To close out my reviews on the Nestor Miranda Collection, it's going to be the Maduro. I'm a big maduro fan and this one has a lot to keep up with after the first two. Especially that Habano, the Connecticut was good but that Habano is still winning. Let's see what happens.
Nestor Miranda Collection Maduro (Red) by Miami Cigar & Co.
Size: 4.5 x 50
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Nicaragua, 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.
Another great looking cigar. Nice size, smooth wrapper, and the red, black and chrome band is eye-catching. The pre-light aromas are deep and quite full. There is a decent amount of black pepper spice, with a strong dose of leather and a deep tobacco note. The draw was nice and spicy, but I never got much of the maduro sweetness.
The first third of the Nestor Miranda Collection Maduro starts right about where the pre-light told me it would. There is mostly a heavy leather note on the tongue, with a medium backing of earth following along. Although faint, I am getting some bitter chocolate notes riding along in the back. The finish was long and the construction was exceptional.
The second third of the Maduro maintains many of the original flavors and the long finish. But adds to that a cedar and woody note, which starts out as a blast of cedar about halfway through this third. The retrohale was really showcasing the pepper notes at this point too. And, yet again, spot on burn and solid ash.
I was a little iffy on the final third of this cigar. It started out nicely, with a long finished, leathery chocolate note, which also became very woody. I'd say that was the first half of this third. Then it started to pick up in strength and body, which isn't uncommon for the last third of a maduro. The bitterness picked up, but it was more of a bitter chocolate and leather, than just plain (nasty) bitter. Not my favorite flavor combo, but it didn't stop me.
In the end, I would say that I am most impressed with the quality of this whole line. EVERY single cigar burned razor sharp, needed zero touchups and held a very solid ash. This maduro was just okay for me, probably because of the leather notes, which I am just not a big fan of. The Habano is still my favorite of this line, then the Connecticut. I would pick up a couple of these if I was around them. Definitely worth a try.
Rating: 85 AKA “Couple"