Stillwell Star heads to NZ

Arriving in New Zealand in less than a fortnight is the new Stillwell Star line by Steve Saka of Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust & Jeremy Reeves, the head blender of Cornell & Diehl.

Now these sticks are not your usual cigar. They are mixed blends of Cigar and Pipe tobacco... While pipe tobacco has been used in cigars many times before... we have not seen it produce anything of interest.. Steve says this is due to the approach and quality of tobaccos used.

"StillWell Star is the world’s first luxury pipe tobacco cigar. [it] is a totally different approach.
All of the cigar and pipe tobaccos used are amongst the finest available, no expenses spared. Each of the pipe tobacco recipes is meticulously crafted in small batches by Reeves utilising only the best tobaccos and techniques. And each of the cigar ligas was carefully tailored by Saka to specifically showcase and enhance the nuances that each of the pipe blends add to the cigar.
The end result is a truly mesmerising smoking experience. Four unique cigars each with its own personality, deftly blended to afford the smoker the nuances of the flavours and aromas of the pipe blends, yet working in concert with the black cigar tobaccos. Balance, measured, refined and elegant are all hallmarks of StillWell Star."

Hitting NZ shores in approx. 10 days thanks to the team at Canteros we will soon be able to sample these for ourselves and The Cold Draw has 1 of each on its way for review.

Saka has been taking an interesting approach in his 'marketing' too, asking people to please not buy a whole box until you have sampled at least two,

"I strongly discourage anyone from buying an entire box of any until you have had a chance to sample each.

I encourage folks to secure 2 of each liga as they are so wildly different than you have likely ever smoked, you may need at least a couple to begin wrapping your head around."

The DT&T website has some good details around what to suspect from each of the sticks also, and they do a great job of making them sound delicious!

Aromatic No. 1

The finest of aromatic Black Cavendish, Golden Virginia and Burley pipe tobaccos added to a mild, Nicaraguan puro to provide a delightfully smooth and exceptionally room pleasing note making it not only a joy for the smoker, but for those around them. Each cigar is delicately finished with a cabeza dulce.

English No. 27

A quintessential mix of Burley and Turkish leaf with a generous portion of Cypriot Latakia pressed cake paired with Nicaraguan cigar tobaccos. Rich and decadent while not being overpowering, this is a Latakia-Lover’s puro worthy of being smoked in an English Manor House beside the fire.

Bayou No. 32

A combination of Bright and Red Virginia leaf with the most select St. James Parish Perique pipe tobacco added to a medium-bodied Nicaraguan puro. This liga begins the mildest of all, but the Perique really kicks up in the end with a spicy finish. It rewards the smoker with that classic “VaPer” combination of zest and umami that is entrancing for the discerning palate.

Navy No. 1056

A crumble cake of stoved Red and Golden Virginia tobaccos with a touch of “Naval Rations” combined with Orientals and Latakia expertly blended with dark air-cured black cigar leaf. This puro rewards the smoker with a unique, medium bodied aromatic indulgence.


Enjoy your read with a good cigar.