A Tasty Morsel of Refreshing Repose
“Come to me, all you who are burdened and weary, and I will give you rest” – Matthew 11:28
When I first heard about the Muestra De Saka, it was through Facebook posts by the Wunderkin himself Steve Saka. He was adamant that “if you prefer powerful cigars this is not the cigar for you”. Being a fuller bodied cigar lover, I was not discouraged, as I have come to find out that much like in life, if you exclude what isn’t your norm, you stand a very good chance of missing out on a plethora of great experiences. The Muestra De Saka is just that – a great experience. Muestra in Spanish interprets to “sample” so it is interesting to note that this cigar is truly a sample of the passion and spirituality in blending cigars that Steve Saka possesses.
The presentation of the Muestra De Saka is simple yet elegant. Each cigar, which only comes in one size, is encased in a cedar coffin. The cigar is adorned with a yellow ribbon and the name is superimposed on it in red and black. The plainness of the cigar adds to its attraction. A gorgeous muted satin with a hint of redness encourages you to want to touch and experience the obvious smoothness of the wrapper.
Wrapper – Habano
Binder – Nicaragua
Filler – Nicaragua (Jalapa, Condega, Ometepe, Esteli’)
Vitola – 6 X 52 Toro
Price – Coffin – $14.95 each
Box / 7 Coffins – $105
Draw and Light
The cigar has a pleasant aroma when removed from the coffin and celephane wrapper. Unlike a lot of cigar smokers, I do not overly enjoy a strong smell of hay. This cigar is pleasant and the light hay did not overwhelm. There were no additional heavy aromas of note. As is my customary cut for most cigars, I used a punch which gave me no problems. The cigar was firm but no tight spots noted and the cap cut easily with the punch and did not crack of break.
The dry draw was again pleasant and had a sweetness that I am looking forward to experiencing. The light was uneventful and as evidenced in the accompanying pictures, remained even and balanced throughout the smoking experience.
I immediately noticed a “freshness” to the cigar that surprised and delighted me. The flavor of white pepper, leather, coffee and hay were all done lightly so as not to overwhelm the senses yet provided the revelation of complexity. A mineral taste was noted in the background that felt as if it brought the other flavours together in synchronicity. A touch of cinnamon was also noted and added to the sweetness of the tobacco.
The ash was “fluffy” yet sturdy. Nice whiteness highlighted with light gray and hints of yellow and dark gray dispersed in the crevices. Forging on the cigar revealed an almost hidden nut flavor that would come in and out between the coffee and mineral flavours. The white pepper created a tiny tongue tingle on the finish. The retrohale produced an almost “minty” experience that added to my first impression of the refreshing nature of this cigar.
The coffee notes came forward as the smoke progressed and I felt myself settling into my chair and my body relaxing a bit more. The cinnamon and leather remained but I also continued to pick up on the minty notes which kept me perked up while the cigar relaxed me at the same time. I could definitely pair this cigar with a Gin & Tonic, Mojito or Moscow Mule or even some mint tea or Mint Julip.
The ash tapped easily and burn line continued intact. Except for a small corner of lifted wrapper, this cigar was constructed and burning well. I did not touch up where the lifted wrapper was and let nature takes its course. As I suspected, it corrected itself and no help was needed to keep the cigar burning even and clean.
Coming into the homestretch, the Muestra De Saka continued to provide a flavourful experience. Leather was taking over but the coffee, cinnamon and mineral notes remained including the refreshing mintiness that I first experienced
There is an earthiness that comes forward more in the last third but not enough to make the cigar taste “dirty.” The balance of flavours while keeping this cigar in the mild to medium range is a testament to the extensive blending experience of its’ maker.
The soft sweetness along with the mix of leather, coffee, cinnamon and mint provide the ultimate in mellow relaxation. This is a cigar that a true cigar connoisseur could enjoy even if they were more inclined toward full body cigars. The complexity takes this from the possibility of mundane to an attention getting joy ride.
Overall Rating – 93
Flavor, complexity and a mild to medium cigar made with high quality makes the Muestra De Saka well worth the $14.95 price tag for each cigar. From presentation to smoking completion, this is a cigar to savour for the ultimate in relaxation without boredom. It is a limited edition cigar but one can hope that Steve Saka and DTT decide to grace us with its presence again in the future. Garcia’s por esta maravillosa muestra del Mundo de Saka.
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