Joya de Nicaragua Antano

 

4-25-12 been in humi since 7-13-10

Joya de Nicaragua Antano Lancero (7.5 x 38)

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Criollo

Binder: Nicaraguan Habano

Filler: Nicaraguan Habano

Blender: Dr. Alejandro Martinez-Cuenca

 

This cigar was given to me at a Joya de Nicaragua/Drew Estates event by the sales rep. I believe that at the time, this size was not available to the general public unless you went to an event or knew somebody that knew somebody. Now, the are available to anybody that wants them.

 

JdN was the first cigar produced in Nicaragua (1964). When Nicaragua became unstable the brand disappeared. When they re-launched in 2002 the Antano was the cigar to pay tribute to the original blend. Antano actually means “yesteryear” in Spanish. Of course all of this is easily found on their website and is fairly common knowledge.

 

What I see, is many more people not understanding the relationship between Joya de Nicaragua and Drew Estates. I did some digging and I found a quote from Steve Saka:

 

“Drew Estate is solely the US Distributor of the cigars manufactured by the Joya de Nicaragua factory.

We do not involve ourselves in any way whatsoever in their tobacco purchase, selection, or fermentation. Nor our we involved in the cigar production or blending. They have been manufacturing cigars quite successfully since the late ’60s – they do not need any help from us.

Our involvement is limited to the importing, selling and marketing of the product within the United States – that is it. The cigars themselves are and will always be the product of their labor and passion for making the finest Nicaraguan puros on the market.”

I hope that clears it up for anyone that still had questions. JdN is their own brand. Drew Estates is their own brand. They are good friends.

 

This particular Antano Lancero has seen 21 months of rest and none of that time did it have cellophane on it. There are a few very minor chips on the foot of the cigar but nothing major. The rich brown wrapper has an oily feel to it. It has a rugged wrapper that comes to a pigtail cap. This is exactly what I would expect out of the Antano Lancero.

the cigar smells lighter than I would have expected. Its just lightly earthy and unassuming. The lick on the cap is sweet, sour and spicy. After a cut with a double guillotine, I am faced with a very good draw that has a taste that reminds me of spice drops. This flavor is much more vegetable in nature. The light is my usual soft flame. It is quick because of the smaller ring.

 

The fist few puffs are a very classic Nicaraguan flavor with wood notes and spice. There is also a bit of a musk through the nose. The contrast between the flavors in the mouth and the flavors through the nose are stark. But they somehow work together. I am finding that the musk is something that I dont clearly remember from the other sizes of the Antano. As the cigar opens up and settles in, the musk becomes more of an earth or peat flavor. There is a bit of the spicy licorice that reminds me of a spice drop in there. The finish is fairly long and has a black pepper note way at the end. At about an inch in the real spice starts in.

 

The ash seems to be dropping at regular half inch intervals. The is about what I expect from a lancero. The burn is even and the draw is not bad.

 

The middle third has a similar profile but more on the spicy side. This is more along the lines of the Antano I remember. There is less roundness than when there is more filler. This cigar is spicier than say the larger rings as well. The flavor is not all that complex but it is a good example of what a classic Nicaraguan cigar should taste like.

 

The final third starts off with me noticing the power that this cigar has. The cigar is starting to round out and show more of the signature blending style of Dr. Alejandro Martinez-Cuenca. This signature style is one of the reasons why I like the brand so much. The lines all taste different, but it is clear that they are blended in the same style. This last third has really taken off. The texture is rich and creamy and the taste has more of the earth elements that it did at the beginning. It is also becoming more complex on each puff. The finish is losing its spice. It is as if the cigar was building just to get to this point. I’m not sure that was the plan when this size was made or a happy accident, but it is fantastic that it worked out that way.

 

The cigar ends with a pick up in the spice again. Seems fitting.

 

Burn to the burn

time: 2 hours

 

Burn: 10

Draw: 9

Taste: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Construction: 9

Balance: 9

Feel: 8

Overall: 8.9 of 10

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~ by kuzi16 on April 26, 2012.

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