I reviewed the original Cuatro Cinco by Joya de Nicaragua back in January of 2014, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. When I heard they were revisiting the release I was pretty excited to get my hands on samples to review.
They will be released as ten count boxes in vitolas of Petit Corona (4-1/2x46), Doble Robusto (5x56), Torpedo (6x52) and a Toro (6-1/4x50). Unlike the original Cuatro Cinco which was blended with only Nicaraguan tobacco, the Reserva Especial has a Dominican binder.
Here’s our IPCPR 2015 interview:
The nose on the Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial is rich, sweet, fermented tobacco. This smell is exactly like being in the Joya de Nicaragua factory in Nicaragua and sticking my nose in a pile of tobacco leaves.
I used a single v-cut and found the draw slightly tight.
My initial draws reveal a rich chocolate and light spice combination. Decadent and sweet. The chocolate is rich and has a velvety mouthfeel. Some touches of cedar start to come through. I don’t remember this much chocolate on the original Cuatro Cinco release.
The middle third still has that great chocolate and spice on the retrohale. The spice is more medium strength in the middle third. I also get a bit of leather post-draw but the profile is almost entirely velvety chocolate and spice. I’m not sure if I’m smoking too fast but I’m getting a lot of nicotine strength kicking in at the midway point. My recommendation would be to eat a meal or have a sugary drink standing by just in case. As it smokes towards the last third there’s dry woody notes coming through.
The final third has some muddled medium strength earth coming through which pushes the chocolate to the background. I do remember the original Cuatro Cinco having a fair amount of earth in the last third as well.
Total smoking time was 2 hours and 32 minutes.
When I reviewed the Cuatro Cinco back in 2014 I immediately went out and snapped up a box. The Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial is a phenomenal follow up to the original release. I firmly believe this is the best cigar Joya de Nicaragua has ever produced. My only complaint, if I had to pick one, was the vitola. I tend to avoid Toro vitolas only because they take a significant time investment to smoke.
I’m very eager to try the Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial in a Petit Corona. I hope that if they add on a future vitola to the line it’s a Corona Extra.
You’re going to find no shortage of beverages that would pair well. This cigar would be great with a stout, porter, aged rum, root beer, Dr. Pepper, Coke, port, or a bourbon based cocktail.