Añoranza by Miami Cigar – Cigar Review
Miami Cigar Co had a couple new introductions at the 2012 IPCPR including the Añoranza (Ahn-yor-ahn-za), the Nestor Miranda Special Selection Connecticut, Nestor Miranda Danno 2012, Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve 2012, Cien Anos, La Aurora Preferidos Diamond, La Sirena Merlion and the Fernando León Family Reserve. Today I am reviewing the new Añoranza. The press release describes it in full detail:
What is Añoranza? The newest cigar from Miami Cigar & Company will have many wondering how to pronounce it (Ahn-yor-ahn-za) and what does it mean? The word which is Spanish, means nostalgia; a sense of yearning. Often when we smoke, we reflect on times gone by and look back to a period of our lives we miss and wish we could go back to. This is Añoranza.
The cigars which are made in Nicaragua feature a Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro wrapper, with Nicaraguan grown binder and fillers. They will be available in both 10 count and 20 count boxes in the following sizes.
- Robusto ($6.50 MSRP)
- Toro ($7.50 MSRP)
- Belicoso ($7.80 MSRP)
- Gran Toro ($8.50 MSRP)
The cigars which come in a soft box pressed format will debut at IPCPR in Orlando in 2012.
Also make sure to check out the Miami Cigar Co blog here, the writing might look familiar to some of our long time readers.
Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
Strength: Medium – Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The wrapper of the Añoranza is a dark brown with mild veins and some fantastic oil to it. The band on it has a nice classic feel, which makes sense since the cigar is suppose to inspire nostalgia or a sense of yearning. It is a soft boxed pressed and has a nice feel in hand.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Añoranza has notes of sweet rich cedar and earth. On the foot there is the scent of spice, cedar, earth, and wood. I use a straight cut to prepare smoking the Añoranza and on the cold draw there is a mix of spice, cedar, wood, and hay.
Smoking Characteristics: The Añoranza Robusto fires up with the flavors of sweet cedar, wood, light spice, and a bit of dry grass. The light spice lingers on the palate between draws giving the Añoranza a great finish. The draw is excellent, easily providing a full body of rich, smooth, sweet, dry smoke. The burn is nearly razor sharp, and the ash holds firm without flaking.
Into the second third, a light dry cocoa note joins the blend and compliments it well. All the notes of sweet rich cedar, earth, wood, grass, and light spice remain. On the retrohale there is a complex blend of rich spices, and the strength is somewhere in the medium to full range. The draw still performs amply, easily providing a full body of rich, cool, sweet, smoke, which is a bit drier in this third.
Into the final third, the Añoranza Robusto loses most of its sweetness. Some is still present, but not nearly as much in the first two thirds. The cocoa remains as a very dry, deep flavor and the notes of cedar, wood, grass, and light spices are all remain. The earthy notes have mostly faded out. Despite the fact that I normally prefer a bit of sweetness, I’d say this is my favorite third of the cigar so far. The strength remains in the medium to full range, and the burn, draw, and ash all perform well.
Conclusion: What another great cigar from the IPCPR 2012. The Añoranza is a great blend. I know a lot of smokers prefer cigars with woody profiles. The Añoranza is that stick. The construction on it is superb. There were no issues with the burn, draw, or ash and it has a great blend, finish, and aroma. If you like woody flavors and a medium to full strength cigar which is reasonably priced, the Añoranza is definitely for you.