Cigar Review – Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve Torpedo
The Grand Reserve Torpedo is a recent small-batch release from cigar-giant Nestor Miranda that combines Nicaraguan filler and binder tobaccos with a Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper. Produced at the famous My Father factory in Estelli, Nicaragua, the blend was limited to only 10,000 sticks made, and we were lucky enough to get our hands on a few. Mr. Miranda has been responsible for a lot of stogies I’ve enjoyed in the past, so I went into today’s review eager to sample his latest creation.
The cigar looked to have seamless construction, with a “soft” box-press torpedo shape topped off with a solid triple cap. The wrapper was a smooth dark brown with some pronounced veins. I really dug the snazzy green-and-gold band on the stogie, it was really sharp. Pre-light notes were pretty vague, giving off just a little cocoa and light cedar. It was time for the torch.
Right away I was hit with heavy black pepper and cedar, with a coffee note in the background. This cigar had a very robust opening that almost took me by surprise with its intensity. I noticed the burn-line was straight all the way around, and had a thick, “burning leather” look to it. About an inch in, a very distinct chocolate note piped up, adding a little sugary sweetness to the profile.
In the second third the smoke became much creamier, and carried balanced notes of cocoa, cedar and leather. The pepper calmed down significantly, and the cigar came across just a tad bit smoother. After a quick purge, I detected a new malty flavor in the mix. At this point the burn started to waver a little, but with minimal touch up work with the lighter I was back to straight-smoking in no time.
The final third of the cigar was definitely the mellowest portion. Here the flavors were smooth and consistent, with the pepper note popping up every now and then to keep things interesting. Rich tobacco taste was the main course, with undertones of dried fruit sweetness. Until I set the nub down, the stick remained cool and tasty.
The Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve is billed as medium-to-full-bodied, and in my opinion it leans a little more towards the full-bodied end, and is most certainly full-flavored. It brought a good variety of flavor to the table without coming across as overly complex, making it a good choice for seasoned smokers, as well as new-comers to the hobby. I could definitely see pairing this stick with a nice, stout IPA, as I think the spicy flavors of the Grand Reserve would balance well with those of the hops. I give this stogie a grade of B, and I would like to smoke it again, perhaps next time with the aforementioned cold beverage. These stogies have become a bit scarce already, but we still have a good amount in stock, and you can check em’ out here.
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