Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo

Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo

Origin : NicaraguaJoya de Nicaragua
Format : Poderoso (Torpedo)
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7-8 each
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The Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo blend was introduced in 2009, and it is definitely a powerhouse. This puro features tobacco from the famed Esteli region of Nicaragua. It is a strong cigar, as the foot band indicates (Fuerte Doble = Double Strength). This 6 X 54 Torpedo is known as the “Poderoso” which, in Spanish, translates to “Powerful”.

Appearance : ★★★★★
The wrapper has a nice dark brown color with many visible veins. The cigar does have a very nice, oily sheen and is soft to the touch. It features two bands; the band at the foot was described earlier in the introduction. Overall, it is a beautiful stick which oozes strength just by its looks.

Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo

Construction : ★★★★☆
Upon closer inspection, a soft spot was found at around two inches from the foot. The pre-light draw was very easy. The ash during the smoke was bumpy and flaky and quickly fell into my lap early in the smoke.

Flavor : ★★★★★
The wrapper had a cedar aroma with a sweet, caramel scent at the foot of the cigar. It had a nice peppery taste to the tongue which was not overwhelming. The pre-light draw had a creamy taste of oatmeal and pastries. Even before lighting the cigar, a lot of flavors were encountered.

The initial flavor after lighting the cigar was pepper with cedar on the retrohale. Leather notes were noticed about 2 inches into the cigar; during the last third, hints of nuts were introduced which lasted until the end of the smoke.

This cigar featured a long finish which was definitely felt towards the back of the throat.

Value : ★★★★★
The JDN Antaño Dark Corojo is definitely worth the price tag of ~$7.50 per cigar. For all the flavors which are featured in the cigar, one gets a lot of value.

Overall Rating : ★★★★★
I would recommend this cigar to those looking for a strong cigar with many flavors and aromas. It is a good cigar to take down to the nub although it did get hot towards the end of the smoke. I would not recommend this cigar as a beginner cigar for two reasons: 1) the novice smoker may need more time to season the palate in order to experience all of the flavors from the cigar, and 2) it may just be an overwhelming cigar for beginners.

At the end, I had a feeling of fullness in my stomach, but for such a powerhouse of a cigar, I did not get much of a nicotine kick. A good smoke to add to your humidor!

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10 Comments on “Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo”

  1. cigarsarge says:

    I had a couple of these recently…Definitely a good smoke.

  2. This is one great ***** cigar and your review is right on the money. All the flavor and power you would expect with great construction at avery good price. This cigar joins its regular Antano brethren among my all time favorite smokes.

  3. Cynical Genius says:

    I smoked it’s close cousin, the Dark Corojo Antano robusto recently It’s a fantastic smoke. By it’s appearance, you know it’s not for the beginner. Nicaragua is producing some excellent tobacco.

  4. I have smoked three robusto’s and I can honestly say that these three cigars have been the absolute worst cigars I have ever smoked. One of them leaked nicotine like it was coffee! Aroma’s weren’t balanced at all and the smoke felt harsh at the back of the throat. Absolutely, positively never again. I’m no fan of corojo so keep that in mind.

  5. Surf daddy Rob says:

    Got a robusto in a sampler and the appearance of the dark corojo wrapper and beefy black/ gold label intrigued me. These have been around a couple years of aging since your initial review which was great by the way. I was hoping this cigar would wow me and my expectations were exceeded. I’ve ordered a box now at a steal under $100. Worth revisiting as I think they’re burning even better now.

  6. Smoking a damn near 2yr aged EL Martillo (the Hammer) at the moment, still “strong as balls”..

  7. John Stancil says:

    Enjoying cigars a fairly short time. Love this cigar. The taste and overall experience is a true joy. Shout oht to Smoky’s Cigars in Knoxville for recommending

  8. I generally like JDN but this cigar was a complete bust for me. Not sure why you would want to make a cigar any stronger than the Antano but that’s what I think they were going for here. The one I tried looked great but smoked really wet. The other cigars in my humidor were smoking just fine so I know it was not my relative humidity. Bad draw and hardly any smoke. Tasted bitter and sour, sort of like the inside of a pecan shell.

  9. I am always shocked at just how often, and thoroughly — point by point — I agree with your reviews. This, along with Drew Estate’s Nica Rustica, are the two best values I know of. I couldn’t believe how good this cigar was for the price. The only nit I had to pick was with the construction: my first Antano Dark Corojo I let the shop clerk cut, and I was surprised at how much he took off, but evidently he knew what he was doing, because during my second smoke I had to cut off a little more than I consider ideal to get a perfect draw. Otherwise, five stars indeed, across the board.

    Keep up the great work, guys! I’d be a bit lost in the cigar world with you!

  10. Er . . . without you, that should have been.

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