March Stogie of the Month (SotM) - Joya de Nicaragua


Brand history:

This brand was established in 1968 by a pair of Cuban exiles, J.F. Bermejo and Simon Camacho. It produced the first premium handmade cigars in Nicaragua. During the Nixon administration Joya de Nicaragua was designated the official cigar brand of the White House.  It would later survive a takeover by a dictator, being destroyed by fire during a revolution, nationalization, a U.S. embargo, civil war, and Hurricane Mitch.  

They say that whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, but in this case it may have made the cigars stronger.  In 2001 the company released the Antaño 1970, a powerhouse smoke meant to commemorate the history of Nicaraguan cigars, in particular the original JdN blends.  To this day it remains a prime choice in the full-bodied cigar category.


Often mistakenly thought to be part of Drew Estate, Joya de Nicaragua is a separate company and is 100% Nicaraguan owned.   Juan Ignacio Martínez is Executive President of Joya de Nicaragua.  Dr. Alejandro Ernesto Martinez Cuenca serves as Chairman and CEO of the company.  Drew Estate is responsible for distribution in the United States.


Participation guidelines:

Smoke a Joya de Nicaragua cigar sometime during the month of March and reply to this post with your thoughts on the experience.  Have more than one JdN blend or vitola?  Smoke ‘em all and post your review here.  (This includes Cigar Safari cigars blended at JdN.)


Check back often to see what your fellow Fedheads think and reply to get the conversation going..


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I am one that was mistaken, thinking JD has his hands a little deeper than just distribution with Joya.

JdN is solid and a staple in my daily rotation. 

Had a 4 x 60 JDN Antano Gran Consul today at the B&M. Their selection was pretty slim pickings and it was either that or the 7 x 60. I don't normally smoke 60 rings but the Gran Consul was pretty good anytime of the day cigar. Maybe a little to much filler for my taste but for a nub size cigar it seemed to burn forever. 

Nice way to get the month off and running.  Thanks for posting.

Had a Joya Red in robusto 51/2 x 50 today. Pretty mild first half then kicked up with a some grassy, mixed green salad flavors. Had these before and don't remember this being the taste profile. Also the wrapper had some major cracking but didn't effect burn or draw. (maybe a B&M storage issue idk) I normally smoke these in the summer as an morning/afternoon smoke so not sure if the cold weather had made this taste different to me.

Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial Petit Corona -


4.5” x 46 RG

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano

Binder: Dominican Volado

Filler: Nicaraguan


I’m drinking seltzer water before smoking.  I light with a wooden match and take a few puffs to get things going   It opens with flavors of leather, an almond nuttiness and hints of cocoa.  A slight sweetness is brought in with the retrohale.


A slight vegetal note appears  ½” into the burn.  There is now a slightly bitter and long finish with mineral notes.  I pour a raisin cookie brown ale and take a couple of sips.


Things get better.  The beer masks the bitter finish and after another couple of minutes the finish turns to cocoa powder.


A longer draw produces volumes of smoke and a chocolate, leathery taste.  The mineral note is still there on the finish and seems to be building.


1 ¼” in and half the ash drops off.  The taste now is mostly tobacco and earth.


From this point on my palate is overrun by a mineral flavor that I really don’t enjoy.  Nobody likes a quitter, so I soldier on but not with the same enthusiasm with which I started.  Any attempt at critical analysis of this cigar is abandoned.  I quit with a couple of inches left.


Construction and burn were good.


Note: After this review I think I figured out why I didn’t like it.  A review of my notes and ratings for cigars smoked show that I often have this experience with cigars with Dominican binders.  The exceptions seem to be those from Avo, Fuente, and La Aurora.

Had another Joya Black today in the Nocturno 6.25 x 48. These are some potent little buggers full strength right out the gate. I can see these only getting better from some humidor time.

Joya de Nicaragua Toro

I won't formally review this one because my palate was messed up from eating onions just before smoking this, but I did notice a lot of coffee flavor from this cigar, especially right at the mid-point.  These always seem to be good and I need to smoke more of them.

This is my favorite knock around cigar.  It never disappoints!

I don't know how, but I have totally missed those.

This is one of their lower end sticks that doesn't see a lot of distribution outside of the catalogs.



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