I guess I will start off with a disclaimer. The Miami Cigar Company is a sponsor of acigarsmoker.com and they sent along samples for this review. This cigar is being marketed as a stick for under $5.00 and it seems to be a growing trend with cigar companies making less expensive cigars which is a welcome sign as tobacco taxes go up.
The cigar is available in two wrappers with one being a Rosado and the other being an Oscuro. This review is based solely upon the Oscuro wrapper.
To read more on the cigar check out the Press Release on the 1989.
Cigar: Nestor Miranda 1989
Size: 6 x 52
Wrapper: Nicarguan Oscuro
Filler: Nicaragua (Esteli & Jalapa)
Appearance and Construction: The first thing I noticed on these cigars was the over-sized large band that reminded me of a festival or celebration and I guess that fits the bill here since 1989 is the year Nestor Miranda founded Miami Cigar Co. After that when one looks at the cigar they see that there an abundance of veins as well as a slightly porous roll. There is some tooth present and this light weight cigar has a loosely packed foot.
Flavor & Notes : I was still eager to try this slightly oily stick despite the appearance not being all that. There is a saying that is beauty is only skin deep so I clipped the cap and began the pre-light ritual. Both the draw and the foot offered the same notes of tobacco and a slight earth. Simple, but pleasant. Once lit the cigar was consistent all the way through. The 1st, 2nd and final 3rd of the cigar offered notes of nuts, coffee and earth. The finish offered some slight spice as well. The notes never really over-powering but they were there.
Smoking Characteristics: The cigar had a very loose draw with a fairly even burn. At times it did seem like it might get out of hand but it corrected itself. The Nestor Miranda 1989 had a dark ash that did not hold as long as one would like and I wound up with a lap full on a few occasions. The cigar did produce a nice volume of smoke but the experience ended quickly as this was a fast smoking stick.
Conclusion: This cigar was like some women I know, fast & loose. But sometimes we want that quick fix and the Nestor Miranda 1989 left me satisfied. However, I would love to see these rolled a little tighter so they would be more packed. The cigar had a 52 ring gauge but I felt like there was only enough tobacco for a 48 to 50. Despite this if I was on a budget (and I should be!) I would smoke the Nestor Miranda 1989 Oscuro again for sure.