The Dunhill Signed Range was developed to provide connoisseurs with fuller bodied cigar experience than the Dunhill Aged series. This particular Signed Range is the Robusto, which is more of a Rothschild at 4.5×52; with a Nicaraguan Colorado wrapper, a Cameroon binder, and joint filler composed of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos. The current blend is completely different from its original from 2003 when it came to our shores from England, which was composed of Columbian and Dominican filler, a Pennsylvania broadleaf binder, and an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. Originally the “signed range” was rolled by Torano for the U.S. market and was medium in body, the current blend from 2007 in which Torano moved towards the Nicaraguan blend, and all Signed Range now come out of Nicaragua.

The wrapper smells of anise, cinnamon, ginger, hickory, mesquite, molasses, paprika, and persimmon.

The wrapper tastes of butter, cinnamon, cracked peppercorns, espresso, licorice, mesquite, and white peppercorns; the draw is tight and smooth.

The toasted foot smells of butter cream, cedar cinnamon, coriander, espresso, leather, sugar cane, toast, and vanilla extract.

The ample smoke off of the lit foot is chalk white in color; the ash is marbled with a salt and pepper complexion and rings in one millimeter bands.

The draw tastes of black peppercorns, butter, cream, Cuban coffee, hickory, jalapeños, licorice, mocha, nutmeg, tarragon, and wheat grain. On the nose the smoke smells of butter, cinnamon, and vanilla.

Twenty minutes, and three quarters of an inch in, I can discern that the body is full in nature, and the strength falls at medium-full. There’s a sweet and spicy after taste composed of caramel, cocoa, green peppers, and mesquite. The burn has been steady and even on this robusto, and the ash is extremely solid.

Forty-five minutes and an inch and a quarter in, and I’m quite impressed with this stick, it’s firm yet draws with little effort, it’s laden with diverse flavor; I’d say that in 2003 the British American Tobacco company made the right decision in giving the “signed range” to Torano.  Because the Signed Range from 2007 and on is a masterful line of cigars with a very small following, within which that is a shame that these do not receive much if any adulation in the current cigar market.

At two and a quarter inches of cigar remaining at the one hour mark, sweeter intonations arise consisting of caramel, cocoa, cream, mahogany, Madeira, oak, persimmon, thyme, and vanilla beans.

The dynamics of the body and strength of this cigar is unique as there is little to no ligero in the blend, and is more potent than a La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero series cigar, and more complex than a Padron Anniversario. In short the Signed Range essentially is the best of both worlds given their body and strength profile.

Two inches remain, and an hour and ten minutes in, not one canoe has formed, the ash has continued to ring in one millimeter bands, and the flavor profiles have consistently shifted from sweet to sweet and spicy every other half inch or so. This is one of very few front marks which serve its purpose quite effectively as a tightly rolled cigar with a functional draw.

The Dunhill Signed Range is superb; if your local B&M has them pick up a stick or two, if they don’t, well make a request for them to be carried. They are worth their price point ranging from eight to fourteen dollars.

Purchased from Tobacco Road in Providence, RI, on July 8th, 2010; for 10.00$ before tax.