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Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique generously sponsored by our member Cfickter (Chuck).  The cigar provided for this round is the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Red Meat Lovers Meat Box Pressed (2021).

Red Meat Lovers is a top shelf, maduro liga that was created intentionally to be smoked after enjoying a heavy meal of steak or prime rib.  The blend was developed while simultaneously consuming "chuleta de dos lomos" aka an export grade of prime Porterhouse steaks in Nicaragua with a varied selection of fine post digestif whiskeys and espresso. Originally created at the request of the Red Meat Lovers Club to smoke at their charity dinners, it became one of the most successful annual single store exclusives in the market. So in 2023, Dunbarton decided to make it a regular production cigar. Offered in three classic trunk-pressed formats, as well as a spicier, stronger "beef stick" variation in a unique flat capped, closed foot Parejo vitola. The RML collection of cigars are the perfect puros to pair with hearty meals and libations, or for whenever a robust, dark maduro is desired.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Red Meat Lovers Meat Box Pressed (2021)

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust
Red Meat Lovers Meat Box Pressed (2021)
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Country of Origin:
United States
Connecticut Broadleaf
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Average Member Rating:
4 star rating based on 1 Review(s) (1 Review(s))
2021 Red Meat Lovers boxed pressed toro
This cigar was enjoyed with Henry McKenna

Pre-Light: 9 Points of 10 Possible

This cigar has a good solid cap and an oily sheen to the wrapper.  It cut clean with a double guillotine with a back.  The body has just the right amount of give, not soft and not hard.  Sweet aroma of tobacco.  A couple of veins running the length of the cigar.  There is a bit too much glue on the band.

Lighting and Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

This was lit with a triple torch.  Smoke volume is nice and constant.  The ash is a solid darker grey that held well past the first inch.  The burn line is smooth and straight.  There was a moment of worry when the burn had one side slow down and thought there was going to be a canoe, but it corrected itself quickly.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

This looks like a well built cigar and it has a smooth draw.  The seams on the wrapper are smooth, the cap held strong throughout.  The box press looked and felt good.  Overall it was well built and the draw was perfect throughout the entirety of the smoke.  

Flavor and Aroma: 39 Points of 45 Possible

First third-  A deep full flavor start with a smooth peppery retro that doesn't sting.  Earthy and Cedar tones to start it off.

Second third-  Is about the same with an introduction of subtle coffee notes.  The retro pepper gets a little stronger.

Final third-  No coffee or cedar remains, pretty much just the earth and the retro keeps the pepper strong.  


Thanks to Chuck for including my in this months critique.  Overall I enjoyed this cigar.  If you're looking for an overly complex cigar, this is not for you, but if you enjoy a straight up full bodied cigar I would recommend it.  

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