“Sit down, sit down,” said Nasar Nayeb, owner of Dallas Cigars, as I walked around the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust. I thought for a second, and then sat down. Because chances are, you are going to have to wait on Steve Saka at the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust booth. In fairness to Saka, he did request times to make meetings; in fairness to me, that was made two days before the start of the show.

As for the booth, it’s very much the same as last year’s, with product in front and some meeting area in back. It’s packed constantly, a good testament to just how well Steve Saka’s brands are doing in the market.

Todos Las Dias

Saka said this is strong, really strong. It certainly doesn’t look menacing given the bands, but I trust him when he gives the warning. In true Saka fashion, he wondered whether the cigar would do well, something I think he knows better about.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua (Estelí & Jalapa)
  • Todos Las Dias Toro (6 x 52) — $12.45 (Boxes of 10, $124.50)
  • Todos Las Dias Robusto (5 x 52) — $11.45 (Boxes of 10, $114.50)
  • Todos Las Dias Double Wide Belicoso (4 3/4 x 60) — $12.45 (Boxes of 10, $124.50)
  • Todos Las Dias Half Churchill (4 3/4 x 48) — $10.45 (Boxes of 10, $104.50)

Launch Date: August 2017

Muestra de Saka Nacatamale

Not sure what to say here, other than, it’s a different blend than the first Muestra de Saka.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua (Jalapa)
  • Muestra de Saka Nacatamale (6 x 48) — $15.95 (Boxes of 7, $111.65)

Launch Date: October 2017

Mi Querida Mas Sucia

Two new sizes for the Mi Querida line; one big and one small. I thought the sales pitch was pretty interesting here with Saka saying that it was the strongest of the line, but a change of pace cigar for those smoking La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Diggers.

  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Nicaragua: Binder
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Mi Querida Mas Sucia (7 x 64) — $13.45 (Boxes of 10, $134.50)

In February 2018, the name of the Mas Sucia was changed to Gran Bufalo after another cigar company expressed concern about the proximity of the name to its existing products.

Mi Querida Gordita

  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Nicaragua: Binder
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Mi Querida Gordita (4 x 48)

Launch Date: July 2017

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2017 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.
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Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I have written about the cigar industry for more than a decade, covering everything from product launches to regulation to M&A. In addition, I handle a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff here at halfwheel. I enjoy playing tennis, watching boxing, falling asleep to the Le Mans 24, wearing sweatshirts year-round and eating gyros. echte liebe.