About a week ago I was surfing through some cigar websites when I saw today’s smoke in the photo-stream over at stogiereview.com. The stream located at the bottom of the page had a cigar that used the colors of the Miami Dolphins. Despite being a Jets fan I have long loved the color combination and decided to order the stick based on appearance alone. The extreme box press, pig tail cap and color combination of the of the band had me ordering these in the blink of an eye.
According to the Jameson Cigar website,
[Santos de Miami is] a blend inspired by the spirit of Miami, particularly Calle Ocho. Santos de Miami features all Dominican grown tobaccos with a Havana Corojo wrapper, Criollo ’98 binder, and Corojo and Criollo fillers. Presented in a box press and finished with a pig tail cap.
The cigar comes in one size and here are our thoughts
Cigar: Santos de Miami
Size: 6 x 54 (Haven)
Wrapper: Dominican Havana Corojo
Binder: Dominican Criollo ’98
Filler: Dominican Criollo & Dominican Corojo
Cigars Smoked For Review: 3
Appearance and Construction: The Santos de Miami features an extreme box press similar to those found in the Padron 1964 line. The cap features a tight pigtail that can easily be twisted off if a cutter is not handy. The Havana Corojo wrapper is a bit weak, and if proper care isn’t taken it is easy to nick these wrappers especially near the foot. The cigar is well packed with no soft spots though the foot does seem to be slightly porous. In the hand the wrapper has a velvet like smoothness about it, and the wrapper features colors of aqua and coral.
Flavor & Notes: I used my teeth to clip the cap of the cigar which was does without any damage to the wrapper. The prelight draw reminds me a bit of a chocolate mint girl scout cookie. There is a mint like note and chocolate which has me salivating. The foot of the cigar has a cedar note. I was enjoying the pre-light draw so much that I was worried I was taking all the flavors out of it. Once the cigar is lit a nice baseline of wood notes with a hint of dark chocolate and raspberry. In the second third of the cigar the raspberry note really begins to shine with a continued wood and a nice complement of spice. The last third of the cigar some of that mint I picked up on the cold draw makes an appearance with some dark chocolate and an abundance of spice through the nose.
Smoking Characteristics: The cigar burns a bit lopsided but despite the desire to correct it, it never got to far out of hand. The ash held on well for about a quarter of the cigar at time with only the slightest bit of flake. The draw was ideal and it burned cool all the way down to the nub. The one thing that really stood out was the aroma of the cigar which was intoxicating. While I couldn’t put my finger on the nose, it was so enjoyable and added to the overall experience.
Conclusion: Jameson has had two cigars which I smoked that I really enjoyed. The first being the Declaration and the second was this one, the Santos de Miami. Boutique cigars really deserve a shot in many humidors both personal and retail. If you haven’t had the chance to smoke the Santos de Miami I recommend it highly.