Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Poderoso (Torpedo)
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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!