Joya de Nicaragua

Joya de Nicaragua Rosalones Reserva Robusto

A few years ago, during one of the Intertabac trade shows, Juan Martinez from Joya de Nicaragua offered me a Rosalones. It was a cigar I had heard of, I had seen pictures of, but never seen, touched or smelled as the only information I had came from Poland where they were being sold. Now it is important to know that I was working for the Joya de Nicaragua distributor for The Netherlands at that time. I was at the Joya de Nicaragua booth, I lit the cigar up, looked at the price sheet, did my calculations and placed an order right there and then. I was the sales representative, I wasn’t the one doing the purchases or at liberty too but the price quality was out of this world. I took another sampler, went to my employer, said “light this” and after he did that I said “these are the prices per size, and this is how much I ordered”. He just looked at me, took another puff on the cigar and said “go back and double the order”.


So at the last Intertabac trade show, in September 2016, I ran into Juan, Mario and Ivan from Joya de Nicaragua in their booth, which they shared with Steve Saka from Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust and Omar de Frias from Fratello and even though I parted ways from that distributor they will welcomed me like an old friend. Juan handed me a spin off from the Rosalones serie, the Rosalones Reserva, a Nicaraguan puro with the same very affordable price range according to them (I didn’t ask for prices as it’s none of my business anymore). Since Juan knows that I prefer smaller ring gauges he gave me a 6 1/2×46 Corona instead of the Robusto or Toro.


After I release the cigar from the cellophane I instantly smell a nice aroma, woody with a little raspberry vinegar. The construction feels good and when I take a good look at the velvety feeling wrapper I se that its medium dark, quite dry looking with a few small veins. The double ring is brown and gold, quite simple. The bottom ring is brown with golden outlines and golden text saying reserva in bold letters while the top ring is golden with a brown flower, thin brown letters saying Rosalones and Nicaragua with a brown outline.


I cut the cigar with the Joya branded Xikar cutter and to keep it all in theme I’m using my Stinky ashtray that has been hand painted by Subculture Studios with Joya logos. The cold draw is perfect and I taste raisin and a little citrus. Since I don’t have a Joya lighter I used my vintage Ronson and straight up I taste a nice coffee with chocolate in the retrohale. After a few puffs it’s a little bitter coffee with some spices and cocoa. After a third the bitterness is gone, just like the coffee. I now taste wood, nutmeg and a little cocoa. The cocoa is slowly growing stronger towards the midst of the cigar. The chocolate is a great partner for the mild pepper and the hint of cedar. Near the end I taste nuts with a mint freshness.


The smoke is full, thick and white. The ash is dark gray, layered and firm. The burn is a little off, but not too much to grab the lighter to correct. The draw is just perfect. The cigar is medium to medium plus bodied yet full flavored. The smoke time is an hour and a half.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, great budget cigar!

Score: 91

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Joya Black Robusto

Joya de Nicaragua is the oldest factory in Estelí, Nicaragua with a huge history. I’ve been blessed and had the opportunity to visit the factory several times (including a trip for the Cigaragua book by Marcel Langedijk and Jesaja Hutubessy). In 2014 Joya de Nicaragua tried to rejuvenate their look to attract a new group of aficionados with the release of the Joya Red, a cigar with a modern look and feel and it was very well received. The next step is the Joya black, a little stronger version of the Red with a Mexican San Andres Negro wrapper over Nicaraguan fillers and binder with the same sort of artwork as the Joya Red but in black of course. I smoked a few pre-releases at an event in the Netherlands a few months prior to the release at the ipcpr 2016. The 5¼x50 robusto that I’m smoking for this review I got from Juan Martínez at the Intertabac trade show in Dortmund. And to keep it all in theme I’m using my Joya de Nicaragua branded Xikar cutter and my Joya de Nicaragua stinky ashtray painted by Subculture Studios.

Let’s start with the band, that has certainly the look and feel of the successful Joya Red. The band is modern but in a way that also honors the history and the historic artwork of the older Joya de Nicaragua blends. The wrapper is dark and have a few veins, it’s evenly dark. The construction feels good, no soft spots or plugs. The cigar has a distinct aroma, barnyard but with a burned wood finish. The cold draw is good, a little of the tight side of good. I taste some dry dark chocolate.

