Date: July 2021
Author: Inspector Z

Dunbarton teams up with Cornell & Diehl. The soon-to-be-released StillWell Star of Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust is a very special release. It is not blended by just Steve Saka, but by Saka and Jeremy Reeves. Jeremy Reeves is the master blender for pipe tobacco giant Cornell & Diehl.

The StillWell Star will have several blends, all in a 6×52 Toro vitola. The cigars come from Fabrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua in Esteli. That’s where most Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust are made. In a long Facebook post, Steve Saka explains the idea behind the StillWell star and releases some details.

Steve Saka’s post

Our Master Ligador, Steve Saka, while known for being one of the world’s foremost cigar experts has also been a pipe smoker for over three decades. For many years he has casually crafted handmade cigars incorporating some of his favorite pipe tobaccos into their blends for his own personal consumption. While he would typically use “English” style blends, he would also mix it up with a few Aromatics, Orientals, and others. While he enjoys his pipe smoking, cigars remain his first love, and doing this allowed him to combine the flavors and aromas only a pipe could offer into his beloved puros. 

When he told this practice to Jeremy Reeves, the head blender of the famed pipe tobacco maker Cornell & Diehl, who himself is also a cigar smoker, everyone’s wheels began spinning at the possibilities. Earnest work began to create a unique, refined smoking experience combining our shared passions.

StillWell Star is the world’s first luxury pipe tobacco cigar.

Cigars incorporating pipe tobaccos into their mix is not new, but almost universally they are unbearably sweet, utilize marginal pipe and cigar tobaccos, and are rather simple, heavy-handed blends that afford the smoker little sophistication or balance. In short, not the type of cigars that Saka smokes.

StillWell Star is a totally different approach. 

All of the cigar and pipe tobaccos used are amongst the finest available, no expenses spared. Each of the pipe tobacco recipes is meticulously crafted in small batches by Reeves utilizing only the best tobaccos and techniques. And each of the cigar ligas was carefully tailored by Saka to specifically showcase and enhance the nuances that each of the pipe blends adds to the cigar.  

The end result is a truly mesmerizing smoking experience. Four unique cigars each with its own personality deftly blended to afford the smoker the nuances of the flavors and aromas of the pipe blends, yet work in concert with the black cigar tobaccos. Balance, measured, refined, and elegant are all hallmarks of StillWell Star. 

Each front mark provides a unique expression for the smoker to enjoy. The frontmarks are: 
Aromatic No. 1 – 6.00 x 52 – Box / 13
English No. 27 – 6.00 x 52 – Box / 13
Bayou No. 32 – 6.00 x 52 – Box / 13
Navy No. 1056 – 6.00 x 52 – Box / 13

Liga Details:
Capa: Grade A Ecuador Habano – High Priming
Capote: San Andreas Negro
Tripa: Various – each blend is different
Forteleza: Mild-Medium to Medium-Full

Front mark/Blend Descriptions:

Aromatic No. 1: The finest of aromatic Black Cavendish, Golden Virginia, and Burley pipe tobaccos added to a mild, Nicaraguan puro to provide a delightfully smooth and room-pleasing smoking experience. Each cigar is delicately finished with a Cabeza dulce.
Strength: Mild-Medium

English No. 27: A quintessential mix of Burley and Turkish leaf with a generous portion of Cypriot Latakia pressed cake paired with Nicaraguan cigar tobaccos. Rich and decadent, this is a Latakia-Lover’s puro worthy of being smoked in an English Manor House.    
Strength: Medium-Full

Bayou No. 32: A combination of Bright and Red Virginia leaf with the most select St. James Parish Perique pipe tobacco added to a medium-bodied Nicaraguan puro. It rewards the smoker with a classic yet entrancing, any time of the day relaxing experience.   
Strength: Medium Plus

Navy No. 1056: A crumble cake of stoved Red and Golden Virginias with a touch of “Naval Rations” combined with Orientals and Latakia expertly blended with dark air-cured black cigar leaf, this puro rewards the smoker with a unique, aromatic indulgence.  
Strength: Medium

Each of these expressions provides the cigar smoker with a distinct experience. The pipe tobaccos exhibit themselves in every puff, yet they work in harmony with the richness of the cigars’ blends. An experienced pipe smoker can clearly discern the flavors typically associated with the classic style of each pipe blend, while the cigar smoker can enjoy these nuances in their preferred smoking format. 

StillWell Star’s name is derived from Saka’s interpretation of his own pipe smoking experiences. Due to the nature of pipes, they are a contemplative process in which one needs to be “still” in order to be rewarded with the feeling of wellness. “Be Still, Be Well” is the origin of StillWell Star. 

About Cornell & Diehl 

Since 1990, Cornell & Diehl has provided enthusiasts with some of the finest, handcrafted, boutique pipe tobacco on the market. Prioritizing quality over quantity, the blending house uses only a select few grades of tobacco, specially sourced for their inherent qualities, and focuses production to small, limited runs to ensure the quality of each batch. In addition to C&D’s core lines, the manufacturer also produces all the pipe tobacco blends for the celebrated G.L. Pease brand, as well as those for BriarWorks, Two Friends, Drucquer & Sons, and many others. Located in Longs, SC, Cornell & Diehl operates out of a 30,000 sq ft facility, using traditional machinery and only the finest ingredients available. 

Notice: Cornell & Diehl is the supplier of the pipe leaf required, but is not receiving any additional royalties from the sale of StillWell Star. Their participation in this first-of-its-kind project is entirely out of their own passion and commitment to creating unparalleled smoking experiences.

 

 

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