JC Newman

October 28, 2023

Muestra de Saka Krakatoa (6 x 48 corona gorda)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Halfwheel.com website)

The new cigar is the Muestra de Saka Krakatoa, a 6 x 48 corona gorda named for Krakatau, a volcano in Indonesia that is regarded as having the second-most deadly eruption in history, killing approximately 60,000 people in 1883.

The blend uses a grade A1, Ecuadorian-grown habano-seed wrapper, while the binder and filler both come from Nicaragua. Specifically, the filler uses a mix of broadleaf, criollo and corojo leaves, though where they are from has not been disclosed. The cigar’s profile is described as being full-bodied with a sweet and spicy sensation on the palate, and strength delivered via retrohales.

Each cigar is finished off with a spiral colita cap that is intended to resemble a volcano, then packaged into individual coffins. Pricing is set at $20.75 per cigar and $145.25 for a box of seven cigars. It is produced at Fabrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua S.A. in Estelí.

Krakatoa is the seventh release in the Muestra de Saka line, a collection of cigars with a name that means sample of Saka, and comes with an invitation to catch a glimpse into Steve Saka’s blending machinations. It’s a cigar that has been in the works for several years, first coming to light in 2021 but then was delayed in early 2022 due to lingering delays from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The cigar is nicely made and has an average feel in the hand.

The little colita cap came out when I removed the cellophane so I decided to not cut any more from the cap since the test draw was so good. The initial flavors at light up were cedar, pear, brown sugar, and earthy black coffee. There was both red and black pepper; red rated at 7 and black rated at 8 to 8 1/2. I got red pepper right after the sweet pear and brown sugar notes and the black pepper came after the black coffee. A different and very nice start.

At the first third (22 minutes) I had the same, nice notes. The red pepper may have reduced slightly. There's plenty of black coffee and the black pepper is amazing. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is black coffee with very good lingering black pepper. The cigar is tasty. I rated the first third 95.

As I moved through the second third (44 minutes) the cigar is pretty consistent. The notes remain the same but the black coffee moved up a little while the pear and brown sugar slightly decreased. The finish is unchanged and the cigar is still medium to full bodied. I rated the second third 94.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 5 minutes. The nice pear and brown sugar notes came back out and the black coffee returned to its regular amount, which is still very intense but not overly so. The cigar remained medium to full bodied. The black pepper is at least 8 1/2. There's a lot! The finish is unchanged. The cigar got back to nice and sweet with a lot of dark notes. I rated the final third 95. Very good cigar. Get them while you can.

Overall Score: 94.67

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