One of the latest cigars from Miami Cigar & Company deviates from the norm which is a big risk. The company which is run by Nestor Miranda is known for his relationship with My Father Cigars. The collection which bares Nestor’s signature has long been a favorite of mine especially in the coffee break and lancero sizes. Other cigars include the Art Deco, Dominicano, and the soon to be released Limited Reserve. The latest release, Casa Miranda comes from the famed El Titan de Bronze factory in Litte Havana, Miami, Florida. With the help of Willy Herrera while he was still part of the Titan team, Miami Cigar & Company set out to make a cigar that was made in Miami.
Does the risk pay off?
Cigar: Casa Miranda
Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Cigars Smoked For Review: 5
Appearance and Construction: The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is pleasing to the eye, and the Casa Miranda is no exception to that rule. The veins are minimal and there is a fair amount of oil present as well. In the hand the wrapper is a little coarse with a fine sandpaper like feel to it. The cigar is well rolled with no soft spots and is firm to the the touch. The band is modern, but retains a classic look to it with colors of chiffon, gold and white.
Flavor & Notes: The foot of the cigar is as complex as they come with some notes of honey, almond extract, and a touch of wood. The cold draw of the cigar serves up some classic tobacco notes, a hint of honey and some cedar. Once the cigar is lit a subtle spice, that quickly fade as soon as the ash begins to form. As we work our way into the first third there is some earthy notes with a touch of sweetness that reminds me of honey and a slight citrus as well. The second third loses the sweetness, but the citrus remains ever so faintly. The major note at this point is nuts. In the last third the cigar develops a nice coffee note, with some subtle spices and a nutty finish.
Smoking Characteristics: The solid white ash held for about half the cigar before falling off. The burn of the cigar was crisp and razor-sharp although it burned at a slight angle. I never once needed to touch it up or relight which is always a plus in my book. The aroma of the stick was a nice wood and well defined at that.
Conclusion: While the cigar is a departure from the My Father made cigars from Nestor Miranda, it holds true to the flavor profile with enough spice to keeps those who were fans interested. At the same time the amount of spice is muted enough that it should attract those who don’t love the Nicaraguan spice that makes Nestor Miranda cigars so popular. The result is a great cigar made in America that pairs well with a nice Samuel Adams, especially the Summer Ale.
Price: $10.00 each / $45.00 for 5 / 169.90 a box @ Bonita Smoke Shop