Released in 2011, the Casa Miranda Chapter One is not made in Esteli, Nicaragua along with other Nestor Miranda smokes, but rather at the El Titan de Bronze factory in Miami, Florida. Intended to be a limited production cigar, it was rolled by level 9 torcedors under the watchful eye of blender Willy Herrera.
The Casa Miranda is available in three vitolas, Robusto, Toro, and Belicoso. The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is oily with light veining, and has a rustic feel to it. Well constructed, the cigar is firm throughout and is triple capped.
The wrapper scent is sweet and the pre-light draw was smooth but firm. Classic tobacco flavors, with a sweet honey note are apparent on the cold draw.
This stick burns well once lit producing large volumes of smoke. We didn't notice any major flaws, as the cigar held mostly true to a thin burn-line and didn't need to be retouched. The white ash held on fairly well. Aromas in the smoke were mostly of burning wood.
Initial flavors are woody with a peppery top-note, and some subdued sweet spiciness. Throughout the first third this combination continues, with the pepper fading and a citrus flavor coming on and lingering into to middle of the cigar.
Into the second third the woodiness continues and the citrus fades. We were able to detect a clear cocoa powder sweetness emerging which was very interesting.
Ending notes remain woody, nutty and cocoa deepening to coffee.
The Casa Miranda does contrast with other cigars made by Nestor Miranda and is a nice medium strength cigar with a balanced flavor profile.