Back in December I flew down to Orlando, partially for an impromptu Drew Estate event at Corona Cigar Company,  but also to visit Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World.  While I was at Corona Cigar Company I saw a prominent display for the Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco.   I had read a lot about the release of this stick and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to pick up two for review.




What a nose on the Cuatro Cinco.  Coffee, chocolate, cedar.  Just … wow. 



The Cuatro Cinco comes in a 6”x 54 ring gauge in the toro extra vitola.  The band on this is a striking gold, white and black.  The band indicates Edicion Limitada, JdN and Cuatro Cinco.    The band is quite thick and is overlaid over a slightly larger band underneath.

This release was to commemorate and celebrate an astounding 45 years of cigar manufacturing in Nicaragua.  Joya de Nicaragua is not a company that has releases of limited production or limited edition cigars.  The only other cigar released as a limited edition was in 2004.   This release is limited to 4,500 – 10 count boxes in the one vitola.    The name “Cuatro Cinco” means 45 in Spanish. 






First Third

The first few draws support the amazing nose.  Coffee with cocoa notes follow it.  It has a very fresh and clean draw, which is to say that each of the flavors are very pronounced and not muddled.  There’s a sweet creamy mouthfeel that develops once the first third settles in.    Some light to medium intensity cedar adds to the complexity at the 15 minute mark.

The first third hits a high water mark for complexity and then starts to fall off as it approaches the second third.

Middle Third

At the middle third there’s some hay and light earth present in the post draw.   The creamy mouth-feel is gone, however there is still a sweetness that is a bit delayed after each draw.  Some pepper comes through at the halfway point of the middle third.  The pepper is not too strong, it balances out nicely with the other flavors.

Last Third

The earth present only on the post draw comes through as a main flavor here with medium intensity.   The pepper is no longer detectable.   There is great complexity here as all the flavors from each third seem to come together here in concert.



I cut this with a v-cutter and still found it quite open.  I’d suggest a punch, and I will definitely be using a punch for the second stick.  The ash holds very tight throughout the entire cigar review with reasonable smoke production.   Burn is great from start to finish.



Pricing on the singles of a Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco will set you back about $13.   Numbered 10 count boxes can be found for $117.   Considering the lack of limited edition releases from JdN I ‘d say they are right where I would expect them to be on price.  


Final Word:

There’s no excuse for you not to pick up a few of these.  Beyond the fact that Joya de Nicaragua has managed to put out a great cigar to celebrate their anniversary, they’ve made them available at a price that isn’t too high.  Although I was expecting the cigar to develop more like some of the other JdN releases, what you get is a cigar that teases you with flavors in each third until it reaches maximum complexity at the end.  Some cigars really disappoint in the last third, but you won’t find that here.    If I can make room in my humidor I’ll be picking up a box of these to sit on for a time.

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Comment by Daniel Berry on January 31, 2014 at 8:22am
Nice review. One thing though, how was the strength of the cigar? The way you describe the flavors, sounds like it maybe the light end of full?

Comment by Cigar Surgeon on January 31, 2014 at 8:29am

Good question Daniel.  I found the strength more towards the medium to medium full level.  The Antano Dark Corojo packs more of a punch than the Cuatro Cinco.

Comment by Phillip Kohn on March 26, 2014 at 5:19pm

I bought a box and waited over 2-1/2 months before being able to really experience the blender's intent. Anything prior to that was just wasting cigars. And I wasted two or three. The body started out medium and by the second third was medium/full.

I found this cigar to have a wallop like a sledge hammer by the last 1-1/2". I had the spins for two hours after smoking it. But on the upside, it was one of the most wonderful flavor bombs I've smoked.

Comment by Cigar Surgeon on March 26, 2014 at 5:21pm

That's really great feedback Phillip.  I'll have to revisit my experience when I head back down to the US in May.

I'm not surprised in strength, given that Joya has some of the strongest cigars coming out of Nicaragua.

Comment by Phillip Kohn on March 26, 2014 at 5:33pm

Thanks CS. Is that what people call you or Cigar Surgeon?

Comment by Matt Ross on March 26, 2014 at 6:16pm

We call him John! :P

I thought it wasn't anything special the first time I smoked it - I'll have to revisit.

Comment by Phillip Kohn on March 26, 2014 at 8:50pm

Comment by Matt Ross on March 26, 2014 at 8:55pm

Nice review, Phillip - I'll definitely give it another try.

Comment by The Cigarmy (Kip) on March 26, 2014 at 9:32pm

I had a couple of these when they first landed.  I actually thought they were great smokes, and worth the price....however, I'd be more likely to invest in Dark Corojo Antanos for the money.  There was something "un-Jdn" about it.  Something out of their ordinary range.  I dig 'em!


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