Miami Cigar & Co. introduced this brand, named for its founder, in 2007. Now made under the supervision of Pepin Garcia in Nicaragua, it is medium-to-full in body and offered in boxes of 20. I recently picked up a box of these at the Cigar Inn event for the Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial a few weeks back. The coffee break is definitely my favorite size in the line.
Cigar: Nestor Miranda Special Selection
Size: 4.5 x 50 (Rothschild/Coffee Break)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominican Republic
Appearance and Construction (17/20): The cigar has a few veins that sit right at the surface of the wrapper but nothing that is out of hand. The oscuro wrapper is very toothy and has some decent amount of oils. For a little a cigar this stick has a nice weight to it, and no soft spots. The foot is well packed and the tobacco is nicely bunched. The band of the cigar features Nestor Miranda’s signature and the colors of silver, gold and black.
Flavor & Notes (28/30): The prelight draw is pretty uneventful, with just basic tobacco notes while the foot offers much of the same. Once lit the cigar reveals the reason why I am attracted to this smoke. The cigar starts off with a nice leather and spice that is subtle enough to be enjoyable even in the early morning hours, but strong enough that is can be an end of day smoke. Translation, the notes are balanced. As we progress the cigar also takes on some nutty notes that borders on almonds. As we enter the second third of the house the cigar offers notes of spices, almond and some roasted coffee notes. The final third of the cigar the strength begins to pick up with notes of leather, spice and almonds. The cigar has a short but enjoyable finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (24/25): The burn of the cigar of is fairly even with one of the whitest ashes I have ever seen. The ash has minimal flake and holds on strong. The cigar has a draw with a slight resistance which to me is perfect.
Overall (23/25): The coffee break is a cigar that is a dog walker. By this I mean it is the perfect size of a cigar to smoke when walking the dog, or as the name suggests during a coffee break. The cigar has some wonderful notes and it is fairly complex. This is a great cigar, and something I think almost everyone will enjoy as an every day type of smoke.
Price: $110.00 a box at Famous Smoke Shop