Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Criollo
Binder : Nicaraguan Seco
Filler : Nicaraguan Habano Seco and Ligero
Price : ~$7 each
More info about purchasing Joya de Nicaragua Celebracion...
Joya de Nicaragua is best known for their full-bodied stogies, in particular the Antaño 1970. The Celebracion was designed to mimic the Antaño experience, but not pack such a powerful punch. That way there would be a milder option available for those who prefer milder smokes. Of course, it is still a pretty potent cigar, and many smokers will still consider it to be a full-bodied smoke. I gave it a try and decided I would categorize it as medium-bodied. It’s also very spicy, and the flavors themselves are quiet strong.
The Joya de Nicaragua Celebracion comes in a number of different formats and sizes, including the Churchill (6.9 x 48), Consul (4.5 x 52), Corona (5.5 x 42), Gordo (5.5 x 60), Toro (6 x 50), and Torpedo (5 x 52). This one is the Torpedo. The Nicaraguan Habano Criollo wrapper is a rich, medium, warm chocolatey brown with a number of fine veins and an oily sheen. The cap looks to be perfect, though the foot is a bit tightly packed. Pre-light aroma is sweet, but specifics are hard to discern.
At first I thought that the draw was a bit tight, but this turned out to be my own fault for not clipping off enough of the cap. Burn is pretty even, and I didn’t need to make any corrections. There are no problems from start to finish, even with the tightly packed foot.
To start, the Joya de Nicaragua Celebracion Torpedo is sweet and woody with a hint of spice. The spice is most prominent in the aftertaste, and lingers on the palette. There is a hint of something like maple syrup, and something nutty as well. The spiciness heats up in the middle third, and gets even stronger in the final third. A hint of cream vanilla that is noticeable at the start expands and becomes prominent in the final third. I found the first third a bit bland, but the flavors and aromas built up nicely and were quite enjoyable by the end.
This is a nicely made cigar, available in the $5 to $8 price range. Particularly at the lower end, that is an amazing deal for a pleasant smoke. Anywhere in that range is quite reasonable, though.
Overall Rating :
My only complaint about the Joya de Nicaragua Celebracion Torpedo is the slight blandness of the flavors at the beginning of the smoking experience. That is a subjective opinion, however, and those who like milder flavors may very well enjoy that aspect. I liked the buildup in spiciness and flavor, and I can safely say that while this is a medium-bodied smoke, it should not overwhelm many smokers (unlike the Antaño...). In the $5 to $8 price range, it is an excellent deal.