Casa Miranda

Courtesy of Blind Man’s Puff (Blind tasted by 5 reviewers)

CasaMirandaVital Stats:
Vitola: Robusto
Length: 4.5?
Ring Gauge: 50
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Brazil, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
Factory: My Father Cigar Factory
Blender: Nestor Miranda

Age: 2 Months Rest
Release Date: July 2013

Contributed by: Miami Cigar & Company

Cigar Review: Casa Miranda Robusto

Initial Impressions

Appearance: 90

“Upon first glance, I notice that this cigar is sporting a beautiful reddish brown wrapper with a few medium sized veins and a silky smooth feel. The seams are nice and tight, and the triple cap is very well applied. I do notice two small holes in the wrapper leaf just below the cap. They are not into the binder, so I don’t expect a problem from them. The pack is a little on the light side but it is very consistent from head to foot.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

Blind Cigar Review: Casa Miranda | Chapter 2 Robusto

Aroma: 91

“I got lots of barnyard notes like hay, wood and also raw leather.” –Milton (mjohnsoniii)

First Third

Flavor: 89

Strength: Medium

Body/Complexity: Medium

“Starts off with an earthy tasting tobacco that has a musty after taste. A nice blend of leather, with coffee and splashes of pepper flavors show up soon. The new flavors join with the earthy tasting tobacco, pushing the mustiness away and provide a tasty start to the cigar.” –Ron (shuckins)

“Oak, leather and coffee with an earthiness are the initial flavors. A mild nutty spice on the first few retrohales with the bitter sweetness of molasses lingering on the palate. The draw is a bit tight. Halfway through this third the coffee has moved to the finish. A perfect ending to the richness of the wood and leather.” –Gregg (McGreggor57)

Second Third

Flavor: 93

Strength: Medium

Body/Complexity: Medium

“As the second third starts I noticed that the pepper is fading and more flavors are emerging. The earth is still there, but it’s “nicer” now, and has picked up some of the vanilla sweetness that I detected before lighting up. There is also just a hint of leather in the background. The smoke output has increased a bit here as well as the draw loosening up. The smoke is oily and coats my palate well…this makes the sweet finish last a bit longer and is pleasant.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

“Espresso really showed through at this point with the unsweetened chocolate transitioning to a caramel-like taste. There were also hints of spices and red pepper.” –Milton (mjohnsoniii)

Final Third

Flavor: 89

Strength: Medibum

Body/Complexity: Medium

“The earthy flavor fades as the tobacco picks up a woodsy taste. There is also a bit of light pepper that showed up in the woodsy tobacco flavor, but not enough to chase the creamy leather coffee flavor from the front. Everything blended well together for a great finish to the cigar.” –Ron (shuckins)

“In the final third, the spice dies down some and the draw flavors are dominated by toasted wood. A creamy leather flavor joins the mix, coming in at the start of the finish and hangs on for quite a while. The nub gets hot earlier than I’d like and there’s a little harshness.” –Brian (B-daddy)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 89

“A bit tight throughout requiring a slower smoke to coax out the flavors without them becoming harsh.” –Gregg (McGreggor57)

Burn: 90

“This cigar burned a little quickly for me and as a result I think the smoke was less flavorful than it could have been. The last 1.5? was unpleasant due to bitter and hot smoke.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

Construction: 91

“Nice and evenly firm throughout. Great performance aside from a bit of a fast burn. Nice wrapper work and triple cap. Well constructed cigar.” –Brian (B-daddy)

Overall Strength: Medium

Overall Body/Complexity: Medium

Overall Experience: 90

“A very enjoyable cigar, with well blended palate pleasing flavors that I would definitely add to my rotation.” –Ron (shuckins)

“Smoking slower certainly allowed the richer flavors to shine through. When I became too aggressive, the profile changed dramatically. The final third however, lost the deeper richness of flavors I was enjoying up to that point. Still, I would keep a few of these on hand as it was a solid smoke.” –Gregg (McGreggor57)

“Flavors were good but not particularly remarkable; didn’t really stand out from the crowd as exceptional but still solid. The performance was great, a joy to smoke and allowed me to relax and enjoy. I’d definitely smoke this again. If the price is low, it would make a very nice every day smoke.” –Brian (B-daddy)

“This cigar had a lot of promise during the middle portion. Unfortunately, it just didn’t last long enough for me to want to chase some down. Not a train wreck, but not a show stopper.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

“I could see myself giving these another shot. It wasn’t a bad cigar by any means just not an excellent one. There were definitely great moments during the 65 minutes it took to smoke it. Maybe with a bit more time to mature, they could potentially be that excellent stogie. Who knows?” –Milton (mjohnsoniii)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 66

