Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970 Gran Consul

Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970

Origin : NicaraguaJoya de Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 4.75 x 60
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Havana-seed
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Price : ~$6-7 each

The Antano! One of the most powerful cigars on the market. In fact for many years it was THE most powerful cigar around. Here’s some info from the manufacturer:

Antaño in Spanish means “yesteryear”, a name that is a tribute to the Joya de Nicaragua cigar of the 70’s when the brand became one of the favorite smokes in the US market.

This is a full bodied cigar, made totally by hand with 100% Nicaraguan tobacco. The filler, binder and wrapper are Havana Criollo seed grown in Nicaragua. The shiny Colorado wrapper and the complexity of the blend give a very distinctive personality to this cigar, created to satisfy the most exigent smoker who looks for a strong cigar, rich in taste and aroma. Introduced in 2002, Antaño actually is one of the favorite cigars in the American Market and is a symbol of the true Nicaraguan puro.

I’m not normally a fan of big ring gauge cigars, but there is something special about the Gran Consul that sets it apart from the smaller sizes in the Antano line.

This beefy cigar is very oily looking and has a nice dull point to the torpedo end. The cigar clips easy and the pre-light draw is very open; but not due to being under-filled as this cigar is very densely rolled.

This takes a little while to light due to the girth of this cigar, but you are rewarded when you finally get it lit.

The initial flavors give you quite a kick, loaded with red pepper and leather, similar to smoking a belt dipped in Tabasco sauce. If you survive the first inch, the flavors mellow and simmer down a bit. I then pick up coffee and licorice notes. The balance of these flavors is perfect in this vitola.

The finish is loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong. Antanos have one of the longest finishes out there, slightly dry and rich with mocha flavors.

Just when you think this cigar can’t get any better, wammo! The last few inches are rich and decadent, it’s like eating a piece of tiramisu laced with chipotle peppers.

I really can’t recommend these cigars enough. I forget about them because of all of the new brands coming out, but don’t YOU forget the Antano… and trust me and try it in the Gran Consul size. If you get the chance, buy a box and set them aside for a few years, they get even better! Woot!