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A nacatamale is a conventional dish found in Nicaragua and Honduras like the tamale. The nacatamale often made in conventional Nicaraguan cooking and it is an occasion regularly saved for Sundays at mid-morning. It is normally eaten together with bread and coffee. It is usual to appreciate nacatamales for special occasions and to welcome more distant family and neighbors to share.

In 2017 Steve Saka released the second cigar in his Muestra de Saka line, a 6 x 48 toro, the Nacatamale. The idea behind the Nacatamale was to try to incorporate all filler tobacco coming from the same farm, in this case, an undisclosed one in Jalapa.

“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,” said Saka in a press release. “Whereas these days as 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. ”

Besides the filler, the wrapper is an Ecuadorian habano, and the binder comes from Nicaragua. Pricing it set at $15.95 per cigar, or $111.65 for a box of seven, each coming in slide-lid coffins. Explaining the theme of the Muestra de Saka line, Saka says “muestras are hoarded 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. To smoke a Muestra de Saka is to embark upon a journey with me in which I greatly welcome your companionship.”

Dunbarton T&T | Muestra De Saka Nacatamale
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Blind Man’s Puff – Dunbarton T&T | Muestra De Saka Nacatamale

"Overall a very pleasant stick. Once it started mellowing out a little bit the cigar became a very nice smoke. This is one I'll be looking at more closely after the reveal, and would consider a box purchase on if the price is right. " -Dave W. (mdwest)

7 Good
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Leaf Enthusiast – Dunbarton T&T | Muestra De Saka Nacatamale

"This second installment in the Muestra de Saka series is a tour de force of what can be achieved in tobaccos from a single farm. The leaf that was selected produced complex sweet, floral and leathery notes that played freely on the palate while pepper seared my nose, at least at the beginning. Very...

9 Extraordinary
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Halfwheel – Dunbarton T&T | Muestra De Saka Nacatamale

"Hand me a Steve Saka-blended cigar, and I'm almost certainly going to expect a medium-plus to full bodied blend, and that's what had me initially so perplexed by the Muestra de Saka Nacatamale. While there's plenty of pepper through the nose, it's a much more subdued cigar on the palate, particular...

7 Good
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Stogie Guys – Dunbarton T&T | Muestra De Saka Nacatamale

"What makes Nacatamale so outstanding—and, yes, it is absolutely outstanding—is not any individual flavor. This cigar is a great example of how the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts. The overall balance, complexity, and harmony is simply on point. That Saka handicapped himself by relega...

10 Epic
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Casas Fumando – Dunbarton T&T | Muestra De Saka Nacatamale

"Hands down in my humble opinion the Muestra de Saka Nacatamale is my favorite cigar released from Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust to date. Its meaty, its complex, its bold, and the flavor profile is something that I personally love. The price is a bit steep but in this case you get what you pay for and t...

9 Extraordinary
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Cigar Authority – Dunbarton T&T | Muestra De Saka Nacatamale

"I wasn’t a fan of the original release and my score reflected that. Despite that, I was looking forward to this release, especially given the size. I am happy to say it did not disappoint, and it even exceeded expectations. With the binder and filler coming from a single farm in Jalapa I was worrie...

8 Great

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