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Monday, 30 September 2013

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Life is good right now thanks to the tons of football games on each week.  Are the Dunhill Signed Range and the San Cristobal Elegancia cigars worth smoking while you enjoy the games?  Keep reading to find out.

Dunhill Signed Range Toro

I ran across the Dunhill Signed Range after reading that it was one of the top cigars of 2007.  Made by the Torano-owned Latin Cigars de Nicaragua S.A. factory, the Dunhill Signed Range was reblended by British American Tobaccos, and the result is said to be great.  So far I’m sold, but how will my experience with the Signed Range pan out?  It’s time to light it up and find out.

Seeing how the Toro is the heralded format of the Dunhill Signed Range, I decided to select it for this review.  The Toro measures 6 x 50, and other formats include the 4 ½ x 52 Robusto and the 5 ½ x 42 Corona.  The cigar’s filler features tobacco from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.  The binder is made up of Cameroon tobacco, and a Nicaraguan wrapper completes the multi-nation composition.  In terms of strength, the Signed Range is listed as medium-bodied.

Taking a quick look at the Dunhill Signed Range Toro reveals that it is a very attractive cigar without too many frills in terms of its presentation. The Nicaraguan wrapper is medium-brown in color with a slight reddish tint and oily. Only a few very minimal veins are visible, and the cigar appears to be smooth and well-constructed overall. It is also very firm to the touch and lacks any true soft spots. The decorative band is rather unassuming and showcases the Dunhill name in cursive as well as the brand’s logo and the phrase “Since 1907.” The maroon and silver colors provide a nice contrast to the wrapper.  Just before lighting, I give the Signed Range Toro a quick whiff and detect some cinnamon. The cold taste, on the other hand, is of cedar.

Once lit, the Dunhill Signed Range exhibits a great burn. The draw is just right, and some long ash that is white in color is produced. The burn does not require any touch-ups, and the same holds true for re-lights. There is a nice volume of thick smoke that fills the air.  Smoking time is a little bit over an hour.






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