Monday, October 22, 2012

Nestor Miranda Special Selection Coffee Break Oscuro (4.5x50)

I recently reviewed the Nestor Miranda Danno 2012 and the Don Lino Africa, which is also a blend by Nestor Miranda. They are brands of the Miami Cigar & Co. and so far I have found nothing to complain about with any of their offerings. I was gifted this stick by @Cigar_G on twitter via one of his giveaways, thanks G! Now to see if it fits in line with the excellent construction and flavors I have come to expect from Nestor Miranda. The wrapper is a Nicaraguan Oscuro which houses a Nicaraguan binder and filler from Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. There are a couple of decent size veins on the milk chocolate brown wrapper, but I don't see them causing any radical burn issues. The body is solid and well packed with no soft spots that I could find. The wrapper offers the scent of cocoa and dark chocolate and the foot offers more of the same. I clipped the triple cap with my Xikar MTX and found a near perfect cold draw with the flavor of mildly sweet molasses. I used a single torch lighter to toast the foot and get the coffee break going. The initial third opened with notes of toasted nuts, coffee, and an earthy spice. There is a floral note that seemed to pop in at times in the first third. The finish is smooth with a mildly sweet caramel tone. The second third brings some cocoa and woody notes to the mix as the nut and coffee notes entertain my palate. The body remains medium throughout the first two thirds. Near the mid-way point of the cigar the coffee notes become more of an espresso as some black pepper starts to emerge. Going into the final third the black pepper kicks up just a touch. The floral notes disappear completely as some cinnamon notes join the espresso, wood, and toasted nut to finish the burn. The burn was perfect until the final third, when it went a bit wavy. It was not really enough to justify a correction since it was so near the point of being finished. The flavors on this little gem were rich and smooth and it produced tons of delicious smoke. I have only recently discovered the Nestor Miranda cigars and have been very pleased with each and everyone I have set ablaze so far. The price point on these is around 5 bucks a stick so it won't kill the wallet to give them a try. I am sure you won't be disappointed if you do. The Coffee Break size is available in the Oscuro wrapper along with a Connecticut and a Habano Rosado. Thanks again to Cigar_G for the stick smoked for this review!

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