Muestra de Saka

Muestra is the humble, common word for “sample” in Nicaragua that takes on much more important, sometimes reverential meaning when used in a handmade cigar factory. A muestra is the vision of the ligador and torcedor realized, it is the promise of a new experience and possibly the key to financial success for the fabrica. Muestras are horded and coveted by not only their makers, but by the cigar smokers who seek to catch a glimpse into the cigarmaker’s soul within their smoke.

Muestra de Saka is just that. A line of unique blends and vitolas made in extremely limited quantities that reflect the blending machinations of myself. They include many different expressions and are often crafted of leaf I am less familiar with or not even a particular fan of to create something of worth beyond my own previous experiences. To smoke a Muestra de Saka is to embark upon a journey with me in which I greatly welcome your companionship.

Exclusivo

Tasting Notes

The Exclusivo is a special liga I created to be the ultimate expression of my love for all Nicaraguan tripas. It is a complex smoke featuring filler tobaccos from all four primary growing regions: Jalapa, Condega, Ometepe and Esteli. Each is bale aged a minimum of 5 years. It takes the smoker from a silky-smooth beginning of sweet cedar and cinnamon and builds to a medium bodied smoke with the texture of creme brûlée laced with a soft pepper. It is a very intricate blend that rewards the smoker with balance and nuance.

Liga & Strength

Ecuador Habano Rosado

Capa

San Andreas Negro

Capote

Nicaraguan

Tripa

Forteleza

Nacatamale

Tasting Notes

The Nacatamale is the second frontmark in the line. What made this cigar a unique blending challenge was I went "viejo granja" style with it. For over a century most cigars’ entire filler recipes were comprised of just ONE farm's tobacco and any complexity was introduced by extremely careful leaf processing, selection and positioning within the bunch. Whereas these days we have hundreds of ingredients to work and blend with to create interesting and satisfying ligas. So the challenge was to see if I could make an “old farm" style liga that could hold its own with the modern blends created today. Albeit not the most complex of ligas, it is exceptionally flavorful with a really satisfying spice and tantalizing finish. That Nacatamale is one of my personal favorite cigars.

Liga & Strength

Nicaraguan Sungrown

Capa

Nicaraguan Sungrown

Capote

Nicaraguan Sungrown

Tripa

Forteleza

#NLMTHA

Tasting Notes

The #NLMTHA Lancero was one of my toughest challenges given that I am very vocal in my lack of appreciation for the lancero format. As a ligador, I have never had a lancero that I didn’t feel I could make better if I were to blend the same in a slightly wider format. Plus there are the inherent and arduous factory challenges to ensure the draw is ideal in such a long, skinny vitola. And finally there is the blunt fact that there is a very limited market for lanceros. All that being said, the success of the last lancero I blended, the L40, has left me inundated with requests for years from “cigar geeks” requesting I create another of these pencil shaped smokes. So here it is… Elegant, sophisticated and refined.

Liga & Strength

Ecuador Habano

Capa

San Andreas Negro

Capote

Nicaraguan

Tripa

Forteleza

Unstolen Valor

Tasting Notes

The “Unstolen Valor” is not like any of the previous Muestra de Saka ligas as I did not create it, rather it is the work product of Sr. Raul Disla, Master Cigar Maker at NACSA, resulting from a personal challenge I issued him a few years ago to create a “personal liga”. I find this blend to be a journey of spice - peppercorns to be precise. It begins with the subtle aromatic tastes of the green peppercorn with that fresh, tangy back note followed by the flavors of the more potent, complex and pungent Tellicherry black pepper berry to finally finish with the more piquant, racier notes exhibited within white peppercorns. Spicy cigars are rather common, but what impressed my palate is how fluid the transitions occur plus how he managed to tame their biting nature that not only allows the smoker to detect these distinctly different pepper notes, but to also never overwhelm the smoker’s palate with sharpness. Simultaneously the blend offers a harmonious cedar-like sweetness that I found captivating. It is a very deft, balanced execution of style of cigar that is often done a great disservice by most makers.

Liga & Strength

Habano 2000 Sungrown

Capa

Nicaraguan

Capote

Nicaraguan
Dominican Republic
US Connecticut

Tripa

Forteleza

Puros
FrontmarksVitola/SizesCaja Format
Exclusivo6.00 x 52 ParejoSBN Box w/ Coffins / 7ct
Nacatamale6.00 x 48 ParejoSBN Box w/ Coffins / 7ct
#NLMTHA7.00 x 38 ParejoSBN Box w/ Coffins / 7ct
Unstolen Valor6.00 x 52 ParejoSBN Box w/ Coffins / 7ct
All Muestra de Saka are packed in individual cedar coffins in a 7-ct box.
Muestra de Saka Tripa