| STRENGTH: FULL | BODY: FULL | FLAVOR PROFILE: SPICY, WOODY, EARTHY, HINTS OF COCOA |
Although his company is very young, Steve Saka is no stranger to the cigar industry. His return to the industry in 2015 with Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust was one of the most covered stories in the industry at the time and he continues to dominate social media and cigar media with his company and its cigars. Many of you already know Steve Saka’s story by now, so let’s focus a bit on the Mi Querida: Dunbarton’s second cigar release.
Mi Querida is Spanish for “my dearest,” although it has a more provocative meaning, typically referring to one’s secret mistress. It is a fitting name for such a cigar, as Steve Saka explains:
“…it represents my personal maduro desires: a robust, extremely flavorful liga comprised of rich Nicaraguan leaf hand rolled in a 100% naturally fermented, heavy Broadleaf capa. Earthy and dense with a long teasing, slightly dirty finish, Mi Querida is delightfully lush and full bodied on the palate offering an extremely satisfying experience for the most passionate of cigar smokers.” -Steve Saka
Wrapper: USA Connecticut River Valley Broadleaf
Vitola: Ancho Corto/Robusto (5″ x 52)
Pre Light: The Cold Draw provides notes of cedar and fig and the draw itself is quite open.
First Third: The Mi Querida Ancho Corto starts off with notes of earth, pepper, and hints of dates with an oaky finish. The retrohale is quite spicy, providing notes of black pepper and cinnamon. During the first third, the Mi Querida Ancho Corto gives off tons of dense smoke and stands at a full bodied, full flavored cigar with an open draw.
Second Third: The second third of the Mi Querida Ancho Corto transitions from a sweet and spicy profile to a more rich and savory profile with notes of umami, earth, and hints of black pepper which seem to fade in and out creating a sort of ever changing profile. The spice on the retrohale also subsides and is replaced with more rich woody notes. The Mi Querida Ancho Corto continues to put out lots of smoke and maintains excellent construction. The cigar remains full bodied and full flavored through the second third.
Final Third: As the Mi Querida Ancho Corto begins to come to a close, the flavors don’t necessarily change, but begin to become deeper and richer and even less spicy, continuing to display the incredible complexity of this cigar.
Overview: Overall, the Mi Querida Ancho Corto was a deeply complex cigar filled with rich and savory flavors. The construction on every Mi Querida I have smoked has been outstanding and they have all fallen within the full bodied and full flavored range. I wouldn’t particularly suggest aging these too long as they are absolutely delicious right now!
It has been very exciting to see what Steve Saka has come out with since his return and I’m sure we will be delighted with what comes next from Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust (*cough* Todos Las Dias *cough*)