Cigar Review: Sin Compromiso Selección No. 5 – Rated 95

A lot of buzz was spreading across the IPCPR 2018 floor this past July and even leading up to it, as Steve Saka from Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust  released his latest creation, Sin Compromiso – “without compromise“.

As was noted in the press release leading up to the show:

Creating a cigar brand to manifest this expression into a tangible reality was an incredibly challenging task as this cigar simply had to be beyond exceptional. From the cultivation of distinct and unique tobaccos to the careful working of these prized leaves to allowing only the very best torcedors to hand craft each cigar. Even the box which contains these vitolas had to be extra special – in short, this cigar is the absolute best of everything.

I spent over three years of meticulously crafting and tweaking this blend and I can say without reservation it is personally my best liga ever. I have never experienced such an intriguing and satisfying smoke.

Steve Saka

It was now my moment of truth, to see what all the buzz was about. Today I am pleased to present the Stogie Press review of the Sin Compromiso and like the cigar this review is without compromise.

Sin Compromiso Selección No. 5
Sin Compromiso Selección No. 5

The blend of the Sin Compromiso is made up of tobaccos that were grown specificly for this cigar:

  • Wrapper – Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder – Ecuadorian
  • Filler – Nicaraguan

Steve Saka explained that the Sin Compromiso will be initially offered in 5 vitolas and packaged in 13-count boxes. While it is a regular production cigar Saka has stated it will be limited in supply and available at Select Purveyors.

  • Selección No. 2 Torpedo (6×52) – MSRP $17.95
  • Selección No. 5 Parejo (6×54) – MSRP $17.45
  • Selección No. 7 Parejo (7×56) – MSRP $18.45
  • Selección “Intrépido” (5.63 x 46) – MSRP $15.95
  • Selección “Espada Estoque” (7×44) – MSRP $17.45

For this review, 2 samples of the Selección No. 5 Parejo were smoked which were received from Steve Saka at the IPCPR for the purpose of reviewing on Stogie Press.

Pre-Light Examination

The Sin Compromiso Selección No. 5 is soft boxed pressed Parejo that has a dark brown wrapper with a fine oily sheen, marbling, and a few veins. It is has a silky feel to it and is solid to the touch from head to foot. A well applied double cap completes the presentation.

Sin Compromiso Selección No. 5
Sin Compromiso Selección No. 5

A single band, that has a unique green and white logo made up of a 4-way cross overlayed on a circle adorns the cigar. There is a cedar sleeve that covers the cigar from the foot to the band and has the phrase “Sin Compromiso” printed in green running the length. The Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust logo is printed at the bottom.

Running the Sin Compromiso along the nose I picked up a light sweet aroma along the barrel and an enticing has a BBQ wood note off the foot.

I proceeded to slice the cap and move to the cold draw which had a perfect restriction and notes of hickory, meat, and earth. There was a sprinkle of pepper on the lips as I rolled it about.

The pre-light was what I have come to expect from Steve Saka and as much as I would like to just chomp on this for another twenty minutes it was was time to fire it up. I chose to ignite the cedar sleeve as I would a spill and warm the foot with the soft flame. 


Cigar Review Notes

Sin Compromiso Selección No. 5
Sin Compromiso Selección No. 5
Sin Compromiso Selección No. 5
Sin Compromiso Selección No. 5
Sin Compromiso Selección No. 5
Sin Compromiso Selección No. 5
Sin Compromiso Selección No. 5
Sin Compromiso Selección No. 5
Sin Compromiso Selección No. 5
Sin Compromiso Selección No. 5
Sin Compromiso Selección No. 5
Sin Compromiso Selección No. 5
  • First light offered pepper on the palate and nose
  • A solid white ash quickly evolves on a thin char line
  • A touch of chocolate enters after an inch of burn along with a woody accompaniment
  • Sweetness enters near end of the first third
  • Ash fell after a solid inch plus of burn, revealing a well-formed and centered burn cone
  • A medium volume of smoke graces the palate
  • Grapefruit citrus notes are building along with a hint of dry leather
  • Burnt Caramel aroma wafts off the foot
  • A hint of bitterness (Chicory?) enters
  • As I let it lay for a few minutes and came back to it, the combustion maintained
  • Leather notes increase 
  • Aroma shifts to a spice deep into second third
  • Caramel sweetness enters masking the bitterness
  • Strength hits medium to full
  • Earth (Loam?) notes and an underlying bitterness enter in the final
  • Maple syrup aroma moves in the final
  • Total Smoking Time was just shy of 2 hours

We rate the Sin Compromiso a solid 95. This cigar is just as Steve Saka described it – complex and flavorful with shifting notes and aromas through the almost two hours of smoking pleasure. It had a pristine burn from foot to nub. I have to say, I had to go find some Chicory to know what it tastes like and yes that is what the bitterness is in the profile.  The only point I deducted for this cigar was the medium volume of smoke. I would have preferred a bit more volume to bring out the flavors more. 

Point Deductions (-1) Medium Volume of Smoke

Sin Compromiso Selección No. 5
Sin Compromiso Selección No. 5

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