Since I don’t have a Joya branded lighter I used my trusted vintage Ronson varaflame to light the cigar, which was pretty easy. I taste a bit of a smoky barbecue flavor, not fire cured barbecue but still. There’s also a little sugar like sweetness. The sweetness gets stronger while the barbecue fades away and makes place for a grilled chili pepper flavor.

After a third I taste the sugary sweetness (which is mild and balanced) with some wood and toast. Halfway the wood gets stronger and there is a tangy citrus flavor on my tongue. After two thirds I also taste a minty freshness in the aftertaste. The mild sugar returns near the end too.

The smoke is white, thick and abundant, 100% score on the smoke and it makes my air cleaner work overtime. The burn is good, a little crooked at the start but it corrects itself. The ash is white and quite firm. The draw is better after lighting than in the cold draw. The smoke time is about 90 minutes. I would call this cigar medium plus to full.

Would I buy this cigar again? I think I prefer the Joya Red, especially the half corona which is an amazing cigar.

Score 89

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Joya de Nicaragua Clasico Toro

This review is part of a challenge, normally I wouldn’t review this cigar as it has a Connecticut shade wrapper and that wrapper and I just don’t get along.

The wrapper is beautiful, light and thin with a few veins. The cigar feels well constructed. The aroma is that of a barnyard. The predraw is fine, and I taste pepper.
I taste a classic Connecticut shade mustiness with some pepper. After three puffs I taste sweet wood with some pepper on the background. The mustiness stays but gets company from citrus after a centimeter.

After a third I taste pepper with some wood, halfway the cigar gets spicier but the mustiness stays. After two thirds the cigar gets sharp with pepper, wood and the mustiness. It gets better but it’s still not my cup of tea.

 

The draw is fine and I get a nice amount of smoke. The light gray ash is reasonably firm. The burn us beautiful. This mild cigar lasted me an hour and 45 minutes

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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I just don’t like Connecticut shade. If you do, I would buy it as the quality is great and the price is amazing.

 

Appearance: 7
Construction: 8
Draw: 9
Burn: 9
Smoke & ash: 8
Aroma first part: 5
Aroma second part: 6
Aroma third part:  7
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Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial Petit Corona

In last weeks review I explained how I got these pre release cigars, and the double robusto blew me away. Today I decided to light the petit corona from the same blend to see if it’s just as good the double robusto.

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I like smaller ringed cigars but I must admit, the appearance of the double robusto looks more impressing than this petit corona. This cigar still looks awesome, dark, not much veins, beautiful and big band, triple cap. The stable smell is amazing. Predraw is perfect and I taste raisin.
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I taste coffee with pepper and some sweetness, lots of coffee. The sweetness is replaced with a citrus sourness, nice and fresh.After a third its wood and pepper, amazing how different a blend can taste in another vitola. Pepper slowly gets stronger with a herbal aftertaste. Halfway the nutty flavor I tasted in the double robusto shows up.
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It’s mostly pepper from this point, with some wood and some nuts. Wood grows in strength, nuts are gone, pepper is still there. Cigar can’t be nubbed like the double robusto. One last blast of pepper and it’s done
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The draw is fine and the smoke is thick. Not as white and thick as the double robusto, but still more than acceptable. The ash is silver gray and reasonable firm. The burn is razor sharp. The cigar lasted me 55 minutes.

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Would I buy this again? Yes, for the shorter smoke opportunities, but when I have plenty time I’ll go for the double robusto, which surprises me because of my love for smaller ring gauges.

Appearance: 8
Construction: 9
Draw: 9
Burn: 9
Smoke & ash: 8
Aroma first part: 8
Aroma second part: 7
Aroma third part: 7

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Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial Double Robusto

If you’re hanging with someone in 4 countries, share stories and invite them to your home for a barbecue and a smoke, you can consider him a friend. I had the pleasure to hang with Juan Martinez from Joya de Nicaragua in my home country of The Netherlands, in his home country of Nicaragua and in Germany & the USA and last Sunday we barbecued at my place. He gave me a few of the yet unreleased cuatro cinco reserva especial cigars from Joya de Nicaragua that will be released at the IPCPR next week.

