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Carlos Toraño Vault Review and the Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve Review
Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 19 December 2011

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Like other Nestor Miranda selections I have come upon in the past, the Grand Reserve Torpedo is a highly attractive stick that appears to have flawless construction. The wrapper has rich chocolate color with a slight oily sheen. Hardly any veins are present and the cigar feels well-packed and smooth to the touch. It also has a subtle box-pressed shape. The decorative band near the head adds a nice aesthetic touch and displays the Grand Reserve name beneath intricate graphics. The green color used in the band stands out nicely against the chocolate color of the wrapper. Before lighting, the cigar has an earthy flavor and its scent is of wood.

When finally in action, the Grand Reserve Torpedo’s performance is satisfactory. The draw is easy, and the ash is long and gray in color. The burn does tend to stay even on its own with the exception of a few touch-ups here and there. No re-lighting is necessary. Overall, I give the Grand Reserve a passing grade here.

Moving into the flavor department, this is one stick that offers up some nice variety. Spicy pepper kicks things off. A very tasty coffee flavor eventually comes in, as does cedar and earth. The pepper continues to stay strong in the second third and picks up in strength. It’s tamed a bit by some sweetness. The final third offers even more pepper along with cedar and wood. I would call the strength full-bodied, rather than just medium to full.

Although the Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve Torpedo is not the most memorable cigar I’ve had, it does have its moments that make it a cigar worth trying. Good construction, nice presentation, a solid burn, and a decent mix of flavors are all points in its favor. Those who steer towards strong cigars with a peppery profile will probably be satisfied by the Grand Reserve. A single goes for around $13. That's a tad high, but you are getting a limited production cigar in return. It also comes in boxes of 10 or packs of five.

The Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve Torpedo earns a rating of 3.5 out of four stars.






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