Rolled at the Joya de Nicaragua factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, the Muestra de Saka is an extremely limited ultra-premium cigar created by Steve Saka. Utilizing filler tobaccos from the four main growing regions of Esteli, Ometepe, Condega, and Jalapa, this delectably complex full-bodied blend swirl between sweet cream and spicy pepper throughout for a pleasantly dizzying experience nobody will soon forget.
Steve Sake #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.”
Steve Sake Stolen 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 also never overwhelms 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.”
The Nacatamale is the second front mark 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.