Up for review is this new cigar release by Dunhill, the Signed Range Seleccion Suprema. This cigar has a perfect draw after cutting and a nice looking wrapper leaf. Once lit up, Terry and I had completely different experiences. His cigar had construction issues that threw the flavor off on the first two thirds. Mine was virtually flawless. For such an expensive cigar, issues like these are unacceptable. Overall, my sample was delicious and very different from other super-premiums – mild/medium body, low strength, and delicious flavors. Terry’s was a complete dud. It’s hard to recommend this one with a 50/50 chance but one of the samples was so good it may be worth it.
Flavor and Taste: 19/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
Flavor and Taste: 14/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
StraightUpCigars: This one has a sweet chocolate flavor on the cold draw and a prfect draw after cutting. Nice looking wrapper!
StraightUpCigars: This one is called the Dunhill Signed Range Seleccion Suprema.
Terry1: I’ve got to admit after admiring the black and gold bands I have high expectations for this cigar. Draw and construction on my sample is great. I’m get the same chocolate note on the cold draw. Ready to light up!
StraightUpCigars: Me too. Lighting!
StraightUpCigars: Wow, not how I expected this to start. Very rich and earthy with a coffee flavor and a hint of spice. Much bolder flavor than I expected.
Terry1: I agree it starts with an earthy and coffee profile with an interesting mild spice tingle in the sinus. Draw tightened up a little after lighting it but it’s not affecting the experience yet.
Terry1: I’m struggling to pin down what I can sense in the aroma as a secondary note. It’s sort of a sweet bready note.
StraightUpCigars: So I read up on this, the seleccion suprema is a legendary old school line of Dunhills, while the Signed Range is the new flagship. This is supposed to be the best of both worlds. I admit, I didn’t know much about Dunhill.
Terry1: This is only the second Dunhill I’ve tried. The first being the Dunhill 1907 we reviewed which I remember liking.
StraightUpCigars: Same here.
StraightUpCigars: Very impressed with the construction so far, lots of smoke with a perfect draw and strong ash. This certainly is smoking like a high end at the moment.
Terry1: Not for me unfortunately. Draw has really tightened up, almost plugged. I’m having to puff several times just to keep it going. I’ll have to try the draw poker to open it up.
StraightUpCigars: Damn, that stinks. Hopefully you can get it opened up.
Terry1: Okay that helped. It’s tighter than what I like but I can draw smoke through it now.
StraightUpCigars: That’s good. Mine is taking on a sweeter cream and cedar flavor, much less rich. Loving it.
Terry1: That’s good. Mine is still coffee and earth with a hint of sweetness. I’m hoping it changes to what you’re getting. I’m quickly getting bored by the flavors I have.
StraightUpCigars: I’m sure it will. You probably lost some ground when fixing the draw. Mine is so sweet at the moment, brown sugar-like.
Terry1: The fancy bands got me curious enough to look this one up. Limited run of only 2500 8-count boxes. Price is a little steep at $20. I’m thinking this might be the most expensive cigar I’ve smoked. Thank you General!
Terry1: Had to straighten out the burn. Cigar is slowly getting a little sweeter. Dominant flavor is that black coffee note.
StraightUpCigars: Wow, I had no idea. I knew it was pricey, didn’t know it was that much. The way mine is smoking right now, I think it’s justified. Most cigars in this price range are spice-bombs (Padron’s, for example). This one is very different.
Terry1: I’m really struggling with that price. I’m not sure how the price will affect my score for this cigar. For me it’s smoking like a $6-$8 cigar. If I had paid $20 for my sample I’d be upset right now. Maybe my opinion will change with the second half.
StraightUpCigars: I hear ya. It’s unfortunate our twwo samples are so different. It just drives home how important construction is, it can drastically change your experience.
StraightUpCigars: It’s tough to rate pricey cigars like this one. Our original purpose of the site was the find the best value cigars, but we’ve tapped that out. Plus, we have generous companies like General that have sent us high end samples to rate. On a cigar like this one, I try to think like a $20 cigar buyer when filling in the “was it worth it” and “box” categories.
Terry1: Good point. I’ll keep that in mind. After making that correction the burn has evened out but the wrapper looks like it’s blistering at the burn line. Flavor wise it’s not to my liking at all. Black coffee is okay if it’s a secondary flavor for me but that’s mostly what I’m getting from this cigar and it’s wearing me out. There is a hint of sweetness but it doesn’t seem to want to develop on mine. We need Darren again for that third opinion!
StraightUpCigars: Ain’t that the truth. We really miss out without the third wheel. It feels like forever since we’ve had the whole crew together.
Terry1: Agree with that. I had to look up on Youtube what drilling wheat was all about. I admit I didn’t know what he was doing. Hopefully he’s about done and can join us again.
StraightUpCigars: Lol, I’ll have to look that up. I don’t know either.
Terry1: All three bands came off easily. Into the last third and the spice is picking up masking some of the coffee note. Aroma has a hint of sweetness. I’m liking this cigar better now.
StraightUpCigars: I let it rest a minute, and it’s a perfect balance of earth/coffee and sugary sweetness.
StraightUpCigars: Mine has transitioned back into a rich and dark coffee flavor like yours. For me, it’s a welcomed transition and it’s been telling a story. For you, having missed out on the sweet 1/3rd, it must be boring.
Terry1: I think the flavors on mine is finally catching up to what you have been getting. Earth, coffee and some sweetness that’s more pronounced. It’s much better now. Too bad it took an hour to get there.
StraightUpCigars: This one seems like it’s pretty low strength. I can, of course, feel it a bit now… but we’ve been smoking for an hour already like you noted.
Terry1: I was going to say the same thing. Not much in strength until now. I’m feeling it a little as well.
StraightUpCigars: That’s yet another way this one differs from the other super high ends, all of those I’ve had were extremely high strength.
Terry1: With about an inch left I was able to pull out a fairly large vein, draw has finally opened up. Wish I had done that earlier.
StraightUpCigars: Damn. It never ceases to amaze me how much one little flaw with the cigar can completely wreck the experience. They truly are a work of art.
Terry1: Yeah it doesn’t take much. It’s amazing it doesn’t happen more often.
StraightUpCigars: Mine has gone completely full bodied. Very dark coffee and rich earth. Surprising lack of spice or pepper. I like it, has been an entertaining smoke.
Terry1: Whew, I’m feeling the strength now! I think I’m done.
StraightUpCigars: Mine is almost tapped too. Rating in a sec.
StraightUpCigars: Overall, my sample is so different from other super high ends like Padron, Ashton, My Father. Lower strength and medium bodied without pepper and spice for most of the smoke. Flavors were always delicious on my sample. I think this is the perfect high end cigar for the occasional smoker – the others will knock you on your butt while this one will impress.
Terry1: I scored the last third a 9 on flavor but the first two thirds a scored them a 5. I think the tight draw really hindered my enjoyment of this cigar and it may have been a fluke. I’d try one based on your experience. For me I’d have a hard time dropping $20 for another one. I am glad to have tried it.
StraightUpCigars: So glad we reviewed this one. We’ll be the first review on the block. Looks like a 50/50 chance of it being worth it.
Terry1: Yeah I am surprised at how different our cigars were. Darren needs to smoke his and let us know how it went. If his is more like the one you smoked I’d give it another shot. I did like the flavors in that last third and, like you said, it wasn’t a powerhouse.