Mi Querida Triqui Traca 552. When Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust owner Steve Saka was asked to make a firecracker for 2 Guys Smokeshop, he obliged. He was not the first to make a 2 Guys exclusive limited-edition firecracker. The shop has one made annually, it’s always a 3×50 sized cigar with a long tail mimicking a firecracker. For the Mi Querida version of the firecracker, Saka tweaked the blend to be a little stronger. That cigar was a hit, and last year the blend was released as regular production in two sizes. A 5×52 Robusto and a 6×48 Toro. Out of respect for the 2 Guys smoke shop, Saka never released the original vitola.
But he kept a link to the original release. Firecrackers tied together are called Triqui Traca in Nicaraguan slang. And that’s the name of the new blend, Mi Querida Triqui Traca. The cigars are made at the NACSA factory, under the watchful eye of Raul Disla. The binder and filler are all Nicaraguan. The wrapper is a high-grade Connecticut Broadleaf from the United States. The cigars are available for Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust distributors worldwide.
Name: Mi Querida Triqui Traca 552
Factory: Nicaraguan American Cigars SA NACSA
Wrapper: USA Connecticut Broadleaf
Price: € 11
Cutter: Xikar X2
Lighter: single flame
Smoke conditions: indoors with ventilator
Smoke time: two hours forty-five minutes
Sponsored by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust
The wrapper is thick, leathery, dark, and oily. It looks tasty. The elegant thin ring is firecracker red with a golden print. It’s the same as the original Mi Querida, except in another color. But if you look closely, there is embossing on the ring as well. Just by the looks, this cigar is going to be strong and tasty. The cigar feels well constructed, the cap is impeccable. The cigar has a strong aroma of wood and barnyard.
The cold draw is great. It has a dry taste of hay. The first puff is strong coffee with spices. There is a bitterness that comes close to dark chocolate, complex but without the chocolate flavor. There is also hay and sweetness. A little leather is noticeable in the retrohale. The sweetness grows a little, just as the hay and vegetable flavors. There is a hint of dark chocolate and some pepper as well. The pepper and leather pick up, with some hay. That all while the sweetness makes space for some herbs and spices. In the second third, the power picks up. More wood, leather, but also more dark chocolate and spices. There’s still pepper as well. It’s getting harder to retrohale. There are some hard to describe flavors as well, earthy, muddy but that is not precise enough. Halfway there’s also some walnut. In the final third, coffee returns. With earthy flavors, wood, pepper, and spices. The walnut flavor is lingering on the background. Some citrus acidity ties all the flavors together.
The draw is fantastic. The first third is smooth, balanced yet with character and complexity. Not as strong as suspected. The smoke is thick and full. The burn is straight and slow. The cigar has a great evolution and built up. It starts medium strong, smooth and balanced, and grows to a strong yet balanced and complex cigar. The smoke time is two hours and forty-five minutes.