Cigar Review: Nestor Miranda Special Selection Connecticut-Coffee Break

Cigar Review: Nestor Miranda Special Selection Connecticut-Coffee Break

Nestor Miranda Special Selection Connecticut-Coffee Break

Size: Petite Robusto (4.5″ x 50)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan & Honduran

Strength: Mild-Medium

Price: $7.25 MSRP

On a recent Saturday afternoon I wandered into site sponsor Smoke Inn and ended up catching up with Barry Stein, Assistant Director of Marketing for Miami Cigar Company. Barry had made an appearance that morning on Kiss My Ash Radio and spent the rest of the day hanging out at the shop. You can listen to Barry’s appearance here. For those of you that don’t know, Barry was once the proprietor of ACigarSmoker.Com and after years of chronicling his adventures, and reviewing cigars, he was able to make the transition into the industry. I had met Barry at a few events in the past and when I saw him he offered me a few a of these new Nestor Miranda Special Selection Connecticut’s and asked me to let him know what I thought.

Before I get into the review a few details. The Nestor Miranda SS Connecticut is rolled at the My Father factory in Nicaragua for Miami Cigar Company. The NMSS-C features an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper and there are varying reports as to the filler. Some web reports state it is a Dominican-Nicaraguan blend. However the word I got from Barry was that it was a Honduran-Nicaraguan blend.

Usually I am not the biggest fan of Connecticut wrapped cigars but there have been a few that have been quite memorable and are now part of my regular rotation, specifically the EPC New Wave Connecticut which I’m a big fan of.

Miami Cigar Co. has released a handful of sticks in the last year that I have enjoyed including the Añoranza and the La Aurora 107 Salamon so I was curious to smoke Nestor’s take on a Connie.

But enough about that, let’s toast the foot!


Grade: 8.8

Pre-Light: (1.8) The NMSS-C features a very light brown, almost dirty yellow colored Ecuadorian shade wrapper with number of prominent veins and some darker mottling. The Coffee Break is firmly packed and sports a well applied triple cap. The band features a slight variation from previous Special Selection bands by having bronze trim on a white band, a nice change-up and fitting for the Connecticut.

The Foot has a sweet hay with a hint of cherry to the aroma. The pre light draw is a little surprising with elements of vanilla and almond over a sweet grassy core.

Burn: (1.7) The NMSS-C coffee break had a good, albeit slightly tight, draw on each of the samples I smoked. The burn gets a little jagged at times, but tends to self-correct. There is a sturdy white ash that holds firm to the inch.

Flavor: (2.6) At first light the NMSS Connecticut provides a creamy smoke with a bit of sweetness and just a tingle of pepper to the finish. As the cigar burns the smoke develops a nice creamy texture with a hint of sweetness to it. There is just the faintest of pepper on the finish. As I approach the end of the first third I taste a mild almond nuttiness. Quite delicious. The finish leaves the palate tasting quite clean. I would characterize the smoke as being medium in body, yet mild in strength.

Heading through the second third and the flavor profile is mostly matching the first third with core flavors of sweet grass, vanilla, and a hint of sweetness. Towards the end of the second third the almond note makes a pronounced appearance and is terrific on the retro-hale. The smoke is still medium bodied, the flavors are good, and the strength is mild with a growing move towards lower end of medium.
Smoking into the last third and again the flavors remain fairly consistent. Unfortunately, I don’t detect anymore of the almond. As I close in on the last inch the flavors start to lose some of their characteristic definition and I lay the Coffee Break to rest. By the end the strength was moving towards medium.

Overall: (2.7)   As someone who doesn’t typically gravitate towards Connecticut wrapped cigars I was pleasantly surprised with Nestor Miranda’s take on the wrapper.  The flavors were good.  The smoke was creamy and sweet.  Their was very little spice and just a hint of pepper despite the Nicaraguan filler.  Definitely a smoke I would come back to and smoke again and absolutely recommend to smokers of mild-medium cigars who are seeking a sweeter,  richer flavor profile.

Total: 8.8 (While these cigars were given to ToastedFoot.Com by Barry Stein of Miami Cigar Company it in no way influenced our review.)