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Cigar Review: Mi Querida Triqui Traca

Mi Querida Triqui Traca

 

 

 

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust presents “Mi Querida Triqui Traca, pronounced ‘me kay-ree-dah tree-kee trah-ka’, arguably our boldest cigar released to date,” shares Founder and Master Ligador Steve Saka.

The capa has been switched from the traditional Connecticut Broadleaf Mediums to the rarer No. 1 Dark corona leaves plus a unique, high octane ligero grown in the Dominican Republic has also been introduced into the liga.

The resulting cigar retains its inherent sweet loam and chocolate characteristics, yet delivers a significantly heavier smoking experience.

Saka explains, “Triqui Traca” is Nicaraguan slang for oversized firecrackers that are connected by fuses in a long serial string.

These explosive ropes are then laid down in the center of a street and sometimes stretch multiple blocks.

 

 

 

Mi Querida Triqui Traca on display at the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust booth – 2019 IPCPR Las Vegas NV.

 

 

Initially available in two formats:

  • No. 552 – 5.00 x 52
  • No. 648 – 6.00 x 48

 

 

Triqui Traca are often lit in celebration of important religious and national holidays.

This cultural icon is an ideal moniker for the explosive nature of this cigar.

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

 

At the core, it remains a quintessential Mi Querida blend with the incorporation of a couple refinements.

The traditional Connecticut Broadleaf has been replaced by a rare No. 1 Dark wrapper and high octane ligero grown in the Dominican Republic as explained by Saka.

The Connecticut Broadleaf No. 1 Darks wrapper is thick, rugged, oily and rough to the touch.

A lightly marbleized appearance with heavy tooth, vein and thick seam.

With a firm pack the vitola is identified as No. 552 and rolled in the Robusto format with a wide open foot and a triple rounded cap.

The single band has gone from blue to red reading “Mi Querida” in gold cursive on a red background surrounded by sawtooth gold trim.

Pre-light aroma had notes of dark chocolate, dried fruit and nougat.

The cold draw produced flavors of black currant, cedar and cinnamon spice.

 

 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

 

An aroma of sweet rich chocolate and cedar off the toasted foot.

Immediate flavors of cedar char and oily walnuts.

When the blend settles the Mi Querida Triqui Traca jumps right in with flavors of dark chocolate, earth and dark roast coffee.

The background profile is producing flavors of leather and roasted nuts with a complexity of transitioning black and white pepper keeping the blend FULL bodied PLUS at first light.

The retro-hale compliments the overall experience with FULL white pepper evolving into a long finish of signature Saka Cracker Jack caramel.

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

 

In the second half rich dark chocolate, black French roast coffee and earth are up front and on point.

Assorted roasted nuts have taken a more prominent roll in the background profile with creamy leather.

The spicy element remains consistent with transitioning doses of black and white pepper at a level of FULL-PLUS.

White pepper continues on the retro-hale producing a long finish of caramel and dried fruit.

 

  • FINAL THIRD

 

Heading into the final third the Mi Querida Triqui Traca it’s finishing in the same fashion it started.

Core flavors of black French roast coffee, dark chocolate and earth have been up front, easily identifiable and on point.

Background flavors of assorted roasted nuts and leather with affect nuances of creamy nougat.

The spicy element has remained consistent and FULL with complex transitioning white and black pepper balancing in with all aforementioned flavors.

The retro-hale sees a slight decrease in strength with MED white pepper producing a continuous finish of caramel and dried fruit.

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

• CONSTRUCTION: A solid firm feel the vitola was dense with a palpable thick Broadleaf roughness. No cracks, blemishes or soft spots with solid construction.

 

• BURN: Consistent combustion of wrapper, binder and filler. High octane fillers produced a warm feel to the vitola. Similar heat was notable on the Mi Querida Firecracker from Two Guys Smoke shop, however the larger vitola helped the issue but didn’t cure it. The burn-line was straight producing a circular thick carbon line visible on the darker wrapper.

 

• ASH: The light-grey ash was thick and solid holding an inch-plus. A few times black veins marbleized the ash design due to the combustible nature of the blend.

 

• CUT: All three examples smoked for review were v-cut.

 

• DRAW: The draw was wide open producing copious amounts of thick creamy white aromatic smoke.

 

• RE-LIGHTS: Zero during active smoking.

 

• FIRE: JetLine triple torch lighter.

 

• STRENGTH: FULL bodied PLUS.

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

The Mi Querida by definition translates to “Side Piece” with the edition of 2 components the side piece turns into an “Oversized Side Piece” with a BANG!

FULL bodied PLUS done with complexity and balance produced a very heavy vitola and right in my wheel house! This is definitely not intended to be an entry level cigar.

Easily identifiable flavors of dark chocolate, black coffee and earth with complex transitions of both white and black pepper were up front and on point throughout the entire smoking duration that lasted about an hour and a half.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust has solidified its portfolio with offerings this year suited for entry level smokers to the far side of the spectrum with the Mi Querida Triqui Traca specifically suited at FULL bodied PLUS for seasoned aficionados.

 

 

 

 


Cigar reviewed: Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552

Cigars for review: Provided by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 94

Size: 5 x 52 (Robusto)

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf No. 1 Dark

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican Ligero

Master Blender: Sr. Steve Saka

Factory: Nicaraguan American Cigar, S.A.

Information source: Steve Saka, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Triqui Traca press release

Photos by: Cigar Smoke

 

Toar Campbell

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, Stouts, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untappd @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder cigarsmoke.net
Toar Campbell

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