Joya de Nicaragua Silver
Size: 6 x 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Mexican San Adreas
Factory: Joya de Nicagarua, S.A
Cigar for review provided by: Joya de Nicaragua (IPCPR sample)
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Note: For this review I used Cigar Federation's rating system
Released just shy of the 86th Annual IPCPR Convention this past July in Las Vegas, the Joya Silver is the newest addition to a growing portfolio of cigars meant to catch the eyes and palettes of both new and long-time smokers alike. Similar to the Joya Red and Joya Black, my attention was immediately drawn to the Joya Silver. With an edgy silver and white band sporting red accents against a dark, box-pressed cigar, my curiosity was certainly piqued.
A quick inspection revealed solid construction with no soft spots or inconsistencies, which is no easy feat for a box-pressed cigar. Wet hay and just a bit of chocolate present themselves on the cold draw.
Putting my torch to the foot and giving it a thoughtful toast, still lost in my curiosity and not knowing exactly what to expect, my first draw is met with an incredible punch of black pepper spice, not to mention a formidable production of smoke. The retrohale proves to be similarly pronounced and I notice my palette is beginning to get coated with an oiliness that almost reminds of the Joya de Nicaragua Antano.
The funk of the wet hay I noticed on the cold-draw has just about dissipated, however the spice is still kicking strong and not letting up. While the mouthfeel and spice remains, the retrohale isn't as sharp as before and brings out a marzipan quality I really enjoy. There is a subtle sweetness beginning to develop as well.
The cigar now properly warmed up and well into the final third, I'm impressed by how well its held up to the relentless battery of my velocious smoking pace. There are no signs of harsh or bitter flavors, and I'm beginning to pick up notes of slightly under-ripe cherries. The bit of chocolate I noticed on the cold-draw peaks its head out every few draws or so, but remains subtle enough that it might be easy to miss. As for the burn, despite somewhat loose and shaggy ash, no corrections or relights were required.
While the edgy and fresh presentation brings Joya de Nicaragua into the modern light, make no mistake about it, the profile is rich, complex, and screams classic Joya de Nicaragua from the construction to the flavor. Satisfying to long-time fans and complex yet approachable enough for newcomers to the brand, this cigar didn't disappoint. A solid medium plus in body and enough complexity to keep me engaged throughout the entire smoke.
This cigar is also available in the following sizes:
Ultra - 6.25 x 46 (MSRP: $6.30)
Corona - 5.25 x 42 (MSRP: $6.30)
Robusto - 5 x 50 (MSRP: $7.10)
Pairing: Havana Club, Brugal, or Flor de Cana rum. ESB style beer.
Total smoking time was about 1 hour and 55 minutes.
Denis' rating: 93 (AKA a “Box Split”)