The Danno series of cigars was launched by Miami Cigar & Co in 2009 with the 20th Anniversary Danno. The original cigar, much like the 2010 and 2012 release, was a hearty 7 x 56 double corona. The 2009 version featured a Habano Rosado wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. A second release of the Danno was made for 2010 which featured instead a Habano Oscuro wrapper. For the 2012 Danno, this time surrounded by a Mexican San Andres wrapper plus an added bit of Nicaraguan Ligero filler increases the strength of this release. I was lucky enough to be given a sample of the new Danno 2012 for review by Jessica Levine, the new North East rep for Miami Cigar & Co.
Size: 7 x 56
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Filler: Nicaraguan & Dominican
Strength: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The Nestor Miranda Danno 2012 features two bands. The top one is the typical Nestor Miranda Special Selection band which says just that in a gold, gray, brown, and white theme. The bottom band features a reddish brown stripe in the center with a copper-gold stripe, both above and below it, and Danno 2012 written in the center in the same copper-gold foil. The cigar itself is quite large, and a bit heavy in hand. The wrapper is a dark brown with a very slight reddish hue to it, moderate veins, and a nice rich oil. The wrapper is also smooth to the touch and topped off with a neat little pigtail.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Nestor Miranda Danno 2012 has notes of rich chocolate, coffee, and a little wood. The foot has a scent which is a blend of coffee, cocoa, spice, and earth. To prepare smoking the Nestor Miranda Danno 2012 I go with a very slight straight cut on the cold draw there is flavors coffee, mineral tones, cocoa, and a bit of earthiness.
Smoking Characteristics: The Nestor Miranda Danno 2012 kicks off with a little bit of spice initially, but also a nice chocolate sweetness and some rich oak flavors. The draw is very easy, but not loose, providing a full body of rich, cool, smooth, creamy smoke with each puff. As the first third progresses, the spice remains, but the cocoa starts to dominate the profile along with the rich oak, some caramel, and a little leather. A bit of coffee is also introduced, but is much less pronounced than the other flavors. Each draw leaves a little mix of cocoa and oak lingering on the palate, providing a pleasant finish. The strength in the first third is in the medium to full range with a nice buzz starting to set in towards the end of the first third.
Into the second third of the Nestor Miranda Danno 2012, a lot of the spice starts to fade out of the flavor profile. The notes of coffee, chocolate, oak, and earth dominate the flavor profile in this third. The flavors are a little muddled, however, and hard to pick out individually. They seem to almost blur into one another. The chocolate and coffee now linger on the palate rather than the oak and chocolate, still providing an excellent finish. The ash on the Nestor Miranda Danno 2012 holds very firm, well past the inch point, without flaking at all. The burn is also very sharp and has requires no correction at all. The strength is now approaching full, which is quite appreciative.
During the final third of the Nestor Miranda Danno 2012, the chocolate becomes much sweeter and richer, close to a milk chocolate flavor rather than a classic cocoa. The spice has fades out completely, but the rich blend of coffee remains, and becomes more defined, closer to an espresso, and the oak and earth remain. The flavors in the final third are all much more pronounced now than they were in the last third, with a bit of toasted nuts joining the profile and the sweet caramel reemerging. The strength remains close to the full range, but not quite there. The construction stands up very well, the ash still holding firm, and the burn requiring no corrections at all. The Nestor Miranda Danno 2012 smokes cool to the nub without pulling any heat or warming at all.
Conclusion: The Nestor Miranda Danno 2012 started off a bit slow for my taste. Although the flavors take a little while to build, it finishes so well I never want it to end. Being as this is a large cigar, it is almost a two hour smoke, and the middle third started to lose my interest. But with the way the experience sorted itself out and finished, I can’t complain at all. The strength of the cigar is nice. It eases you in and builds to the perfect sweet spot where you can feel its effect, without any risk of it overpowering you. In the past, I haven’t been the biggest fan of the Nestor Miranda offerings, yet I’d never tried a Danno before this one. Now I have to say I am quite smitten with this cigar.