Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. That phrase has nothing to do with this cigar review but it seemed appropriate to say when reviewing the Casa Miranda Chapter 2 from Miami Cigar and Company. While I can’t say as I was lucky enough to smoke the Chapter 1 which was made under the watchful eye of Willy Herrera before he left El Titan De Bronze, I am more than excited to read this new chapter.
The Casa Miranda Chapter 2 is made at the My Father Cigars factory in Nicaragua and sports a unique Nicaraguan corojo wrapper. The binder is also Nicaraguan and the filler is a blend of Brazilian, Dominican, and Nicaraguan longfiller. I will be reviewing the robusto size of this stick which weighs in at a compact 4.5×50.
The Nicaraguan corojo wrapper is distinctly shiny and the pre-light draw is exactly the way I like it with just minimal resistance. When you pull the Casa Miranda out of the cellophane it smells like a damp forrest which is a great aroma for a cigar. After toasting and lighting I don’t seem to be getting tons of billowing smoke but the smoke that I am getting is pleasant. My initial impression is a dry leathery tobacco. Dry, leathery tobacco sounds like it might be an insult but on the contrary, a leathery taste is often used to describe a cigar that tastes similar to how rich subtle leather might smell. And who doesn’t like the smell of expensive leather?
I can’t help but notice how great the construction is on this little cigar as it burns in a perfect straight line and the ash holds on firm, only falling off one time during my entire smoke.
The flavor remained constant for me as did the dryness of the flavor. When I say dryness, it’s essentially a lack of any sweetness and the feeling your mouth gets when chewing the smoke. While some cigars might have a sweetness, others do not and that’s the dryness I am referring to here. It’s a bit like comparing the sweetness of a bourbon to the dryness of a scotch. This cigar is more on the scotch side.
As I work my way near the band I begin to pick up a hint of licorice, but it’s not overpowering or unpleasant. The only negative at all with the construction of the Casa Miranda Chapter 2 was it did go out one time right near the final third of the stick. This is a medium strength, medium bodied cigar that isn’t wildly complex but had a very pleasant leathery flavor from start to finish.
Would I smoke this cigar again?
I doubt I would buy a box of these because I tend like cigar with a subtle sweetness to them and this didn’t have any of that for me. However, this cigar had excellent construction and certainly didn’t disappoint me.
- Great draw
- Pleasant aroma
- Lacks progression
- Small smoke output