Review: Nestor Miranda Collection Habano (Green)

This week, I start exploring the new Nestor Miranda Collection from Miami Cigar Co. There are three blends: the Habano (Green), Maduro (Red) and Connecticut (Blue). Today I am going to be reviewing the Habano, and not to be too big of a spoiler alert, but maybe it is. I have had a lot of just so-so cigars lately. Like, I'd smoke another one, but I wouldn't really go after them, but this cigar was pleasantly different.

Nestor Miranda Collection Habano (Green) by Miami Cigar & Co.

Size: 4.5 x 50

Vitola: Robusto

Wrapper: Nicaragua

 Binder: Nicaragua

FillerNicaragua, Honduras & Brazil

Cigars Smoked for this Review: One

Price Point: $7.50

Cigar Purchased: Samples

Quick Note: For this review I used the CF rating system. You can view it in detail here.

The prelight aroma was very pleasant from the Nestor Miranda Collection Habano. A great sweet cedar, with a little bit of spice and some awesome dried fruit notes. The cold draw was a bit on the tight side, but not unsmokable by any means.

That picture does a pretty good job of foreshadowing the smoking experience here. The Habano starts out with a nice amount of pepper spice, which fades back quickly, to a perfect level. The pepper is equaled in body with some sweet cedar, from the pre-light. And, the dried fruit notes are present, but just a little less than the previous notes. Smoke was nice and thick, and the burn was razor sharp, with an ash just as amazing. "Toight like a Tiger!"

The second third just continued the quality over from the beginning. A natural tobacco note became the dominant flavor, with a slight nuttiness. The dried fruit note is still present, but it is somewhat intermittent. Overall, great body and strength too, a solid medium. Great smoke production and a burn and ash that are just bar-none. If you wonder how I can say that with the small ash bits in the picture, I have an explanation. I had to tend to the kid and the cigar went out. The relight had zero ill effects. :)

Still going strong in the final third, the Nestor Miranda Collection Habano finishes strong. The nuttiness and natural tobacco notes from the second third have become the main flavors, with hints of cedar in the background. The dried fruit, I am very happy to say, is still present. Making very strong blasts throughout, often resembling the scent of a sweet pipe tobacco. So good! Sam with the burn, ash and smoke. Perfection.

I really enjoyed this Nestor Miranda Collection Habano. Great flavors, which mix up just enough to keep you connected, and perfect medium strength, with medium-full body. The ash and burn never needed tending, a huge plus, and the smoke was nice and thick. Plus, this cigar passed my most telling indicator. I nubbed it, a little past this last picture actually, and it was still very enjoyable. I don't completely see myself buying large quantities, but I would grab a 5-pk (or two) in a heartbeat. Great cigar to have on hand. Can't wait to try the others in this collection.

Rating: 89 AKA “5-pack"

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Comment by Mickey irratebass on February 27, 2015 at 7:32am

The Habano was the one I just couldn't get was ok, but I wouldn't seek out a box. The Connecticut blew me away as did the Maduro......I bought a box of the Maduros immediately after smoking one, and CT is next on my list for box buy.

Our shop sells a 3 pack sampler of them all....maybe I will try the Habano again

Comment by 007MI6 on February 27, 2015 at 8:07am

I am a much bigger Maduro and Connecticut fan, so if they follow suit they will be at least box-split worthy. I tend to not really like the Habano blends, but this one was good, very enjoyable. Like I said, not gonna buy a box, but I would grab a handful to toss in the humidor. Solid cigar, with nice flavors and quality construction.

Comment by Docwill on February 27, 2015 at 8:20am

I would like that dried fruit element present in this one but would probably lean towards trying the Connecticut first.

Comment by 007MI6 on February 27, 2015 at 8:25am

Well, if you can wait, I have the Connecticut and the Maduro coming up on my next two reviews. :) I'm honestly excited to try the Connie too.

Comment by The Nothing on February 27, 2015 at 8:28am

my sentiments are echoed through this already. Big fan of the Conny and Maduro, but the Habano is no slouch either. 

It's worth noting that the Nestor Miranda Collection was blended by Pepin, and made in Nicaragua by My Father Cigars.

Comment by Docwill on February 27, 2015 at 8:31am

I haven't seen any of these newest releases here yet but G.R. is always slow in getting new stuff., if we get any at all.

Comment by Catfishbluezz on February 27, 2015 at 8:40am

I tossed this one halfway through.  I have been saving the conny though.

Comment by 007MI6 on February 27, 2015 at 8:45am

Ha ha ha. It's just crazy how different our palettes are. But, like I said, I agree with the Connecticut, looking forward to it.

Comment by Catfishbluezz on February 27, 2015 at 8:47am

Yeah, I learned a new trick from an old timer on how to pull the wrapper off the tip if you don't like something and it will change the smoke.  I did that, still didn't like it lol.

Comment by Ky70 on February 27, 2015 at 9:58am
My story: smoked this one and the Maduro back in July and got absolutely nothing from them. Fast forward to this past Sunday and I smoked another Habano and I really enjoyed it.


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