“Todos Las Dias is my personal Spanglish translation meaning ‘All the Days,’” said Steve Saka, Dunbarton’s owner, in a press release. “The workers at Joya de Nicaraguan often cringe at my casual butchering of their mother tongue, but in my opinion cigars are far more than a grammar lesson to abide, they are the physical manifestation of a feeling and of an experience. It is a supple, sungrown Cuban Seed capa which encapsulates its intricate tripa recipe of rich Jalapa and Esteliano tobaccos. From the first puff, there is no doubt of the origin of this cigar or that it is intended solely for the seasoned cigar smoker. ”
Steve Saka did later explain how the cigar got its name, both in the official press release and again during our interview with him at this year’s IPCPR:
“To summarize, back in 2001, Estello Padron, late brother of Jose Padron of Padron Cigars fame, gave him a very strong cigar. “The nicotine in it was blowing me away even though at this point I was a very seasoned cigar smoker. In hindsight, I think he gave me the cigar as a bit of a joke, knowing it was likely I would nearly choke on it… Anyhow, I asked, ‘You really smoke these?!?!?!’ To which he replied, “Todos los dias Saka, todos los dias.” This translates to ‘Every day Saka, every day.’ ….So I always wanted to name a super strong cigar “Todos Las Dias.” What? Wait… you said he said “Todos Los Dias!” Yes, he did, but for nearly 15 years I thought he said LAS not LOS. Anyone that knows me is aware of how shamefully pathetic my Spanish is, particularly given how much time I have spent working in Latin America…. Anyhow, I have been saying “Todos Las Dias” for years and no one has ever corrected me. So the name of the product is self-deprecating as it acknowledges my poor Spanish.”
Todos Las Dias is a Nicaraguan puro, meaning that all the tobacco used comes from Nicaragua, and is currently offered in four vitolas. Saka has said time and time again that this is a seriously strong cigar – let’s see just how strong this cigar really is!
Vitola Reviewed: Toro (6 x 52)
Wrapper: Cuban Seed Sungrown Nicaraguan
Pre Light: Cold Draw is perfectly restricting, allowing for enough airflow without being too open. There are some vegetal notes on the cold draw and the aroma off the foot is rich and a touch sweet.
First Third: The Todos Las Dias starts off with an incredibly rich bouquet of flavors. Dark Chocolate, Black Pepper, and Leather fill the palate right off the bat! The finish is actually quite clean – in that there isn’t any sort of bitter aftertaste left in your mouth, which is quite impressive! The draw remains perfect with great construction and plenty of smoke production! The Todos Las Dias stands at a Full Bodied, Full Flavored cigar from the very start and I don’t anticipate that changing.
Second Third: As we move into the second third of the Todos Las Dias, the Black Pepper becomes increasingly more prominent and really takes over the profile. There is no doubt that this is a spicy cigar, but what’s even more impressive is how flavorful it is while still being so full in strength and packed with spice. Otherwise, the flavor doesn’t seem to change too drastically which is totally fine with me as the flavor is plenty delightful.
Final Third: The end of our Todos Las Dias is coming to a close, and as it does the black pepper fads into the background as notes of leather and espresso come to the forefront with a sort of dirty, chocolate finish to round the profile out.
Whenever someone comes out with the next “strongest” cigar, I almost never give it the time of day. Not because I don’t like a strong cigar, but because I would much rather have a flavorful and well balanced smoke than just a ton of ligero punching me in the face. With the Todos Las Dias, this was not the case; it was very flavorful, very well balanced, maintained excellent construction, and yet was very strong. Although it was not as flavorful, in my opinion, as Dunbarton’s Mi Querida, it was an overall enjoyable smoke and one which I will be reaching for again.
Also if you haven’t had the chance, please check out our interview with Steve Saka entitled “Dunbarton is My Goat Cheese Factory” on YouTube by clicking here!