Assessment Updates will be posted on this web-site to: 1) Assess “pre-review” cigars that were not given a rating or score (typically pre-release cigars); 2) Provide numeric ratings to cigars previously assessed prior to the implementation of the numeric scoring system; 3) Provide a re-assessment and re-score of a previously assessed/score cigars. Today, we re-assess the Nestor Miranda Collection Connecticut by Miami Cigar and Company. in the Robusto size. This was a cigar we assessed under its previous name, the Nestor Miranda Special Selection Connecticut back in August, 2012.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan, Dominican
Robusto: 4 1/2 x 50

With Miami Cigar and Company celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the company decided to revamp its Nestor Miranda Special Selection line.  The line was rebranded the Nestor Miranda Collection and features some very contemporary art-deco style branding. Two new cigars, the Nestor Miranda Collection Habano and Nestor Miranda Maduro were introduced to replace the Special Selection Rosado and Special Selection Oscuro. However the blend for Nestor Miranda Special Selection Connecticut was retained, and rebranded the Nestor Miranda Collection Connecticut. Today we revisit this cigar in the Robusto format – a size previously called the Coffee Break when it was a part of the Nestor Miranda Special Selection line.

Previous incarnation of the Nestor Miranda Collection Robusto –
the Nestor Miranda Special Selection Connecticut

The Nestor Miranda Collection Connecticut remains flavorful as ever.  The cigar starts out with notes of wood, cream, pepper, and orange citrus.  There is much more in the way of cream and sweetness early on.  As the cigar experience progressed, the cream and sweetness diminished and some notes of grass emerged.  While these notes diminished, they still provided enough contribution to the flavor profile to keep this cigar experience interesting.  At the same time, there is a black pepper component that is layered through cigar experience. Except for a pepper blast at the beginning, the pepper never got overwhelming.

I found the flavors to remain robust and have more depth than many Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade cigars out there.  I assessed these flavors as being in the medium to full range – countered by a medium level strength.  The construction was outstanding as this was a low maintenance burn and draw.

Overall, the Nestor Miranda Collection Connecticut has not lost any steam despite the new branding. This is definitely worth a box split in my book.


Burn: Excellent
Draw: Excellent
Complexity: Medium
Strength: Medium
Body: Medium to Full
Finish: Excellent
Assessment: 3.5 – Box Split
Score: 90 (Original Score 8/12 – 91*)

* Scored under previous system


Original Assessment: Nestor Miranda Special Selection Connecticut
News: Nestor Miranda Collection Revamps Nestor Miranda Line
Price: $6.75
Source: Cigars Provided by Manufacturer
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