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

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Cigar Details: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf No. 1 Dark Corona
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: NACSA
  • Blender: Steve Saka
  • Price: $10.75
  • Release Date: September 2019
  • Source: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552 is dark brown but varies in color from lighter at the foot and darker at the head. There is a network of veins present but they are very well pressed. The seams are smooth and well hidden except for some areas where the color variation enhances their existence. The head is finished with one deep cap and one shallow cap. The band is the same design as the original line except for a red and gold color combination. The aroma from the wrapper is a deep, dark stone fruit sweetness that I identify as prune. The foot brings a lighter version of the same sweetness along with some wood, hay and light spice. The pre-light draw consists of wood, hay, earth, light cocoa with a spicy tingle on my lips and tongue.

Pre-light Experience

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552 is solid in appearance. It has a nice milk chocolate colored wrapper and it sports medium to large sized veins throughout. It is firm in texture and it has a nice glittery appearance in the right light. The aroma of the cigar is of chocolate, warm spices, earth and cherries, and that is present on the foot and wrapper.

Pre-light Experience

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552 has a simple, but elegant band of gold, with gold accents, on a deep red background. The cigar wrapper is a dark brown and flawless. I’m able to detect aromas of intense barnyard and sweetness, almost like cotton candy. In the foot, a combination of sweet plums and barnyard.

Pre-light Experience

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552 as expected, has a beautiful look. The band is classy and the wrapper sorting is top notch, giving a Colorado Maduro espresso bean uniformed richness. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even with a firm give and head finished off with a deep wrapped cap. Aromas from the wrapper give red pepper, chocolate fudge and cedar. Aromas from the foot tell the same notes as the wrapper, but accentuated. Cold draw tells cedar and hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with dark wood, baking spice and a light mustiness. At a quarter inch in, the wood isn’t as dark as some slightly dry earth has joined the profile. At a half inch in, a light sweetness joins in. The retrohale carries a subtle and smoother version of the same profile without the sweetness. At an inch in, the wood and earth are paired up in the lead with the baking spice now being replaced by black pepper right behind and the mustiness in the background. The sweetness has left the profile. At an inch and a quarter, the profile gains a bit of meatiness. As the third comes to a close, the mustiness takes a slight lead in the profile. The strength in this third was slightly above medium.

First Third

The first third opens up with a nice meatiness to the cigar and with that is some strong spices. I am getting some leather on top of that and the finish is of stone fruit and bitter chocolate. I would classify the strength as being medium overall and the body and flavors are around the medium-full level.

First Third

The Triqui Traca kicks things off with powdered cocoa and cedar, mixing in baking spices that intensify on the post draw. Lingering medium plus pepper joins the post draw almost immediately. Honey sweetness hops in near the end of each draw, but is run over by the intensity of the other flavors. Sweet molasses adds into the list as the cigar settles in. I’m surprised at how intense the flavors are right out of the gate. Creamy cedar comes through the retrohale at the 20 minute mark. Slightly dry cedar settles into the post draw. By the halfway point, the intense spices and pepper have dropped in intensity and the flavors are more balanced. Mild smoky barbecue sneaks in just before the cigar transitions to the second third.

First Third

The first inch reminds me almost to the dot of the original Mi Querida, providing that same great chewiness in chocolate fudge baseline, cedar, red pepper spice and dank earthiness. It doesn’t take much past the initial inch to feel the as advertised strength increase, as the profile quickly turns to medium plus. Retrohaling shows greater red pepper spice and cedar. The finish is a semi-gritty earthiness paired with a soft red pepper spice. Body is medium plus.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the wood and meatiness are up front, followed closely by the earth and mustiness with the pepper in the background. At a quarter inch in, the wood and dry earth are up front with some mustiness right behind. The meatiness is gone and the black pepper has transitioned back to baking spice and is in the background. At a half inch in, the profile is pretty dry. The retrohale is wood, dry earth and mustiness. As the third comes to a close, the profile is less dry but maintains the combination of wood, dry earth and mustiness with a light baking spice. The strength in this third dropped down to medium.

Second Third

As I enter into the second third of the cigar, I find some transitioning, but also a minor decline. I am getting those meaty notes up front and with that are strong spices and pepper qualities. The chocolate and earth notes remain, but the stone fruit qualities are absent. The strength picks up slightly in this third and I find the second third is medium-full in strength, body and flavors.

Second Third

Rich sweetness immediately as the cigar moves into the second third, with bread and baking spices. The post draw is largely defined by cedar. I find the start to be less intense and more balanced than the first third. Chewy earth joins the post draw as the cigar settles in. Cherry sweetness hits immediately after the earth has joined, and defines the middle of the flavor profile.

