Cigar smokers tend to think the industry is entirely the province of the Americas, but upon closer inspection we come to realize that’s really not the case. There is plenty of high-quality leaf grown in Africa and Asia, and there is, of course, no shortage of smokers around the world, along with cigar makers who cater to them. Kuuts is one such European company that has established a foothold in the marketplace, and its Miró line is making a name for itself.
CIGAR STATS: The Miró is a medium- to full-bodied stick that features an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper around Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan and Honduran filler. It’s available in six sizes: Robustos (5.25 x 50, $6.80), Toro (6 x 52, $7.10), Torpedos (6.125 x 52, $7.20), Gordos (6 x 60, $8.10), Special Edition Lancero (7.5 x 38, $10), and the Momentos (4 x 48, $5.50).
APPEARANCE: The stick’s rich chocolate brown coat is tightly wrapped and nearly devoid of veins, and the label pays homage to its namesake, the great Spanish surrealist painter, in a relatively understated way. It has a deep, rich pre-light nose that is simply heightened when the match is applied. The aroma is one of the stick’s real strengths.
THE SMOKE: There is much pepper at the start of the smoke, which gives way to pleasant notes of wood – mainly cedar – and earth about an inch into the smoke. Later, a bit of coffee and some hay make their appearance. The second half of the smoke may not be as tasty as the first, but it never gets harsh. The burn line is near perfect, and the light gray ash holds together exceedingly well.
VERDICT: The Miró is worth giving a test run, if only to know that the Euros know good cigars when they smoke them. If you can pick a day when you can light up outside without imperiling your lungs, ears, or digits to frostbite – or if you have a very understanding domestic partner – you should give the Miró a try. To learn more about Miró, visit kuuts.com. – Brian Coyne