Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Vitola: 6 x 48
Purchase Link: Dunbarton Muestra de Saka Nacatamale
Muestra de Saka Nacatamale Review - California
Summary: I cut the nipple-of-a-pigtail off and toast away. Immediately I am met with pepper and Ralph Lauren Polo cologne. I wish I had some eggs right now to pair with this pepper bomb. Oak and truffle. This cigar starts kicking into gear around the two inch mark; anise and mint catch me by surprise.
Entering the second third, I'm getting a dry mouth feel that is muting most of the flavors. The pepper has cooled off thankfully, but the complexity remains static. Cherry sweetness pops up to save the day. Aaaaaaand it went out on me. Guava and dark chocolate. Out again. Sad!
The final third is already starting out hot. I'm enjoying the cherry/chocolate notes but my palate is getting scorched. It goes out with two inches to go and I'm not going to attempt to relight it because I want to taste dinner tonight.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Flipping a nickel when trying to decide whether or not to do something.
Pairing Suggestion: Stout
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Fiver
Muestra de Saka Nacatamale Review - Wisconsin
Summary: My description of this cigar probably matches what women thought of dating me: it had such potential at the start, but I was quickly disappointed and would have preferred something else.
Out of the gate, this cigar brought pepper, honey, earth, creamy cocoa, caramel, and something like a tart fruit on the tongue. It evened out to be mostly creamy chocolate for a while. Then things took a turn.
Pepper on the finish kept building, the creaminess died out, and the nicotine strength became obvious. I got some other good flavors out of it on occasion (nuttiness, sweet wood, espresso), but mostly I got bitterness with a long finish of pepper.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: If you like to smoke the first inch of a cigar, but not the rest, this smoke would be great.
Pairing Suggestion: I'd give this a shot with a milkshake.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Single.
Muestra de Saka Nacatamale Review - Oregon
Summary: I am naming this cigar the “tomboy” because in addition to small pigtail feature on the cap, it has a few bumps and is a little rough around the edges in appearance. The wrapper is mildly scented, has very little oil and a small amount of tooth. Hearty barnyard and sharp pine scents carry from the foot. The snug draw on the cigar has a heavy medicinal quality to it which is sort of strange.
Flavors begin with sweet cedar and dry leaves accompanied by a moderate amount of pepper spice on the palate and a blast of pepper in the sinuses. There is a point in the first inch of the smoke where that spiciness mimics spicy brown mustard which is sort of unique. After that, this cigar went downhill faster than Lindsey Vonn.
It went out at the one inch mark and even after relighting it, the flavors were harsh and indistinguishable. As I neared the 1/3 mark, the culprit tunnel revealed itself and I knew why this cigar wandered down a regrettable path. At the halfway point, the cigar was out yet again and to call this tunnel cavernous would be perfectly accurate. After a second relight, the flavors are bitter featuring burnt leaves and 8 hour old coffee from the break room coffee pot. In the middle of the last 1/3 I finally made it past the void finding a small amount of cedar, mild cinnamon and muted pepper flavors...but frankly, by this point my palate was useless from the barrage of harsh flavors pulled through the tunnel.
Not sure my review is a great picture of the standard experience with this cigar, but the construction issues completely ruined it.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: If you like this cigar then you like Sisyphus...or feeling just like him.
Pairing Suggestion: Pair this cigar with water...or maybe coffee.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Do I even need to say it? Single stick purchase.
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