Cigar Review: Miami Cigar Añoranza Robusto

Cigar Review: Miami Cigar Añoranza Robusto

Miami Cigar Añoranza Robusto

Size:  Robusto-Box Pressed  (5 x 50 )

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler:  Nicaragua

Strength: Medium

Price:  (IPCPR Sample) $6.50 msrp

Grade: 8.9

Miami Cigar Company had a number of new offerings at ICPCR and while I wasn’t able to get my hands on all of them, a retailer I had befriended at the show was courteous enough to pass me one of these Añoranzas.  The Añoranza is particularly intriguing to me because it offers a few characteristics that I often look for in my everyday smokes.  It features Nicaraguan tobacco, a Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro wrapper, a box press, and a wallet friendly price tag.  Needless to day I was eager to try this

Here’s what our friends at Miami Cigar Company want us to know via their press release:

What is Añoranza? The newest cigar from Miami Cigar & Company will have many wondering how to pronounce it (Ahn-yor-ahn-za) and what does it mean? The word which is Spanish, meaning a longing or yearning. Often when we smoke, we reflect on times gone by and look back to a period of our lives we miss and wish we could go back to. This is Añoranza.

The cigars which are made in Nicaragua feature a Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro wrapper, with Nicaraguan grown binder and fillers. They will be available in both 10 count and 20 count boxes in the following sizes.

  • Robusto ($6.50 MSRP)
  • Toro ($7.50 MSRP)
  • Belicoso ($7.80 MSRP)
  • Gran Toro ($8.50 MSRP)

The cigars which come in a soft box pressed format will debut at IPCPR in Orlando in 2012.           

Old World Values
New World Traditions

Hmmm…10 count boxes? Another win in my book.  As my regular readers know I’m a big fan of the 10 ct. box.

But enough about that, let’s toast the foot….

Pre-Light:  (1.7)  The press release says soft box press, I’m not sure I would agree with that as my sample was almost a perfect square.  The Añoranza from the initial inspection is what I like to call a beautifully ugly cigar.  It has a very rustic look with visible seams, some excess wrapper that is flattened out in the box press, and a somewhat sloppy looking triple cap.  There is a graininess to the wrapper and a bit of oil present. I call it a beautiful ugly because I Love when the cigar looks less than perfect from the start, it adds character to the cigar as along as it doesn’t harm the smoking experience.  The Añoranza also has a fairly large band on it, something that Miami Cigar has earned a reputation for with there La Sirena line.  Again, nothing wrong with that and the band was easily removed.

The scent off the foot had aromas of hay and nuts.  The pre-light draw offered hay, nuts, and an aged tobacco aroma.

Burn:  (1.7)  The Añoranza burn line was a little less than crisp but it burned true with no issues.  The black and white ash passed the one inch mark before needing to be tapped off.  There is a healthy resistance in the draw.  The overall smoke production seemed a little light in the first third but picked up as the smoke progressed.

Flavor:  (2.7) At first light there is spice, black pepper and a little nuttiness that all travels well through the sinuses.  A hint of citrus joins the initial flavor profile and adds some dimension to what becomes a bit of a complex first third,  Soon the citrus dissipates and a wood and leather note become the core flavors present with a background spice.  The Añoranza then starts to become a bit creamier with some hints of nuts clearly resting into the profile.

Heading into the second third and I notice the flavors are increasing in volume but decreasing in definition, they are blending together a bit more and losing some of the nuance, not badly, just a bit noticeable.  There is a saltiness that emerges for a few puffs and then dissipates.  The smoke has a very dry texture to it and I’m glad I have some ice water present.  The spice tends to settle right at the tip of the tongue.

Heading into the final third and I notice a bit of a reawakening of the pepper which melds in nicely with the leather and wood core.  Then without notice I start picking up some faint notes of coffee with a bit of sweetness to it.  As I progress through the final third the coffee has really picked up and moved into the foreground with a somewhat peppery finish.  The body seemed to hover on the higher side of medium once I passed the mid way point of the smoke and didn’t really reach full.  As I smoked into the nub the tobacco began to taste a little fresh and at that point I put the Añoranza down feeling as if I has gotten the best it had to offer.

Overall: (2.8)   The Añoranza is a great addition to the Miami Cigar portfolio.  It offers a complex and wide array of flavor that is quite dynamic through the smoke.  I wonder if it might be a little on the young side as the brief moments of citrus, saltiness, and the freshness at the nub made me wonder.  Either way, it’s a fantastic value at $6.50 msrp and I’ll be stashing away one of those 10 ct boxes when they become available.

Total: 8.9