May 07, 2011

Nestor Miranda Dominicano Robusto Grande

Nestor Miranda Dominicano Robusto Grande Rosado (4 1/2 x 54)

I first sampled this cigar at this year's South Carolina Sit Down. The Miami Cigar website has this to say about the Nestor Miranda Dominicano:

The Nestor Miranda Collection Dominicano brings to fruition a collaboration that began almost nine months ago, between Nestor Miranda, Pepin Garcia and Guillermo Leon.
It was Miranda’s desire that the next cigar in the very successful line pay tribute to the tobacco and cigar heritage of the Dominican Republic.
The collaboration brought together the tobacco growing expertise of La Aurora, the blending and manufacturing talents of My Father Cigars and the marketing talents of Miami Cigar & Company.
The result is a cigar of elegance, complexity and nuance capable of carrying the Nestor Miranda Collection banner alongside the already respected Special Selection line. 
Wrapper: Dominican Corojo Oscuro and Rosado
Binder : Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Strength: Medium to Full

All vitolas are available in both a Rosado and Oscuro wrapper.  They are available in 5 sizes:

Coffee Break 4 1/2x50
Lancero 7 1/2x40
Piramides 6 1/8x52
Robusto Grande 4 1/2x54 (Rosado version being reviewed today)
Ruky 5 5/8x48x52
A well made looking cigar with a reddish brown wrapper. The test draw after the cap was cut was effortless.

Video review here.

The first draws had a touch of leather and some grapefruit notes with almonds. The light up can sometimes give a hint as to what the cigar will be but let's see how this one plays out.

After the cigar settled down it had a very unusual flavor. It was very much cinnamon and pepper with light vanilla but the cinnamon tasted like dry, crushed cinnamon with lots of pepper. The dry cinnamon flavor was unique to me as I have never had a cigar with this particular flavor. When I say dry it is like the cinnamon you might purchase at the grocery store. Mix that with black pepper and this is the primary flavor!

At the midpoint the cigar transitioned to one of slightly sweet grapefruit. The vanilla tends to remain at the back end of the draw. The pepper lingers on the palate nicely. The finish is long with vanilla notes. The primary flavors of dry cinnamon and pepper still lead the way.

Even though Miranda wanted to pay homage to the Dominican cigar producers the only thing Dominican about this cigar is the wrapper. It is a Dominican Rosado wrapper.

I had a review helper today; Bonnie! Bonnie is a white Maltese dog. She is visiting for 2 weeks while my mother in law is on an overseas trip.

This cigar did not have a lot of sweetness. There was a light sweetness at the midpoint.

The cigar wraps up as one of very much a dry cinnamon and black pepper flavor with light grapefruit notes and back end vanilla. The finish is long with vanilla notes and lingering black pepper.

The cigar lasted just over an hour.

This is definitely another winner from Nestor Miranda. I really enjoyed this cigar.

Score: 90

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