This week’s group cigar review is of the Casa Miranda Chapter One. These cigars are rolled in Miami, FL. It has a faint but sweet smell to the wrapper. The cigar is well constructed and has a decent draw after using a cutter. Once lit up, it has a sweet and earthy flavor with some pepper. Later in the smoke the pepper fades and the flavor is dominated by sweet hay and toast. Overall, this cigar had excellent flavor and even better construction. It’s a bit pricey, but well worth giving a try.
IamDarren: Flavor and Taste: 19/20
Price Point: 7/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Terry1: Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 5/5
IamDarren: Ok, im all set, got it clipped. Not much aroma but they didn’t have a cello so that is expected
IamDarren: getting a sweet floral note on the cold draw
IamDarren: ready to light up when you are Terry
Terry1: I’m back. I agree with the aroma, slightly sweet tobacco. My cigar looks well constructed. I have a good draw with notes of hay. Ready to light up.
IamDarren: ok, lighting up
IamDarren: interesting, getting a bit of an earthy base which is immediately washed out with the Hay flavor you mentioned. also getting some spice and pepper on the finish.
Terry1: Nice start. Getting the hay and a slight sweetness but it’s easily overwhelmed by the pepper.
IamDarren: I noticed mine was packed pretty tight and it is hurting the draw a little. Firm draw and not as much smoke production as i would like.
Terry1: Mine is fine. Getting lots of smoke and flavors.
IamDarren: i worked it in my fingers for a bit and it improved. Getting a little more sweetness now.
IamDarren: also starting to pick up that unique habano spice from the wrapper
IamDarren: starting to like this one a lot. Pepper is also fading a little. Probably medium bodied now after the strength of the first half inch.
Terry1: I’m starting to pick up the earth you mentioned. Pepper is backing off now for me to. Burn is perfect. Yeah I’m liking this cigar too.
IamDarren: These are on the pricey side. They retail for over 8 bucks a stick and I had to look a long time to find a deal. However, they are rolled in Miami by Nestor Miranda.
Terry1: That is pricey. But I’m having no construction issues and the flavors are interesting. If this keeps up I might get a few more.
IamDarren: I was thinking this would be right up your alley. They have gotten great ratings and its advertised as a medium bodied cigar. So far its delivering.
IamDarren: great burn on mine as well and this ash is holding strong at almost an inch.
IamDarren: the sweet hay flavor is really coming through now as i go into the second third. Liking that flavor. Its kinda refreshing.
Terry1: You are right. This is right up my alley. I like the balance between the sweet and spice. I’m picking up a toasty note too.
Terry1: Tapped off a solid one inch chunk of ash.
IamDarren: tried any new sticks out of your festival bag yet?
Terry1: I haven’t tried any new ones. I tried a Champaign Noir, Diamond Crown and the Asylum. Those I’ve smoked before. I’ve got so many choices now it’s hard to decide.
IamDarren: i know what you mean. Sometimes too many choices is a bad thing. I spend 5 min. every evening just trying to decide what i want.
Terry1: I still have cigars from last years festival I haven’t tried. My plan right now is to smoke some of the older cigars this month and try the new ones in October.
IamDarren: this is a really a complex smoke. Pepper is gone. Spice has really backed off. Now im getting a nice creamy component.
IamDarren: just crossing the halfway mark
Terry1: Same here. Pepper has faded on mine too. The dominant flavor I get is that sweet hay and earth. Still no strength that I can tell.
IamDarren: might be starting to get a little of that toasty flavor you mentioned. Might be bringing a little bit more strength with it but no where near full bodied yet.
Terry1: I have, I think, the misconception that in order to have bold flavors you need a lot of strength but then you smoke something like this cigar and it proves me wrong. And I’m glad I’m wrong. With my sensitivity to nicotine I’d be stuck smoking bland cigars or constantly getting sick.
IamDarren: good point. I think thats a sign of a well blended cigar.
IamDarren: just removed the band and it came off very easily
IamDarren: spice is starting to make a comeback. Nice balance of flavor at this point.
Terry1: Popped my band off too. No problems. I noticed that the band says Chapter One on it. Looks like they are planning more releases at some point.
IamDarren: was looking on CI. Looks like he released a cigar called Special Selection thats getting some praise.
Terry1: I’m nearing the final third and I’m starting to feel a touch of strength. Good flavors still, sweetness and a roasty toasty flavor. Spice is still pretty mild.
Terry1: So how’s the harvest looking this year? Did you get enough rain when it was needed?
IamDarren: For the most part. We had some dry weather earlier this summer that hurt the dryland corn yield a little but most of what we have left is irrigated. It looks good but we won’t know for sure until we harvest it.
IamDarren: Im most excited about the cattle market. Looks like i might make some money on my calves this year.
Terry1: Flavors suddenly faded and my cigar is getting hot. I must be smoking too fast. I’ll slow down and see if it gets better. It’s hard for me to smoke slower when you are enjoying the flavors.
IamDarren: mine is still providing great flavor. I have been trying not to smoke it too fast. The draw has really opened up too and im getting a lot more creamy smoke.
IamDarren: looks like he also has a cigar called 1989 that is a lot cheaper, only 5 bucks retail. Maybe we should give it a try.
Terry1: Slowing down helped. Flavors are coming back. Burn is stil perfect. Looks like I’ll have three solid chunks of ash when we’re done.
IamDarren: nice, this one is really packed well. I will probably have 4 ashes but only because i tapped one off in the tray.
IamDarren: i can feel some strength now because im starting to salivate but its not overpowering at all. Getting more of the toasty flavor as well. No bitterness whatsoever.
Terry1: Same here. I’d say the strength is just over medium. I can’t believe how the flavors came back. I thought I might have killed the cigar when it got hot.
IamDarren: Matt is really missing out tonight. This one will rate well i think.
IamDarren: down to the nub, gonna have to burn my fingers a little. Still loving the flavor this one is putting out.
Terry1: I’m about done too. I agree good flavors. I hate to have to set this one down.
IamDarren: ok, i will go ahead and rate it
Terry1: Glad it was a good stick for the price they are.
IamDarren: i was hoping you would like it, glad we could get together for a Thursday review.
Terry1: You were right it did score well. The only drawback I had is the price. Thanks for taking the chance. You picked out a good cigar.