Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve 2012
The Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve 2012 is another in a long line of annual-release, limited edition cigars which have been so prevalent over the past few years. Miami Cigar hopes the 2012 will follow in the footsteps of last years Grand Reserve which was very well received and garnered a 91 rating from Cigar Aficionado.
As we reported back on May 23rd of this year, the 6 1/8 x 52 box-pressed maduro cigar will be limited to 1500 boxes of 10 cigars. Rolled in Esteli, Nicaragua, this year’s edition of the Grand Reserve will have an extra kick, due to the added Nicaraguan ligero. Utilizing a dual binder this extraordinary cigar is capped of with a dark, oily Connecticut broadleaf maduro wrapper aimed to please today’s cigar smoker.
According to Nestor Miranda, “With the 2012 edition, we were looking to add another dimension to the Grand Reserve and what we have come up with is a cigar that is a full bodied powerhouse. I can’t wait to see the reaction of the consumers when they smoke this cigar!”
The Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper explodes with florals, tobacco flower, rose, and jasmine among them, and is a reddish, medium brown with small veins and a bit of tooth. The foot reveals dry earth, leather, dark chocolate and a hint of tea. The cold draw was less appealing with wet grass, ammonia and a general vegetal quality.
First light exposed the extra portion of ligero with a blast of pepper and frankly, quite a bit of harshness. The aroma was a magnificent melange of the floral components combined with roasted beef. The harshness subsides after the first half inch and allows the earth, leather, pepper and a dried dark cherry to come through. The fruit is especially evident on the retrohale. I would put the body at full and the strength at medium-plus at this point. The construction is excellent, the draw is perfection as is the combustion and into the second third, the flavors remain fairly consistent with the pleasant addition of a sweet spice. The smoke in the middle is incredibly smooth for a cigar of this weight to the point that I might even call it creamy.
In the final third, the sweetness, fruit and spice push the earth and leather into the background. As I suspected would happen, the power was quietly building toward the end and I was left quite satisfied and even slightly woozy. My own fault for attempting this smoke on a relatively empty stomach.
I enjoyed the Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve 2012 even more than the 2011. The flavor was richer and more rounded, the body and strength fuller but there was balance. I think this edition will sell through pretty quickly so snap them up when they appear on your retailers shelves!