The Joya De Nicaragua Dark Corojo Antano is a stick that is getting a nice buzz in the cigar community. Over the past week or so they have slowly made it into shops, but the cigar still is difficult to find. I was lucky enough to have some sent to The Holy Trinity and myself by Chief Hava. The cigars he sent were the El Martillo (Toro) and the Poderoso (Torpedo). I’ll be honest with you, the El Martillo had a number of issues and after speaking to the East Coast Regional Manager of Drew Estate, David “Larger Than Life” Lafferty (seriously, that’s what his business card said!) some of it made sense. Lindsay from The Holy Trinity and I were informed the cigar was 75% ligero, which means there is very little in terms of combustible tobacco. My suggestion is to dry age them before smoking.
Cigar: Joya De Nicaragua Dark Corojo Anatano
Size: 6 x 54 (Poderoso/Torpedo)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Appearance and Construction (16/20): The first samples I smoked had too many oils going on that I decided to dry age the one I am using for review for a week. The result is a cigar that looks less oily, and hopefully this should translate into something more enjoyable. The wrapper has a lot of tooth to it and minimal veins. This heavy stick has a few soft spots, and a loosely packed foot. The dual band system utilizes colors of black & gold. The top band denote Dark Corojo Antano and the bottom band states, “Doble Fuerte”.
Flavor & Notes (27/30): The notes of figs and molasses off the foot are simply incredible and the draw prior to lighting up are of hickory and molasses. Once lit the cigar is a completely different experience. There are some toast notes long with some leather and spice during the first third. The second third offers some nice notes of coffee and bitter chocolate with continued spices. The final third of the cigar the spices begins to fade some, and we are left with some hickory and dark chocolate.
Burn/Ash/Draw (22/25): Burn issues were a problem on my prior samples, but it seems that dry aging this cigar solved that problem. While the cigar burned crooked I didn’t have to perform any touch-ups. The dark color ash was very flaky, which means you wind up wearing a lot of the ash. The draw started off a little bit tough but it opened up after an inch or so.
Overall (21/25): My biggest issue with the Joya De Nicaragua Dark Corojo Antano is how different the cigar was between the two sizes. The Podorosa (Torpedo) was very different then the El Martillo (Toro). I honestly felt like I was smoking a two different brands. Granted the dry aging played into this, but it should not of been this different. I enjoyed the Podorosa to the point where I will smoke it again but I don’t see it becoming a regular in my cigar rotation.