Team Cigar Review: Nestor Miranda Special Selection Coffee Break

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Cigar Details: Nestor Miranda Special Selection Coffee Break

  • Vitola: Rothschild
  • Length: 4.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Rosado
  • Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo ’98
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: My Father
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $6.99
  • Release Date: May 2019
  • Source: Miami Cigar

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper is a marbled medium brown and has a couple of medium raised veins. The seams are easily visible as they are slightly raised and the head is finished off with a wrinkled triple cap. The band is white and brown with copper borders and red and copper writing which displays the brand and line name. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of wood and barnyard while the foot brings wood, tobacco sweetness and some white pepper. The pre-light draw is a mix of wood and graham cracker and has a mid level spiciness present on my lips and tongue.

Pre-light Experience

The Nestor Miranda Special Selection Coffee Break is solid in appearance sporting a slightly soft wrapper with a silky quality. It has a a dark Colorado wrapper to it and there is some marbling, showing some maduro. There are aromas of chocolate, tobacco, coffee and rich earth, and it’s quite enjoyable.

Pre-light Experience

The Nestor Miranda Special Selection Coffee Break has a brown, rustic wrapper with firmly pressed veins. The band is bronze, brown and white, with red lettering. Nosing the wrapper, I get aromas of sweet cedar and cotton candy, with sweet tobacco in the foot.

Pre-light Experience

The Nestor Miranda Special Selection Coffee Break has an attractive bronze like Colorado Red wrapper shade. Construction is top notch as veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head finished off with a deep layered cap. Aromas from the wrapper give cedar, hay and subtle red pepper spice. Aromas from the foot tell more aggressive aforementioned wrapper notes. Cold draw gives dry red pepper, cedar and dried nuts.

First Third

The cigar begins with a mix of wood and cinnamon that is followed by some mustiness. At a quarter inch in, the cinnamon has morphed into a concentrated and sharp baking spice. At a half inch in, the baking spice has mellowed out significantly. The retrohale has a nice, smooth musty wood and then a rush of baking spice. As the third comes to a close, the wood is more defined as oak and gains a toasted note while the mustiness and baking spice maintain their levels. The strength in this third was slightly above medium.

First Third

The first third begins with some soft red pepper to the cigar and it has some baking spices with that. There are some cookies and cream qualities and the finish is of coffee and earth. I would classify the cigar as being medium to medium-full, and it’s fairly enjoyable.

First Third

My initial draws bring a burst of sweetness, and light baking spices in the mid palate. The retrohale has spicy cedar, with the spice ramping up to medium almost medium plus as the first third settles in. Baking spices take over the post draw with a long lingering finish. Sweetness starts to push through the baking spices as the cigar progresses. Some mild mid palate chocolate settles in at the halfway point. Those baking spices drop off rapidly in the bottom half, with mid palate cedar carrying into the post draw.

First Third

The first third is all about spice and earth. A seeded dry red chili spice is very much prevalent through the finish, (strong) retrohale and mouth draws. There’s also a lot of earthiness in the sense of dirt/soil component and minerals. To try to mitigate the excessive spice and earth, a soft lingering cream is there. Retrohaling is very aggressive with dry red chili heat and spice as well as cedar. The finish is thick on the palate with charred dried red chilis and cedar. Strength is medium-full and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the mustiness has taken a slight lead over the toasted oak while the baking spice still brings the finish. At a quarter inch in, the components of the profile are now creating a barbecue type note. At an inch in, the baking spice is fairly faint while the musty and toasted oak is up front. The retrohale provides a mirror image of the same profile. As the third comes to a close, a light char joins the profile. The strength in this third remained at slightly above medium.

Second Third

I am in the second third of the cigar now and finding some earth and damp wood qualities emerging. There are some peppery spice notes present as well, and the finish is that of dark coffee. Like before, I would classify the cigar as being between medium and medium-full.

Second Third

Cedar is at the front of the palate, that progresses into the middle of the palate when the cigar settles in. There are still rich baking spices on the retrohale consistently at medium minus. No other notable transitions through the second third.