Second Third

I’m unsure what happened between the first and second third. The second third loses out on that great chewy chocolate fudge and a sharp metallic harshness seeps through. The profile now is that sharpness mixed with cedar and red pepper spice. Strength and body is still medium plus.

Final Third

As the final third begins, a light charred bitterness joins the profile. At a quarter inch in, the char and bitterness have taken the lead in the profile over the wood and earthiness. After a flaming purge, the charred bitterness subsides a bit. At three quarters of an inch in, the wood and mustiness are up front with the char and bitterness slightly behind. At an inch in, the mustiness takes the lead while the char picks up, paired with the wood. The strength in this third bumped back up to slightly above medium.

Final Third

The final third shows a decline from the second third and I am getting a profile of dry earth, coffee and cream and bitter chocolate. It is still smoking at that medium-full level in all areas, but it is lacking in the flavor profile delivered.

Final Third

Another major transition as the profile becomes cedar with trailing baking spices here. Sweet earth takes up the middle of the profile. Post draw cedar still defining the post draw, with a drying component. The sweetness is intensified through the retrohale, and the cedar starts lingering into the middle of the profile, and ends up anchoring the other components together. By the halfway point, bread has returned to the middle of the profile.

Final Third

The sharp metallic harshness continues to develop, now caking onto my palate. Other than that, the cedar and red pepper spice is still going strong. Strength and body finishes medium plus.

Burn

The burn was straight the entire way and the ash held on in inch and a half increments.

Burn

The burn was good throughout the cigar. I had to touch-up the cigar once, but other than that, the cigar performed really well. The ash held on firmly and it had a nice charcoal gray color that was a lovely contrast to the wrapper.

Burn

The burn on the Triqui Traca is slightly uneven by the halfway point of the first third, self correcting. A minor canoe develops in the bottom half, requiring a touch-up. The second third begins slightly uneven, and self corrects. Burn is even through the last third. Ash held on well up to 2 inch increments.

Burn

Burn performance was great. Even burn, cool burn, straight burn line, ample smoke production and never a need for a touch-up or re-light.

Draw

The draw was perfect with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar started with a nice combination of flavors and complexity. As it got into the second third, it became much simpler, focused around wood, dry earth and mustiness. The final third had a good bit of char and bitterness which knocked things down even more. Strength was slightly above medium and construction was perfect. I was really enjoying the first third of the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552 and hoped that profile would continue, but it degraded as it progressed into the other thirds. Having really enjoyed the Firecracker, I was hoping for a lengthier version of that, but it wasn’t to be. I’d be interested in trying the other vitola to see if it can express that profile more, but as it sits, I’d prefer to go back to the Firecracker or the original Mi Querida.

Draw

I loved the draw on the cigar. It had the perfect level of resistance and made for a better smoking experience.

Overall

I was not blown away or even fully pleased with the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552. To be honest, I think 2019 has been a bad year for Dunbatron Tobacco & Trust in terms of products released. I don’t know what the sales numbers look like, but the releases have not done well in my opinion. To me this was just another Connecticut Broadleaf cigar that Saka released. It wasn’t overly complex and it went downhill with each third. The more I think about it, the more I look at this cigar as another Connecticut Broadleaf release to pump up the base while not expanding to consumers that are new to the brand. The first third had some lovely qualities, and the strength and body went well with the flavors, but after that it went downhill. This just had a profile that was similar to what we have seen in the past, and I was hoping for more creativity from the company.

Draw

The draw had some minor resistance to it, approximately 1-1/2 notches. Still what I would consider to be very good.

Overall

I was impressed with the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552. The first third began with intense flavors, and I think if the cigar had kept that level up it would have been overwhelming on the palate. Fortunately, the second third was more balanced and integrated, and that carried through into the final third. Overall, an enjoyable experience with a near flawless burn and draw. I’m looking forward to lighting up another Triqui Traca at my earliest convenience. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 2 minutes.

Draw

The draw was also great, giving the ideal air flow.

Overall

I don’t think the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552 is primetime yet. The last two thirds was the antithesis of the first third. The first third was exactly what I wanted out of the Triqui Traca, which is a stronger version of the original Mi Querida. Chewy chocolate fudge, red pepper spice, cedar and dank earthiness wrapped up on medium plus strength and body. Basically, the flavor profile of pure satisfaction. But past that mark, the sharp metallic harshness played the dominant role. This will be a perfect candidate for a redux. But as of now, disappointed.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$1.87

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.44

Cost/Point

$1.99

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John McTavish

SCORE

7.02

Cost/Point

$1.53

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.76

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