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Cigar Review | Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I do a full review of my #1 cigar of 2019, the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552. This beefy 5 x 52 Robusto retails for $10.75 and features a Connecticut Broadleaf No. 1 Dark Corona wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca

Pre-Light

On the cold draw I taste bitter, damp fruit notes. The wrapper produces a rich musty molasses aroma while the foot smells similar. Once lit, I pick up toast and molasses. Through the nose, toast blends with sweet cinnamon and brown sugar. The finish consists of cocoa and coffee.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca

First Third

Thirty minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up coffee with brown sugar and smoked almond. Through the nose, I find light cinnamon and oak notes. The finish hits me with rich molasses and deeper coffee alongside light black pepper. Strength is a steady medium while body is very full.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca

Second Third

The second third wraps up at one hour. The smoke off of this Mi Querida Triqui Traca is extremely thick and chewy. The draw continues to give me coffee with molasses and underlying tart cherry. On the retro-hale, cinnamon picks up with a delicious gingerbread note. Coffee turns to espresso on the finish with a complementing molasses and leather core. There is no change to strength or body.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca

Final Third

The final third wisps away at one hour and forty minutes. On the draw, black pepper and molasses dominate with occasional hints of tart cherry. There is more gingerbread through the nose with hints of cherry and orange peel. Leather comes up front on the finish with smoky oak and more coffee. Strength finishes at medium while body closes out very full.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca

Overall Thoughts

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552 is simply a phenomenal cigar. It displays an impressive amount of complexity with flavor depth beyond most blends. Construction is spot on with a perfect draw and sharp burn. It’s certainly a finger-burner.

One of the most satisfying elements of this cigar is the density of the smoke with a rich chewiness. It’s also one of the rare cigars that provides an enormous level of flavor without being overpowering on strength. There’s a reason I named this cigar my #1 of 2019 – I can’t stop smoking these. This is one of my favorite cigars of the last decade, and you just have to try it!

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Bolívar Coronas Extra (1998)

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a vintage Cuban cigar. The Bolívar Coronas Extra in the Franciscos size is a 5.6×44 cigar that was discontinued in 2012. The cigar I will be smoking for this review is from 1998. This cigar is, of course, blended with all Cuban tobacco. It has a gorgeous appearance with the slightest box press from all the years in its box.

Bolívar Coronas Extra

The wrapper offers an earthy aroma, while the foot gives off the same with an addition of a tobacco aroma. The cold draw is snug with orange peel and cedar flavor. Once lit, the cigar opens up with the perfect resistance. On the draw, I pick up creamy wood alongside a light cinnamon flavor. Through the nose, the smoke is smooth with more creamy and buttery wood on top of a slight earth. The finish offers a hint of black pepper spice paired with a coffee and almond mix.

After twenty-five minutes, the first third closes out. The smoke is smooth and delectable. On the draw, I find cedar alongside a noticeable orange peel note and a hint of caramel. Through the nose, I pick up buttery earth with hay and leather. The finish offers creamy wheat flavor on top of a mild black pepper spice and toast. Strength and body settle in at the medium mark.

Bolívar Coronas Extra

Forty-five minutes in, the second third ends. I find toast and leather with more of the distinct orange peel flavor on the draw. The retro-hale treats me to roasted coffee on top of very buttery hay. The finish changes to a mix of clove, salty almond, and wheat. Strength and body both continue to be in the medium range.

Bolívar Coronas Extra

The final third gets me to one hour and ten minutes. I smoke the cigar down until it burns my fingers. On the draw, I find some graham cracker flavor paired with black pepper and toast. Through the nose, a floral earth makes an appearance and compliments coffee and hay. The finish is long with creamy wheat, notes of citrus, and some leather. Strength and body finish out at the medium mark.

Bolívar Coronas Extra

This Bolívar Coronas Extra is a fine example of how great Cuban cigars really can be. Not all cigars age well, but this old blend does so in wonderful fashion. Construction is absolutely perfect, and the age on this thing refines the mix of complex flavors it offers. The smoke is smooth and creamy with just enough strength and body to not get lost on the palate. It’s a shame Cuba would discontinue such a long standing, delicious blend. If you can find these, make sure you snatch them up. I recommend these as a must-have.