The Casa Miranda was one several collaborative cigars to come out of the 2011 IPCPR trade show that had piqued the interest of many cigar smokers. In this case, Nestor Miranda of Miami Cigar & Co. partnered with Willy Herrera, the former master blender at El Titan de Bronze in Miami who is now with Drew Estate.
The cigars were made at El Titan de Bronze’s Miami fabrica, using Nicaraguan binder and filler underneath an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.
The robusto measures 5” x 50 and has a retail price of around $10 per cigar, with a 20-count box priced at $170, both before taxes.
Also available is a 6” x 52 toro and a 6” x 52 torpedo, both of which have single stick prices of $11 and box prices of $187 before taxes.
The sample received at the IPCPR trade show was smoked for this review, part of the 2011 IPCPR cigar review series.
The wrapper has an alluring softness that invites you back in for another touch, coupled with just a bit of give when squeezed. It’s worth noting how nice the band is on this, and the intriguing “Chapter One” that’s in a fairly small font at the bottom of the band. Given that Herrera is no longer with El Titan de Bronze, it will be worth watching what comes in future chapters, assuming there are some to come.
The pre-light aroma has a somewhat surprising leading white pepper note, followed by a bit of wheat cracker, while the cold draw gives off notes of whole grain wheat and an easy draw.
The cigar starts right off with a hit of pepper, though the framing tastes remain on the lighter side. It isn’t heavy or meaty – rather it’s more middle of the road which seems to allow the peppery notes to stand out even further. If anything, it’s a bit of a mismatch – as if trying to overload a potato with pepper.
By the time the first inch has burned off, the pepper has made a quick exit with a touch of sweetness taking its place.
At the midway point, the spice has almost completely faded away, with a wheaty, doughy note becoming most predominant, with a just a touch of brown sugar lingering on the palate.
The Casa Miranda closes out with a bit of spice returning, though not as much was present at the start of the cigar.
The cigar performed beautifully, generating lots of smoke while never needing a touch-up or relight. The burn lines were sharp and the construction seemed perfect.
Cost aside, the Casa Miranda is a darn good cigar, and one that’s certainly worth a try. At $10 a cigar, it could be a bit pricey for an everyday smoke and may make a few customers shy away from it. However, given that this cigar is made in the USA and delivers a unique flavor profile that will challenge the medium bodied smoker with some peppery notes before giving them a nice break with some sweetness, it’s worth trying at least once.
3.75 stars out of five, 90 points out of 100.
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