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Nestor Miranda 1989 (First Impression)

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Awhile back, I visited the Bonita Smoke Shop. After a day of hanging out and smoking many cigars, I was sent home with a care package containing a nice selection of yet more cigars. I reached into the bag and pulled out today’s review, the Nestor Miranda 1989. They are available in two wrappers, an Oscuro, or Rosado. Today I smoked the Rosado variety. For the record, this is the only time I have tried this cigar. Hence the “First Impression” in the title. I paired this cigar with water and offer you my thoughts.


Wrapper: Nicaraguan Rosado

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: Belicoso 6 1/8 x 52

Price: $5.50


Pre-smoke & Construction:

The wrapper was smooth with small veins and very few flaws. The smell coming off of the wrapper was cedar and earth. The foot had the same smell with a slight spice. Overall the cigar was evenly packed, except towards the head, where there was a small hard spot. Nothing to worry about. The pre-light draw offered slight resistance, which is good. The pre-light draw had a sweet earthy taste along with natural tobacco.

The burn required no corrections, and the ash held for around an inch.



First third had a simple and easy mild spice when passing smoke through the nose. The flavors were very subtle. I picked up wispy earthy tones along with a toasty nuttiness. Smoke feel was a bit dry but not to an extreme.


The second this didn’t have a lot of change. The smoke feel became less crisp and leaned towards a creamy feel. The flavors were the same, so see my notes from the first third.


The last third had a transformation for the better. The smoke feel became very creamy with a lot of smoke volume. When exhaling through the sinus, there was that nice mild spice. The smoke coated the inside of the mouth with a nice buttery aftertaste. The earthy notes almost would come and go. There also were nutty flavors mixed with coffee. Everything just came together nicely.



This was a decent mild to medium bodied cigar. The flavors were simple and fairly one dimensional, but good all the way though. I think this is a good morning cigar, but would fall short after a big steak dinner in the afternoon. I think it fits its price point, and is worth trying if this is your type of cigar. Also – Thanks to Bonita Smoke Shop for the care package!

Don Lino 1989 Maduro

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Up for review today is the Don Lino 1989 Maduro. These come in a natural Connecticut wrapper as well, but I didn’t pick any up. I have little background info, other then the blend. Without wasting any more time, I offer you my thoughts on the Don Lino 1989 Maduro…


Wrapper: Maduro

Binder: Indonesian

Filler: Colombian, Mexican, Nicaraguan

Size: 5 x 50

Price: Around $6.00


Pre-smoke & Construction:

The dark maduro wrapper looked good, with only a few bumps and veins here and there. The cigar was evenly packed and bounced back when squeezed. I detected a slight sweet earthiness when sniffing the wrapper and foot. The pre-light draw was loose, and had a sweet natural tobacco taste.

The ash held for under an inch, and I did several burn corrections.



The first few puffs were a simple earthy taste. It didn’t take long for nutty and coffee notes started to drown out the earthiness. A slight sweet spice was noticed when passing the smoke through the nose. The smoke feel was a bit dry but not annoying.


The coffee and nuttiness continued through the second third. Dry cocoa notes would appear from time to time. The smoke became creamy and very smooth. The sweet spice became more peppery as this third came to a close.


Cedary/woody notes lingered in the background during the last third. Like before, coffee and nutty flavors continued to dominate the flavor profile. Up next was an unidentified sweetness. The spice and pepper lost most of its punch but it let me know it was there. The smoke remained creamy and coated the inside of the mouth.



This was a good medium to full bodied cigar. Overall I enjoyed the flavor profile and despite it not changing a lot, I didn’t get bored. My final verdict is that the Don Lino 1989 Maduro is worth trying, just don’t expect to be wowed.

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