Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve 2012

Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve 2012

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 1/8 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$12.00 each

The Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve 2012 was a limited edition run of only 1,500 boxes—so it is a little hard to get a hold of. It is perhaps the strongest cigar developed by Nestor Miranda, and comes beautifully packaged in a gorgeous box. I was very excited to get my hands on one. Let’s see how it measures up.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★½
Everything about the presentation of this cigar is beautiful, from the box to the stogie itself. The torpedo cigar has a rich chocolate brown colored Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, and only a few fine veins. You will see some obvious tooth on the surface of the wrapper. The cigar feels firm throughout with no hard or soft spots. Pre-smoke aroma is leather, espresso, and earth.

Construction : Rating: ★★★★☆
Right from the start, the draw is excellent, and I am happy to report it stays that way through the rest of the experience. Burn is not perfect, but it is close. It wavers slightly, but I did not have to do any touchups.

Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve 2012

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★½
On my first draw, I get a blast of strong pepper. This takes a few puffs to subside to the backdrop, after which I start getting the notes I smelled on pre-smoke: the leather, earth, and coffee. There are also strong tobacco notes and some spicy wood in the background. The pepper stays strong through the middle third, but some creaminess emerges to balance it out. The other aromas remain strong. The strength continues to ramp up, and is quite intense in the final third (as expected). The pepper has backed off, and the other flavors and aromas take front and center stage. There is also a sweet note which was starting to emerge during the middle third which now becomes evident as cherry or something similar.

Overall, a very nice progression, though the pepper was a bit much in the beginning for me since it was obscuring the other notes completely. Other people who are not so sensitive to pepper may differ with me on that assertion.

Value : Rating: ★★★★☆
If you love pepper, you’ll find this a great experience. It is not a cheap cigar, but it is well constructed, and the flavor progression is top notch. The initial blast of pepper annoyed me, but I think that was probably pretty subjective, so I do not want to knock my rating on value or overall score down just for that.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★★½ (4.25)
In general, this is a fantastic cigar. If like me you are not so thrilled by pepper, you may not want to order a whole box of these—but if you get through the initial blast, I think you will enjoy the rest. If you love strong cigars that pour on the spice though, you will probably love the Nestor Miranda Grand Reserva 2012.