If you're looking to try something new in the cigar world, take a look at the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Stillwell Star line of cigars. Instead of normal cigar leaves, the Stillwell Stars all have pipe tobacco inside.
The Dunbarton T&T Stillwell Star Navy No. 1056 Toro is a very aromatic cigar. Like most pipe tobacco, its aroma is musty and sweet.
Once lit, the smell of the smoke was quite nice. The initial flavors were quite spicy.
Is the Stillwell Star Navy a cigar for pipe lovers? Does it bridge the gap between shredded tobacco and long filler? These are the questions we'll discuss in the video below.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Smoke Time: 84 minutes
Through the middle of the Dunbarton T&T Stillwell Star Navy No. 1056 Toro, I ran into significant construction problems. The burn was uneven due to moisture in the stem of the Ecuadorian Habano wrapper leaf. Also, there was a hollow spot that impacted the draw and decreased the smoke time.
After the burn issues worked themselves out, I was able to smoke the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Stillwell Star Navy No. 1056 Toro for about an hour and a half. And, after those 90 or so minutes, this cigar was okay.
It was just alright. This cigar is unlikely to get cigar smokers to try pipes, nor is it likely to get pipe smokers to try cigars. If Steve Saka, who likely blended this cigar, had gone all in on pipe tobacco, the result probably would be more interesting, have a better taste, and possibly even appeal to a broader audience.
This cigar is a cigar caught between two worlds, and I don't think it succeeds at either one. It's just okay, and it's a little expensive for what you get. The Dunbarton T&T Stillwell Star Navy No. 1056 Toro earns a CigarScore 3.