Blind Cigar Review: Casa Miranda | Chapter 2 Robusto

Blind Cigar Review: | Robusto

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed.

Vital Stats:

Vitola: Robusto
Length: 4.5″
Ring Gauge: 50
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Brazil, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
Number of reviewers: 5 —– (shuckins)  (McGreggor57) (B-daddy) (Jokey Smurf) (mjohnsoniii)
Price: $6.50
Age: 2 Months Rest
Release Date: July 2013
Contributed by: Miami Cigar & Company

Blind Cigar Review: Casa Miranda | Chapter 2 Robusto

Blind Cigar Review: | Robusto

Initial Impressions

Appearance: 90

“Upon first glance, I notice that this cigar is sporting a beautiful reddish brown wrapper with a few medium sized veins and a silky smooth feel. The seams are nice and tight, and the triple cap is very well applied. I do notice two small holes in the wrapper leaf just below the cap. They are not into the binder, so I don’t expect a problem from them. The pack is a little on the light side but it is very consistent from head to foot.” – (Jokey Smurf)

Blind Cigar Review: Casa Miranda | Chapter 2 Robusto

Blind Cigar Review: | Robusto

Aroma: 91

“I got lots of barnyard notes like hay, wood and also raw leather.” – (mjohnsoniii)

First Third

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Starts off with an earthy tasting tobacco that has a musty after taste. A nice blend of leather, with coffee and splashes of pepper flavors show up soon. The new flavors join with the earthy tasting tobacco, pushing the mustiness away and provide a tasty start to the cigar.” – (shuckins)

“Oak, leather and coffee with an earthiness are the initial flavors. A mild nutty spice on the first few retrohales with the bitter sweetness of molasses lingering on the palate. The draw is a bit tight. Halfway through this third the coffee has moved to the finish. A perfect ending to the richness of the wood and leather.” – (McGreggor57)

Blind Cigar Review: Casa Miranda | Chapter 2 Robusto

Blind Cigar Review: | Robusto

Second Third

Flavor: 93
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“As the second third starts I noticed that the pepper is fading and more flavors are emerging. The earth is still there, but it’s “nicer” now, and has picked up some of the vanilla sweetness that I detected before lighting up. There is also just a hint of leather in the background. The smoke output has increased a bit here as well as the draw loosening up. The smoke is oily and coats my palate well…this makes the sweet finish last a bit longer and is pleasant.” – (Jokey Smurf)

“Espresso really showed through at this point with the unsweetened chocolate transitioning to a caramel-like taste. There were also hints of spices and red pepper.” – (mjohnsoniii)

Blind Cigar Review: Casa Miranda | Chapter 2 Robusto

Blind Cigar Review: | Robusto

Final Third

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medibum
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The earthy flavor fades as the tobacco picks up a woodsy taste. There is also a bit of light pepper that showed up in the woodsy tobacco flavor, but not enough to chase the creamy leather coffee flavor from the front. Everything blended well together for a great finish to the cigar.” – (shuckins)

“In the final third, the spice dies down some and the draw flavors are dominated by toasted wood. A creamy leather flavor joins the mix, coming in at the start of the finish and hangs on for quite a while. The nub gets hot earlier than I’d like and there’s a little harshness.” – (B-daddy)

Blind Cigar Review: Casa Miranda | Chapter 2 Robusto

Blind Cigar Review: | Robusto

Overall Impressions

Draw: 89

“A bit tight throughout requiring a slower smoke to coax out the flavors without them becoming harsh.” – (McGreggor57)

Burn: 90

“This cigar burned a little quickly for me and as a result I think the smoke was less flavorful than it could have been. The last 1.5″ was unpleasant due to bitter and hot smoke.” – (Jokey Smurf)

Construction: 91

“Nice and evenly firm throughout. Great performance aside from a bit of a fast burn. Nice wrapper work and triple cap. Well constructed cigar.” – (B-daddy)

Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Overall Experience: 90

“A very enjoyable cigar, with well blended palate pleasing flavors that I would definitely add to my rotation.” – (shuckins)

“Smoking slower certainly allowed the richer flavors to shine through. When I became too aggressive, the profile changed dramatically. The final third however, lost the deeper richness of flavors I was enjoying up to that point. Still, I would keep a few of these on hand as it was a solid smoke.” – (McGreggor57)

“Flavors were good but not particularly remarkable; didn’t really stand out from the crowd as exceptional but still solid. The performance was great, a joy to smoke and allowed me to relax and enjoy. I’d definitely smoke this again. If the price is low, it would make a very nice every day smoke.” – (B-daddy)

“This cigar had a lot of promise during the middle portion. Unfortunately, it just didn’t last long enough for me to want to chase some down. Not a train wreck, but not a show stopper.” – (Jokey Smurf)

“I could see myself giving these another shot. It wasn’t a bad cigar by any means just not an excellent one. There were definitely great moments during the 65 minutes it took to smoke it. Maybe with a bit more time to mature, they could potentially be that excellent stogie. Who knows?” – (mjohnsoniii)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 66

Total Score: 90 (Very Good)

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