Cigar Review: Joya De Nicaragua Dark Corojo Antano

Joya De Nicaragua Dark Corojo Antano
Joya De Nicaragua Dark Corojo Antano

Joya De Nicaragua Dark Corojo Antano

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
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Full

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.

Rating: 86
Price: $9.00

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  • Lindsay

    First of all, I love how you refer to me as “The Holy Trinity” as if I am some God-like entity. You really know how to stroke my ego! LOL

    Secondly I’m glad the torpedo worked out for you and now I’m excited again about this cigar because I too had the same experiences with the other two sticks, re: oils, softness, burn issues, etc. The only thing I’m really hoping with the torpedo is a greater equalization of notes versus just smelling figs and dark chocolate and not “tasting” them while smoking.

    Nice job, Barry!

  • MaledettoToscano

    Nice review as usual Barry. The comment on the different cigar shapes tasting different is intriguing: maybe they are going the Cuban way and using different blends for different shapes?

  • Rustmeister

    Newbie question – What is “dry aging”? Leaving it out of the humidor for a time?

  • Luke – AspiringGent

    I really enjoyed this cigar, and didn’t even have to dry-box it. You’re right though — they sure were oily. While it was a long smoke due to the oiliness, I didn’t have any burn issues.

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  • Matt –

    How do you think it compares to the regular Antano 1970? I’ve smoke the smallest size of this line (don’t remember the name) and found it to be a little too much power for the size of stick. I’m going to grab the Torpedo when I get the chance.
    With what you said about differences in sizes….in the regular Antano 1970 line, I find the Gran Perfecto to be leaps and bounds better than the other sizes. I mean, it is so sweet and rich. The flavor profile of the others is similar, maybe not as big a difference as you experienced with the Dark Corojo, but it is notable.
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  • MikeA

    The best smoke I’ve had in a long time. Truth be told 99 out of every 100 cigars taste nearly the same (harsh, earthy, flavorless crap). That’s why I often smile infused cigars, what’s the sense of smoking a cigar just for the sake of sucking smoke; you may as well just smoke a cigarette. So it’s not often that you come across a winner like this cigar which is bold and full of flavor whole not being harsh or strong. I don’t know what cigar the reviewer was smoking but my cigar was well oiled (just the way I like it) and both burned and lit well (albeit the ash was slightly crooked). The draw was near perfect with a delightful peppery finish. Definitely the easiest and smoothest draw that I’ve experienced in all my years of smoking cigars. I found a new favorite and will be buying a box of these for my humidor as soon as possible.

  • http://cigarsmokersjournal johnny v

    This is one of my favorite cigars of all time along with the Padilla 1932 and now ruination. I dry box them for 24-36 hours and have no burn issues at all. I like the el martillo so much I haven’t gotten around to trying any other sizes.

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