Much like the original Liga Undercrown—another Saka creation from back in his Drew Estate days—this hits the palate in a muted way. It’s rich and medium bodied but it just doesn’t envelop it like today’s boldest Nicaraguan blends, which may be a good thing depending on your individual taste. That's somewhat of a letdown however since the pre-light aroma is like opening a box of assorted cakes from the local bakery, full of cocoa and fruit and bready, yeasty character.
Interesting that this cigar comes from the Joya de Nicaragua factory, since we also find their original Antaño 1970 blend to have a similar muted quality: plenty of nicotine and richness but no upfront zap of flavor.
Overall, we’re rating Muestra de Saka Very Good for fans of Undercrown, Liga and Joya Antaño but more like a solid Good for everyone else, especially considering the high price and burn issues. Judging by how fast fans snapped these up, we’re guessing many will disagree and argue these merit much higher praise.
6" x 52