DESCRIPTION: Handmade in Don Pepin Garcia’s Nicaraguan factory, Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve is a blend comprised of all Nicaraguan filler and binder with a Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper.
The project started off with Nestor Miranda wanting to add an ultra-premium cigar to his portfolio. As usual, he went to the now-famous ‘My Father’ cigar factory to have this special project manufactured. Made in Nicaragua, Grand Reserve was created as a small batch cigar with only 10,000 sticks made.
When it comes to buying them, you won’t have to spend too much time in the humidor; the Grand Reserve comes in a single size. Which means the only real choice is whether you get down with some singles, or cough up around $100 for a box of 10.
Whichever you decide, this week’s featured cigar will be the 6.25 x 52 ring gauge box-pressed torpedo.
TODAY’S LIBATION: Costa Rica Los Nacientes Coffee
The Aguacatein mountains in Costa Rica provide the backdrop for the cooling fog that blankets high-altitude coffee trees with a gentle mist. This is where Carlos Salas and his family preside over Los Nacientes, their family-owned plantation in the highlands of the Alajuela province.
WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
• Update on my coffee roasting escapades
• Coffee software: call for beta testers
STOGIE FRESH 5 SPECIAL QUESTION/ANSWER SEGMENT: Why are Cuban cigars so expensive?
DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Avo Heritage
This week’s postscript review is on the Avo Heritage, which I first featured in Episode 243 of the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast on Sunday, October 17, 2010. I have a box of Heritage Robusto’s that have been resting in my humidor for 1 year, 5 months and I pulled out a couple of sticks this past week for a revisit.