The Nestor Miranda Habano Cigar Is Best For Experienced SmokersThe Nestor Miranda Habano is one of the three modifications of Miami Cigar and Company’s classic line. Debuted at the 2014 IPCPR, it marks the company’s 25th anniversary and founder Nestor Miranda’s announcement that he will be handing off daily operations to someone else. This blend closely resembles the legendary founder himself with its nuanced profile and classy appearance. Officially, the blend will replace the company’s Special Selection line, but it will be quite different.

The Nestor Miranda Habano is just one of three combinations in the new line and comes with a Nicaraguan wrapper and binder, and fillers from Nicaragua, Brazil and Honduras. The other two blends will be with an Ecuadorian Connecticut leaf or Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. It is available in four vitolas, including Toro (5 1/2 x 54), Corona (6 x 46), Robusto (4 1/2 x 50) and Gordo (6 x 60). The stick is a medium brown and has a rustic appearance, giving it an old-school Cuban vibe. The label is green, silver and black and features the brand logo and blend name, along with some sharp looking trim. It has an Art Deco feel and is oversized, so it is one worth saving. The pre-light draw consists of some pepper, cedar and cocoa notes.

The initial third of the Nestor Miranda Habano is one of heat and sweet. It starts off with some moderate black pepper that transitions to the back of the palate after a few draws. In its place, a combination of sweet cocoa and cedar, both similar to the pre-light notes, emerges and takes over the profile. Some reviewers also detected some spice in a secondary role, and once the blend transitions to the end of the initial third, this spice melds with the cedar to produce a punchy cedar. 

During the second-third of the cigar, the sweetness drops out and becomes noticeably spicy. The cedar spice is still present and joined by some red pepper and espresso notes. This combination of flavors holds until the end of the middle third and remains sharp throughout.

In the last third, the spice cools off some and the cedar espresso combination evens out a bit. They accompany some leather and tobacco notes that fill out the profile and make the smoke a bit fuller near the end. In all, the profile develops well from beginning to end and won’t leave a smoker feeling bored.

The burn and draw are both excellent, rounding out the cigar as a well-constructed and well-realized concept. It is medium to full in body and strength, however, so it is better suited to experienced smokers. Those that have the palate for a spicy, punchy smoke will find what they are looking for in Miami Cigar and Company’s homage to its founder.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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