Later this year, the Mi Querida Triqui Traca line will gain its fifth official size.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust is adding the Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 448, a 4 x 48 parejo size. Steve Saka, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust’s founder, told halfwheel he wasn’t planning on adding this size this year, but he said that the broadleaf he has access to is so good he wanted to stop putting as much of it on Polpetta—an event-only cigar that he doesn’t sell—and use it on a production cigar.

Saka said he expects the cigar to have an MSRP somewhere between $9-10 per cigar. While retailers who attend next month’s 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show will have a chance to purchase the cigar, it is not expected to begin shipping until October or November.

Like the rest of the line, it’s an amped-up version of the regular Mi Querida line, which debuted in 2016. Triqui Traca was released in 2019, using a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper over the Nicaraguan tobaccos that make up the binder and fillers of the regular Mi Querida line. The notable change is that Dominican ligero was added to the filler to “frontload” the blend.

While the line formally debuted in 2019, the blend actually debuted a year earlier as an exclusive release for Two Guys Smoke Shop. The New Hampshire-based retailer has asked a number of manufacturers to produce cigars for part of its Firecracker Series. Those cigars measure 3 1/2 x 50 and use an extra-long pigtail, mimicking a firecracker. Saka opted to change the Mi Querida blend, making it stronger, to follow along with the Firecracker theme.

Most Firecracker releases have only been produced once, but the Mi Querida Firecracker has been sold for the last three years. Saka told halfwheel that there will not be a Mi Querida Firecracker release for 2021.

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