The last cigar in the JR Cigar 50th Anniversary collection comes from none other than Steve Saka and Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust. This special cigar is called the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Limited Edition “EM” Maduro . Steve Saka was once a JR Cigar Executive Consultant. This cigar joins releases from earlier in the year for the JR Cigar 50th Anniversary including Herrera Esteli, Oliva, Crowned Heads, and Davidoff.
The “EM” in the name is an homage to Ed McVey, former buyer for JR Cigar. Saka notes that this blend could potentially be released nationally in the future.
This is a prototype of a Mi Querida liga we’re developing as a possible addition to our brand portfolio. Our current code name for the project is “MQ Black” as it is intended to be ringed with black bands. It is only fitting that this cigar first be used to celebrate JR Cigar’s 50th Anniversary as its inspiration was the maduro cigars that Ed McVey, the longtime cigar buyer, and I smoked during our tenure over two decades ago at JR.
As with the rest of the Mi Querida line, the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Limited Edition “EM” Maduro is rolled at the NACSA factory in Nicaragua. NACSA has a long history with both JR Cigar and Steve, as that is where all his Mi Querida and Umbagog lines are made. This is also where many of the JR Cigar house brands are rolled. The blend uses a Connecticut Broadleaf No.1 Dark wrapper, San Andrés Negro binder, and fillers from Nicaragua, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.
Steve describes the blend as “bold, full flavored, rich and decadent!” The Limited Edition “EM” Maduro comes in only one size, a 7.25 x 54 that is a preferred size by both Steve and Ed. The cigars comes in custom boxes of 10 and there were only 500 of them made. Each box retails for $149.50 or $14.95 for a single. It will go on sale December 1st, only at www.JRCigars.com.