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Cigar: Nestor Miranda Collection Dominicano
Size: 4.5 x 50 (Coffee Break)
Wrapper: Dominican Rosado
Appearance and Construction (17/20): I used 4 samples to formulate this review and all of the cigars were very similar in nature. The Rosado wrapper has some veins and creases but the roll is flawless. The Dominicano label is brown and beige with some gold borders. Nestor Miranda’s signature is in red. As for the stick itself, there was no soft spots and the foot is well packed with a slight sponginess. The coffee break is one of my favorite vitolas that Nestor produces and despite it’s size there is a nice weight here.
Flavor & Notes (27/30): Prior to igniting the tobacco there was some earth on the draw with a touch of sweetness while the foot of the cigar offered some earth and spices. Once the combustible act is performed the cigar offers some notes of earth and spices that meld together into a delicious combination. As we continue into the second third the cigar begins to take on notes of cinnamon and a sweetness similar to that of caramel. The final third the nutty notes that were faintly in the background prior really step up to the front here especially on the finish.
Smoking Characteristics (25/25): The cigar burned really well and extremely straight. The medium gray ash held strong and I didn’t lose it until the half way point. The draw was superb and gave me no issues. I couple of times I put down one of my samples to answer the phone and it stayed lit despite a 12 minute phone call.
Overall (23/25): It was nice how the notes changed over the thirds with different top notes to keep you interested. However, I think it is important to have a beverage with this cigar due to the dryness you feel while smoking it. I had some nice rum that was gifted to me by my good friend Tony over at smokescore with my last sample of the Rosado and it made the experience better. This is a cigar that will grow on you so I implore those that decide to try it to smoke a few before making a decision whether it positive or negative.
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