Back at the IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas this past summer the Nestor Miranda Collection was officially unveiled by Miami Cigar & Company. We reviewed the Connecticut and Maduro version of this cigar and today we take a look at the Habano. The cigars are made at the My Father Factory in Esteli, Nicagua with whom Nestor Miranda has a long relationship.
Cigar: Nestor Miranda Collection
Size: 4.5 x 50 (Robusto)
Filler: Nicaragua, Brazil, Honduras
The Look: I think I am beginning to become a victim of the big ring craze as when I hold a robusto in my hand, the cigar feels small. The Habano wrapper has the color of milk chocolate with some thin veins present and a seamless roll. The band of the NMC Habano is black with silver and green. In the hand the cigar feels light and the foot slightly under-filled.
The Notes: The cold draw of the Habano offers up a slight sweetness with an abundance of earthy and spices, while the foot of the cigar makes me sneeze like many Pepin produced cigars. One the cigar is lit the initial note of pepper takes hold and is strong through the nose.
As we smoke in the first third of the Nestor Miranda Collection Habano there is a sweetness that reminds me of the powder of hot cocoa with a hint of cedar. There is an occasional leather note that comes and goes and masks the sweetness at times. The spice remains through the nose.
In the second third of the NMC Habano the cigar develops some coffee notes and while the sweetness is gone on the palate it does remain in the aroma of the cigar which stands out.
The last third of the Nestor Miranda Collection Habano really stands out as the cigar begins to develop come complexity with notes that border on nutmeg and cinnamon over a coffee base.
The Burn: The burn of the NMC Habano never needed to be touched up but it did burn a little bit funky for a little bit as the cigar went through the first third of the smoke. By the middle of the cigar it began to burn even however, the burn line was rather thick in parts. The draw was a little loose and the ash while it held firm.
The Finish: For me the Habano wrapper of the Nestor Miranda falls right in the middle of the Collection. The one thing that really had me enjoying this cigar other than the notes was the wonderful aroma that grew in intensity as the cigar burned further down. My order of preference is Connecticut, Habano and Maduro.