I’m always on the hunt for bargain cigars, and I’m sure I’m not the only one given the popularity of bundles and samplers. My favorite local cigar shop even has a “bargain bin” that contains a few odds and ends, but time it right and you’ll find a few goodies that are priced just right.
Such was the case when I visited the shop a few days ago and found a Nestor Miranda Special Selection Coffee Break Habano Rosado in the bargain bin. Given that it was already selling at a good price (around $6.80 a stick online) and given that it’s from the hands of Don Pepin Garcia, seeing it being sold for less than five bucks a stick was a deal I couldn’t pass up. Here’s a review of this cigar.
- Cigar size: 4 1/2 x 50
- Origin: Nicaragua
- Wrapper: Nicaraguan
- Binder: Nicaraguan
- Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran and Dominican blend
- Price: $6.00 per stick online
One glance is all it takes to usually get an idea of how well made a cigar is, and this particular stick is a show-off when it comes to that. From its oily sheen to the prominent yet tight seams, you can tell that great care was put into making this cigar. Touching it further makes this assumption truer, as the body feels very solid without any sort of give. Spicy earth compost and cocoa notes come from the body and foot respectively, and the perfect draw suggests floral notes and light tobacco.
Wood, earth and coffee are the basic flavors that come through the first few puffs. A chocolate element is also in there as well as some spice, but the chocolate does seem to be fleeting at best. There’s a roughness to the flavor delivery that I don’t particularly like but it’s not bad enough to ruin the entire experience. Eventually, this roughness does subside to reveal a smoother flavor delivery.
Faint hints of fruity sweetness also come through around the second half of the cigar. The chocolate flavor eventually turns into a creamy nutty flavor that provides a welcome change of pace for the entire flavor profile.
I was hoping that the perfect draw would give this cigar an enjoyable and creamy smoke profile, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the smoke from each puff was light and lacked the fullness of body that I usually find appealing.
The burn line was at least fairly decent, providing a rough yet generally straight line throughout the course of the cigar’s length. Also providing a good performance is the cigar’s ash which held on for over an inch and a half. For a cigar this short, that’s something to rave about.
Despite the cigar’s high quality craftsmanship, its worry-free burn and its wonderful ash, I can’t really say that there’s something exiting about this stick. Nothing really “pops out” in terms of flavor despite its nuanced and complex elements. Everything is just a bit “middle of the road” for me. There are far better sticks at this price point that anyone can enjoy, and because of all this I’m inclined to give this cigar a third drawer rating.