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Archive for the ‘Medium-bodied’ Category

The Nestor Miranda Collection – Art Deco

Posted by dabyrdman33 on October 6, 2010

Well after a long hiatus, a week without cigars seems like an eternity, I’m back with another cigar review. Before I jump into the review, let me just say that coming down with a cold after drinking all night is definitely the worst way to get sick. There’s no distinguishing between the hangover-induced headache and the wrought with fever-induced headache. The worst part this time was losing my sense of taste almost completely and not knowing when it would come back or if my cigar palate would be greatly affected by it. Needless to say, the first couple of cigars that I tried to enjoy after my respite all seemed to give me a taste of roasted peanuts or peanut butter at some point during the herfing process. I decided to forgo a review last week because of the uncertainty of what a trusted cigar would taste like let alone something that may be new to me. That brings me to this week’s review.

The last Miami Cigar offering from the Nestor Miranda Collection that I reviewed was the Special Selection in the coffee break size. If you wish, you can read about it here. The Art Deco is a new creation from the mind of Nestor Miranda and Pepin Garcia. The blend consists of 60 percent Nicaraguan Corojo 99 and 40 percent Dominican San Vicente. The binder is a dual Dominican Criollo ’98/Nicaraguan Habano ’00, and the wrapper leaf is Nicaraguan Corojo ’06. Nestor Miranda is quoted in the Miami Cigar press release as saying,

“We wanted to get Pepin out of his comfort zone, which is using Nicaraguan tobacco. He accepted the challenge and came out with an amazing blend using 40% Dominican tobacco.”

The cigars for this review were samples that I received from IPCPR (thanks to Mike Huff) and Little Puff 2010. I still have yet to try an “off the shelf” stick from my local retailer. Enough chatter, here are the specs:

Vitola: Coffee Break
Size: 50 ring x 4.5 inches
Wrapper – Nicaraguan Corojo ’06
Binder – Dominican Criollo ’98/Nicaraguan Habano ’00
Filler – Nicaraguan Corojo 99/Dominican San Vicente
MSRP – $6.50 (approx.) plus applicable taxes

Pre-light – The band on this cigar is a spectacular eye catcher with its silver metallic outline and the Art Deco design (duh). The wrapper is dark brown in color with a couple of noticeable veins but nothing that I would call unsightly. The cigar is firmly packed without any noticeable soft spots. Upon clipping the cap, the draw is ample and earthy with a hint of semi-sweet tobacco.

First third – True to the pre-light, the cigar opens with a rich, earthy tobacco flavor.  The retrohale is strong and peppery to the point of stinging the nostrils. The ash is white and somewhat solid but only manages to hold for about ¾ of an inch. The burn is sharp and even. The cigar gives off an abundance of smoke with each puff while producing a fair amount of resting smoke between puffs. The body is solidly medium as the finish is fairly long, but certainly not overpowering. This is not giving me any indication that I will have any trouble tasting a second cigar following this one. The strength is not noticeable at this point, and since it is still early I’ll call it mild for now. Toward the end the first third, the peppery retrohale subsides, but the earthy tobacco note remains with just a hint of black coffee.

Second third – Nearing the halfway point, I’m still getting the rich, earthy tobacco note. The body is still medium, and I think at this point I can call the strength medium as well. I am noticing some of the sweetness from the pre-light draw beginning to creep in on the finish. The smoke is rich yet it has a smooth, creamy texture. Given the earthy flavor, I am expecting this cigar to weigh heavier on my palate and become more of a full-bodied cigar, but surprisingly it is not. The ash is holding a little longer during this segment. The burn remains razor sharp with no needs for touch-ups.

Final third – Nearing the end, the Art Deco is still holding on to the earthy tobacco note with some sweet floral notes. At the band, the peppery spice has returned on the retrohale. The burn on this stick is impeccable. The body is solid medium as well as the strength. This cigar does not appear to produce a nicotine buzz or a “gut punch” so I would call it safe for those that enjoy mild to medium cigars. The coffee note from earlier is richer and fuller as I approach the nub.

Overall – This cigar definitely lives up to its description in the press release. It is every bit of rich, earthy tobacco flavor and while it has some strength it’s not overpowering. The construction and burn are flawless with no issues from start to finish. My only issue is that I am not a fan of really, really earthy cigars and this is it. You will notice from my previous reviews, that I tend to gravitate toward cigars that produce more woodsy flavors. The flavor in this cigar was good but it leaves me wanting more and feeling like something was missing. I would love to try a different size to see if maybe I can be swayed. The simple fact that the cigar is what Miami Cigar says it is makes it hard for me to downgrade it, and I would certainly recommend it to those that like earthy cigars. Given my tastes (that’s exactly what this review is, MY TASTES) I cannot say that it is “box-worthy” for me. On my unofficial “official” scale I give it 4.2 out of 5.0. I am calling this one a “hung jury” until I can smoke the Robusto Grande and Gran Toro sizes. Expect to see me revisit this cigar at a later date. I am interested to hear your thoughts. Please leave me a comment with your experience if you’ve tried this cigar. If I’ve missed the boat on this one, don’t hesitate to tell me because I recognize that all of our palates are different and sometimes I can still overlook the obvious.

Until next time, keep burning the best of the best. If you can’t smoke more, smoke better.



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