Pre-Release Review: Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial

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:


Vitola: Toro

Size: 6-1/4” x 50 Ring Gauge 

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Jalapa Valley Shade-Grown Habano

Binder: Dominican Volado

Filler: Nicaraguan

Cigars Smoked for this Review: One each

Price Point: $11.50 MSRP

Cigar Purchased: Manufacturer’s samples

Quick Note: For this review I used Logan’s rating system. You can view it in detail here.



“The Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial is a phenomenal follow up to the original release.” 


Surgeon’s Rating: 90 AKA “Box Split”

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.


Surgeon’s Pairing Recommendation:

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.

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Comment by Mickey irratebass on August 11, 2015 at 7:18am

I slept on the 2014 one, anyone know if they can still be had? Will these 2015's be more readily available or also LE?

Comment by Ky70 on August 11, 2015 at 9:05am

Nice review.  I had the robusto the other day and really enjoyed it. 

Is this a pre-release review because you reviewed a pre-released sample?  Curious as these are currently available at my local B&M.

Mickey, I read 500 boxes a month will be produced (it didn't say for how long).

Comment by Cigar Surgeon on August 11, 2015 at 9:07am

Hey Ky70: correct. I consider the samples I reviewed to be release samples.

Comment by Mickey irratebass on August 11, 2015 at 9:17am

Thanks KY, would love to track down the originals though

Comment by Matt Ross on August 11, 2015 at 4:21pm

I smoked the Petit Corona the other day.  I didn't really love the original and I felt the same about this.  It was good, but I'm not sure its worth the price.

Comment by Charlie on August 11, 2015 at 4:48pm

I want to try the petit corona! Dominican binder? Whaaat?

Comment by Trippopolis on August 11, 2015 at 4:56pm

Yeah Charlie, it seems crazy when JdN uses non-Nicaraguan leaf in their blends.  I'm not against it, it's just odd.  Like when LFD uses non-Dominican.

Comment by Charlie on August 11, 2015 at 5:37pm

yea...other than the CyB this is the first (other than Ecuadorian Connecticut). LFD has used quite a bit of non DR leaf but I know what you mean...

Comment by Doug on August 11, 2015 at 6:09pm
These sound awesome. 2.5 hours smoke time? I apparently need to smoke slower lol.

Comment by Cigar Surgeon on August 12, 2015 at 2:54pm

You really shouldn't be taking less than 2 hours to smoke a Toro. :)


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