Total Score: 90 (Very Good)

Viva Republica Propaganda

Tasting Notes Courtesy of Casa Fumandas.com

PropagandaViva Republica is headed by Jason Holly, who is also in charge of product development for Miami Cigar and Co.  Their other releases include the Rapture and Guerilla Warfare lines, as well as a line called C4W V-Day Limited Edition Charitable Release, with all wholesale proceeds going to Operation Cigars for Warriors.   The Viva Republica cigars are made at La Aurora’s E. León Jimenez factory in the Dominican Republic, and come in three different sizes:  Disinformation (4×54), Five and a Half Truth (5.5×54), and Big Lie (6×58).

This is the first Viva Republica Propaganda cigar that I have smoked, so it will be a “first impression” sort of review.

Wrapper: Brazilian Magico Cubano
Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Nicaraguan, Brazilian, Dominican Republic, Pennsylvania
Size: Disinformation – 4×54
Smoking time: One hour, fifteen minutes

PRE-SMOKE

The Viva Republica Propagana Disinformation comes dressed in a dark and mottled wrapper, showing even darker splotches throughout, with an oily sheen, a few bumps, and minor veining.  It is very firmly packed, and features a nicely wound double cap.   The band is wide with a busy combination of red, shiny metallic gold, black and white; a jumble of, er, information, including the origin of the tobaccos used and even lightning bolts and a Guy Fawkes mask.  Although a little (or a lot) hard to digest all at once, the colors do coordinate well with the shade of the wrapper.   The nose off the wrapper is mossy earth and light barnyard, while the foot gives off primarily tobacco with a faint hit of chocolate.  The cold draw produces sweet tobacco flavors on the tongue.

FIRST LIGHT

 Out of the gate, the VRPD (yeah, I’m getting tired of typing that out, lol) displays smooth cedar, a moderate amount of pepper, and some sweet spice.  After a few puffs, some mossy/grassy tinged earthiness creeps in, adding depth to the flavors.  The draw is ideal for me, with just the right amount of resistance, and each puff produces a satisfying mouthful of smoke.  The burn is nearly razor sharp, but a bit slanted.  The cigar pumps out a pretty serious amount of resting smoke, but the aroma is a pleasing blend of toasty wood and light coffee.  About an inch in, the pepper has scaled back, while cedar, earth, and toastiness continue, along with the arrival of a bit of breadiness and the sweet spice in the background.  The first ash tapped off at about an inch and a half, and was fairly solid, with a bit of flaking.

HALFWAY THERE

 At this point the VRPD is a solid medium bodied cigar, with no nicotine to be felt.  The burn has been doing its best to even itself out and the stationary smoke has lessened.  The smoke has become very smooth and more bread-like, while the cedar and earth still linger.  Maybe (probably) it’s me, but I seem to be picking up differences from puff to puff – at times getting a faint spice somewhere in the area of nutmeg and cinnamon, and a bit of char or even a bit of sweet citrus at other times.  Meanwhile, the burn has completely evened itself out.  While the has body climbed into the medium/full range at the end, it has smoked absolutely cool all the way down, with only a bit of harshness at the very end, and has produced only a bit of a nicotine gut tickle.

OVERVIEW

First of all, I’d like to thank Ed Ryan for affording me the opportunity to smoke the Viva Republica Propaganda Disinformation.  I was a little surprised that I didn’t pick up more of a coffee/chocolate taste on the palate as I’ve seen in other reviews, but the flavors that were there were certainly enjoyable, as was the overall experience.  The construction of the cigar was great and only required one re-light when I let it sit a bit too long.  I also really like the size of this little pudgy guy (hey, that’s me!), although I would like to see what it would be like in a corona-ish size.  I would also like to pick up a few more to let sit in my humidor for a few months or so to see how that might meld everything a bit more.  The price tag may seem a bit high for a 4” stick, but an hour and a quarter of smoke time puts it right in the realm of a standard robusto and close to a toro, so I think it’s a reasonable asking price.  I think it’s a cigar that is well worth checking out.

Viva Republica Guerrilla Warfare

Courtesy of Half Wheel:

GuerillaWarfare

  • Tasting Notes Courtesy of Half Wheel.Com
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Factory: E. León Jimenes Tabacalera
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
  • Binder: Dominican Republic & Mexico
  • Filler: Brazil, Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
  • Size: 4 Inches
  • Ring Gauge: 41
  • Vitola: Petit Corona
  • MSRP: n/a
  • Release Date: April 2013
  • Number of Cigars Released: 20,000 Total Cigars

The Guerrilla Warfare is a well made cigar, with a mottled brown wrapper that is silky smooth to the touch, but has multiple obvious veins running down its length. It is fairly spongy when squeezed, but that is probably a combination of the small ring gauge and short length more than anything. The aroma coming off the wrapper is a strong cedar, leather, barnyard and pepper.

