January 08, 2018

Todos Las Dias Double Wide Belicoso by Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust (4 3/4 x 60)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
Todos Las Dias is Steve Saka's Nicaraguan puro line. The cigar is described as limited in production. In a press release announcing the line, Saka explained background on the name and how it ties into the project:

Todos Las Dias is my personal Spanglish translation meaning “All the Days.” The workers at Joya de Nicaragua often cringe at my casual butchering of their mother tongue, but in my opinion cigars are far more than a grammar lesson to abide, they are the physical manifestation of a feeling and of an experience. TLD embodies the classic bold flavors that represent the heart of their soil’s peppery tobaccos and the labor of their always working hands. For me, this spicy Nicaraguan puro reflects no pretentious airs or any of that ‘notes of pencil lead with a hint of fennel’ nonsense. It is an honest, hardworking cigar intended to be smoked by men who know what it means to be a cigar smoker and never give a damn about what others think.”

“It is a supple, sungrown Cuban Seed capa which encapsulates its intricate tripa recipe of rich Jalapa and Esteliano tobaccos. From the first puff, there is no doubt of the origin of this cigar or that it is intended solely for the seasoned cigar smoker. What I love about this liga is that it builds; so many stronger blends start off super peppery and robust only to mellow out as you smoke them. Whereas the Todos Las Dias does just the opposite; it begins smooth and then escalates in strength and body, it almost lulls you into false sense of security. It is a much heavier liga than you will have realized until you go to stand up afterwards.”

Blend Profile
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (Joya de Nicaragua SA)

Vitolas Available
Half Churchill: 4 3/4 x 48 (SRP $10.45)
Robusto: 5 x 52 (SRP $11.45)
Toro: 6 x 52 (SRP $12.45) 
Double Wide Belicoso: 4 3/4 x 60 (SRP $12.45) (REVIEWED TODAY)

Previously I reviewed the toro version. Review HERE.

The double wide belicoso is short, fat, dark, and dense feeling.

 Even though the cigar is a large ring the belicoso cap makes it easy to cut. The test draw after cutting the minimum was very good. The initial flavors were a citrus/strawberry combination, leather, thick cream, brown sugar, cinnamon, black coffee, and black pepper rated at an 8. At this early stage the finish is the flavor of a vanilla wafer with a nice amount of lingering black pepper. I realize using vanilla wafer as a descriptive term is quite unusual but that's what it tastes like. The cigar tastes full bodied right away. I expect it to feel full bodied soon.

About 1 1/2 inches in (28 minutes) the flavors are about like the initial assessment except the heavy cream is now butter and it's very nice. You still have the citrus/strawberry combination which is starting to make the move to a sweet, rich cedar. Also, there is still the brown sugar and cinnamon. But the butter makes it all oh so nice. It adds a richness to the cigar and goes nicely with the leather notes, which are not oppressive, but at the correct amount. The coffee base is not that noticeable since the buttery richness entered the picture. The pepper remains very good. The cigar is still full bodied in flavors. The finish is still a vanilla wafer flavor but it's now buttery. The first third scores out at a 93.

Around, or just past the midpoint (52 minutes) the citrus/strawberry flavor has morphed into a rich, sweet cedar. You still have the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and leather to go with the black coffee base. But you can add another flavor; roasted pecans. At this point the cigar not only tastes full bodied but it is full bodied in strength. You can start to feel the ligero. The finish is unchanged. This cigar is a short powerhouse but the burn time is very good. The midpoint score is also 93.

The Todos Las Dias Double Wide Belicoso lasted an impressive 1 hour 26 minutes. In the final third the roasted pecan notes really came out. The cedar was still there but I lost some richness. The brown sugar was there and the cinnamon  notes were elevated. The pepper remained very good and the cigar was full bodied. It is very full bodied at this point so make sure you have something on your stomach before smoking this one! The finish ended with roasted pecans and cedar, along with black pepper. This has been an excellent cigar with very nice flavors. Put these on your must-try list. With the elevated roasted pecan notes and decreased richness I am scoring the final third a 92.

Overall Final Score: 93

Purchase  Todos Las  Dias Double Wide Belicoso cigars HERE.

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