Coffee Break, 4.5" x 50 ring gauge / $7.35, Burns
I smoked an Art Deco shortly after they came out and was left with the impression that it just was not for me. I had purchased another stick at the time, though, so I decided to sit on it for a couple months and see if I felt differently about the cigar. The Art Deco is the fourth in the Nestor Miranda Collection by Miami Cigar & Co., all of which were blended by Don Pepin Garcia. It uses Nicaraguan Corojo 1999 and Dominican San Vicente filler, Dominican Criollo 1998 and Nicaraguan Habano 2000 binders, and a Nicaraguan Corojo 2006 wapper (that's a lot of years represented!). I paired this Coffee Break vitola, appropriately enough, with my morning coffee.
The cigar's wrapper leaf was fairly oily and had a nice leathery look with medium-sized veins. From the body I got a cedar aroma with a bit of earth; on the foot I got chocolate and a little coffee. On the cold draw I got a mixture of chocolate sweetness and cedar. Lighting up brought a very full cedar flavor that pretty well eclipsed everything else; this is what I did not care for about the Art Deco on first tasting, but when paired with coffee it became much more pleasing as the bitter and sweet of the coffee mellowed out the wood notes.
By the second third, the woody notes were tamed even further by an addition of chocolatey sweetness and a fairly mild pepper spice. My coffee continued to be a great addition to this cigar. Good flavors and good times ensued through the end. At this point, I have a totally different impression of the Art Deco than before. This is a great cigar with coffee and I am eager to try it accompanied with some other beverages as well.
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