Cigar Review: Nestor Miranda Special Selection


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)


  1. Chris McCann

    Thanks for the review. Sounds like another hit from Don Pepin! I’ll definitely be picking up some!

  2. great review. I’ve got one of these sitting around in the humi. Might be time to smoke it.

  3. Nice review. I have to agree, I tend to like these also! I have found that long lancero is a nice smoke with tons of flavor! You should give it a try sometime.


  4. I just like the name “Nestor Miranda” (plus he seems like a great guy).

    Nestor was a great general in the Trojan war; Miranda was Prospero’s daughter in Billy Shakes’, The Tempest. Good combo!

  5. I haven’t tried it in this size yet but enjoy the Special Selection overall. Will have to give this a try.

  6. I agree with the Lancero… One of my preferred sizes…

  7. This is the only size we’ve had; will definitely check out the Lancero. Cigar Monster had a deal on the Lanceros last week…shoulda coulda!

  8. All caught up now. Not familiar with the brand, other than the anniversary stick he gave away last year.

  9. Scott Silva

    I really prefer a little larger smoke than a lancero… But I’m a big guy, and a lancero seems a little tiny to me… A regular corona almost seems too small sometimes. Butt I do agree. The flavor profile is much diffferent in a lancero. Less filler to wrapper ratio.

  10. I love the Nestor Miranda Special Selection lancero. It’s a great deal on a tasty smoke. I need to get my hands on some more of those

  11. I like the pics one finds of Mr. Miranda: he always looks cooooool.

  12. This is an excellent smoke. It had tons of flavor and produced a nice thick smoke. Thumbs up from Toledo!!!Try one and you’ll be hooked.

  13. TriMarkC

    I BOTL from gifted me one of these a few months ago, and I truly enjoyed it! I will definitely have to pick up some more soon!

  14. Anthony

    Nestor Miranda cigars are good smokes, especially for the money. I am partial to the Special Selection in the the Gordito and Gordito Torpedo sizes. I also enjoy the Art Deco and 1989 blends, which I believe are also produced by DPG. The 1989 really surprised me, as it is supposed to be a value cigar. The burn was spot on with nice flavor. I did not care, however, for the Dominicano line.


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