JC Newman

January 05, 2021

Mi Querida Triqui Traca no. 552 (5 x 52)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

The genesis of the Mi Querida Trique Traca goes back to the Mi Querida Firecracker project that Saka did for New Hampshire-based retailer Two Guys Smoke Shop in 2018. The Mi Querida Firecracker is a 3 1/2 x 50 size featuring a long fuse much like a Firecracker. For that project, Saka released the Mi Querida Firecracker using an alternative blend that was stronger than the original Firecracker. With Mi Querida Trique Traca, Saka worked with that alternate blend and tweaked it to be released in two other formats – No 552 (5 x 52) and No 648 (6 x 48).

As for the name, Saka says it is a Nicaraguan slang word that references large firecrackers that almost resemble sticks of dynamite. These are typically set off on the streets during celebrations in Nicaragua.

Blend and Origin

The Mi Querida Triqui Traca consists of a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and a combination of Nicaraguan fillers.

There are two notable differences with the Triqui Traca compared to the original Mi Querida. The wrapper of Triqui Traca was switched from the traditional Connecticut Broadleaf Mediums to the rarer No. 1 Dark corona leaves. In addition, the filler incorporates what is described as a “high octane ligero” from the Dominican Republic.

Like the original Mi Querida, production for the Triqui Traca comes from the NACSA factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: Nicaragua American Cigars S.A. (NACSA)

Vitolas Offered

The Mi Querida Triqui Traca is available in two sizes – each presented in 20-count boxes. The production is described as an ongoing limited one due to tobacco constraints.

No 552: 5 x 52 REVIEWED TODAY

No 648: 6 x 48 (reviewed 1/30/20)

The cigar is well made and has a nice feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were a citrus/cedar, brown sugar, cinnamon, worn leather, nutmeg, hints of caramel, and a nice black coffee base. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2. Nice start.

At the first third (25 minutes) the same flavor notes are there. The leather and nutmeg are combining. They are dense and pasty. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is a lot of nutmeg with minor leather notes, caramel notes, and nice lingering black pepper. I seem to be getting more of a nutmeg influence in this size than the 648. This cigar also has a citrus/cedar note and the 648 was more straight forward citrus. However this is a good cigar. I rated the first third 94.

Moving through the second third (47 minutes) the cigar is burning evenly. In the second third the cigar took a big swing upward. The sweet notes blossomed. The leathery nutmeg got very manageable. All the flavors are working very well together. The finish is unchanged. The overall flavors in the cigar have not changed but their intensity has changed. The cigar is moving toward full bodied. The cigar improved quite a bit. I raised the score to 96 for the second third.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 11 minutes. In the final third the cigar reverted back to the way it was in the first third in many respects. I had cedar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and light caramel but the coffee base rose and the leathery nutmeg became more prominent. The finish had more coffee on it, caramel, and leathery nutmeg. The lingering black pepper was very good. The cigar reached full bodied. I rated the final third 94.

Overall Score: 94.67

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