Team Cigar Review: Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky

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Cigar Details: Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky

  • Vitola: Figurado
  • Length: 5.62″
  • Ring Gauge: 48/52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: My Father
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $18.00
  • Release Date: January 2024
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky is medium brown and has some decently raised veins present. The seams are a bit raised and the tapered head and foot are finished well. The cigar has a bit of a curve to it. The band is burgundy, gold and silver and denotes the brand and line. The aroma from the wrapper is an even mix of cedar and earth, and the foot opening is too small to get anything distinct from it. The pre-light draw brings airy cedar with faint mustiness.
Seth: The Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky is a nice looking figurado. Nice shape and well constructed. I like figurados larger, but that is neither here nor there. Solid Colorado wrapper with small to medium sized veins throughout. Touch of oils and leather in texture. Aromas of earth, spices, barnyard and tobacco.
John: The Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker with the cigar information that tears in half when opened. The cigar is a double perfecto shape and has a single wide band. I weighed the cigar at 11.5 grams and measured the humidity with the HumidiMeter Pro at 62.6%. Aromas from the wrapper included bread, hay and light, sweet tobacco. As the portion of exposed foot is quite small with the double perfecto shape, I could not find anything distinct.
Jiunn: The Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky has a Colorado wrapper shade showing minimal oil content. The perfecto shaped cigar is well wrapped, bunched and rolled. Pre-light aromas consist of black pepper and minerals.

Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky

Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar and earth with some mild black pepper. At a half inch in, the black pepper picks up a bit. The retrohale is toasted cedar, earth and black pepper with a faint chocolate note. At an inch in, a light chocolate makes its way to the mouth draws. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is just ahead of the earth, with black pepper not far behind along with some faint chocolate in the background. The strength was right at medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with this classic Nicaraguan flavor profile. Once it opens up with the ring gauge, it really delivers some nice flavors. I was picking up lots of earth, cocoa, coffee, wood and rich spices. Medium to medium-full in strength and body.
John: My initial flavor impressions were creamy tobacco, hay, mild wood, and delayed spices into the post draw. As the cigar settles in, baking spices are present through the retrohale at medium strength. Some dryness is present on the post draw and palate as the cigar moves just past the shoulder. Earth joins the post draw as well as it continues, at medium strength.
Jiunn: Past sucking on the nipple, the cigar’s flavor profile gets into its groove. Baking spices, cedar, gritty dirt/earth shines the most. Retrohaling shows a nice red pepper spice and a hint of tart cherries. The finish highlights the earth grittiness, doing a good job of a full mouth feel. Strength and body is medium.

Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky

Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, a light mustiness joins the profile, replacing the chocolate. At a quarter inch in, the toasted cedar and earth are now even up front. At a half inch in, the toast level becomes pretty heavy. The retrohale is now toasted cedar, earth and zingy black pepper. As the third comes to a close, the heavily toasted cedar and earth are even up front, with the black pepper a bit behind and light mustiness in the background. The strength bumped up to slightly above medium.
Seth: The second third delivers a flavor profile that is fairly in line with that of the first. As the ring gauge decreases though I am getting more earth and some mineral qualities. Tobacco, wood, spices and coffee as well. Medium to medium-full in strength and body.
John: Creamy bread kicks off the second third with wood to follow. Light plus strength spices come into the retrohale with the post draw being defined by dry wood. The profile remains stable for the remainder of the second third.
Jiunn: The second third’s flavor profile changes to one that is highly earthy. There’s a combination of dirt grit as well as an airy construction paper note. This combination seeps through the finish, making it longer and more pronounced. Nothing foul by any means, but also nothing that really stands out from it. The retrohale however is still one of the best around. Strength and body remains medium.

Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky

Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the earth takes a slight lead in the profile. The retrohale is now toasted cedar, earth and mildly zingy black pepper. As the cigar wraps up, the earth takes a bigger lead over the toasted cedar while the black pepper is a bit further behind and mustiness remaining in the background. The strength remained slightly above medium.
Seth: The final third is the weakest part, and I really think that is due to the decreasing ring gauge. This is a blend that performs well with a larger ring gauge. Lots of mineral notes with the earth in this third. Spices and coffee as well. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: Wood carries the profile into the last third with dry wood defining the post draw. Mild bread is present on the retrohale but it struggles as the wood largely muffles the flavor. Baking spices work their way into the retrohale as the cigar continues, settling at medium strength. The post draw takes on an earthy component by the halfway point.
Jiunn: The final third holds true to the second third. Still dominated by earthiness in dirt grit and construction paper. There’s at times waves of stone fruit coming through, which I love in general, but it doesn’t compliment the high doses of earthiness. Strength and body finish the same medium.

Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky

Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy through the first third and then evened out the rest of the way. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.
Seth: Very nice burn from start to finish.
John: The burn was straight through the entire review.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky

Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Perfect draw.
John: I often find the initial draw on a perfecto like this, with some resistance to it. Once the cigar reached the shoulder, the draw opened to at most one notch into the resistant spectrum, which puts it in the ideal range for a draw.
Jiunn: Draw performance was on point, providing the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar and earth with some mild black pepper. A light chocolate note joined in around halfway through the third. The second third saw the chocolate note replaced by some mustiness. The final third saw the earth take the lead in the profile. Other than some waviness in the first third, construction was perfect. The Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky had an average flavor profile throughout, focused around toasted cedar, earth and black pepper. No real excitement here, which is disappointing based on this being an anniversary cigar. Not a cigar I’d see myself coming back to.
Seth: Overall, I think the Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky is a solid Nicaraguan blend. It should not be offered in a small ring gauge, but it is still solid. I also believe this reaffirms my opinion that it’s hard to make a bad Nicaraguan puro. Nothing out of the ordinary with the cigar, but a core flavor profile that would have performed better with a larger ring gauge throughout. When it first opened, it was very nice. That mineral sharpness in the final half was a major downfall.
John: The Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky had an interesting first third with complimentary flavor components, with the cigar becoming linear through the second third. There were moments I thought the flavor would regain a dynamic quality in the last third, but it didn’t seem to come together for me. The burn was perfect and the draw was perfect after getting past the initial snugness of a perfecto shape. I was happy to have had the opportunity to smoke the Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky, but the price point along with the very limited nature of the release means it isn’t something I would see myself returning to in the future. The smoking time was a bit on the quick side at 1 hour and 38 minutes.
Jiunn: Almost good. Almost the bride. But still a bridesmaid. The core earthy profile of dirt grit and construction paper is a good baseline of a quality traditional cigar. But it needs to build off these components. The first third managed to do so by adding spice and some stone fruit, but the latter two thirds failed. At day’s end, almost doesn’t warrant a high likelihood of a revisit of the Nestor Miranda NM80 Ruky for me.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.65

Cost/Point

$3.19

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Seth Geise

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$3.00

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$2.95

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$2.95

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