Nestor Miranda

Nestor Miranda Special Selection Danno 2012

In 1989 Miami Cigar & Co was founded by a few people including Daniel Miranda and his father Nestor Miranda.  They are distributers of several brands, including La Aurora, and also own some brands like Tatiana and the Nestor Miranda cigar brands. Unfortunately in 2005 Daniel got diagnosed with brain cancer and in 2008 he passed away. So in 2009 Miami Cigar & Co released a memorial cigar, in both rosado and oscuro, a limited edition not only to commemorate Daniel but also to celebrate their 20 years in business.


In 2010 another double edition of the Danno was released but in 2011 there was no release. In 2012 the Danno returned as a 7×56 Double Corona made at the My Father Factory in Esteli. The blend consists of Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan filler, a Nicaraguan binder and a Mexican San Andres wrapper. In total 30.000 cigars were released with a MRSP of 10 dollar. As far as I know only one more Danno was released, in 2015, but in a maduro, habano and Connecticut version so that can count as three.


The wrapper is beautiful, dark, almost black with some thin, flattened veins, a nice shine, some sparkles from the minerals. The construction feels good and I just love pig tails. The rings are simple yet of high quality and they match. The foto ring is black with a quite dark, almost copper like, gold edge and a Danno 2012 instricption while th normal band is black & gray, with the same golden edge, a small font in red saying Nestor Miranda Collection and in bigger, white, letters Special Selection. The cigar has a mild, almost fresh, smell.


I cut the cigar with my Xikar butterfly cutter. The cold draw is good, a little spicy and peppery. After lighting with a single jet I taste a nice, sweet, coffee.  After an inch I taste a beautiful mix of pepper, sugar and a nice cinnamon roll. Slowly the cigar becomes more spicy, even though the sweetness and the cinnamon still stick around but now with more spices and some green herbs. I also taste a mild acidity to keep everything balanced. The final third starts with wood, a hint of vanilla, some herbal freshness but it’s not minty, and some pepper. Near the end I taste more vanilla and some powdered sugar.


The draw is great. The burn needed correction a few times. The light gray ash is beautifully layered. The smoke is thick enough and enough in volume. The balance is great just like the subtle evolution. This cigar is medium to medium full bodied and equally flavored. The smoke time is an hour and forty five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I wish, this cigar is a great tribute.

Score: 92
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Halfway I get herbs with spices. The flavors slowly get stronger and sharp, heading towards the turning point.
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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.
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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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