Dunbarton StillWell Star Bayou No.32 Toro
Dunbarton StillWell Star Bayou No.32 Toro cigar is made in Nicaragua. Outside, you'll find an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Inside, the binder is San Andres, and the filler is Various. This is a Toro cigar with a length of 6.00 and a ring gauge of 52.
Does pipe tobacco belong in cigars? Dunbarton thinks it does, and they’re not the only ones. In fact, others have made cigars with pipe tobacco (e.g. Drew Estate’s Larutan series), but the results weren’t always satisfactory. Some blends just didn’t hit the mark, and for Dunbarton founder Steve Saka, you really need to hit the mark. His complaint was that some companies’ prior attempts at putting pipe tobacco into cigars were “unbearably sweet, utilize marginal pipe and cigar tobaccos, and are rather simple, heavy-handed blends that afford the smoker little sophistication or balance.”
Not up to standard, to say the least. So he aimed higher.
Interestingly, Saka has been putting pipe tobacco in his cigars for years. When he mentioned this to Jeremy Reeves, head blender of Cornell & Diehl pipe tobaccos, the two got to talking about a possible blend partnership. The StillWell Star cigar line was born!
There are four blends in the line, and Bayou No. 32 is built to bring classic “VaPer” flavors into the mix. To be clear, these stogies are built mainly around long-leaf cigar tobacco. Dunbarton takes a rich Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, a Mexican San Andrés negro binder, and a three-country filler blend including Nicaraguan tobacco. To that solid foundation, the company adds a combination of Bright and Red Virginia leaf with “the most select St. James Parish Perique pipe tobacco.”
The Dunbarton StillWell Star Bayou No. 32 cigar is a southern-style feast!
“Zesty, umami” flavor is there, along with notes of chicory coffee, dried cranberries, and milk chocolate. It’s a special blend, but it doesn’t quite get to the same crazy flavor level of an infused cigar. Instead, it’s an interesting cigar with supplemental notes and aromas that make it unlike pretty much any other blend in your humidor. When you’re in the mood for something a little different, this cigar is built to give it to you, Louisiana style.
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- What are the flavors like? Chicory coffee, dried cranberries, milk chocolate.
- What’s the strength level? Medium-full.
- Who is this cigar for? Dunbarton StillWell Star Bayou No. 32 cigars are for people who want classic VaPer pipe notes in a quality smoke that hits a mark a touch higher than what people traditionally target for a concept like this.
- Will I want to smoke it to the nub? It’s unusual but quite enjoyable.
- What’s a good pairing with it? Something traditional. Maybe even a glass of sherry. Anything from Emilio Lustau. That company seems to be putting out some high-quality stuff.
- What’s the best time/place to smoke this cigar? In a space that needs to be seasoned with a pipe tobacco room note from yesteryear.
- Any flaws/downsides? It can come off surprisingly mild on the flavors if you’re expecting it to be on the level of an infused cigar (like ACID or CAO Flavours).
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