The Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Is A Limited Edition CigarJoya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco is a cigar that was specially crafted to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the business. Around since 1968, Joya De Nicaragua grew to become a standard in the industry before political unrest in the country in 1979. The fall of a dictatorship, redistribution of farm and factory property under new government, the majority of the nation’s tobacco crop being infected with blue mold, and hurricanes are all parts of their four and a half decade history that had to be overcome.


Released in November of 2013, this stogie is only available in one size, a vitola known as the Toro Extra, 6x54. The brand is known to produce small batches. So a limited edition is a rare occurrence from them, making this cigar all the more special. Only 4,500 of this limited edition smoke are to be rolled. They are being sold in boxes of 10.


The Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco is a Nicaraguan Puro, meaning that all of the leaves used to compose it hail from the same country. The remote and lush Jalapa Valley provides the wrapper and binder, while the filler is from the capital of quality cigar production, Esteli. A small amount of 5 year old ligero that was being stored in anticipation of a special occasion was also used in the filler for added body. Ligero refers to leaves that were cultivated near the top of the plant. They are characterized by their spiciness and slow burn. This part of the plant tends to take longer to mature than leaves found elsewhere on the tobacco plant. Ligero leaves are toothier, and more potent in flavor.


The filler used in the construction of this stogie underwent a unique and rarely used aging process that kept them in oak barrels. Barrel aging occurs after the leaves have been primed, cured, and undergone final fermentation. Essentially, this is the tobacco undergoing a second aging. When using this method of aging, a torch is used to toast the inside in order to create a layer of charcoal on the barrel. This charcoal will act as a filter for the byproducts of fermentation. This makes the tobacco less bitter and harsh when smoked. After more than a year inside the mostly sealed environment of the barrel, the flavor characteristics of the leaves are enhanced.


Reviewers who judged the construction of the cigar considered it well made, with veins that were visible, but minimal. It was firm to the touch and finished with a tripled cap. The cold draw teases the palate with a woodiness tempered by sweetness. Upon lighting, cigar enthusiasts are greeted with a nuanced and balanced smoking experience.


The Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco was found to be a cigar that could be described as a quality smoke for a remarkably affordable price given that it is a limited edition. The first-third is characterized by notes of coffee, earthiness, cocoa, and faint pepper. The peppery kick diminishes during the second third, making way for some roasted notes and woody flavors. Leather and espresso were also identified. Flavors in the final third subtly evolve. While this cigar hits all the flavors of a traditional Nicaraguan Puro, it is also unique, featuring hickory and sweet oak. The tight ash and a praiseworthy burn rate make the smoking experience a pleasant one.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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