Miami Cigar & Company is in the midst of celebrating their 25th Anniversary. In doing so, they have released their signature brand the Nestor Miranda Collection which is an advertiser on The Cigar Authority. A few weeks back we looked at the Connecticut and today we look at the Maduro. Both cigars are made the My Father Factory in Esteli, Nicaragua and the company has adapted the motto of #OneLife.
Cigar: Nestor Miranda Collection
Size: 4.5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Nicaragua, Brazil, Honduras
The Look: The wrapper that adorns the Nestor Miranda Collection Maduro is rugged looking to say the least. There is one nasty looking vein that runs the length of the cigar from the back to the front and it hurts the aesthetics of the Connecticut Broadleaf. There are some faint oils, and a slight brindle look which is common for this particular wrapper. In the hand this Short Robusto feels light, however there are no soft spots and a well packed foot. The band of red, black and silver and features the new Nestor Miranda Collection logo and denotes the version (maduro) on the side.
The Notes: The cold draw of the Nestor Miranda Collection Maduro has a sweetness that reminds me of marshmallow and cocoa, while the foot of the cigar has a similar sweetness and a touch of pepper. As we light the cigar there is that signature spice/pepper that is synonymous with the My Father factory.
Working into the first third of the cigar the dominant note is that of leather, but the cigar is joined by some cocoa notes with a wisp of cinnamon every few puffs. I didn’t know what hermits were til a few weeks ago, but the cigar reminds me of the New England pastry the closer it gets to the second third.
In the second third of the cigar, the sweetness of coca and cinnamon become the dominant note with some toned down notes of pepper. The leather experienced in the first third is still around, but it is content to be more of an afterthought at this time. Around the middle of the cigar, some marshmallow notes return and the cigar begins to remind me of smores.
The last third of the Nestor Miranda Collection sees the leather note becomes dominant once again as the sweetness that was around in the first two-thirds of the cigar has left the building so to speak. There is also an abundance of pepper through the nose, and a coffee bean finish.
The Burn: The Nestor Miranda Collection burn wasn’t as crisp as I would like to see in a cigar, and while I was tempted to touch it up on a few occasions I let the cigar burn as is and was rewarded when the cigar self corrected at the half way point. The draw was a little loser then I would like in a cigar, but it was acceptable. The light color ash held for a third at a time with little to no flake. The thick vein noticed in the appearance might have played part in the burn being less than stellar.
The Finish: The original Nestor Miranda Special Selection had a Habano Oscuro wrapper, so the NMC sees a new blend replacing the original line. The question is, was this am upgrade over that blend, and my answer would be yes. There were some classic Broadleaf notes present with an enjoyable flavor profile.