The Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve 2012 came to me by way of a generous Redditor QuikAF77 who bombed me with this cigar. It wasn’t until after I reviewed the stick and found out the value that I realized what a generous bomb it was.
I picked up cedar notes, some hints of coffee but there wasn’t much else going on here,
The Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve 2012 measures 6 1/8” x 52 gauge and comes in a Torpedo vitola. The wrapper is a dark chocolate color. The band is a beautiful blue with an embossed gold and some gold and white lettering.
Lots of of pepper and some smoky barbeque flavors to start out with. There’s a nutty flavor which I would describe as peanuts on the post draw. The pepper isn’t overpowering but it does linger nicely on the tongue. There’s a creamy mouth feel at the 10 minute mark of the first third.
The Grand Reserve 2012 is still creamy moving into the second third. Some oak starts to appear at the end of each draw as the second third starts to establish itself. My impressions are that the flavors are very smooth and balanced. There’s a nice sweetness as I hit the middle point of the cigar.
It becomes a bit bitter and earthy as the middle third starts to wind down.
The final third is sweet to start as the bitter earth drops off sharply. As I get into the last third the earth comes back with hints of leather on the post draw. I find the last third to be a nice smooth finish with a good amount of tobacco strength kicking in.
The cigar was stored at 67% humidity and I think it would have benefited from either lower humidity storage or dry boxing for at least a day prior to smoking. While the burn was even, it did start to go out at the mid point and just prior to the last third. No issues with the draw at all. Total smoking time was about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
The Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve 2012 was a very limited run, so singles and boxes of these might be hard to come by. Singles were going for around $10 – $11. The boxes of 10 were about $90. I would consider this to be excellent value considering the complex and balanced flavors that are present here. I doubt I’ll be able to get my hands on a box of 2012s but I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for the 2013 release.
The Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve 2012 is fantastically balanced from start to finish. You get a complex flavored cigar that won’t knock you over with tobacco strength, but isn’t a pushover either. If you can still get your hands on the 2012 release, I’d highly recommend you grab some to try for yourself. Otherwise I would suggest you try the 2013 release when it hits the market.