Cigar Review: Añoranzas
Being a former cigar blogger (I ran acigarsmoker.com for 3 years), people ask me all the time about what I think of our new cigars. I tell them I like them, but they tell me, that is not the answer they are looking for. At first I looked back at my friends perplexed, surely they don’t think I would bash one of our cigars after all, I am a company man. But a good friend told me, we don’t care if you like it or hate it, we just want to know what you get out of it. So with that in mind, today begins the first in a series of reviews of our new cigars.
One day in the office, Nestor was discussing names for a cigar and he mentioned añoranzas. Me being the gringo that I am, made one of those Scooby Doo sounds, you know the one I am talking about. Anyway, after spending time trying to teach me to say it, the meaning behind it was explained. We all pretty much agreed that the name fit the cigar, and after some discussion, the cigar was given a name.
The correct pronunciation is: Ahn-yor-ahn-za and it means a longing for or a yearning.
Size: 6 x 52
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
Binder: Dual Binder Nicaraguan
Strength: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: Dozens
Construction and Appearance: The Añoranzas is a box pressed cigar, though not as pressed as many on the market. We like to refer to it as a soft box press. The cigar rolled at the My Father Factory in Nicaragua is flawless with some slight tooth to the wrapper and minimal veins. The foot of the cigar reveals a dark swirl of tobacco which is the ligero used in the blend. The band which uses gold, green and white reminds many of the older local Cubans in Miami of their childhood. The side of the band has a Miami Cigar logo which will find its way on to many of the new products. The cigar features the best of old world values and new world traditions, but more on that later.
Flavor and Notes: The foot of the cigar can best be described as hay, cedar and tobacco. It takes me back to walking on the farm in Nicaragua with Jaime Garcia with Jason Wood, our Vice President and our friend Eddie Ortega. Also present is the slightest hint of mocha which gives it a slight sweetness to the nose. The cold draw of the cigar serves up some strong cedar notes and the nose of the wrapper can be picked up as well. Once the cigar is lit there is some of that Nicaraguan spice present, that is especially strong through the nose. But as one adapts to the spice, there are some notes of licorice and roasted nuts that begin to develop in intensity over the firs third of the cigar with a continued pepper base. As we approach the second third of the cigar, the spice begins to subside on the palate but remains on the lips. What begins to enter the mix is a slight note of orange rinds, but it comes and goes that it leaves me second guessing myself at times. The nuts remain, with some café con leche notes on the finish giving it a nice creamy sensation. The base note in the second third is leather. The last third of the cigar is perhaps the smoothest part of the cigar. The pepper notes have melded into the cigar, or perhaps I have adjusted. What remains are notes of nuts, leather, cedar and a definitive licorice making this a complex and enjoyable smoke.
Smoking Characteristics: The thing that stands out the most about this cigar is how white the ash is from start to finish. It gives the cigar a nice clean look to it as it burns. The burn has a thin crisp carbon line which denotes the wrapper is well aged. The draw is fluid, with no resistance while not being to loose. The smoke production is on the higher side of average and the aroma compliments the nutty notes. It almost reminds me of New York City in the winter with the chestnuts roasting from the street vendors although it not as dominant as that.
Conclusion: If I didn’t know the strength of the Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve I would tell you that this is the strongest cigar from Miami Cigar, but alas it will be trumped when those are release. What you have here is a cigar that has old world values with its art work, boxes, and box press. It is compliments by new world traditions of strength, body and complexity that are true to the golden age of tobacco. I invite you to smoke one, for if you do, you will long for another.
MSRP: $7.50 (Before local taxes)