Cigar Review: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Muy Gordo Grande

Cigar Review: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Muy Gordo Grande

Steve Saka is back! Well he was back last year, literally, but this year expanding the portfolio of Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust with line extensions of Sobremesa and debuting a few new blends at the 2016 IPCPR. One particular offering was the buzz of the show and very reminiscent of the Saka of old, in the form of Broadleaf, this is a cigar that according to Saka is the type of cigar most people have expected from him. The Mi Querida, which translates to “My Dear/My Love” in Spanish, but in Nicaragua it translates to the “Other Woman”. As explained by Saka “It appears in the culture to be perfectly acceptable to have a mistress!” But the catch is your wife has to approve! “Mi Querida” is more of a “Dirty Little Secret” or “Side Piece” the one the wife and mistress don’t know about! That’s a serious Jerry Springer episode! I think you can do something similar in Utah only all the wives know about each other, In fact I’m dubbing the Mi Querida the “Polygamist Cigar” because you definitely CAN’T have just one! Saka says Mi Querida as a very different cigar than Sobremesa, his debut release with Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust. He described the cigar as more gritty and a bit dirtier, but at the same time full of flavor. This profile also plays into the cigar’s name.



  • Fina Largo: 6 x 48
  • Ancho Corta: 5 x 52
  • Ancho Largo: 6 x 52
  • Muy Gordo Grande: 6 x 56


The Connecticut Broadleaf is Chocolate brown in color and loaded with tooth, vein and notable seam in a few spots especially near the cap. Solid to the feel the vitola has no palpable soft spots. The cigar is rustic, dare I say “Dirty” looking, but we’re talking Broadleaf wrapper, oily, un-smooth and I believe the word was “Gritty” everything in my book that screams flavor and power. The single band is blue with saw tooth gold trim, in gold cursive reads “Mi Querida” on the solid blue background. The foot is wide open producing aromas of cedar and sweet natural tobacco, the cold draw had a sweet flavor of tea, earth and woody notes.


First light produced flavors of bitter char, burnt cedar and dank earth. Straight black pepper was heavy right to the back of the throat. Notable flavors of rich dark chocolate and coffee were prominent. Between draws produced a coating on the palate of thick molasses with a spicy nuance. The retro was everything I expected with strong white pepper through the nose evolving into flavors of warm chocolate.


Cruise control is still producing dark chocolate with the coffee notes kicking up to espresso. Black pepper is producing a full bodied spicy element with a slight leather nuance. I’m intentionally taking a longer amount of time in between draws, enjoying a deep rich flavor of maple/molasses coating on the lips, upper and mid palate giving the Mi Querida a long sweet and spicy finish. The retro is producing high levels of white pepper evolving into straight warm flavor of chocolate.


I’m really taking my time this being the my final vitola in this size and quite honestly I don’t want it to end. This cigar is all sweet spot still producing up front consistent flavors of deep dark chocolate, coffee and black pepper straight to the back of the throat. Sweet nuances of burnt toffee with a hint of caramel evolve when exhaled. The retro has decreased slightly but still producing notable white pepper evolving into flavors of warm chocolate.


The construction of the Mi Querida was solid and even though it had a rustic primal look, it performed flawlessly. Around cruise control the vitola became almost chewy, in my experience this is not uncommon for Connecticut Broadleaf wrappers and only enhanced the flavors that were balanced, consistent and complex. The burn line became wavy and slightly unraveled at times, but never out of control. The ash was darkish grey, full and dirty but held to about the inch point with zero re-lights required. I was critical of Steve Saka last year with my review of the Sobremesa in the Robusto largo offering after he explained the blend it made perfect sense. The Mi Querida requires no explanation whatsoever! This is Saka in his purest form blending and producing Broadleaf exactly how it’s supposed to be done. The strength of the Mi Querida was in the FULL BODIED range with an array of FULL and consistent complex flavors and performed exactly to expectation perfectly. Well done Steve Saka!


  • Burnt Cedar/Bitter Char
  • Dark Chocolate 
  • Coffee
  • Maple/Molasses 
  • Black Pepper
  • White Pepper on the retro evolving to warm chocolate 

Cigars for review Purchased from: Boiling Springs Wine & Cigar

Cigars Smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 95

Size: 6 x 56 (Muy Gordo Grande)

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua 


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