The Nestor Miranda Maduro is designed to replace the company’s oscuro line and has a bolder look and flavor. The sticks release was during the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show. The release was in conjunction with the company’s 25th anniversary and the news that the company founder, Nestor Miranda himself, will be removing himself from daily operations. As the brand reshuffles its leadership, the company will look to work over a number of its blends as well. 

The cigar is also available with a Connecticut or a Habano wrapper. The Maduro comes with a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Peru. It comes in four formats, including a Robusto (4 1/2 x 50), a Toro (5 1/2 x 54), a Corona (6 x 46) and a Gordo (6 x 60). The cigar is dark chocolate in color and has a few veins. It’s also coated with enough oil to give the stick a nice sheen when it’s in the light. One of the big visual updates to the cigar is its band, which features an interlocked “N” and “M” in red and silver Art Deco type. The pre-light draw produces a sweet combination of cotton candy and chocolate. 

The first-third of the Nestor Miranda Maduro begins with a surge of red pepper, which is standard for many of the brand’s cigars. The red pepper cools off after a few draws and reviewers found several flavors filled the void left behind by the heat, notably a combination of chocolate, coffee and leather. The coffee and chocolate notes are the most apparent, with the leather flavor acting in a supporting role. Near the conclusion of the initial third, some reviewers also detected cinnamon spice and some curry, which is a rare flavor to encounter in a cigar.

During the middle third, the curry flavor drops out quickly, only making a brief cameo. This part of the stick consists of the same coffee, cinnamon and leather notes encountered in the first-third, and is made even more complex with additional earth and cocoa notes. The cocoa is darker and has a slightly bitter taste that is akin to cocoa nibs and not sweet chocolate. The earth is dark as well and slightly damp. 

In the final third of the Nestor Miranda Maduro, the flavors are primarily the same, but they ramp up in intensity. The earth and coffee notes, in particular, take on dominant roles down the stretch. There isn’t much pepper present in the last couple inches, so while the cigar is intense, it isn’t spicy or hot on the palate.

Until the last third, the cigar stays around the medium-full range in body and strength. Near the end of the smoke, though, the cigar reaches full strength and produces a rush of nicotine. The flavors are deep enough throughout, that smokers with developed palates will appreciate it more. Like most of the company’s other cigar, this stick performs extremely well. It’s a reassuring sign that even though the brand is going through a change, its passion for quality isn’t going anywhere.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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