In 2021, All Saints Cigars would release the fifth vitola in its Dedicación line known as the Mitre. Dedicación was the first regular production line to be launched by All Saints Cigars (it actually followed a limited edition release called Solamente). The name Mitre plays into the theme of All Saints cigars. A mitre is a type of headgear worn by bishops and senior abbots as a symbol of office. The mitre tapers to a point at the front and back with a deep cleft between. The shape of the Mitre is somewhat analogous to the Belicoso of a cigar, thus the name. Today we take a closer look into the All Saints Dedicación Mitre.
All Saints Cigars is a company formed by Micky Pegg and U.S. veteran Frank Layo. Pegg is an industry veteran who was best known for being the Vice President of Sales at CAO Cigars, and prior to that, his time with Davidoff, Felipe Gregorio Cigars, and Georgetown Tobacco. Shortly after CAO was absorbed into General Cigar Company, Pegg took a hiatus from the cigar industry. Like many who leave the cigar industry, he was eventually drawn back in. Pegg decided to come back to the industry by teaming up with Layo to form All Saints Cigars. The company made its debut in early 2020. At press time the company has four regular production lines (Dedicación, St. Francis, Colorado, and Habano).
Without further ado, let’s break down the All Saints Dedicación Mitre and see what this cigar brings to the table.
Blend and Origin
The All Saints Dedicación line features a San Andrés Maduro wrapper over all Nicaraguan fillers for the binder and filler. As with all of the regular production cigars, production for the line is handled out of Rocky Patel’s TAVICUSA factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.
Wrapper: San Andres Maduro
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacalera Villa Cuba S.A. (TAVICUSA)
The All Saints Dedicación is offered in six sizes. Each of the six sizes is presented in 20-count boxes with the exception of the Vesper, which comes in 25-count boxes.
Vesper: 4 1/2 x 44 (Rounded)
Mitre: 5 x 54 (Torpedo, Rounded)
Berkey: 5 1/2 x 50 (Box Pressed)
Commandant: 6 1/2 x 52 (Box Pressed)
Huge: 6 x 60 (Round)
Coach: 7 x 48 (Box Pressed)
The San Andres Maduro wrapper of the All Saints Dedicación Mitre had a chocolate bar color to it. There was a slight amount of oil on the surface. In addition, the surface of the wrapper had some visible veins and wrapper seams. I really like the tapered tip of the All Saints Mitre offerings. They all have a slight gentle, rounded tapering effect – and it really pays homage to mitre itself.
A straight cut was used to remove a portion of the tapered head of the All Saints Dedicación Mitre. About half of the tip was removed in order to preserve some tapering and prevent the wrapper from unraveling. Once the tip was removed it was time to proceed with the pre-light draw experience. The cold draw delivered notes of coffee, earth, and cedar. Overall this was a satisfactory pre-light draw experience. At this point, it was time to toast up the footer of the cigar and proceed with the smoking experience.
The All Saints Dedicación Mitre opened up with earth and cedar. As the cigar moved through the first third, notes of chocolate, citrus, and white pepper also surfaced. The earth and cedar notes emerged as the primary notes with the citrus and pepper notes in the background. Meanwhile, the chocolate notes popped into the forefront occasionally. Meanwhile, the retro-hale delivered an extra layer of pepper and cedar.
During the second third of the All Saints Dedicación Mitre, the earth notes took over as the primary note. During this time, the citrus notes morphed into natural tobacco notes. The natural tobacco joined the chocolate, white pepper, and cedar notes in the background.
By the last third, the earth notes were primary. There was a slight increase in the intensity of the pepper and cedar. There still were notes of pepper and natural tobacco present. By this part of the cigar, there was some mottling of the flavors. This is the way the All Saints Dedicación Mitre came to a close. The cigar finished off with a soft and cool nub.
The All Saints Dedicación Mitre required frequent touch-ups to maintain a straight burn path and straight burn line. The touch-ups kept things on track, but the number of touch-ups needed was more than I preferred. The resulting ash was light. This was an ash that was skewed toward the looser side. As for the burn rate and burn temperature, both were ideal.
The draw to the All Saints Dedicación Mitre was excellent. It had a touch of resistance – which is something that I like. At the same time, this was a low-maintenance cigar to derive flavor from.
Strength and Body
In terms of strength and body, the All Saints Dedicación Mitre started out in the medium to full range for both attributes. Along the way, there was a slight increase in intensity for both attributes. Ultimately, the All Saints Dedicación Mitre didn’t move out of the medium to full range. Both the strength and the body balanced each other nicely with neither attribute overshadowing the other.
BANDING AND PACKAGING NOTES
There is a lot I like about the banding and packaging of the All Saints Dedicación Mitre. The following are all things I like: the varnished box, the inside vista, the All Saints logo, and the primary band. There is one thing I simply do not like – and that is the secondary band. To me, the font seems too loud for this cigar. While the packaging and banding is not scored, the secondary band is the one thing I would change.
There were four samples of the All Saints Dedicación Mitre that were smoked for this assessment. It seemed to be the same story each time I smoked them – namely what I term a “tale of two cigars.” This is what I refer to as promise in the first half and disappointment in the second half – and that was the script with the All Saints Dedicación Mitre. Nice flavors in the first half, but flavors that become muddled and unexciting in the second half. While I haven’t formally assessed the Dedicación in the box-pressed sizes, I’m inclined to still go back to those. For now, this is a cigar I recommend trying a sample first to see if this is the cigar for you.
Key Flavors: Earth, Citrus, Chocolate, Natural Tobacco, Cedar, Pepper
Burn: Very Good
Strength: Medium to Full
Body: Medium to Full
Finish: Very Good
Value: Try a Sample
Photo Credits: Cigar Coop
Originally posted on May 24, 2023 @ 6:17 pm