Joya de Nicaragua Black
Many inexperienced smokers will recoil, stepping back from a cigar that looks a little dangerous. The ironic thing is, the Joya de Nicaragua team was going for balance and a modern flavor profile with this cigar. It’s nothing to be too scared of, unlike the ultra-potent and spicy Nicaraguan blends for which the company is generally known. Instead, this stick is part of their modern series, meant to appeal to younger cigar aficionados who are newer to the hobby and who haven’t been toasting feet since the Ford administration (and who now need a cigar that pulls out their tongue and hammers at it with a meat tenderizer to get any satisfaction from their smoke).
So, that said, what’s going on in the Joya Black cigar? Well, that “fearsome” dark wrapper is a nice rich Mexican San Andrés leaf, which conceals a primo Nicaraguan filler blend. Unlike Joya’s more traditional Nicaraguan puros, this one brings a whole new flavor profile into the smoke: leather, black cherry, cocoa, and sweet nougat are all there, making this a luscious dessert cigar that scratches a different smoking itch entirely.
The Cigar Aficionado folks found it fairly satisfying, giving it a 91 rating and naming it the #22 cigar of 2017. Seems like Joya de Nicaragua is headed off in a solid new direction with its contemporary offerings. We’re pretty excited to pop a few of these into our humidors and would recommend people who are into Nicaraguan blends make some room for a couple more in anticipation of what Joya comes up with next.
Please browse our selection of Joya Black cigars at your leisure.