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The cigar is a tweaked blend of the limited edition cuatro cinco from 2013. The main difference is a Dominican binder instead of the Nicaraguan binder used in the original blend. I smoked a torpedo in the car, that was awesome so I decided to review the 3 vitolas I have gotten, only the toro review will have to wait.
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A dark wrapped box pressed cigar that looks like a candy bar with a stylish and big black band, actually 2 bands over each other, with subtitle Joya de Nicaragua logos printed on the bottom band. The cigar has a strong barnyard aroma and a nice predraw, little bit spicy and some raisin.

There is honey like sweetness and plenty white pepper straight from the get go, but the pepper isn’t too strong or unbalanced. I also taste toast and cinnamon.
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After a quarter of an inch I taste wood and toast with a little sweetness. Plenty of flavor, so far I love this cigar. A quarter of an inch later I taste nutty flavor, I love that, I love nuts but I’m sensitive to them so can’t eat them often, this cigar gives me the flavor without the side effects of real nuts.

After a third nuts with green spices and some pepper. Soon there is also a little citrus flavor joining the nuts, spices and pepper.
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The last part is nutty with pepper, citrus is almost gone. Toasty flavor is back. Pepper slowly gets stronger, this cigar is smokable to the nub

The cigar gave me lots of thick white smoke. The ash is silver gray and firm, when it breaks it still stays firm. This cigar is full flavored, medium plus bodied. Draw is perfect, as is the construction. Burn is straight as an arrow. The smoke time for me was an hour and 20 minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, boxes and boxes of them.


Appearance: 9
Construction: 9
Draw: 9
Burn: 10
Smoke & ash: 9
Aroma first part: 9
Aroma second part: 9
Aroma third part: 8

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Joya de Nicaragua Antano dark corojo peligroso

About a month or two ago two of the Joya de Nicaragua lines were added to the portfolio of the Dutch distributer. He chose the Joya de Nicaragua clasico claro and the Joya de Nicaragua Antano dark corojo cigars to be added and I reviewed them all, except for the Joya de Nicaragua Antano dark corojo Peligroso and so here it is.
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This 5×45 cellophane wrapped cigar has a price tag of 4 euro. The cigar has a dark wrapper which is oily and shiny. It has some veins and looks tough. The bands are fantastic and I smell some straw and a barnyard. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. I taste tobacco, herbs and raisins. I dry boxed the cigar to prevent burn issues like I had with the other Joya de Nicaragua Antano dark corojo cigars.
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I taste a sweet soil flavor with a mild spiciness. After a quarter of an inch I also taste some citrus in the aftertaste and that citrus flavor is slowly growing stronger. After an inch the sweetness disappears and I taste that earthy flavor with wood and a splash of citrus.

The earth flavor grows in strength and halfway I taste some white pepper too, with the same amount of citrus as before. After two thirds the cigar gets spicy with more pepper and more herbs.
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This cigar lasted me for ninety minutes. The draw was great and I got a lot of smoke. The dark ash is quite firm. This cigar has a beautiful burn, the flavors and the body are both full.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I will.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 9 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Joya de Nicaragua classico toro

The Joya de Nicaragua Clasico claro is the mild Connecticut shade blend from the oldest cigar factory in Nicaragua. Four of these cigars are now available in The Netherlands and this 6×52 toro has a price of € 3,50 and the cigars come wrapped in cellophane.
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The light coloured wrapper is so shiny it looks varnished. I see one long vein and a simple band. The construction feels good and I smell some wood and grass. The predraw is a bit loose and I taste a smooth and mild musty tobacco flavour.
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I taste a musty and bitter earthy with coffee flavour. The bitterness fades away quickly and I taste a musty and spicy wood flavour with some pepper. After an inch I taste mild wood, slightly musty with a dry and spicy aftertaste. After a third the cigar gets more spicy and less musty.
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After two thirds I taste wood with some herbs and a hint of nuts. After that the mustiness returns. With an inch to go the cigar reaches the turning point and I had to toss it.
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The cigar lasted me for an hour and thirty-five minutes. The draw is good and I got a lot of smoke. The light gray ash is medium firm, the burn is straight. The cigar is medium flavoured and mild to medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, too mild and too Connecticut shade for my taste

