JC Newman

February 08, 2022

Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 448 (4 x 48)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

At the 2021 Premium Cigar Association (PCA) Trade Show, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust will add its fifth size to its Mi Querida Triqui Traca line, a 4 x 48 vitola known as No. 448.

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 Triqui Traca, Saka worked with that alternate blend, tweaked it, and released it in two new sizes: No 552 (5 x 52) and No 648 (6 x 48).  In 2020, two more sizes were made – No. 652 (6 x 52) and No. 764 (7 x 64). When the 2020 line extensions were made, Saka had mentioned there was a 4 x 48 coming.

Blend-wise, Triqui Traca features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and fillers. Production is handled at the Nicaragua American Cigars S.A. (NACSA)factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. Pricing for the Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 448 is set at $8.95 per cigar.

The No. 448 is the same size as the Mi Querida (Blue) Gordita.

The name Triqui Traca 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

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

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

Vitolas Offered

No 764: 7 x 64

No 652: 6 x 52

No 552: 5 x 52

No 648: 6 x 48

No 448: 4 x 48 REVIEWED TODAY

The cigar is dark and short. It resembles a large firecracker. The cap is finished in a small pigtail. The cigar has an average (light) feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were citrus, apricot, brown sugar, citrus peel, leather, and black coffee. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2. The cigar has nice sweetness and the leather is worn. Nice start.

At the first third (18 minutes) the citrus notes are not quite as noticeable but I still had nice notes of apricot, citrus peel, a thick, pasty nutmeg, leather, and black coffee. The finish is apricot and a little leather and very good lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The cigar has a lot of sweetness and plenty of lower level notes. I rated the first third 94.

Moving through the second third (36 minutes) I don't think anything has changed. It's still nice and sweet. The citrus notes have crept back into the mix. The leather is nice and worn and goes well with the black coffee base. The finish has apricot and more leather than before with very good lingering black pepper. Not enough has changed to affect the score. I held 94 for the second third.

The cigar lasted 51 minutes using the PerfecDraw tool. Without it you'll get around 45 minutes. Again, nothing has changed. The same flavorful notes are in play; citrus, apricot, brown sugar, light citrus peel, nutmeg, leather, and black coffee. The finish is much like it was in the first third; primarily apricot with leather and very good lingering black pepper. The cigar is quite tasty and has a little power. It ended at a high grade medium to full bodied. Basically, how it starts is how it ends. A tasty short cigar. I rated the final third 94.

Overall score: 94

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