Cigar Review: Nestor Miranda Art Deco

The first time I had this cigar was back at IPCPR in August when I was lucky enough to be invited to have a drink with Jason Wood, Rene Castenada and Nestor Miranda at the Rusty Nail in New Orleans. We sat around and drank some Abita beer when Nestor offered me one of the Art Deco smokes. The atmosphere can definitely make a cigar that is why I waited til now to review this cigar that has a bit of a buzz around it.

The smoke is available in tins of 21, and are produced by My Father Cigars for Miami Cigar & Company and marks a departure for sticks created at the My Father Factory. “We wanted to get Pepin out of his comfort zone, which is using Nicaraguan tobacco,” said Nestor Miranda. “He accepted the challenge and came out with an amazing blend using 40% Dominican tobacco.”

Cigar: Art Deco
Size: 4.5 x 50 (Coffee Break)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo ’06
Binder: Dual: Dominican Criollo ’98/Nicaraguan Habano ’00 binder
Filler: 60% Nicaraguan Corojo 99 and 40% Dominican San Vicente
Strength: Medium
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Nestor Miranda Collection Art Deco

Nestor Miranda Collection Art Deco

Appearance and Construction: The Art Deco features a reddish brown wrapper that has a few thin and medium sized surface veins and a nice oily sheen. The metallic looking Art Deco label with colors of red, black and teal pay homage to the Art Deco section of Miami and a style that was introduced in the early 1920’s that became popular in the late 60s. There are no soft spots to this hefty cigar with a gorgeous looking trip cap. The design and logo would look nice on a table top lighter that I hope to see come out down the road or perhaps an Art Deco ashtray. The marketing for this cigar seems to have endless possibilities.

Flavor & Notes: The foot of the cigar has notes of warm spices and tobacco to the nose while the pre-light draw serves up some spice with a hint of sweetness.  Once the cigar is lit there is some muted spice with notes of wood, and earth. As the cigar nears the second third some robust coffee notes join the mix and become the primary note.  Before the second third was over I was craving a nice strong single espresso. The final third of the cigar serves up notes of coffee, cloves, and a slightly earthy finish.

Smoking Characteristics: The Nestor Miranda Art Deco is a example of a perfect cigar. A crisp burn line, solid medium gray ash, excellent draw and an amazing aroma. If only every cigar smoked this way.

Conclusion: The Art Deco continues what seems to be a banner year for Miami Cigar & Company which leaves the question how can they top this in 2011. The Art Deco has quickly become a staple in my repertoire.

Rating: 91
Price: Under $7.00 MSRP

Disclaimer: Miami Cigar & Company has sent me samples in the past, and is an advertiser on this blog. That being said, I am as opinionated as they come and my relationship with them does not alter my thoughts on the Art Deco one bit. As always the typo’s and spelling mistakes have been left in this review for your amusement.