Last year Joya de Nicaragua released the Joya Red. This year they followed it up with the Joya Black. This is the first cigar using the Mexican San Andres Negra wrapper in their portfolio.
They will be released in 20 count boxes and 4 vitolas: Nocturno (6-1/4x46), Robusto (5-1/4x50), Toro (6x52), and a Double Robusto (5x56).
Check out our IPCPR 2016 interview with Juan Martinez:
Check out my video review here:
The nose on the Joya Black has a lot of cedar with hints of cedar. In the foot I’m picking up some elegant, stewed fruit sweetness.
Using a single v-cut I found the draw to be perfect.
I pick up tons of chocolate with trailing sweetness off the initial draw. The retrohale, by contrast, is very sweet, and airy like a marshmallow. Some spiciness does start to develop at the same level as the sweetness, but falling off quite quickly on the post draw. I’m just completely blown away by the elegance and layers of the retrohale. The chocolate continues to ramp up in intensity as the first third progresses.
The chocolate starts to drop to a light level moving into the middle third, and the elegant sweetness starts to give way to cedar. Once the middle third establishes itself, the chocolate comes back in intensity to push back on the cedar. The retrohale also because more soft and nuanced. At the halfway point of the Joya Black I get a subtle Islay peat smoke which mixes in wonderfully with the chocolate notes.
In the last third some medium strength earthy notes come into the mix. The earthiness does abate falling back to a light plus, allowing the Islay smoke and chocolate to be more detectable. The spices are quite light here.
Total smoking time 1 hour and 59 minutes.
The performance of the Joya Black in the last third really brought the overall score down. That could be related to this being an IPCPR sample. Even though the final score has this as a box split, this is a no brainer box buy for me and is no doubt going to be a contender for cigar of the year.
I will be seeking these out in every vitola to find out which one performs the best.