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A renaissance for Don Lino 1989 as Neston Miranda Collection continues to grow

The cigar was very well received, and appeared in two wrapper formats: a Maduro and a Connecticut Shade wrapper. The cigars remain, respectively, medium-plus, and mild to medium. Although the new Don Lino 1989 cigars are being blended by a world renowned blender and manufacturer, the final product will maintain the two wrapper formats as well as the range of vitolas.

In addition to the revamping of the blend, there will be new packaging, and the new cigars will be marketed as part of the Nestor Miranda Collection.

When announcing their 20th Anniversary, Miami Cigar & Company’s Nestor Miranda noted, “While this will be a year of celebration of the past twenty years, it will, more importantly, be a year of looking to the future; producing new cigars and continuing the excitement created by the Nestor Miranda Collection Special Selection.”

“The company continues to focus on the highly successful Nestor Miranda Collection, as it shifts its flagship brand from Don Lino to the Collection,” Rene Castaneda, Vice President and Sales Manager said. He noted that other cigars in the company’s portfolio will be reblended and repositioned as they enter the company enters its third decade.

The newly blended Don Lino 1989 will feature the following vitolas:
• Robusto 5 x 50
• Churchill 7.5 x 50
• Torpedo 6.25 x 52

The 1989 was the first cigar marketed by Miami Cigar that was box pressed.

Nestor Miranda observed that “The focus will be on aligning all of our cigars under the Nestor Miranda Collection banner.”

Miami Cigar & Company is also going to introduce two new versions of highly successful cigars from their Nestor Miranda Collection at the IPCPR trade show in New Orleans this month.

The Lancero, currently produced in a Nicaraguan Habano Rosado wrapper, will be joined by a Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro version, while the Ruky, currently made in an Oscuro, will have a companion wrapped in a Rosado wrapper. Thus, the complete “Collection” will be available in both wrappers in all vitolas.

The Nestor Miranda Collection is sold only at five hundred brick and mortar tobacconists throughout the country. These five hundred tobacconists constitute the Authorized Dealers designated to carry the line.

Successful from its introduction in early 2008, the cigar was blended anew and started being shipped to dealers in November. The line was an instant success, and the newly blended version was even more highly regarded and received higher ratings.

National Nestor Miranda Cigar Day, celebrated at all five hundred Authorized Dealers on June 12th, 2009, clearly established the loyalty of smokers and the interest of the uninitiated in sampling the 20 Anniversario version, the Danno. This cigar is also available in the two distinct wrappers.

Shipments of the two new versions will begin towards the beginning of September. 

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Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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