Team Cigar Review: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Krakatoa

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Cigar Details: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Krakatoa

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 48
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Nicaraguan Sungrown
  • Filler: Nicaraguan Broadleaf, Criollo and Corojo Ligero
  • Factory: Joya de Nicaragua
  • Blender: Steve Saka
  • Price: $20.75
  • Release Date: October 2023
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Krakatoa comes in a natural wood coffin that denotes the series on the sliding door with the name and dimensions on one side of the coffin. The wrapper on the cigar is dark brown with some marbling and there is a network of veins along with some bumpiness from below the wrapper. The seams are smooth and the head is finished with a tightly wound pigtail. There is just a yellow ribbon at the foot that denotes the series and line names. The aroma from the wrapper is damp wood and earth while toe foot brings cedar, earth and mustiness. The pre-light draw brings an airy cedar along with a mild spiciness on my lips.
Seth: The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Krakatoa is beautiful in appearance. The cigar is finished with a lovely coffee bean color, and it sports veins that are small to medium in size throughout. The wrapper has a fine gritty texture, and it has a nice firmness to the touch. Aromas of raisins, rich spices, warm earth, tobacco, chocolate and stone fruit.
John: The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Krakatoa comes in a slide top wooden coffin and the cigar itself is in cellophane. The UPC sticker is attached to the bottom of the box. Adorning the foot of the cigar is a yellow ribbon that indicates ‘Krakatoa’ in black font. Additionally the cigar has an artisanal complication of a twisted pig tail cap. Unfortunately, in my haste to light up, I failed to measure the weight and humidity of the cigar. The aromas from the wrapper included sweet tobacco, and then a berry fruit sweetness underneath, like strawberry, followed by bread and wood. From the foot, I was getting fermented tobacco and raisin sweetness.
Jiunn: The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Krakatoa has a hearty Colorado Maduro wrapper shade showing good oil content. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the man bun head is well wrapped. Aromas provide pungent earl grey tea and cedar.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Krakatoa

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Krakatoa

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with a toasted mix of cedar and earth along with a light baking spice. At a quarter inch in, a smokiness joins the profile. At three quarters of an inch, the baking spice transitions to black pepper. The retrohale is toasted cedar and earth, with very light black pepper. At an inch and a quarter in, the cedar and earth both pick up in fullness. At an inch and a half in, there is an evergreen like vegetal note that joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is just ahead of the earth while the black pepper, smokiness and evergreen vegetal note are now all in the background. The strength was slightly below medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with some warm spice notes, bits of cinnamon and red pepper present, along with some rich earth, tobacco, coffee beans and dark chocolate. There are some mineral qualities on the finish, and I would say the cigar is between medium and medium-full in strength and body.
John: The first third kicks things off with creamy wood. Baking spices move rapidly into the center, followed by mild spices that linger into the post draw. Some chewy earthiness adds to the post draw as the first third settles in. Tobacco sweetness mixes with toasted marshmallow on the retrohale just under the five minute mark. Mild leather combines with wood on the finish as it continues to develop. The earthiness on the finish and post draw has moved up to medium strength and has sweet tobacco accents to it.
Jiunn: The first third provides a symphony of flavors. Coffee, chocolate, honey and cedar are well melded. On the retrohale, spicy cedar and sweet cherries. The finish is medium length and clean with fresh cedar. Strength and body is medium.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Krakatoa

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Krakatoa

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the evergreen vegetal note has departed. At a half inch in, the earth is now even with the cedar up front. At three quarters of an inch in, the toast level of the cedar increases a bit and brings a light general vegetal note with it. The retrohale remains toasted cedar and earth, with very light black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar and earth are even up front, with the vegetal note now gaining a mintiness and is in the middle of the profile. There is still some light black pepper and smokiness in the background. The strength has bumped up to medium.
Seth: The second third continues to deliver those leather, coffee, mineral spice and sweet spice flavors. Bits of tobacco and earth present as well. Barnyard qualities with a dark chocolate finish. Medium to medium-full in strength and body. Complex, rich and full.
John: I find the second third creamy with lingering medium, almost medium-full earth that sits heavily on my palate between draws. Not long after the first few puffs, mild leather joins the post draw as well. Wood and tannins at medium strength come into the post draw as the second continues. Sweet tobacco makes up the center of the retrohale moving towards the halfway point. Wood is the primary flavor component in the bottom half, as the earth has faded somewhat.
Jiunn: The primary difference between the first and second thirds is the introduction of leather as well as strength level increasing to medium-full (body still medium). Regarding the leather note, it doesn’t take away from the balance and other flavors. Rather, it helps to enhance them.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Krakatoa

