Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Vitola: 6 x 48 (Fino Largo)
Brand: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust
Source: IPCPR 2016
CigarNoise Price Range: $8 – $10
Availability:  Regular Production

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida – Opening Thoughts

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida arrived on my review list via the 2016 IPCPR in Las Vegas.  Admittedly, I knew very little about it even though it was hard to miss the social media buzz surrounding Steve Saka’s latest release.  My IG feed regularly featured pictures of Mi Querida burned to ashes by many across the country. With my interest piqued, I was eager to put a torch to Mi Querida.

A mottled, dark brown, oily, and toothy broadleaf wrapper surrounds Mi Querida, tempting even the most experienced broadleaf enthusiast.  Sharp, pungent barnyard scents emanated from the wrapper in conjunction with sweet tobacco.  The much milder foot offered notes of dry hay and a barely discernible cinnamon.  My cigar was firmly rolled, had a rustic flair, yet remained exquisite in appearance.

I removed the cap with a straight cut.  The overly-snug cold draw gave up sweet tobacco notes and earthiness.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida – Smoking Experience

Just as the torch flame died, I knew immediately this broadleaf beauty was going to be delicious.  Flavors of nuts, leather, fresh cut cedar and earthiness mixed together in perfection with baking spices linger momentarily towards the back of the profile.

Remaining steady for quite some time, this profile eventually conceded to more traditional cedar notes dominating the experience.  Earthiness, nuts and a cocoa sweetness rounded out the guest list as the halfway point arrived.

I found cedar remaining in the first chair of the profile as the final smoking stages closed in.  Leather, earth and sweet tobacco all competed for the remaining space while the cocoa goodness seemed to taper off to nearly undetectable levels by the end.  The relative linear flavor profile, while very enjoyable, tempered my enthusiam with timid transitions.

The one thing I did miss in the smoke was any sort of pepper flavor.  It is a favorite profile component of mine, completely absent in Mi Querida.  That being said, it made for a very smooth, barley warm retro hale throughout the experience.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida – Burn and Draw

There is no need to wax poetic on the burn I experienced with Mi Querida.  It was perfect.  The crisp, straight char line never faltered.  The burn rate was perfect, providing a heat free experience lasting one hour and forty-seven minutes.  I was pleasantly surprised at the smoking time.

One small chink appeared in the armor protection of Mi Querida.  The draw in the first third of the cigar was mostly arduous.  In fact, the first inch of the cigar required real work to keep smoke rolling off the end.  Smoking through the first third, the draw became progressively easier.  About midstream, it loosened to where I really would have expected it to be right from the start.  Advancing through to the last stages of Mi Querida, the easier draw remained the standard.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida
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Pros

Perfect Burn

Great Pricepoint

Enjoyable Flavors

Cons

Draw Issues First Third

Transition Complexity

Summary
Minus the difficult draw in the early stages, this cigar was a treat to smoke. I would expect, as with many cigars, Mi Querida to benefit with some age. Steve Saka, known for his years of dedication to Drew Estate, created the well known Habano wrapped Sobremesa. Mi Querida, his latest gem, is sure to be another jewel in the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust crown.
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