Cigar Review: Muestra De Saka Nacatamale

Muestra De Saka Nacatamale

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Saka has released another beauty of a cigar from his company, Dunbraton Tobacco & Trust Co. The Muestra de Saka uses a Nicaraguan binder/filler with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Each cigar comes in their own cedar coffin with boxes carrying 7 cigars each. Saka describes Nacatamale as “viejo granja style,” an “old farm” technique that involves crafting the entire filler recipe of tobaccos from a single farm.

 

 

“For over a century most cigars entire filler recipes were comprised of just one farm’s tobacco and any complexity was introduced by extremely careful leaf processing, selection and positioning within the bunch.

Whereas these days as we have hundreds of ingredients to work and blend with to create interesting and satisfying ligas. So, the challenge was to see if we could make an old farm style liga that could hold its own with the modern blends created today” – Steve Saka

This exclusive blend is then rolled in a size that best accentuates its refined flavor profile a 6” x 48 toro.

 

 

MUESTRA DE SAKA COFFINS

 

“The Nacatamale is the second frontmark in the line. What made this cigar a unique blending challenge was I went “viejo granja” style with it. For over a century most cigars’ entire filler recipes were comprised of just one farm’s tobacco and any complexity was introduced by extremely careful leaf processing, selection and positioning within the bunch.

Whereas these days as we have hundreds of ingredients to work and blend with to create interesting and satisfying ligas. So, the challenge was to see if I could make an ‘old farm’ style liga that could hold its own with the modern blends created today. 

This cigar is considerably more robust than the Exclusivo and since this puro’s tripa are all from just one small, independent farm in Jalapa, Nicaragua, I will not be disclosing the name of the vega. However, I will say it is simply sublime.”

 

ONE SIZE AVAILABLE 

  • 6 x 48

 

  • APPEARANCE

The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is dark chocolate in color with very notable seam, tooth and vein. Rolled in the 6 x 48 Toro format this parejo has a wide open foot with a rounded snubbed pigtail cap.

Individually offered in cedar coffins and placed in 7 count boxes it’s the second offering in the Muestra De Saka series. Sans band there is a silky yellow identifier rounding the foot of the vitola reading “MUESTRA DE SAKA” in red with “NACATAMALE” in black solid font on a yellow background. Pre light aroma had notes damp earth, chocolate and cedar. The cold draw produced flavors of leather, dried fruit and nuanced of cream.

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

A strong cedar aroma from the toasted foot. Upon combustion an immediate flavor of orange peel and cedar char. After a few draws flavors of rich chocolate, coffee, smoked almonds and cedar. The spicy element is coming from black/red pepper in FULL doses.

Interesting are nuances of chocolate through the nose, perfectly balanced with a generous amount of pepper. The retro is producing FULL doses of clean white pepper through the nostrils evolving into flavors of Saka signature caramel.

  • CRUISE CONTROL BUEN

Heading into cruise control burn there are some tasty things going on. The core flavors thus far have been rich chocolate, coffee, almonds and assorted roasted nuts.

The spicy element has decreased slightly, black pepper is still producing generous levels of bite with evolving nuances of dark chocolate. The retro is producing a white pepper burn through the nose evolving into flavors of caramel and toffee.

  • FINAL THIRD

In the final third the MDS Nacatamale has been balanced and consistent with an extra long finish. Core flavors of roasted nuts, dark rich chocolate, coffee and cedar lead the way right to the end. Background flavors of cherry wood, dried fruit and a cinnamon spice similar to “Red Hots” candy.

Black pepper is keeping this DTT offering FULL bodied creating a long finish that’s both complex and extremely balanced. The retro is producing upper level white pepper with a sting to the nostrils, the evolving flavors have been nonstop carmel and toffee adding sweet contributions to the long complex and balanced finish.

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

CONSTRUCTION: Construction was solid, it may have been the ultra dry air here in So Cal but the wrapper oils were virtually non existent. There were no blemishes or soft spots.

BURN: The burn was straight with even combustion throughout the smoking duration on all three examples.

ASH: the whitish grey ash was very loose but held to the 1/2 inch point and tapped off with ease. In the photo example shown for burn the tip of the ash was black and resembled the tip of a pencil.

CUT: V cut all 3 examples

DRAW: The draw had slightly more resistance than I prefer, I’m attributing that to the overly windy and dry conditions we are experiencing here in Simi Valley CA. The windy events we have had for the last 2 weeks have made everything extremely dry!

RE LIGHTS: Combustion was constant with an even smolder throughout.

STRENGTH: The strength of Muestra De Saka Nacatamale was in the FULL bodied wheelhouse with generous doses of black and red pepper. A subtle cinnamon sweetness similar to mikes red hots candy added to the long complex and extremely well balanced finish.

 

 


Cigars for review: Purchased

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke rate: 94

Size: 6 x 48 Toro

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Single farm Nicaraguan Jalapa

Filler: Single farm Nicaraguan Jalapa

Country of origin: Nicaragua

Company: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

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