Second Third

The second third breaks up the heavy handed spice and earth with some naturally creamy dried nuttiness but it’s still not good enough. The finish especially lathers the palate thick with charred cedar. Strength and body is still medium-full and medium, respectively.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the char, toasted note and baking spice have left the profile, leaving a musty oak. At a quarter inch in, a slight bitterness joins the profile. At a half inch in, some char has rejoined the profile. The retrohale is now providing musty oak. The cigar wraps up with musty and slightly charred oak along with a slight bitterness. The strength in this third bumped up to medium-full.

Final Third

I am in the final third of the cigar now and finding a flavor profile that is showing coffee, barnyard, peppery spice and some sour notes. The sour notes are on the finish, and unfortunately they take a lot away from the cigar. Like before, the final third is between medium and medium-full in strength and body.

Final Third

Mild earthiness joins the mid palate as the cigar transitions into the last third. Sweet cedar comes through the front of the palate, and builds up in strength rapidly. Once the last third settles in, that sweetness fades, with the cedar defining the mid palate. The retrohale has rich, complex baking spices through the last third.

Final Third

The last third is the same as the second third. Medium plus strength, medium bodied with a heavy dose of thick earthiness, nuts and charred cedar. The finish continues to weigh heavy on the entire palate.

Burn

The burn was slightly wavy throughout, but did get off a fair amount once in the second third which required a touch-up. The ash held on through each third.

Burn

The burn on the Coffee Break was fantastic. The cigar smoked so well from beginning to end and required no touch-ups. There were a few minor wavy spots, but we can’t get too picky.

Burn

The burn struggled through the smoking experience. Uneven in the first third, eventually resulting in a canoe, requiring a touch-up. A re-light is required in the second third. The burn is lopsided in the last third, eventually requiring another touch-up. Ash holds on up to 3/4 inch increments.

Burn

Burn performance was overall good. A few touch-ups were required through the smoking time to keep up the wrapper burn from the remaining leaves. The cigar did burn cool, ashes relatively tight.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer but didn’t seem to cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The flavor profile was pretty nice through the first two thirds and then fell off a bit in the final third. The strength level was a bit higher than I was expecting, but matched up with the fullness of flavor pretty well. The vitola name of Coffee Break is a bit of a misnomer for this cigar as it smoked quite slow. This is a nice reintroduction of the Nestor Miranda Special Selection Coffee Break and one I’d have no problem smoking more of. If you’re a fan of some strength and a nice oak focused flavor profile, then it’s worth your time to seek these out.

Draw

Like the burn, the draw was fantastic from start to finish. No complaints whatsoever with the draw on the cigar.

Overall

The Nestor Miranda Special Selection Coffee Break is a solid cigar and I can see this being a big hit for many. I mean, for sometime it was quite a popular cigar so I can see it making a return. I personally love the size, and I believe Coffee Break was always the best size in the line, but I wish the cigar had a little more in terms of complexity and depth. My biggest knock on the cigar is that it does not go to the next level of being complex, showing depth and transitioning. If it did that, the cigar would be fantastic.

Draw

The draw is into the tight spectrum, with the resistance on each draw between 2 to 2-1/2 notches.

Overall

The Nestor Miranda Special Selection Coffee Break is an enjoyable smoking experience, hitting it’s optimal point in the middle third. The cigar started out medium-full in strength in the first third but reduced down to medium strength as the cigar continued.

Draw

The draw on the other hand was perfect.

Overall

I think this cigar should have been named “post big ass steak break” (or something along those lines that sounds more elegant). A coffee break makes me think about perking up from my sleepy state. In reference to the cigar experience, it is pretty much opposite of that. The heaviness on the palate of spice and earthiness, especially on the finish, was at times a feeling of assault on my palate. There was just too much of it and not enough softer notes to break down the heaviness. I can however see the Nestor Miranda Special Selection Coffee Break pairing well with a cask strength whiskey or a post big meal. As a standalone, this one falls short.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.47

Cost/Point

$1.08

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.65

Cost/Point

$1.24

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.67

Cost/Point

$1.05

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.55

Cost/Point

$1.26

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