Bite Size Review: Nestor Miranda Collection 75th Anniversary Salomon
Cigar lovers cannot take a trip to south Florida and not experience some aspect of the rich cigar culture of Miami’s L’il Havana or Ybor City, a veritable cornucopia of everything cigar. The headquarters of many cigar icons like Arturo Fuente, AJ Fernandez and Pepin Garcia call this veritable “cigar Mecca” and it’s surrounding areas home. It is also home to Nestor Miranda’s Miami Cigar & Co, a family-built and family-run company that got their modest start in 1989 hawking cigars out of the trunks of their cars during the cigar boom. In 2019, the primary team of Nestor, his wife Mariana, daughter, Tatiana and son-in-law, Jason Wood, celebrated 40 years selling fan-favorite, award-winning premium cigars.
Miami Cigar & Co.’s portfolio not only includes notable brands La Aurora, Nestor Miranda Collection and Tatiana, a premium flavored line named for his only daughter (my wife loves these), but they are also active in distributing wares from Toscano, Viva Republica and Upsetters. As part of the Nestor Miranda Collection, Miami Cigar & Co. released a one-off Salomon to honor Nestor Miranda’s recent 75th birthday, but curiously branded it as the 75th Anniversary. Branding aside, the 75th Anniversary has racked up the accolades including receiving a recent 92 rating from the good life mag, Cigar Aficionado, in late 2019.
The dual-banding on the Salomon is eye catching featuring a prominent diamond on a palette of white and gold. The dual-tapered shape is just beautiful complemented by a sumptuous, oily bourbon hue, minimal veins and invisible seams. The wrapper imparts a fragrance of milk chocolate with some barnyard notes while the foot is soaked in cocoa aromas. The cold draw is plummy, but man is it tight. Draw issues on a cigar of this size are not easily remedied and we do not use any artificial means to improve it; however, continually rolling and kneading the cigar between my fingers did improve the draw initially and as it smoked down it naturally became appreciably better.
The opening profile of this Nicaraguan puro is rife with a core of chocolate surrounding notes of red pepper, vanilla and oak on the retro. The rich finish of puffed rice and toasted oats is mesmerizing. The medium body is silky smooth and the texture, creamy. There is light spice on the tongue and the draw is packed with notes of more chocolate, hints of caramel and wood. Transitions are woodier with a predominance of oak notes, but nicely balanced with salted caramel and chocolate notes. The finish becomes toastier with an underlying rich coffee essence. This is shaping up to be a 5-star dessert. Wow.
Initially, the draw is just too tight thus limiting smoke production and severely retarding combustion. The good news is that it eventually overcame what was fast becoming a nuisance ending up with near flawless combustion and better, but not great, smoke production as it also produced a packed, near-white ash. Once passed the construction issues, this cigar just turns on the charm delivering a phenomenal flavor palette and texture. Enjoyable and satisfying, I thought the cigar burned cool, but a little fast for it’s size. Nonetheless, the 75th Anniversary is one hour and forty minutes you don’t want to miss. – In Fumo Pax!
Did you Know: The 75th Anniversary branding is actually to commemorate Miranda’s recent 75th birthday.
- Profile: Medium
- Vitola: Salomon
- Length / Ring: 7.25″ x 57
- Purchased: B&M
- Origin: Nicaragua
- Wrapper: Nicaraguan
- Binder: Nicaraguan
- Filler: Nicaraguan
- Production: My Father Cigars S.A.
- Blade: Xikar Xi1
- Fire: Colibri Firebird
- Price: $18.05 [Box $270.75]
- Humidor Age: 9 mo.
- Box: 15
- Other Vitolas: N/A
N O T E S
Smoke Time: 1:40
Draw: Tight initially
Construction: Reddish, bourbon hue; toothy; oily; uniform firmness; seamless; minimal veins; alluring shape; holds strong, near-white 1″ ash; weak smoke producer initially, but improves.
- Wrapper – Barnyard, milk chocolate
- Foot – Cocoa
- Cold Draw – Plummy
- Initial: Chocolatey core accented with woody draw; sultry mix of red pepper, vanilla and oka on retro; long, rich finish of puffed rice and toasted oats; tinge of spice on tongue; silky smooth w/creamy texture; medium bodied.
- Transition: Draw improving; woody and plummy with oaks notes more prevalent; maintains light spice; rich chocolatey draw; warm notes of salted caramel and cocoa on retro; residual charred wood left on palate; uptick in spice late.
- Transition: Draw more oaky around dominant woody underpinnings; hints of nougat and baked bread on retro; smoky finish of wood and coffee;
Touch ups: N/A
Weaknesses: Draw begins tight, but with light pressing and rolling, it improves dramatically.
- 5 packer
- Yard ‘gar
- NR [No Recommendation]