expands the CEDRUS line. National launch date announced.

The award winning CEDRUS – THE HOGAN, Belicoso Fino 5.5 x 52 will now have shelf mates in humidors across the country as the Southern Draw Cigars family announces three NEW line extensions for IPCPR 2019.  Each release is part of the Anniversary releases the company will share throughout 2019. Continue reading Southern Draw Cigars expands the CEDRUS line. National launch date announced.