Today’s cigar review comes from site sponsor Miami Cigar & Company and was gifted when Jason Wood was in New Hampshire a few weeks ago. A Nicaraguan puro made at the My Father factory in Esteli, Anoranza is a Cuban word that means a yearning or longing for. Often when we sit back and smoke we reflect on times gone by and simpler days, this is Anoranzas.
Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder: Nicaragua (Dual)
Source: Miami Cigar & Company
The Look: The darker Habano wrapper that adorns the Anoranzas has a reddish-brown hue to it, with a band of green and gold. In the center denotes the name of the brand, and the Miami Cigar logo in the back. The box pressed cigar is exquisitely rolled with no soft spots and a well packed foot. In the hand it feels a bit heavy and upon closer examination there is slight brindle effect to the wrapper.
The Notes: The cold draw of the cigar has a rich syrup like sweetness and a touch of black cherry notes while the aroma off the foot serves up tobacco notes and a hint of spice. Upon first light the cigar serves up that signature Pepin spice.
The first third of the cigar sees some notes of coffee and wood develop with the slightest hint of licorice occasionally sprinkled about the cigar. Through the nose there are some hints of pepper though not overpowering.
The second third of the cigar sees the pepper notes kick it up a notch especially through the nose with continued wood and coffee. The licorice in the first third has disappeared and been replaced with an occasional leather note.
The last third of the cigar sees the pepper noted take on more of a crush red pepper profile while the notes remain wood and coffee of which the latter is especially noted on the finish.
The Burn: The Anoranzas from Miami Cigar is a box press that features a razor-sharp burn line with a fairly thin carbon line. The light color ash held for nearly the first half of the cigar before falling again just before I removed the band. The draw was flawless with a slight resistance which is ideal to me.
The Finish: While there wasn’t much change in the flavor profile throughout the cigar it was extremely enjoyable. The notes that were present work well together and at the price point of rough $6.50 a cigar this is definitely worth a try as well as the Nestor Miranda Collection Connecticut.