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Krakatoa

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the black pepper picks up a bit. At a half inch in, the toast level is now pretty heavy. The retrohale remains toasted cedar and earth, with a bit more black pepper. At an inch in, the vegetal mintiness has departed. As the cigar wraps up, the heavily toasted cedar and earth are up front, with black pepper in the middle and light smokiness in the background. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The final third delivers a flavor profile on the spicier side of the spectrum and it has that mineral pepper spice with some cinnamon and ginger. Bits of leather, tobacco and wood are present as well. Coffee, earth and dark chocolate as well. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: Creamy, sweet tobacco greets me in the last third. Medium to medium-full earth defines the center of the profile and again is lingering well into the post draw. Wood and tannins join the finish as it continues. By the halfway point, some maltiness breaks up the earth in the center of the retrohale. At times that maltiness is overpowered by the heavy earth.
Jiunn: The final third’s profile is less complex and less enjoyable. The profile lost much of the chocolate and coffee notes and is now namely driven by dried red pepper spice, leather and minerals. Strength and body is unchanged at medium-full and medium, respectively.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Krakatoa

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Krakatoa

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy, but never needed any attention until the final third when the cigar went out three times, requiring re-lights.
Seth: Very good burn from start to finish.
John: The burn was razor straight through the entire review process.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Krakatoa

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Krakatoa

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Amazing draw from start to finish. Perfect level of resistance.
John: The draw was somewhat into the resistant spectrum, roughly 1-1/2 to 2 notches.
Jiunn: The draw was perfect, giving the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with a toasted mix of cedar and earth, along with a light baking spice. Some smokiness joined in fairly quickly. Later, the baking spice transitioned to black pepper. An evergreen vegetal note joined in during the second half of the third. The second third saw the evergreen vegetal note depart and then a regular vegetal note joined later and then gained a minty note. The final third saw the vegetal mintiness depart. The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Krakatoa had an interesting start, with a unique flavor profile. From the second third on, the profile fell off a bit and wasn’t as unique or interesting. The burn issues at the end were a bit of a bummer. Overall, a slightly unique flavor profile, but taking the cigar as a whole, likely not something I’d see myself returning to.
Seth: The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Krakatoa is a fantastic release and I love the depth, complexity and transitioning throughout. The flavors really play off one another and it has a nice strength and body level. The coffee, spices and dark chocolate were fantastic, and the draw and burn made for an easy smoking experience. Would love to smoke this all fall and winter.
John: I liked how the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Krakatoa started in the first third, with some chewiness and various spices and creaminess adding a lot of dynamic flavor combinations that Steve Saka is known for. The cigar becomes much more earth forward by the second third, and a lot of those complex elements have fallen away. The last third mirrors much of the flavor combinations from the second third. The burn was perfect while the draw was slightly into the resistant spectrum. The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Krakatoa was enjoyable, but I didn’t find it as complex and engaging as the PapaSaka. This cigar will appeal to aficionados who like their cigars to have heavier earth notes. Total smoking time was quicker than I expected at 1 hour and 44 minutes.
Jiunn: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust makes another recent hit utilizing Ecuadorian Habano. The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Krakatoa overall showed a great balance and symphony of flavors that kept me engaged for the majority of the cigar (minus the final third). The flavors in themselves were distinct and full. Would happily smoke more of these.

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Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.70

Cost/Point

$3.64

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.78

Cost/Point

$2.67

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.95

Cost/Point

$3.49

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$3.04

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Krakatoa

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  • Erik V - January 15, 2024 reply

    Seth making Saka eat his words a little bit?

    Steve Saka - January 15, 2024 reply

    Hell has officially frozen over…

  • Steve Saka - January 15, 2024 reply

    You know I had my suspicions on this one when it came to Seth… 1st Seth has never disliked my blends, they just have never been his particular cup of tea… so I typically received “ok” tasting reviews from SG, but the Krakatoa liga is quite a different expression with its incorporation of 2 new tobacco varieties, so it is markedly different than the flavor and aroma profile of many of our other releases. And this review bears that out, it really is a matter of making something that “sings” to each individual palate. Glad I finally got one that Seth really enjoyed! Thanks to all the DP Team!

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