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Nestor Miranda Special Selection Oscuro

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

I picked up this cigar at random. What appealed to me was the size, look, and the fact that they call this size the “Coffee break.” I like coffee breaks, I like cigars… Why not give it a try. This cigar can be had in an Ocsuro wrapper or Rosado. You can read more about this cigar at their website. As always, I paired this cigar with water.


Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran, Dominican

Size: Coffee break 4.5 x 50

Price: Around $6.50


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The chocolaty looking wrapper had a smooth appearance, with minimal flaws and veins. The smell of the wrapper and foot was a mild, almost undetectable earthiness. The cigar was well packed, with a couple minor soft spots, but nothing of concern. The pre-light draw had slight resistance. The pre-light flavor was a dark bitterness that reminded me of coffee.

The burn required two minor corrections, and the ash held for around an inch.

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The first third had nice dominant coffee and woody flavors. When passing smoke through the nose, there was an easy peppery spice that had a pinch of sweetness. As this third came to a close, subtle, dry chocolaty notes made an appearance.

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The second third had an increase in sweetness. The dominant flavor was similar to a dark chocolate, not like a Hershey bar. The spice peppery spice didn’t go anywhere, but it did take on a sweetness that made the nose and mouth tingle. The wood and coffee was more noticeable on the aftertaste. Towards the end of this third, the chocolaty and woody flavors (combined with coffee) would trade places as the dominant flavor.

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The last third took on a dominant woody and coffee-ish flavor. Chocolate was always there, but in the background. Like before, the pepper spice remained, and had a but of a zing. There was a slight earthiness in the background, but spice, coffee and wood overshadowed it.

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This was a solid medium to maybe lower full bodied cigar. The flavors switched up, and it had a good balance of body and power. I could see this going well with a mid day coffee. For a seasoned smoker, even early in the morning would work. This versatile little cigar could do pretty well at almost any time of the day, it just depends on the smoker. I liked it.

Nestor Miranda Art Deco

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Once again I am reviewing a cigar I picked up at Corona Cigar Shop in Orlando. I smoked the larger 6 x 60 sized one with Mike from, Reggie, and John G that day. I enjoyed the larger ring gauge and figured I’d try the smaller size for review. This cigar was blended by Don Pepin Garcia and is produced by My Father Cigars.


Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo 06

Binder: Dominican Criollo 98 & Nicaraguan Habano 00 Binder

Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo 99 & Dominican San Vincente

Size: Coffee Break 4.5 x 50

Price: $6.75


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The wrapper had one large vein and a few smaller ones, and had minimal flaws, if any. The smell off of the wrapper was a mild barnyard earthiness. The foot had more of a mild spicy and woody smell. The cigar was evenly packed with a slight sponginess when squeezed. The pre-light draw had slight resistance with a flavor of natural tobacco sweetness.

The burn required one minor correction, and the ash held for about an inch.

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The first third was pretty mellow. There were flavors of coffee or espresso, wood, and earthy notes in the background. When passing smoke through the nose, there was a mellow spice that was very un-Pepin like. The smoke feel was smooth and it left a slight tingle on the lips.

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As I hit the second third, the strength and body picked up a little, but remained in the medium range. The coffee flavors became very rich and dominated over the wood and earth. The spice through the nose didn’t change, nor did the smoke feel.

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The last third may have crept into the lower full bodied or upper medium bodied range. Otherwise, the flavors didn’t change enough for me to notice. I enjoyed it either way.

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This was a good medium bodied cigar. Being a Pepin blend, it was a departure from his trademark flavors. I enjoyed the cigar despite being fairly one dimensional. I think this smaller size had more focused flavors as opposed to the larger 6 x 60 I had at Corona. I say give it a try.

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