The Añoranzas by Miami Cigar is one that I have been looking to try for a while now. My lovely wife presented me with a gift card to pipesanscigars.com for Christmas, and since my local B&M doesn’t have them in stock yet, I was excited to order a few. Añoranzas is Spanish for longing, or yearning, and what a great name for a cigar.
Construction & Pre-light;
The soft box pressed cigar had a grainy feel and look to it. There was slight oil present on the wrapper. Few veins were visible, and wrapper seams slightly detectable. A pre-light sniff was of wood notes and nuts. The foot gave some hay, wood notes, and pepper. A straight cut to the cap offered wood, pepper, and nuts.
The cigar opened up with a nice amount of pepper at the forefront. The nutty and wood notes were a tad faint in the first few puffs. A little into the first third the pepper began to move to the finish. The wood evolved into a cedar flavor. The nutty notes were the most prominent along with the pepper.
The second third of the cigar, for me, pretty much stuck with the flavors introduced in the first third. At times the cedar seemed to be a more dominant presence leaving the nutty notes a little faint, and the pepper still in the finish.
The final third amped up the pepper a bit, but never anything too strong. The nuts were pretty much a memory at this point. I did get a good amount of cedar in the final third. The cigar wasn’t a problem to smoke to the nub, stayed cool and enjoyable. The nub was a little soft at the end, but never anything that became problematic.
Draw, Burn, Ash;
The draw of the Añoranzas was perfect from beginning to end. Each puff produced an ample amount of smoke, that I hardly had to work for.
The burn was good, a bit wavy at times through the first third. In the second third the burn got better, not perfect but was a lot less wavy than the beginning.
The ash in the first third was a little weak, and fell earlier than I’d hoped. However after that first experience the ash was strong and didn’t fall until I tapped it off. The color was a darker gray.
I had to wait a while to try the Añoranzas and was glad that I finally got the chance. I have a couple more stashed away and am interested on how they will age. I see this cigar becoming a routine smoke for me. The flavors were solid and the cigar delivered from foot to nub. If you have the chance I’d recommend giving it a smoke, and I also believe it will be a nice pair with a good scotch. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan