This weekend on The Cigar Authority the first cigar we will be lighting up is Mi Querida from Steve Saka who will be joining us live in studio. The episode is promising to be a doozy as Steve Saka will unleash his opinions on the 2017 IPCPR Convention that ended last week in Las Vegas. Those who know Steve, know he doesn’t hold anything back and for that reason alone you need to tune in.
I know with Steve on the panel I won’t be able to get many words in so here is my review of the Mi Querida Ancho Largo from Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust
Cigar Review: Mi Querida
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Size: Ancho Corta
The Look: Packaged in wooden boxes the cigars are laid out in two rows of ten. The dark Broadleaf wrapper has some oils present and is exquisitely applied. The cigar features a band of blue and gold, with the blue having a subtle texture on it creating a different look. In the hand the Mi Querida has a nice weight to it and no soft spots with a well packed foot.
The Notes; The cold draw of the cigar offers up a hint of sweetness mixed with earth and cedar and a touch of tabasco, while the aroma off the foot is slightly spicy with a touch of cinnamon. Once the cigar is lit, some of the cinnamon notes from the aroma of the foot becomes the first note identified.
As we smoke the first third of the Mi Querida, the cinnamon notes begin to take a backseat as leather and wood become dominant. On the retrohale of the cigar there is some substantial pepper notes, but also a hit of nuttiness begins to emerge that has a pistachio like quality.
Moving on to the second third, the aforementioned pistachio notes really begin to take hold with an abundance of wood and a touch of leather. The retrohale continues to serve up notes of pepper and nuts.
In the last third the notes of nuts, specifically pistachios continue to dominate the palate. The finish of the cigar is woody, with nuances of leather and a continued pepper on the retrohale.
The Finish: Steve Saka is in his sophomore year as Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust and his post Drew Estate career hinges on what happens with FDA, but if there is a newer manufacturer that is continuously hitting it out of the park it’s Saka. But calling him a newer manufacturer is like awarding Ichiro Rookie of the Year when he had a career in the Japanese leagues. Yes, I know Ichiro won those honors.
Price: $8.89 / $157.99