Monthly Archives: January 2013

Nestor Miranda Art Deco Coffee Break

I bought this cigar in the USA on my trip late 2011 and smoked it early 2012. I lost the notes, that’s why it took me a year to post the review. In the meantime I met Nestor Miranda in person at the Intertabac trade show where he and his son in law Jason Wood, also from Miami Cigar & Co were attending. I visited Miami Cigar & Co last November and smoked a cigar with the MC&C crew at their office, Barry Stein has pictures to prove it.
Back to the cigar, the Nestor Miranda Art Deco Coffee Break is a 4½x50 short robusto that is wrapped in cellophane. The wrapper is dark and the artwork, both on the band as on the tin box, is beautiful. The My Father made cigar has a triple cap, a strong hay smell and a great construction. The veins are of a lighter color. The predraw is great and I taste tobacco and wood.
I taste spicy pepper with wood and some nuts, but the main flavor is wood. After half an inch I taste wood with spices, the pepper is gone. The cigar remains full flavored though. After a third I taste spices with wood, I like the nice mixture of wood and nutmeg.
Halfway I get herbs with spices. The flavors slowly get stronger and sharp, heading towards the turning point.
This cigar lasted me for an hour and I got a lot of smoke. The draw is great but I got a slightly crooked burn. The firm ash is gray but the smoke is white. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I wish these were available in The Netherlands

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Villa Gonzalez short robusto

I don’t have any background information on the Villa Gonzalez brand, I only know that it is a 100% Nicaraguan bundle cigar but I have no clue who the manufacturer is. I smoked the short robusto and this cellophane wrapped cigar measured 4×48
The cigar has a milkchocolate brown wrapper with thin, darker, veins. I smell a strong barnyard smell. The construction is promising, it feels great. The predraw is fine, I taste raisin and tobacco, a quite spicy taste.
I taste spicy herbs, dark slightly bitter coffee and some white pepper. There is also a hint of fresh wood. There are even some spices in the flavors and the flavors are sharp and strong. It reminds me a bit like cheap booze, the flavors are unpolished.
Halfway I taste a dry wood flavor with herbs. The flavors are still sharp. Near the end I taste a bitter earthy flavor and some dark chocolate
This cigar lasted me for forty-five minutes. The draw was great and the light colored ash was firm. I got a lot of smoke and the burn was very good. This cigar is medium bodied but full flavored.
Would I buy this cigar again? No, guess I am too spoiled to smoke bundle cigars

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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Perdomo Fresco Toro

These bundled Perdomo Fresco cigars are made by Perdomo of tobacco from their own fields in Esteli, Nicaragua and wrapped in either a Connecticut shade of a Nicaraguan maduro wrapper. I smoked the 6×50 toro with the Connecticut shade wrapper.
The wrapper is quite dark for a Connecticut shade, it is dry too with a few veins. The construction is good and the predraw is fine. I taste musty tobacco and I smell a barnyard. I really don’t like the band.
I taste coffee with a spicy but sweet earth flavour and the flavors have an ashy touch to it. The ashy flavour disappears soon and after half an inch I taste earth with mushrooms. The cigar tastes like autumn, like wet leaves. After a third I taste some spices and a little bit of citrus.
The citrus slowly fades away and the flavors that remain are wood with spices, still autumn like flavors, with a little bit of pepper in the aftertaste. Past the middle point of the cigar I get a powdered sugar flavour. After two thirds the spices, like nutmeg, are getting stronger.
This cigar has a smoke time of two hours and fifteen minutes! The draw is great and I got a decent amount of smoke. The ash is light colored and not firm. The burn is good. This cigar is medium to full flavoured and medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? I don’t think so

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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