Cigar Review: Nestor Miranda Special Selection

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Size: 4.5×50, Rothschild (Coffee Break)

Wrapper: Nicaraguan

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan and Dominican

Price: Box 0f 20, $109.99

Strength: Medium

Grade: 9.2

Add another cigar to Pepin’s credentials! The Special Selection from Nestor Miranda, of Miami Cigar & Company, recently landed in CA’s Top 25 Cigars of 2009 (or the first 10 months of 2009). This re-blend of the original line is crafted by Pepin in Esteli, Nicaragua and is in celebration of Nestor Miranda’s 20th Anniversary. The SS is available in two wrappers, a Rosado or a Nicaraguan Maduro, and in four sizes. This blend is said to be Nestor’s personal favorite and the blend he hands out to friends and family.

Other than these details, there is a bit of mixed information online about this cigar. It appears that 2009 brought about a couple new sizes and more conflicting information. You can visit Miami Cigar & Company online, but don’t expect to find any information on this stick.

So, with that bit of information extolled, let’s toast it, shall we?

Nestor_web_1Pre-light, 1.8:
The size of this cigar, coupled with the very clean band, really draws you in. The Coffee Break has minimal veins with a good looking wrapper and is topped off with a triple cap. Solid throughout with no soft spots, the smoke seems to be constructed well. The pre-light aroma is of aged tobacco, coffee, and cocoa with a hint of sweetness. The cold draw produces a hint of spice on the lips and leaves a nice texture on the palate.

Burn, 1.8:
The Special Selection toasted nicely, produced an excellent burn line, and had a perfect draw. The cigar produced adequate smoke, at a good temperature, with a white ash that held to an inch at times. The draw tightened a bit into the final third but not to the point of being bothersome.

Flavor, 2.8:
The first puff on this smoke produced a nutty flavor with a spicy finish. The first third was of tobacco, with a hint of leather and a full nutty finish. The second third seemed to pick up on the nutty notes, but the spice was consistent and I detected a hint of cherry at times. The last third did not deviate from the profile above. I never could place the exact spice but it was present and pleasing throughout. This little smoke was full of flavor and was really complex for such a short smoke.

Overall, 2.8:
This is a nice blend from the team of Miranda and Garcia and is appropriately priced at around five bucks a stick. The size is fun and when the flavor is as full as a larger smoke, it really takes it to another level. If you get a chance, pick a few of these up—an excellent smoke for the winter months.

(Total:  9.2)