The Mi Querida Triqui Traca from Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust has begun arriving at retailers across the country, as Steve Saka told halfwheel that he began shipping the first batch of cigars last week.

The cigars are both an extension to the Mi Querida line and a follow-up to the Mi Querida Firecracker, a 3 1/2 x 50 parejo with a long pigtail that was released last year as part of Two Guys Smoke Shop’s Firecracker Series. Blend-wise, the cigars feature a slightly stronger blend than the original Mi Querida, using a No. 1 Dark Corona Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan and Dominican ligero fillers. Of note in the filler is what Saka described as “a unique, high octane ligero grown in the Dominican Republic.”

Additionally, Saka has said that while it’s not a pepper bomb, the strength comes across in a “denser, heavier, chewier way,” adding that it conveys a unique body and weight to the person smoking it.

Triqui Traca is offered in two sizes:

  • Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552  (5 x 52) — $10.75 (Box of 20, $215)
  • Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 648 (6 x 48) — $11.75 (Box of 20, $235)

Triqui Traca gets its name from a Nicaraguan term for firecrackers that are tied together. To differentiate it from the original line, Triqui Traca wears a red and gold band, whereas the Mi Querida sports a navy blue and gold band.

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