There was that rumor about Willy Herrera of ETB Cigars and Jonathan Drew, but I’ve been told that was just speculation at best. Today comes word of something that is actually happening involving the El Titan de Bronze factory. Miami Cigar & Co. has teamed up with Willy to make the new Casa Miranda, being heralded as an “ultra-boutique” cigar for the ever-growing Miami Cigar & Co. line-up. More info & images after the jump.
Updated (June 4, 2011): Added Vitolas, Prices, Box Counts & Blend Info. Updated (June 6, 2011): Images & info.
Casa Miranda was rolled back in early Spring, but won’t be shown off until the IPCPR convention in July (along with the limited edition Nestor Miranda Gran Reserva.) The big selling point for Miami Cigar & Co. is that it is “Made in the U.S.A.” While the tobacco is not all American (say like Tatuaje’s La Casita Criolla), the cigars are rolled in Calle Ocho (Miami’s Little Havana) and the boxes are American-made. Willy only employs “Level 9” rollers, limited to rolling a specific size in the entubado fashion, in efforts to keep quality up.
Three sizes are planned, from what I remember: Churchill, Belicoso and Robusto. (See below.) Of note, this is the only premium cigar outside of Calibre 58 to be released under Miami Cigar & Co. not to be made by Pepín.
While these are not a limited edition, the small and precise nature of El Titan de Bronze means that these are going to be in limited supply, similar to something like the Illusione Candelas.
Officialness from Miami Cigar & Co.:
Rolled exclusively by level 9 rollers from world re-nown factories in Cuba. The cigar is being manufactured in historic Calle Ocho by Titan de Bronze blended by master blender Willy Herrera.
What makes this cigar special is that it is 100% handcrafted in Miami and will be Miami Cigar & Company’s first ultra boutique cigar with the tagline of “A new approach to an old school tradition.”
“We are honored and proud to have been selected to make this cigar” say Herrera, “After many years of friendship with Nestor MIranda we have finally combined forces to create something special for the consumer.”
Jonathan Drew had the following to say:
I smoked a few of the Casa (Miranda) and they are indeed tasty.
- Name: Casa Miranda Chapter One
- Vitolas: (see below)
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
- Binder: Nicaraguan
- Filler: Nicaragua
- Country: USA
- Factory: El Titan de Bronze
- Release Date: July 2011 (IPCPR)
- Robusto (5 x 50) — $10
- Toro (6 x 52) — $11
- Belicoso (6 1/2 x 52) $12
These are coming in boxes of twenty, more info a bit later.
Originally published June 4, 2011; updated June 6, 2011.