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It’s the time of the year where companies from all over get together in a venue friendly to our cause, sharing their newest releases, swag, and from what I hear, some good partying. I won’t be able to attend unfortunately, but lucky for me Barry Stein of Miami Cigar Company was gracious enough to send me a surprise package including a few of the Casa Miranda Chapter 2 cigars to sample. Now I won’t feel too left out.
If you’re familiar with the Casa Miranda story, the first release was manufactured at the El Titan de Bronze in Miami. It sported an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, binder and filler from Nicaragua. The Chapter 2 takes a new direction. The wrapper now being a dark Nicaraguan Corojo, fillers from Nicaragua, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic. Click for the Press Release. The Chapter 2 will also have a change of venue as it will be manufactured at the My Father Cigars S.A in Esteli.
Construction & Pre-Light;
For this review I chose the Robusto. It was my favorite of the bunch. The cigar was a nice looking stick, a few veins and faintly visible wrapper seams. It felt packed extremely well, no soft spots to report. The pre-light sniff left me with notes of wood, earth, and a slight sweetness. The foot yielded wood, spice, and some coffee. A straight cut to the cap and the dry draw offered more wood, and coffee.
The Chapter 2 opened with a healthy dose of pepper and wood. Nothing at all overpowering but
just enough zing. The first few puffs of the cigar stayed the same, but later in the first third more flavors emerged. I began to notice some coffee introducing itself to the mix. I loved this beginning to the cigar. A bit into the first third the flavors were all playing tasteful roles, each seeming to carry a nice equal balance. The wood and coffee blended well with the pepper following suit in the back-end.
The second third brought a new dynamic in the addition of cocoa notes. The coffee had subsided a tad but still had a small place in the profile. Now the wood and cocoa were the primary players with the pepper again accenting each draw leaving a nice tingle on the throat. The pepper was a bit milder in this half but as I said still a nice accent. At times I picked up a hint of hay.
The final third continued with the lovely flavors of wood and pepper, and at times I thought I sensed the cocoa shooting in making a sneak appearance. Can’t wait to buy some of these after the release and see how accurate that is. The Chapter 2 was a definite nub finger burning worthy cigar, in my humble opinion, and I did exactly so.
Draw, Burn, & Ash;
The draw was fantastic, not too tight, not too loose, perfect.
The burn was of great quality. Almost razor-sharp especially in the second third and on. I gave it one touch up shot in the first third but after that, nada.
The ash held nice and strong, and was of a lighter gray color.
I have to say I’m really looking forward to this release. I think Miami Cigar Company has a home run with this baby. The Chapter 2 was like a sequel to a movie that ends up being favorited beyond the first. To throw a bit of my geekiness into the mix Miami Cigar has their own little “The Empire Strikes Back” going on with this release. I for one will be a definite box purchaser of this cigar. The flavors throughout were well-balanced, and the complexity was a treat. The wood, pepper, cocoa, and coffee all played noticeable roles in the evolution of this flavorful smoke. I dare say its one of the best Miami’s I’ve smoked. I will of course update this post should I notice anything different when I get to pick some up. I should also note that if you’ve not noticed in the press release, the price point is significantly lower than its predecessor, another nice point to the Chapter 2. Look for them when they come out, I don’t think you’ll be sorry. Again a big thanks to Barry for sending these!!! As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan
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