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Cigar Review: Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve

8 Feb 2012

Back in 2009, the folks at Miami Cigar & Co. teamed up with Don Pepin Garcia to create the Nestor Miranda Special Selection, a limited release made by Pepin in Nicaragua. The Rosado version of that series ended up being one of my favorite smokes of that year.

The partnership between Miami Cigar and Garcia is still going strong, as evidenced by the debut of the Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve during the summer. This cigar, available only in a torpedo size (6.1 x 52), is made at the My Father Cigars factory in Nicaragua and priced at about $12. When my local tobacconist put it on special for $9.50, I thought it was high time to take it for a test drive, so I bought a handful to review.

The Grand Reserve makes a good first impression with a beautiful cap, an intricate band of emerald and gold, and a clean Connecticut broadleaf wrapper with minimal veins. Underneath, the Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos are packed evenly to produce a firm feel from head to foot with no soft spots. And I would be remiss to forget to mention the delightfully pungent pre-light aroma of milk chocolate and hay.

Clipping the cap yields an easy draw that concentrates each puff to a relatively fine point on the palate. Once lit, this is where the dry woodsy spice is focused. But while the spice is focused on the tip of the tongue, the rest of the palate certainly gets involved quickly as notes of earth, coffee, and caramel round out the flavor.

Smoking through the nose and paying close attention is rewarded with a taste of cashew. Aside from this nuttiness, more creamy notes come into play at the midway point, making this a truly complex and balanced smoke. So many wonderful elements are present, including spice, cream, sweetness, and earthiness.

As you would expect from a super-premium, the physical properties are excellent. Each of my samples exhibited a solid white ash, a smooth and consistent draw, and a straight burn line that stays lit evenly.

Only 10,000 of these torpedos were produced. I really enjoyed the Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve, so I think I’ll be heading over to my tobacconist soon to see if they have more in stock. If they do, I’ll be OK with shelling out $12 for each—and I’ll be really pleased to find them still listed for $9.50. Don’t pass up on your own chance to try this cigar, which is worthy of four and a half stogies out of five.

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Patrick A

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4 Responses to “Cigar Review: Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve”

  1. Darryl Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    I honestly would've never thought about giving this cigar a try until I read your review! I had practically given up on Nestor Miranda's line except for his Art Deco. I didn't really care for his Dominicano nor Special Selection. But this I gotta try sounds real good! Thanks, great review!

  2. Andrews Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    Awesome review. I LOVE this cigar. One of my favs of 2011!!!

  3. Hoppes Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 11:25 pm #

    Thanks for the review. Just ordered 4 from Best cigars. They have them in stock (or did) for $6.00 a piece. Hoppes

    • Andrews Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 9:52 am #

      Thanks for the heads-up on the deal. Jumping on this now…