The first third of the Guerrilla Warfare starts out with strong flavors of chocolate, bitter espresso, creamy cedar and just a tad bit of nuttiness. There is a great amount of spice on the lips that sticks around through the first third and a punishing amount of black pepper on the retrohale that slowly starts to recede pretty quickly, but does stick around. Underneath the other flavors is a wonderful vanilla flavor, sometimes strong, sometimes light—but always present in some amount. Smoke production is insane—white and billowy—and the draw and burn are excellent. Overall strength ends the first third just below medium.

While the second third of the Viva Republica starts out the same as the first third, it quickly shifts gears right before the halfway point with the spice almost disappearing and the black pepper receding even more—although it is still noticeable on the retrohale. The flavors morph into more of a leather and oak dominated profile with just touches of mint, espresso and chocolate and the sweetness that was so strong in the first third has been cut in half—albeit still noticeable. The construction remains excellent and the smoke production continues to be well above average. In fact, the biggest change is the strength—which has ramped up significantly—and ends at just under the full mark by the end of the second third and only seems to be getting stronger.

Coming into the final third of the Guerrilla Warfare the strength has now easily pushed through the full barrier and seems determined to stay there for the duration of the smoke. Flavors of bitter espresso, creamy cedar, nuts, cloves and a tiny amount of licorice flit in and out, none of them overly dominant at any specific point. The vanilla sweetness from the first two thirds is a bit stronger here, but seems overwhelmed by the strength, especially at the end. The profile does turn harsh at the very end of the cigar, but it was well past the point that I should have put it down anyway. The construction remains constantly wonderful to the end, and the strength is solidly in the full camp by the time I put it down.

La Boheme Pittore

Submitted by Eric Edelman

La Boheme Pittore is a cigar is produced by Boutique Blends the same company that made the Aging Room cigar that was the highest rated non-Cuban cigar by Cigar Aficionado a few years ago.  This Dominican cigar has a very limited production run so enjoy it while we have it!  The smoke begins with well-aged Dominican long-filler tobacco before slowly growing in strength. Gradually, the superb Ecuadorian Habano wrapper brings the blend together with notes of coffee, wood, nuts, cream and caramel.  This is a medium to full bodied smoke.  Cigar Aficionado awarded it a 94 rating which was enough to make it 2015’s 12th rated cigar of the year.

Alec Bradley Sanctum

Review by Dr. John

The realm of cigars can be somewhat daunting to the novice, with all of the different regions, wrappers, ring gauges and lengths to sort through on your quest for that unspoiled smoke. Whether you are an aspiring aficionado or on a journey to find that safe haven for yourself during “peak” traffic congestion you should explore the Embassy Cigar Lounge (ECL) in Stafford, VA. As a frequent guest at ECL, and aspiring aficionado one thing that many of us can agree on, is that there is no substitute for that preoccupation and experience associated with the realm of a premium, handcrafted cigar.

Recently, I had the pleasure of enjoying an Alec Bradley Sanctum at ECL, a medium to full body cigar at a great price point that provided a great networking experience for about an hour without worrying about congested traffic.

Heritage 1492 Nicaragua

Review submitted by Dan

“The Heritage 1492 Nicaragua from Global Marketing and Distribution (GMD) made by Oliva has an Ecuadorean Habano wrapper, Ecuadorean Sumatra binder and Nicaraguan Habano filler tobaccos.”

It is said to be a full bodied stick but I would say it sits comfortably in the medium realm with a slight leaning toward heavy….a morning stick for me.

The cigar is a dark brown wrapper. Not too firm it clipped easily enough and had a very easy initial draw.

The draw was smooth with an enjoyable amount of smoke.

It has subtle flavors that paired nicely with the coffee I was having.

The burn of the cigar was uneventful the ash held for about a half to three-quarter of an inch.

This is a very pleasant cigar and very much in line with the fine cigars coming out of Nicaragua.

A nice addition to anyone’s humidor.

 

Nestor Miranda Connecticut

Cigar Review Submitted by Eric

Notes:

A mild cigar with a great burn, it begins with a vanilla flavor that gives way to butterscotch notes and a nutty flavor as the cigar burns down.