The second incarnation of the Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve will debut in August at the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers show, and distributor Miami Cigar & Co. tells Cigar Aficionado that it will be the most powerful cigar it has ever created.
Like last year’s Grand Reserve, the 6 1/8 inch by 52-ring cigar is made up of a Nicaraguan bunch and a Connecticut broadleaf maduro wrapper. The 2011 version had the same dimensions and price, but was a medium-bodied smoke. It scored 91 points in the February Cigar Aficionado.
The 2012 Grand Reserve, however, will be bolder because of a significant addition to the blend. Assistant director of marketing Barry Stein said the major difference was Nicaraguan ligero. “We wanted to follow up on the success of 2011 with something new to our portfolio," said Stein. "The cigar is the strongest cigar to date that we have released. There is a lot of power and kick to the cigar, but a tremendous amount of flavor."
The entire limited edition run will debut later this summer, and should reach cigar shops retailers in August. The entire production will be just 1,500 boxes of 10 cigars, and they’ll run $12 per stick, or $120 for a box.
Stein also said that Miami Cigar will be debuting a new line later this year using a Cuban name, though he would not share more details. Look for more in an upcoming issue of Cigar Insider.
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