Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 1/2 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua, Dominican Republic
Binder : Nicaragua
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.