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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
Average Member Purchase Price:
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 Peach Cobbler Moonshine

Pre-Light: 10 Points of 10 Possible

Pre-light the cigar was dry, with a little sheen to it. It was mostly smooth, with a few small veins from the tobacco leaf in it, nothing large though. The cigar was not overly packed, but still felt firm in the hand. The pigtailed cap on the cigar cut nicely with a straight cut, and the aroma was a nice deep tobacco smell. The pre-light draw was earth and raw tobacco.

Lighting and Burn: 15 Points of 15 Possible

The cigar lit and burned PERFECTLY! The ash was a white color, only slightly grey, and held on for an inch and a half, multiple times. The burn rate was about 40 minutes on this cigar, and no relights or wanky burns were needed or present. There was plenty of smoke volume, with thick white smoke.

Construction: 30 Points of 30 Possible

The draw of the cigar was perfect, not too tight, and not too loose. Some box pressed cigars tend to be tight sometimes, but this one drew perfectly. The wrapper was a nice color with very few veins. The cap was a little darker than the cigar, but was expected with the tighter pigtail cap. It was a very well constructed cigar, as was present by the cigars ash holding on for an inch and a half multiple times during the smoking of the cigar.

Flavor and Aroma: 27 Points of 45 Possible

The cigar started out and continued to be a little milder than I thought it would be with the tobaccos used to make the cigar. The strength of the cigar I would put in the medium category.

There was a smoothness to the cigar, with lots of smoke volume that was produced. There was not much complexity to the cigar. The flavors that I got out of the cigar that were pretty much from the first puff to the last puff were an earthy tobacco, with a little hint of nuttiness to it, like pecan or walnut. Like previously stated, this flavor was from the first puff until the last, not much complexity to the cigar at all.

There were no harsh tastes, no bitterness, no bad aftertastes, or anything like that with this cigar. Just a monotone cigar.


Overall, I liked the construction of this cigar more than I liked the flavors of this cigar. It is one that was built really REALLY well, and just had some monotone flavors in it that were OK, but were nothing to write home about for me. I needed something more in it flavor wise. I smoked this cigar after eating a big meal of beef tenderloin like it said I was suppose to, but it just left me wanting more out of it unfortunately after the big meal, for the price point that it is. Give me a Mi Querida SakaKhan after a meal like that, and I'll go to bed happier!

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