Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Announces Event-Only Polpetta (Update)


Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust has announced plans for a new cigar line called Polpetta, an event-only release that will use the cuts from three of the company’s other cigar lines.

Announcing the cigar via Facebook on Friday, Steve Saka indicated that it will measure 4 x 48, though he did not disclose much else in the way of details, other than that he has been working on it for several years, and that it may become a more widely available brand in the future.


In the subsequent days, additional details have been revealed. As for the blend, Saka is using the cuts from his Mi Querida, Mi Querida Triqui Traca and Umbagog lines to create the filler, meaning five different Nicaraguan tobaccos. A Mexican San Andrés binder and Connecticut broadleaf wrapper covers that filler blend. The cigar is being produced at the Nicaraguan American Cigars S.A. (NACSA) factory in Nicaragua and comes in 25-count bundles.

Polpetta is the Italian word for meatball, which Saka wrote “is the perfect moniker for this tasty treat!”

A firm shipping date has not yet been set as Saka cited packaging delays as preventing him from setting a date, though he told halfwheel that it will begin to be available at any Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust event as of Feb. 2020. Saka said he has made what he believes is enough for 2020, but said he hasn’t given it much thought beyond that.

Update – Dec. 16, 2019 — Steve Saka released details on the blend, the factory producing it, availability and other information. This article was originally published on Dec. 14.

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