Date: September 2019
Author: Inspector Z

Sobremesa Brûlée coming to The Netherlands. The Connecticut Shade wrapped from Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust was released in the United States and now next is The Netherlands. Steve Saka is a big fan of the Cigaragua store in Amsterdam and made it a priority to stock the flagship store for Nicaraguan cigars.

Sobremesa Brulee

For the fans of Liga Privada or any of the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust, seeing a mild cigar from the hands of Steve Saka may seem weird. But it’s not. For years Saka has been saying he misses the mild cigars from the past. And he even has a theory that the popularity of the 60 ring cigars is so big due to the fact that there are no great mild cigars. He announced the birth of the Sobremesa Brûlée on facebook a few months ago.

“Sobremesa Brûlée is a recreation of the milder, shade wrapped ligas of my early years. Somewhere over the last three decades many of the classic shade cigars have become wispy, uninspiring and rather dull to my palate. I wanted to share with others the way I remember these blonde cigars being,” Saka explains his motivation to create the line. 

Where many of the new Connecticut Shade lines try to re-invent the wheel, Saka goes back to the good old days. He calls the new, strong Connecticut Shade cigars a lack of appreciation to the characteristics and nuances of Connecticut Shade. It was Saka’s intention to make a classic cigar with the best tobaccos he could source.

Ministry of Cigars - Sombremesa Brûlée coming to The Netherlands

The blend and the vitals

For the Sobremesa Brûlée, Saka reblended the Sobremesa. He removed the ligero from Pennsylvania. Then increased the amount of seco from Condega. And he replaced the wrapper with Connecticut Shade from Ecuador. The best grade he could find. According to Saka “The result is a milder, even smoother adaptation of the Sobremesa blend that does not sacrifice its wonderfully complex flavors or aromas. This is not a cigar to be smoked casually, but rather a relaxing smoking experience meant to be savored slowly.

All three sizes of the Sobremesa Brûlée will be available in The Netherlands. Those are a 5¼x52 Robusto, a 6×52 Toro, and a 6¼x60 Gordo. And they will be packed in boxes of 13. And they won’t be exclusive to Cigaragua, all retailers can order the cigars from the distributor for their customers. The prices are set at €130 per box for the robusto, €140 per box for the toro, and €150 for a box of the Gordo.

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