In 1968, Joya de Nicaragua was founded. Five decades (or “cinco décadas”) later, here we are, celebrating with an elegant smoke made with what the company calls, “prime, extra-vintage leaves.”
Count us in!
It’s been quite a long road for Joya de Nicaragua. The company is Nicaragua’s oldest cigar company, founded in the wave of new cigar businesses started across Latin America as a result of the diaspora created by the Cuban revolution. Some of Cuba’s best cigar makers lost their companies to nationalization and had to start all over again elsewhere – Miami, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and of course, Nicaragua.
The decades had the highest of highs and the lowest of lows for the company. In the early 70s, Joya de Nicaragua was one of the most popular brands in America, even earning the honor of being named the White House’s Official Cigar. But civil unrest in Nicaragua would see the factory bombed and burned, and the company pushed to the brink of closing down. Loyal workers kept on rolling, however, and ultimately the company was revived with new ownership and investment, becoming the Joya de Nicaragua (“jewel of Nicaragua”) we know and love today.
Fire up this cigar to celebrate perseverance, survival and fine Nicaraguan tobacco blends.
Very interestingly, Halfwheel does what they call an Annual Consensus – a combination of a large number of top 25 cigar lists that have been published over the year by various outlets to figure out which cigars are the consensus best in the industry. It’s not overly scientific, but it is pretty interesting and seems to do a decent job of creating a list that shows a mix of well-known top-level cigars, but also other surprising blends that are getting a lot of praise, just not necessarily from the core taste makers of the cigar world.
Guess which cigar was the consensus number one? Cinco Décadas! This cigar right here. Isn’t that something? That alone had us sold on smoking one, even more than we already were.
The cigar itself features a Nicaraguan wrapper and filler, along with a Mexican binder to make things interesting. Flavors as you go along include earth, cedar, black pepper, and a bit of tart sweetness on the finish. So, whether you’ve got a 50th birthday or anniversary coming up, you’re a Joya fan, or you just want a primo Nicaraguan tobacco blend, this cigar is an outstanding choice.
Perhaps one of the best around, according to the Consensus.
Please browse our selection of Joya de Nicaragua Cinco Décadas cigars at your leisure.