The Joya de Nicaragua Red Cigar Review & InformationThe Joya de Nicaragua Red is a break from the company’s typical cigar. This should come as no surprise, seeing as it is the first cigar the brand has released since Juan Ignacio Martinez stepped in as the company’s new president. The primary difference is the blend’s strength. While power is a well-known attribute in other Joya smokes, this blend is a bit gentler. Whenever a manufacturer leaves its comfort zone, problems usually follow, but this isn’t the case with this blend. Instead, it is so well executed that it’s a wonder that the brand didn’t try it out sooner.

This stick is a Nicaraguan Puro, with a Habano wrapper and viso fillers. The plants are from Condega, Esteli and Jalapa. The Joya de Nicaragua Red is offered in four sizes, including Short Churchill (4 3/4 x 48), Robusto (5 1/4 x 50), Cañonazo (5 1/2 x 54) and Toro (6 x 52). The wrapper is smooth and slightly oily and has an unusual Rosado tint that is rarely seen in Habano wrappers. The stick’s name likely comes from this reddish hue, and it has a traditional looking band. It’s red, gold and white and features the name of the company in bold white script and the name of the stogie in smaller gold stamp. The pre-light draw produces a number of sweet cedar, sugary and tobacco flavors.

The initial third of the stogie begins like most Habanos with some black pepper and tobacco flavors. In this case, the black pepper quickly shifts into a secondary role and migrates to the background. The tobacco notes are sweet, like those found on the pre-light, and a combination of citrus and toast flavors make a pleasant addition. About an inch in, the sweet tobacco pulls back and moves into the background as well, where it mostly engulfs the black pepper taste. In the tobacco’s place, a nutty flavor emerges and joins the toast notes in the forefront.

In the second-third of the Joya de Nicaragua Red, the cigar loses much of its sweetness and asserts a profile of earth and grass flavors. These notes merge into a primary role while the sweet tobacco, nuttiness, toast and citrus flavors hang in the background. Reviewers noted that the sweet tobacco did emerge to the front occasionally, but overall the profile sticks to grass and earth.

During the final third, the grass and earth flavors are still the dominant notes, and the lingering sweetness drops out altogether. The citrus and nutty notes are still present in the last third, but they serve little more than a tertiary role at this point. The black pepper does make a comeback and fits in as a noticeable secondary flavor, but never delivers too much heat. This combination of flavors maintains until the end. 

This cigar is mild to medium in both body and strength, a stark departure from the company’s previous offerings. However, what has stayed around is the company’s focus on top notch construction, and it shows. This smoke performs extremely well, burning true and drawing easily.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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