Posts Tagged With: NACSA

Muestra de Saka Unstolen Valor

Muestra de Saka Unstolen Valor. We feel that Steve Saka doesn’t need any introduction. The first cigar blogger back in the day, then a consultant for JR Cigars. Former CEO of Drew Estate, where he changed the course of the company from infused cigars to a hugely successful portfolio of traditional cigars as well. And since 2015 owner of Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust, his own company. With fantastic blends, several of whom ended up in the Ministry of Cigars top 25 of 2019 and 2020.

The Muestra de Saka line is a selection of unique blends and vitolas. The 2020 Muestra de Saka release is different than other years though. Why? Well, it is the blender. Where all Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust blends are from the capable hands of master blender Saka himself, this cigar is the vision and skill of Raul Disla. Disla is the factory manager of NACSA, one of the two factories that make cigars for DTT. This blend of Nicaraguan cigars is so good that Saka deems it worthy to carry the Saka name. And to give credit where credit is due, the name is unstolen valor. Unstolen, because Disla gets all the credit, Steve Saka isn’t shy telling people that this is a Disla blend.

The wrapper on this cigar is stunning. Dark, oily, no thick veins, just a beautifully almost lacquered wrapper leaf with thin veins. Like the skin of an African goddess. The lack of a ring makes the appearance of the wrapper even more noticeable. The only ring on the cigar is a bright yellow cloth ring on the foot with Muestra de Saka and Unstolen Valor printed. The cap is perfect, and the cigar feels evenly filled. The aroma is strong, barnyard, hay, and moist soil.

The cold draw is a bit loose but flavorful. A spice bomb. Once lit it’s a spice bomb too, pepper, herbs, but with coffee, and soil. Full, in your face as only Nicaraguan cigars, can be. After a few puffs, the initial blow is over. The flavors are still there, but with more nuance now. It’s then when some wood and sweetness make an appearance. The cigar then becomes woodier, with leather, herbs, and cocoa. The leather slowly takes control, with pepper as its lieutenant. And where the cigar was in your face at the beginning, it’s subtle and nuanced now. Yet without losing any of its strength. The pepper mellows out, the cigar is now all about leather and wood, with a tiny supporting role for earthiness and cocoa. The rest of the first third is a beautiful mixture of leather, cocoa, wood, earthiness, with just enough spice and pepper to keep it very interesting. The leather gains strength, thick, dark leather. There is a faint vanilla flavor. The final third has a lingering metallic flavor, and wood takes over from leather. There are some spices, but the most predominant spice is pepper.
The cigar ends as it started, strong, bold, in your face with coffee, earthiness, and a lot of pepper.

The draw is fantastic. The ash is like a stack of dimes. And a good, stable stack as well. The burn is straight and slow. The smoke is decent, quite thick and full but not Drew Estate style smoke. This is a full-body cigar, full of flavor too. The smoke time is three hours and twenty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes

Categories: 93, Muestra de Saka, Nicaragua American Cigars S.A., Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , , , , ,

Cubo Sumatra Toro by Dapper Cigars

Cubo Sumatra Toro by Dapper Cigars. Dapper Cigars. Dapper Cigar Company is an American cigar company. Their home base is Fresno, California. Not a place where you would expect a cigar company to be honest. But that’s just their base, as the cigars are all coming from Nicaragua. Dapper Cigar Company has several brands, La Madrina, Siempre, El Borracho, Cubo, and the brand new Desvalido. And I reviewed a few cigars, thanks to the Dutch distributor, Kelch Trading.

The Cubo Sumatra re-visits the original release of the Cubo brand. Blended nearly five years later, the Sumatra line builds on a half-decade of further work with premium Nicaraguan tobaccos. This version uses more other Nicaraguan tobacco than the original and more American grown Connecticut Broadleaf. The Sumatra Rosado wrapper and the Nicaraguan binder remain from the original blend. Raul Disla oversees the production at NACSA in Esteli, Nicaragua.