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8/ 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Joya de Nicaragua Antano dark corojo la nivelador

Recently four vitolas of the Joya de Nicaragua Antano dark corojo became available on the Dutch market and I got all four of them to try. The 6×52 La Nivelador is the third of the series that I smoked, I liked one and hated the other, so I wonder if this La Nivelador is any good. The cigar has a price tag of € 5,50 here.
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The beautiful dark and oily wrapper with a few thin veins and the bands are fantastic. The flat head is ideal to punch. I smell a strong barnyard smell. The construction is good, the predraw is fine and I taste a strong tobacco flavour.
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I taste a strong and full earthy flavour with a little bit of citrus. After an inch I taste earthy flavours with wood and some time later a little bit of sugar. After a third I taste herbs with the earthy flavours and a little bit of pepper.
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After two thirds I taste that earthy flavour with some herbs and a little bit of nuts. The herbs are growing stronger.
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This cigar lasted me two hours and twenty minutes. The draw is good, the smoke is good too but could be thicker. The light coloured and frayed ash is firm. The burn is ok. This cigar is full flavoured and full bodied, but my thoughts on this cigar is the same as the original Cain releases: build for power and not for flavour.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I only liked one of the three Antano dark corojo so far.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7/ 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Joya de Nicaragua classico torpedo

This is one of the many new cigars on the Dutch market and one of the two Joya de Nicaragua blends that got introduced to the Dutch market recently. The Joya de Nicaragua Classico claro torpedo measures 6×54 and has a fixed price of 4 euro here. The cigar has a Connecticut shade wrapper and I don’t like Connecticut shade but decided to give it a try anyway.
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The cigar has a light colored wrapper with a few veins and a simple band. I don’t like the look of the wrapper which is mild oily. There are a few soft spots in the construction but the predraw is good and tastes like musty wood
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I taste musty wood and leaves with a bit of bitter spiciness. After an inch I taste some musty wood with a bit of a herbal aftertaste.
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Halfway I taste more herbs, still musty though, and something spicy in the aftertaste. After two thirds the cigar gets even more musty with wood, herbs and some white pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for ninety minutes. The draw and the burn were great and I got a lot of thick smoke. The silver grey ash isn’t firm. This cigar is medium to full flavoured and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar proves again that Connecticut shade isn’t my thing

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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Joya de Nicaragua antano dark corojo la pesadilla

Another new addition to the Dutch market, this Joya de Nicaragua Antano dark corojo La Pesadilla. The 4¾x60 belicoso has a price tag of 6 euro. The Antano dark corojo is the follow up from the Antano 1970 series that are renowned all over the world because of their full flavour and strength.
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The shape of the cigar is great and the wrapper is beautiful, dark and oily with a pretty double band. The construction feels good and the cigar has a strong straw smell. Even though it is a belicoso, the top is flat and so I can punch it. The predraw is tight and even though I have not lit the cigar it tastes strong.
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I taste a full earthy flavour, quite strong. The balance is missing, this is sheer power and in the first half inch there is no change in flavour at all. After an inch the flavour gets sticky and mild creamy, but it’s still just that earthy flavour.
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Halfway I also get some herbs and a hint of leather. After two thirds I taste leather, wood, earth and some herbs.
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How long the smoke time of this cigar is I don’t know. I know I put it away after three hours, but it wasn’t three hours of smoking as the cigar kept on dying on me. The burn is frayed too. After I drilled a smoke channel in the cigar the smoke and burn get a little better but they both remain poor, especially the burn. The ash is silver-grey and quite firm. This cigar is full flavoured and full bodied, but also very boring.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 5 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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