Nestor Miranda Collection Special Selection Rosado

Nestor Miranda Collection Special Selection Rosado

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Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 1/2 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua, Dominican Republic
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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I recently smoked the Nestor Miranda Collection - Special Selection Rosado with Mr. Rene Castaneda, Sales Director of Miami Cigar & Company. This line was first introduced in 2007 and is named after the company's founder. It is released in five vitolas in both Rosado and Oscuro: Robusto (5-1/2 x 52), Toro (6 x 60), Lonsdale, called the "Lancero" introduced in 2008 (7-1/2 x 40), Double Corona, called the "Danno" introduced in 2009 (7 x 56), and a Perfecto, called the "Ruky" also introduced in 2009 (5-5/8 x 52 figurado), costing around $8.00 each, give or take. They are all hand-made in Esteli, Nicaragua under the supervision of Pepin Garcia. Rene tells me the Rosados are mild to medium in body and the Oscuros are medium to full. He hooked me up with a nice selection of each but for this review I smoked the Robusto and Perfecto - Rosado.

The Rosado is made with Nicaraguan and Dominican tripa, a Nicaraguan capote, and a Nicaraguan capa which was silky with nice veins, no apparent flaws, and colorado rosado in color. It had a very pleasant and mild tobacco pre-light aroma, seemed well packed, and squeezed well. I made a straight cut on each and tested the pre-light draw which on the Robusto was very smooth and easy; on the Perfecto was a bit tighter. This is not at all unusual considering that the Perfecto vitola starts from a small opening in the foot, widens suddenly, and then reduces again toward the head.

They both lit very easily and almost right away the Perfecto's draw loosened up, certainly a result of skilled bunching. They both started out with a nice, mild pepper / spice and the Perfecto seemed to have what was perhaps a mild coffee flavor as well. In the first 1/3 the Robusto developed a mild tingle on the sides of the tongue and the Perfecto had a slight dryness on the tip. They each produced plenty of light-grey smoke and a medium-grey ash which held on for over 2". Retro-exhalation was at first slightly hot but became smooth, easy, and pleasant after easing into it a time or two. The Robusto had more pepper / spice than I was expecting which was consistent throughout, but never got too strong or overpowering at any time and held onto its medium body. The Perfecto mellowed some after the initial pepper and presented what I thought were roasted coffee undertones and a dryness that followed each draw. Shortly past the half-way point, a touch of spice re-emerged in the Perfecto which remained through to the end. Again, the ash held on for over two inches on each and the burn was excellent all the way to the end. I smoked them both to the nub and they never got tarry or bitter, even to the last puff.

Overall I would have to emphasize the consistency of the Rosado throughout, and in my opinion they hold fast in the medium body realm. They gave every indication of being a well made, high quality cigar both pre-light and while smoking. The Nestor Miranda Collection - Special Selection Rosado is a very good cigar and I recommend you try it. Its medium body and relatively mild strength makes it a good choice for early in the day or evenings and you don't need a full belly to enjoy it. I'm looking forward to smoking the Oscuro, thanks again Rene.

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2 Comments on “Nestor Miranda Collection Special Selection Rosado”

  1. This is a good all around smoke for me. I like your review and has many of my views for this cigar..nice job!

  2. My Review

    It’s a pleasant enough day with just a bite of winter in the air. Not too bad for early fall, if a bit cold. I’m enjoying a quiet night on my brother’s deck, with my laptop and a couple of nice cigars. The cigar I pick completely at random is the Nestor Miranda Special Selection.
    In my fingers it has a nice construction firm, but not completely packed. A deep woody brown coloring with shadings into the black. The smell is a very earthy smell, with a bit of sweetness to it. It cuts evenly and the draw is nice. Lighting produces a nice burn. On first puff, I see large clouds of white smoke, and there is a creamy taste. As the cigar continues it remains evenly burnt, and the taste doesn’t seem to want to change until well after the first half. The ash is a bit flaky and ashed my keyboard more than once. One major problem keeps cropping up though, it keeps trying to go out. This cigar requires a lot of rapid puffing and that in turn is causing a lot of bitterness to creep into the cigar.

    Once the cigar passes the halfway point it seems to be burning better, and about 3/4 of the way down it develops a sweet woodlike flavor and aroma. However, by this point, the cigar is pretty well finished. It would have been nice to see these more complex flavors throughout the cigar rather than tacked on at the end.

    Final Notes: If this is the cigar he gives to his friends I can see why. It’s cheaper than letting them raid the Don Lino Africas. This isn’t a bad cigar by any means and the low price could make it a regular for some people. Unfortunately, this cigar just didn’t do it for me, too bland, not enough development of flavor, and keeping it lit was a challenge. If you like a fairly cheap cigar ($7 in my area, $5 in others), and like smooth, creamy flavors that never get overly complex, this may be the cigar for you.

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