Size: Corona Gorda (4 x 46)
Wrapper: San Andres Habano
Filler: Nicaragua and Dominican Republic
Cigars smoked for review: 3
Cigars for review provided by: Micallef Cigars
Quick Note: For this review I used Cigar Federation's rating system
Micallef states that all tobacco used in this cigar is aged for minimum of four years.
From the Micallef website: The Migdalia is named after Migdalia Sanchez, daughter-in-law of Pedro F. Gomez, was born in 1947 in Guantanamo, Cuba. At 17 she graduated from the School of Tobacconists in Havana. Migdalia was chosen to represent Cuba in various international exhibitions. She is widely known for her contributions to the tobacco industry and has been awarded several times as one of the best cigar rollers in the world. This cigar is dedicated to the second generation, Migdalia Sanchez, who also created the blend.
The wrapper appeared a khaki brown color with minimal veins and slight oily sheen, giving the cigar a nice smooth overall appearance. The Prelight draw had notes of wood along with some sweet grass and nutty flavors.There was some noticeable spice that lingered on my lips after taking cold draws. The draw had some resistance but not too much making for the type of draw that I tend to enjoy most.
Since this is a short cigar I’m going to break the review into two parts instead of the normal three parts.
After lighting the initial draws bought medium strength black pepper and warm chili pepper type spice flavors. Behind the black pepper there were wood flavors with a very faint sweetness. At this point the cigar had a long finish that developed from the spicy qualities into more woody flavors. After the first ¼ inch or so the spice backed off and became more balanced allowing me to pick up additional flavors. In addition to the wood, I also noticed some coffee qualities. The coffee flavor was more on the light roast or breakfast blend end of the coffee spectrum. The finish also becomes less spicy and more sweet but remains long and I felt rewarded for taking some extra time between puffs to focus on the finish. The strength of the first half is in the medium to medium plus territory with full flavors.
As I progressed into the second half a creamy quality entered the flavor mix and the wood transitioned from lighter cedar to darker oaky type flavors. The coffee flavors also darken and I picked up a a subtle earthy flavor. This was not the typical more dominant gritty earthy flavor that is common among many Nicaraguan cigars, but more of a lighter accent to a flavor mix. The pepper spice started to increase again and was joined by a cinnamon quality as I reached the end of this cigar. The strength of the second half is more firmly in the medium plus territory with the flavors remaining full.
Total smoking time was about 55 minutes.
The construction and burn of all three samples that I smoked were fantastic. I think this is a great small format cigar that offers an impressive amount of complexity and enough strength to please fans of fuller bodied cigars, but also be approachable for fans of mild to medium bodied smokes. This cigar could work for just about any time of day and fits nicely for those times when you need to finish a cigar is less than an hour. This cigar will stand up to a variety of pairings but I think it would be a great choice for a morning cigar with coffee. I look forward to smoking more of these and trying out some beer and whiskey pairings.
Jason’s Rating: 90 (AKA “Box Split”)