The aroma of the cigar, once it’s released from the cellophane, is fantastic. Strong, musky, with freshly roasted coffee. The cigar has a beautiful, silky, and leather looking wrapper. The construction feels good, with no soft spots or plugs noticeable. The ring is pretty, a lot of black and gold with a white chapel on a purple and pink background. But it’s a little too crowded, too many details on such a small piece of paper.

The cold draw is good. With just a raw tobacco flavor and some black pepper. After lighting the palate gets hits with spices and milk chocolate. There is also a nice sugary sweetness. Slowly leather shows up as well with some wood. The mild chocolate makes a comeback. Halfway the wood gets stronger, still with a hefty dose of sugar. But well balanced. In the final third, there is also a macadamia nut flavor with leather, wood, and sweetness. The finale is leather with a hint of black pepper.

The burn is good, just like the draw and the smoke. Nothing out of the ordinary. A reasonably thick smoke, enough in volume. Good air resistance in the draw. And a straight burn that needs no correcting. The cigar is smooth with some complexity and depth, although the complexity fades a bit. The ash is dark gray. This is a cigar medium to full in body, medium in flavor. The smoke time is three hours and thirty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, a good price-quality ratio

Categories: 90, Dapper Cigars, Nicaraguan American Tobacco SA, Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , , , , ,

Mi Querida Triqui Traca 552

Mi Querida Triqui Traca 552. When Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust owner Steve Saka was asked to make a firecracker for 2 Guys Smokeshop, he obliged. He was not the first to make a 2 Guys exclusive limited-edition firecracker. The shop has one made annually, it’s always a 3×50 sized cigar with a long tail mimicking a firecracker. For the Mi Querida version of the firecracker, Saka tweaked the blend to be a little stronger. That cigar was a hit, and last year the blend was released as regular production in two sizes. A 5×52 Robusto and a 6×48 Toro. Out of respect for the 2 Guys smoke shop, Saka never released the original vitola.


But he kept a link to the original release. Firecrackers tied together are called Triqui Traca in Nicaraguan slang. And that’s the name of the new blend, Mi Querida Triqui Traca. The cigars are made at the NACSA factory, under the watchful eye of Raul Disla. The binder and filler are all Nicaraguan. The wrapper is a high-grade Connecticut Broadleaf from the United States. The cigars are available for Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust distributors worldwide.


The wrapper is thick, leathery, dark, and oily. It looks tasty. The elegant thin ring is firecracker red with a golden print. It’s the same as the original Mi Querida, except in another color. But if you look closely, there is embossing on the ring as well. Just by the looks, this cigar is going to be strong and tasty. The cigar feels well constructed, the cap is impeccable. The cigar has a strong aroma of wood and barnyard.


The cold draw is great. It has a dry taste of hay. The first puff is strong coffee with spices. There is a bitterness that comes close to dark chocolate, complex but without the chocolate flavor. There is also hay and sweetness. A little leather is noticeable in the retrohale. The sweetness grows a little, just as the hay and vegetable flavors. There is a hint of dark chocolate and some pepper as well. The pepper and leather pick up, with some hay. That all while the sweetness makes space for some herbs and spices. In the second third, the power picks up. More wood, leather, but also more dark chocolate and spices. There’s still pepper as well. It’s getting harder to retrohale. There are some hard to describe flavors as well, earthy, muddy but that is not precise enough. Halfway there’s also some walnut. In the final third, coffee returns. With earthy flavors, wood, pepper, and spices. The walnut flavor is lingering on the background. Some citrus acidity ties all the flavors together.


The draw is fantastic. The first third is smooth, balanced yet with character and complexity. Not as strong as suspected. The smoke is thick and full. The burn is straight and slow. The cigar has a great evolution and built up. It starts medium strong, smooth and balanced, and grows to a strong yet balanced and complex cigar. The smoke time is two hours and forty-five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I can’t wait to get my hands on more

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Categories: 92, Mi Querida, Nicaragua American Cigars S.A., Nicaraguan cigars | Tags: , , , , ,

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