Next month, Protocol Cigars will deliver its first collaboration with Cigar Dojo, the Sobremesa Brûlée Wagashi ???. It’s a Toro-sized Prensado based on the Sobremesa Brûlée Blue blend. The cigar will be sold exclusively through South Florida retailer Smoke Inn.
Keeping to the Japanese influence of Cigar Dojo, the Wagashi ??? is named for a dessert delicacy of Japan that rose to cultural import during the Edo Period (1603-1857).
The blend consists of an Ecuador Connecticut Shade G2BW wrapper, a San Andres Negro binder, and select grades of Nicaraguan tobacco in the filler. The Wagashi ??? comes in a single 6 x 50 Prensado size. The cigars come in 13-count boxes priced at $233.35 per box/$17.95 per cigar.
“I have been tinkering with a larger format of my Sobremesa Brulée Blue liga for a couple of years on and off,” said Steve Saka, owner and founder of Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust, in a press release. “My original intent was to craft a ‘Big Blue,’ but when the opportunity arose to create something special for Dojo, it refocused my efforts, as the Brulée blend is one of Sensei’s favorites. Trunk pressing this liga proved to be quite a challenge, not only due to bruising and splitting of the shade wrappers, but how it impacted the flavor and burn. It required so many iterations of the blend, and to perfect the prensado techniques utilized, there were times where I thought about just saying ‘Uncle!.’ But I am really glad I stuck with it, as I am ecstatic with the end result. The bar established by our Blue is extremely high, but I believe the Wagashi rivals it both in flavor and aroma, while also being unique with its own distinct character.”
Eric Guttormson, owner of Cigar Dojo, commented, “It’s no secret how much the Dojo loves the Sobremesa Brûlée, so when Steve showed interest in collaborating on a cigar in that lineup, we literally did backflips at Dojo headquarters. The Wagashi is going to be a figurative and literal treat for premium cigar smokers.”
The cigar is scheduled to ship in November. Orders will be taken exclusively through pre-orders via Smoke Inn. For details of the pre-order process, click here. The pre-order process will determine the final production numbers.
Photo Credits: Supplied by Cigar Dojo
Originally posted on April 17, 2023 @ 1:19 pm