Casa Miranda Casa Miranda Chapter Two

Published on March 24th, 2014 | by Siz

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Casa Miranda Chapter Two

Initial Thoughts

Casa Miranda is a brand that falls under the Miami Cigar Co. umbrella.   The Chapter One was the predecessor of this cigar, released in 2011.  That release was made under the supervision of Willy Herrera at El Titan de Bronze factory.  Now that Willy is gone (with Drew Estate), there is a new factory and maker.  For this chapter, the Garcia Family supervises its production at the My Father Cigars S.A. factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.

Casa Miranda Chapter Two - Barrel

I have personally not had the Chapter One or many other Casa Miranda cigars.  I really don’t have much to compare this to, which can be a good thing I guess.  Their cigars are just not that readily available to me in this area, so I rarely get a chance to smoke one.  In this case, we received a sample of the cigar.  While grateful for the sample, it will not influence the rating.

Looks

The Casa Miranda Chapter Two sports a dark-natural brown wrapper with a lot of veins and visible seams.  The foot is slightly misshapen, looking like it has been smashed a little bit.  The tobacco inside looks a little loose, so that might be why it was easy to get squished.  The triple cap is flush.

Casa Miranda Chapter Two - Foot

I like the band they chose for this cigar.  It is a nice, complimentary cream color with deep red print and a red and gray border.  There are some nice floral patterns on it as well as a house.  It adds to the rustic appearance of the cigar.

Function

The Casa Miranda Chapter Two looks like a rugged cigar and does have a few bumps.  In fact, a few spots feel a little hard, like stems under the wrapper.  In other spots, the wrapper feels pretty smooth.  Overall, I would say it feels pretty solid, with the softest part being around the foot.

Upon sniffing this cigar, I get a strong earth and hay aroma from the foot.  The barrel is earth and cocoa.

Casa Miranda Chapter Two - 1st Third

I clip the cap with my CRA cuter and give it a few test draws.  The airflow is pretty good.  I detect a faint molasses and hay note, but it is very light.

Smoking

I light the Casa Miranda Chapter Two with my single flame torch.  It takes a minute to get going, mainly on the outer edges.  Once lit, the burn is pretty even, but the lip is thick.  The burn becomes uneven soon after and it goes pretty fast.

Casa Miranda Chapter Two - 1st Third

The draw seemed nice before lighting, but is actually a little too tight.  I have to do double pulls each time to get a good puff.  I work on the opening with my knife to loosen it up.  This helps quite a bit.

The ash is pretty flaky on this one.  It is mostly white, but is pretty loose.  Even so, it hangs on for almost an inch, but not fully intact.  I need to frequently brush pieces of ash off of me.

Flavor

So far, the Casa Miranda Chapter Two has not been a very impressive cigar.  I am hoping that the flavor can bail it out.

Casa Miranda Chapter Two - Final Third

The first third begins with a tasty, creamy black pepper.  I soon get a hint of sweetness that is a bit grassy.  There is a little bite to it that reminds me of horseradish, which is interesting.  The only problem is that these flavors all seem muted and are too light to really enjoy.  Fortunately, the black pepper is nice on the retrohale.

The second third continues with the pepper and cream, but adds some wood and tanginess as well.  As it moves along, there is a nice floral note that develops too, but, again, it is a little too light.  Near the end of this section, it is mostly cream, floral, and wood notes.

The final third picks up where it left off, adding a little black pepper in the mix.  There is also an occasional bitter flavor that surfaces intermittently.  Near the end, there is also a touch of butter present.

Casa Miranda Chapter Two - Nub

Throughout the Casa Miranda Chapter Two, the flavor keeps fading in and out, mostly staying light.  It was mild-medium in both strength and flavor.  The flavors were very nice, they just didn’t fully materialize.  Smoke time was just under one our.

Would I Buy It Again?

No, it was too much of a tease.

Is It An Everyday Smoke?

Not for me.

Would I Buy a Box?

No.

Conclusion

Casa Miranda Chapter Two

The Casa Miranda Chapter Two is advertised as a medium bodied cigar.  My experience is that it was lighter than that, much closer to mild than medium in my opinion.  I have since looked at a couple of reviews of it and others seemed to enjoy it.  Either they are lying or I just got a dud.  I just can’t really recommend this cigar based on the one I smoked.  If someone wants to give me one, I’d be glad to give it another go.  Otherwise, I think I’ll go with something else.


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Siz



4 Responses to Casa Miranda Chapter Two

  1. Ron Steele says:

    Thanks for great review. Although I would hope the other’s wouldn’t lie about the cigar, in my opinion, just like in food, everyone has different taste profiles. I take reviews in stride and decide whether the cigar is worth trying or not.

    • Eric Scism says:

      Ron, 100% agree with you. Everyone has different taste preferences. We’re simply trying to give our perspective and opinion of the cigar. You could smoke it and absolutely love it. That’s why there are Fords & Chevys. Everyone likes something different! Thanks for stopping in!

  2. MCCBarry says:

    I want to address this review… I’ve been with cigar smokers who were smoking the same stick, one called it mild, one thought it was too strong for them. That cigar was the Casa Miranda Chapter 2, and it was this past weekend.

    I had this conversation on CigarObsession, and while it might not be right, i believe in it. What you are use to plays a lot into your personal preference. If you like strong cigars, you will be able to handle more strength then others who do not like stronger cigars. Just like foods, if you ruse to spicey, moderate spice might be bland to you. However a person who eats bland foods, will not be able to handle even the moderate spice.

    As far as the cigar not staying lit, it seems like it was over-humidified which could of played into the muted flavors. This also seems to be the case based upon the description of the ash.

    • Eric Scism says:

      Completely agree in terms of flavor/strength and preferences. It’s all open to personal preference and interpretation. That’s why they make Fords & Chevys. Each person has something appeal to them for different reasons. The not staying lit and ash issues could result from multiple reasons. It’s a just a issue with a hand made product. We understand that. Thanks for chiming in and I appreciate your response about your product.

      -Eric

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