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Stogie Reviews: Nestor Miranda Art Deco Robusto Grande

24 Feb 2011

Perhaps inspired by the art deco of South Beach not far from the offices of Miami Cigar & Co., this cigar line is tricked out in the style popularized in the 1920s and ’30s. The foil band’s design and colors would be at home on the hood of a Packard or Cord, and the metal container, with 21 sticks, carries the theme along.

I couldn’t find the cigar on Miami’s website, so I am relying on info from retailers and the company’s release announcement in 2010. This cigar is a Pepin Garcia creation that is a mixture of 60% Nicaraguan and 40% Dominican filler, as opposed to his more common all-Nicaraguan blends. The wrapper is a corojo ’06 leaf from Nicaragua and the dual binder pairs Dominican criollo ’98 and Nicaraguan habano ’00 tobacco.

I’ve smoked several of the Robusto Grande, which is 5.5 inches long with a ring gauge of 54. All were good looking cigars, the wrapper dark and the cap nicely applied. Construction was also first-rate, the draw consistently even and the ash tight. The price is a bit over $7.

So, now you know there’s a “but” coming, right? And you’re correct. Perhaps I was expecting too much, because overall I think this is a fine cigar. I just wasn’t bowled over by the taste or complexity. While it isn’t as full-powered as many of Pepin’s sticks, it is no wimp. I’d rank it as medium in strength.

Flavors are certainly pleasant. I found rich tobacco, leather, wood, and a little pepper. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this cigar, especially to someone who’s looking to expand the palate. However, for those seeking a new startling Pepin cigar, I don’t think this is it. For all its positive attributes, I give the Art Deco Robusto Grande three and a half stogies out of five.

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George E

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6 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Nestor Miranda Art Deco Robusto Grande”

  1. Hammerhead Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    I found this cig quite boring. Same as any other average cigar on any given Sunday. Dig the Miami inspired deco wrapper though!

  2. Hammerhead Friday, February 25, 2011 at 4:55 am #

    Decco vs. deco.

  3. TriMarkC Friday, February 25, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    Maybe it was because I smoke one of these with Nestor Miranda, who cut and lit this cigar for me, but I really enjoyed it. I have to agree on the strength profile – medium.

  4. Mike from Alexandria Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    Deco vs Decco

  5. Anthony Friday, December 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    I liked the 3 or 4 I sampled. They were the small size (coffee break?). Anyway, this cigar is, in my opinion, deceptively strong as it sneaks up on you just a little bit. The flavor has a toasted character which I found very nice. However, I also agree with the reviewer that these cigars probably will not blow most people away. The ones that sat in my humidor longest were best, so maybe these age well? I would definitely smoke more of them.

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