Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler / Binder: Nicaragua
Cost: $8.50 - 11.00
Background: The folks at CigarCity.com absolutely know how to treat a guy right. They sent on Steve Saka’s newest offering – the Mi Querida [my dear / my beloved] and as a spoiler alert I am absolutely excited to give this one a shot. The vast majority of the items he has put out in the past have been great, and if you’re in doubt after the Sobremesa, let’s not forget all that he did in the past with Drew Estate.
Appearance (0-20): The rich looking wrapper on this one is a nice contrast against the blue and gold bands. From just the initial look, it’s got Steve Saka written all over it. The wrapper is gorgeous and actually is already showing signs of plume. There are very few veins of note. Looking at the band itself, as noted, the combo of colors works. The “Mi Querida” is in a gold cursive script, covering the blue patterned backdrop.
Construction (0-20): The feel of this one is absolutely wonderful. It’s silky but still has a slight oily feel to it. The stick is absolutely firm and well packed, with no gaps of note anywhere. Small amount of debris was found on the cut, but nothing major. Very tight draw to begin, which remained a little tighter than I would have liked post light through the halfway point of the stick, where it then opened up.
Strength (0-20): Listed as medium to full, this one drops almost squarely into that wheelhouse with little exception. It’s got a nice amount of kick without being overboard; overall it’s really well balanced.
Flavor (0-20): Much like most Saka offerings – I have expectations on the flavor. Those expectations were generally met when I lit this one up. Rich leather and wood flavors greet the palate with just hints of spice on the back end. There is a somewhat nutty quality that you can notice begin to take shape a little over a third of the way in. There’s a lot of warm flavors on the tongue too – looking toward some pepper and the kind of spices you would think of with the holidays, namely cinnamon but from time to time there was almost a bit of clove. If those weren’t enough, there is a nice dark chocolatey sweetness that level sets the cigar and makes it whole.
Value (0-20): Cigars have to earn their price tag in my mind. This one, at around the $9.00 price, checks off that box.
Additional Notes: Paired with water, provided by Cigars City.com
Overall (0-100): When Steve Saka went off on his own and began to blend again, we had all hoped his initial offering, the Sobremesa, would be an absolute home run. Spoiler alert – it wasn’t. While the cigar was a decent and straightforward smoke, it felt more like a 4 pitch walk to first than it did a swing for the fences. This smoke rights those wrongs.
There really isn’t too much to complain over here. The flavor is outstanding. Leather, wood, spices, and chocolate meld in effortlessly. All around the cigar looks great and has a nice even burn all around – with the only real nitpick I have being the construction. This one was tighter than I wanted it to be for a little too long of a time. There is a fine balance there, and I would rather have a cigar that is a bit tight as opposed to one that’s too loose.
Final Verdict – I’m going to be smoking a lot of these. Get your hands on some!