Cigar Review: Joya De Nicaragua Antano Gran Reserva

Basic Information:

Name – Joya De Nicaragua Antano Gran Reserva

Manufacturer – Joya De Nicaragua

Size – Robosto Grande

Wrapper – Nicaraguan Corojo Oscuro

Tobacco Blend – Nicaragua

Pricing – $7.50

Body – Full

Construction/Appearance:

This is a box pressed stick that is dark brown with reddish hues. There are no veins or seams to be found.  Solid overall construction.

Pre-Light:

Aroma – Cocoa, Coffee and Cedar

Type of Cut – Straight

Cold Draw – Cedar

After Toast:

First Third – A mixture of leather, coffee, cedar and spice all hit the palate immediately. An oily leather note lingers on the finish in between puffs. The leather and coffee alternate through the third as primary flavors. Burn is sharp and the ash held strong.

Second Third – The leather and cedar notes hit hard here, going from rich to tangy, and really zing the palate. Nice transition. Just passed the half way point, coffee kicks back in pushing the leather to the finish with a slight peppery tickle on the back of the throat. A real robust flavor profile at this point.

Final Third – Pepper and leather take off making this a top end of full bodied smoke. The cedar shows back up for the final minutes of the cigar with the leather leaving a real nice flavor on the palate to linger.

Suggested Pairing:

Wine – Pine Ridge Napa Valley Cabernet 

Bourbon – Woodford Reserve

Overall Experience:

The Joya de Nicaragua Antano Gran Reserva is a great stick with four flavors that are continually rotating through to take your palate for a whirl. A full bodied smoke for sure that sits heavy on the tongue. Perfect for a cool day where you want something with a good strength component.

Ratings:

Cigar Aficionado – 92pts.

About Joya De Nicaragua Cigars – Source – http://joyacigars.com

50 years ago, we pioneered the Nicaraguan cigar industry. In 1968, we became the first tobacco factory to craft premium handmade cigars in Nicaragua. Since day one, we have been committed to achieving the highest levels of excellence and have therefore established ourselves as the standard for Nicaraguan cigar quality.

Joya De Nicaragua Antano