Meatballs from Dunbarton Tabacco & Trust. Steve Saka announced the new cigars in a Facebook post last week. The cigars will be ‘tripa corta’ or short fillers made of the clippings to the Mi Querida, Mi Querida Triqui Traca, and the Umbagog lines. The cigars will be made at the NACSA factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.
Now before you start cheering, the cigars are an event only release. And since Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust doesn’t do international events, it will be a cigar available only in the United States. Since founding Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust, Steve Saka only did one event outside of the United States. That was during the launch of the Sin Compromiso El Amsterdammer in Cigaragua, Amsterdam. A review of the cigar can be found here.
The cigars will come in a 4×48 vitola only. They are packed in bundles of 25. The name of the cigars is Polpetta, which translates to meatballs. According to Saka, it is the perfect moniker for this tasty treat. Last year, Saka won a meatball cooking competition. That competition took place during a Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust cigar event at the 2 Guys Smoke Shop in New Hampshire. Another meatball competition is planned at that location in January. Saka said he is not sure whether the cigars will be ready for that event.
The cigar is made with five different Nicaraguan tobaccos in the filler. The wrapper is Connecticut Broadleaf. The binder comes from the San Andres region in Mexico. The cigars are expected to make their debut in February and enough cigars have been made to last the company for the whole year. Saka has not decided yet if he will continue the project for years after. He even opted that the line might be released as a regular production in a later stage.
Dunbarton has been playing with the idea of an event only cigar made of clippings in the past. And test blends have been available at events. But the company never made enough broadleaf cigars to produce enough clippings for regular production. With the growth of Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust in the last few years, the company is now producing enough broadleaf cigars to create the Polpetta line.