“I can’t say there is one cigar we are releasing that I am hesitant to smoke. I am not just drinking the Kool Aid. The cigars that MCC is coming out with this year versus last year seem more diversified and complex. These new cigars will fit with what today’s cigar smoker is looking for.”
Today I am smoking the Casa Miranda Chapter Two, which I skillfully weaseled off of Barry, because as he says, “I am just a dirty cigar blogger.” It might sound negative, but I am taking it as a compliment, since Barry was once a dirty cigar blogger himself. For those that didn’t know before joining MCC Barry owned A Cigar Smoker.
If you want to read the full press release about the Casa Miranda Chapter Two you can do it here, but I will give you the abridged version. The Chapter Two is the sequel to the Chapter One. End of story J
Currently the Casa Miranda Chapter Two comes in the following vitolas and subsequent MSPR’s.
Robusto (4.5 x 50) $6.35 MSRP
Corona Gorda (6 x 46) $7.00 MSRP
Toro (5.5 x 54) $ 7.60 MSRP
Gran Toro (6 x 60) $8.00 MSRP
I am going to quit talking now, and get down to business.
Miami Cigar Company Casa Miranda Chapter Two
Size: 4.5 x 50
Factory: My Father Cigars S.A.
Wrapper: Dark Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder: No Idea
Filler: Combination from Brazil, Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua
Beverage: Bottled Water. I am in India. It is the ONLY safe beverage.
Cigars Smoked for this Review: One
Smoking Time: Approximately 80 Minutes
Price Point: $6.35 via MCC Press Release
Cigar Provided By: Barry Stein himself at IPCPR 2013
Setting the Context
For those not following my forum conversations, I was without my luggage for the first six days I was in India. This was the first cigar I was able to smoke for review after I got the luggage back. I went out to the smoking area at my hotel which was very nice and tranquil. I posted a few pictures if you are interested.
Visually, I cannot ask for better. The wrapper had a nice sheen in the India sunlight and it was void of any unsightly veins. I checked the entire cigar to look for soft spots and didn't find any. The roll seems perfect and reminded me of the tight roll on the Roma Craft CroMagnon’s. I did notice one irregularity with the tobacco at the foot of the Chapter Two. The fillers seemed a tad loose and bent at the tops and not perfectly straight. Not a huge issue, just something I noticed.
The cold draw let a ton of air through the cigar with ease. Overall, the smoke production was amazing with the Chapter Two. I had several people from the hotel staff looking at me thinking I had started a fire there was so much smoke.
The cold draw took me completely by surprise. Since the Chapter Two has Corojo tobacco, I was expecting a bit of spice, but this kicked me right in the face. I was so overwhelmed that I actually started coughing. Granted, I don’t know if it was the cold draw spice or the smell of India sewage which was wafting into the courtyard. I will say the second cold draw I had, after I had stopped coughing, was much tamer showing me notes of spice and rich tobacco.
The first half made this cigar! On the first few puffs came a nice earthy note that paired well with how much I was sweating from being outside in 110 degree temperatures. The spice from the cold draw wasn't present at this point. It is hard to describe, but there was a very nice boldness and richness to the earthiness. I am not a red wine drinker, but I would have to assume the Chapter Two would pair well with a dry red wine. The Chapter Two then mellowed a bit into a creamy sweetness that I wasn't expecting. There were a few hints of pepper and cocoa that got thrown into the mix, which really added some contrast to the Chapter Two. At this point the ash was white with some flecks of black thrown in, which was a nice contrast to the white band.
Into the second half I began to notice the ash was splitting which normally indicates a flaw in the construction. For me, it is more of a visually thing and didn't affect the flavor or the performance of the cigar at all. The core flavors of the spice, sweetness, and cream remained the same throughout the entire cigar without much change. Based on the first half of the cigar I was expecting more, but considering the price point, I am damn pleased overall.
I did have a little trouble with the wrapper splitting at the end of the cigar. It didn't completely blow up or anything of that nature, more of just a minor annoyance. I am not too concerned about it considering my humidor containing the Chapter Two has just flow 9,000 miles and been stuck at customs for six days. All things considered, the cigar held up very well for being treated like crap by airline personal for about a week.
I think the Chapter Two will make a few Top 10 lists this year for sure. Right now, based on what I have smoked that is new for this year, it stands up well. I can say without a doubt that it will take the Top Spot - Best Value for the Money cigar list.
Taking the construction issues out of the equation, this is a really good cigar. Granted it isn't going to blow you away with complexity or changes in the profile, but that shouldn't be expected in this price range. It would equivalent to expecting a Toyota Corolla to have the handling of a BMW 7 Series.
I really enjoyed the spice, sweet, creaminess, and earthy flavors. The boldness of the first half of the cigar is something that I haven’t seen in many cigars in this price range, and had me wanting to pair it with a Porterhouse and a red wine.
IMHO, this is a no brainer purchase. I could easily see myself buying a box of these and putting it into my normal rotation. For me this is saying a lot since I normally don’t enjoy anything which isn't full strength and body. The Chapter Two was just want I needed after not seeing my luggage for six days.
The entire time I was outside in the smoking area there were birds sitting in the trees above looking for a chance to shit on me. I hate to admit this, but I have been shit on, twice, by the same bird, in my tour of duty in India this year already. Needless to say, I am always on high alert when that bird is around.
I am going to take an educated guess and say the sweetness comes from Brazilian Mata Fina. This hasn't been confirmed just a guess.