Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo

11-3-11 been in humidor since 9-2-10

Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo.

El Martillo (5.5 x 54)

Wrapper: Nicaraguan (Jalapa Valley) Corojo

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Blender:  Dr. Alejandro Martinez Cuenca

This cigar is thick and dark and oily. There is a foot band that reads “double fuerte” or “double strong.”

I am expecting as much given that 75% of the leaves used on this cigar are ligero. Not only is that a big deal but Joya de Nicaragua also claims to use a special kind of Ligero

that is thicker than the standard and they dubbed it “ligeron.” The other thing that I am expecting out of this cigar is a few burn issues given how ligero (especially thick ligero) burns.

The Corojo wrapper is extra fermented and that is what gives it the dark appearance. The wrapper feels oily in the hand and looks rough and rustic. Both of the bands come off with a bit of effort and the inside of them has yellowed considerably. This has been in the humidor for just over a year and since the cigar is so oily, I am not surprised.

The smell is surprisingly light. The lick on the cap has a bit of a sour note to it but nothing else worth mentioning. The cold draw after a cut with a double guillotine is nice and easy; damn near perfect. There is a woody “fall” taste as I draw with a tiny hint of coco.

 

Once lit smoke billows from the foot as flavor billows from the head. This opens up as a powerhouse. There are roasted coffee and coco flavors on the initial flavor. This seems to transition into an earthy fall taste that I associate with corojo leaves. There is a subtle sweetness to it and the finish has the spice that “spiced rum” usually seems to have. It seems to remind me of a less nutty version of a well aged Camacho Diploma Maduro. The woody texture also gives it away as Nicaraguan. Through the nose there is a decent amount of burn but the other flavors there are nice and toasty and maybe a bit musky. Its very well balanced.

About an inch in the minor burn issues start. It isnt anything too major but a touch up is needed. The flavor has settled in with a great chewy sweetness that holds everything else together. The coffee has toned down slightly and the coco is still there. The fall taste is working very well with the toasty elements.

There is a flavor in this cigar that is in all Joya de Nicaragua cigars. It is the round undertone to every one of their blends. I want to call it licorice. This is one of the reasons why JdN is one of my favorite brands. The blending style is consistent while retaining a uniqueness to each blend.

The middle third has the same overall profile but there is now a bit of pepper on the back of the palate and there is more of a leather impression. The smoke seems thicker at this point as well.

Constant touch-ups are needed.

Entering the final third the sweetness is kicked up some. The extra fermentation is really showing its face here. This is becoming the most enjoyable part of the cigar. As the cigar moves along, both the flavor and power increase. By the final third I find myself smoking very slow due to the power. The flavor keeps me going. The depth of flavor and complexity of it is outstanding. Earth, leather, sweet, pepper, and through the nose spice and musk keep the cigar interesting. It all depends on what part you are paying attention to.

With about an inch left, the cigar has not turned bitter, hot or harsh in any way. The burn issues are still there but they have not deterred me in any way. The power of this cigar is evident. I am glad I had food before this.

Burn to the burn

time: 3 hours even (holy crap)

Burn: 8

Draw: 10

Taste: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Construction: 8

Balance: 9

Feel: 9

8.8

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~ by kuzi16 on January 21, 2012.

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