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Stogie Reviews: Nestor Miranda Special Selection 20 Aniversario Oscuro Danno

1 Jun 2009

While you might not of heard of it, there’s a good chance a few of your favorite cigars are distributed by Miami Cigar & Company.  The outfit distributes such acclaimed brands as La Aurora, Nestor Miranda Special Selection, Don Lino, León Jimenes, 601, Cubao, and Mi Barrio, among others.

nm20anni1And to celebrate it’s 20th anniversary, Miami Cigar & Company is putting out a special cigar under its Nestor Miranda Special Selection line, which is named after Miami Cigar & Company’s founder Nestor Miranda. The celebratory cigar is blended by Don Pepin Garcia’s son, Jaime, and made in Pepin’s Nicaraguan Tabacalera Cubana factory.

According to a recent interview, Miranda has been looking to have Pepin make a cigar for the line for some time, but the last time he approached Pepin he was busy setting up his new Nicaraguan factory. So when it came time to create a new cigar for the anniversary line, there was little doubt that it would be made by the Pepins.

The cigar is a very limited release. Only 2,000 boxes of 20 cigars have been made, 1,000 with a Habano Rosado wrapper (the subject of a future review), and 1,000 with a Habano Oscuro wrapper. Both versions come in only one size, an immense (7 x 56) smoke called the “Danno.”

The Nicaraguan oscuro wrapper is a bit rustic, with plenty of small veins and a nice shine. The wrapper has been aged three to four years before being rolled around a Nicaraguan binder and filler from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The firm cigar is accented by a pigtail cap.

Once I began smoking, the Danno produces full-bodied earth and bread flavors and an understated peppery core. Beneath those initial flavors is a subtle combination of complexity that includes coffee beans, oak, and cocoa. The finish is long, dry, and toasty.

I was amazed by the copious amount of smoke that this thick cigar produces from its easy draw. It gives off a rich aroma that’s reminiscent of freshly brewed espresso. The even burn and ash, which holds for well over an inch, cap off the cigar’s impressive construction.

The Nestor Miranda Special Selection 20 Aniversarios have an MSRP of $9 apiece, a reasonable price considering its pedigree and when compared to many of the limited release cigars being put out these days. If I had my way, the 56 ring guage might be reduced slightly, as I personally find such girth to be larger than I prefer. But that’s a small complaint against what is  an excellent, interesting, complex, and well-constructed smoke.

All of which is to say that you’re going to be hard-pressed to find a better way to spend $9 and two hours. That’s why the Nestor Miranda Special Selection 20 Aniversario Oscuro earns an impressive rating of four and a half stogies out of five.

[To read more cigar reviews, please click here.]

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

9 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Nestor Miranda Special Selection 20 Aniversario Oscuro Danno”

  1. btmisles Monday, June 1, 2009 at 2:06 am #

    More good stuff from the Pepin Family. Hopefully I can get my hand on 1 or 2 of these.

  2. Gary Monday, June 1, 2009 at 2:13 am #

    Good review. I was sent some samples to review, and so far I've only had the Rosado. The core flavors you describe are about the same, too. I'm looking forward to smoking the Oscuro shortly.

  3. Hayward Monday, June 1, 2009 at 5:55 am #

    Your review parallels my experience exactly. I've had an occasion to try both wrappers, and while I usually prefer a natural wrapper, I liked the Maduro better in this case.

  4. Charlie Monday, June 1, 2009 at 7:28 am #

    I can vouch for the Pepin attention to detail and craft but I haven’t had one of these yet. Sounds simply amazing.

  5. xjv Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 8:04 am #

    Enjoying one now at my local shop. Excellent smoke

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