Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida


The true test of any cigar, besides all the obvious physical and intangible aspects contributing to its enjoyment, is the peace it affords. A good cigar can vaporize the stress of a bad day, a bad paint job in your naked room or after a particularly grueling weekend with your in-laws in the absence of alcohol.  Of course, a bad cigar will just add to your camel’s back awaiting that proverbial final straw. I am and have been very fortunate that I typically make good decisions when choosing good cigars and equally fortunate that my time with them is truly time well spent.


My family and I have experienced some adversity over the past 18 months or so, some circumstances suggesting it may continue into the foreseeable future. But we’re a tough, resolute crowd and like many staring down the barrel of mental and physical challenges we chin up and say, hit me with your best shot. We don’t quit. We are never out of the fight. So, over the past few months I’ve reflected on just how effective my passion for cigars and how the subsequent level of Zen has stood up to this unforgiving onslaught of misfortune. So, on this day I break out one of Steve Saka’s newest smokes, the Mi Querida. The follow-up to his inaugural Sobremesa,


Mi Querida is a Latin American cultural idiom for ‘secret mistress’, a mistress even the wife isn’t aware of and one of whom they certainly wouldn’t approve. This sultry mistress is donned in a delicious oily, bourbon-colored broadleaf wrapper promising good times ahead. The construction is superb with almost invisible seams, nice cap treatment and a solid uniform firmness, but the foot did feel a bit spongy. Lots of chocolatey aromas emanate from every pore. Rarely does the sequel perform near as well or is as entertaining as the first outing, but El Saka nailed this baby. Savory and delicious, the Mi Querida is a go-to for any day and time and is obviously box-worthy. And for a little over an hour, I was able to escape the difficult vicissitudes of life. – In Fumo Pax!







  • Profile: Med-Full
  • Vitola: Ancho Largo [Toro]
  • Length/ Ring Gauge: 6.0″ / 52
  • Purchased: Local B&M
  • Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: US Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Cutter: Colibri V
  • Lighter: Colibri Firebird 3-jet
  • Price: $8.50-$9.05














Build: Demi-press; very solid; foot spongy
Chocolate throughout; Wrapper – Pungent green tea; Foot – Baked bread & raisins; Cold Draw – Hay
Earth, black pepper, leather, baking spice; floral on retro; light spice; espresso finish; gets woodier and leathery into transitions.
Complexity: Excellent
Touch ups:
Combustion: Superb
Weaknesses: None
Value: Excellent
Recommend: 1. Go-to 2. 5-packer 3. 3rd stringer 4. Smoke a banana instead

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