5 inches by 50 ring size
Robusto shape with a Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan long-filler
$1.62/stick in deal for 20
Update, 11/13/12: I had to go to a business breakfast this morning that would involve a long commute in rush hour traffic coming home, so I packed a cigar in my pocket for the anticipated delays. It was the Doppelbok and boy was I glad I did. I took this cigar at the pace I really should take all of them, very slow and smooth. I spent just about 45 minutes on this robusto and probably could have spent another 15 but I got back to the office and needed to get to work. At that slow pace I really could appreciate some of the subtle tastes I’ve read people use for cigars that always seem to elude me, including chocolate in this case. I noticed the inner ash was very dark – unusual in my experience. If you find this cigar available, I recommend it.
The original review below.
The Doppelbok felt a little stiff/dry, I should check this small humidor for humidity level. The ring was almost too tight to come off, and then it is almost too wide to wear and write, uncomfortable as it is. But the upshot is that I put it at 50+ based on the ring. The stick seems very tight, draw is slow/hard.Has some high touches in the nose right from the start.
The stick takes up spit and slows down, I taste things in the smoke that remind me of wood and peat. The nose sweets stay right there, confusing my tongue a little.. When I push the stick to the back of my mouth, my nose tickles too much.
The ash is stiff/strong and white. Holds on for more than an inch. Burn is mostly even, not perfectly so but not bad at all.
Near the end, ashier tastes, peppery, and something high. Peppery oils in my mouth in the aftertaste.
I finally set down with plenty of clear time and a clear mind to write about the Doppelbok as I smoked it with a more throrough appraisal. I wondered who is Nestor Miranda. This cigar is loose-ish at the foot and the filler has a sort of dimple instead of a straight cut. The cap is buitl up and fills that dimple till bitten off. I rushed the light instead of enjoying the chew segment. It is loose and airy, at first has a bit of wood smoke smell. Lots of puffy smoke. I think despite my hygrometer telling me it is ok my humidor is a little on the dry side with the shift of seasons to colder weather and dryer air indoors. From first light the cherry spreads a little oddly, and it seems to smoke fast, but soon enough the cherry looks as it should.
Something of the sweet tobacco taste, either filler or wrapper seems to be comingh through in what I want to say is a non-smoky taste. It reminds me of the molasses sweetness of chewing tobacco but not nearly such strong true sugar sweetness as that, more in the way of an incense, a hint of that sensatin, and it is as much in the taste as the smell. For all the Nestor Miranda Dopplebok’s looseness it prceeds slowly, but then again, I’m sitting calmly and am able to be much more conscious of what I’m doing and in control of just how I’m smoking it.
My neighbor cam by and talked. The fall evening black birds are moving past in their waves. Big flocks of chattering starlings and crows in pairs. the (real) black birds usually make their way with the starlings.
The Nestor Miranda Doppelbok stick now has something like the pillowy feel I like, with the wrapper suggesting the feel of brown bag paper. Cedary overtones in the nose, the earlier molasses having disappeared as the smoke reaches me hotter, but still only an inch gone, and somethign that reminds me of the smell of plywood sawdust.
Something is happening on the sides of my tongue. As the cigar smoke comes in my mouth, it is warm and excites som sort of savory sensations. When I let my mouth clear to aftertastes, some ash on the sides of my tongue and something like anise or sassafras root. Tastes contune to deepen as it shortens, tars becoming more prominent in taste and scent. The cedar nose deepened, too, adding something else – a hint of spice. Plenty of nicotine kick.