Joya de Nicaragua Celebracion Corona

Joya de Nicaragua Celebracion Corona

Origin : NicaraguaJoya de Nicaragua
Format : Corona
Size : 5 1/2 x 42
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Criollo
Binder : Nicaraguan Seco
Filler : Nicaraguan Habano Seco and Ligero
Hand-Made
Price : ~$4-5 each
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A couple of months ago I was gifted a box of Joya de Nicaragua Antano (the review it links to is not mine and I can't pick up all those flavors, but it describes it nicely). Needless to say, I immediately smoked one and regretted my decision 30 minutes later as it packed quite a punch and I had it on an empty stomach. My second experience was much better, but I still found the cigar too powerful despite the excellent flavors that I was enjoying. I continued smoking these cigars from time to time, mainly after dinner, and, visiting my local B&M, saw a box of Celebracion in the corner. The tobacconist told me that these were basically the 'lighter' versions of Antanos, so I grabbed 5 sticks to try.

Appearance : ★★★★☆
Joya de Nicaragua Celebracion is a Nicaraguan puro, introduced in 2004. I really like smoking and reviewing cigars that have been on the market for a lot of time instead of running after new releases (although some of them are really good). This cigar definitely deserves more attention than it's getting. With its slightly maduro wrapper and an attractive band, it doesn't really look like a cheapie. The rough nature of the wrapper and a rather ugly cap give it a rustic appearance.

Construction : ★★★★☆
Out of 5 cigars that were smoked for this review, 4 were absolutely fine, thus 4 stars. One cigar cumulated the issues - not only the draw was on the tighter side, but the burn line was random. Hopefully the proportion of well-constructed cigars is higher than 80%!

Flavor : ★★★★☆
Smoking the first one, I was trying to compare it to the Antano, which I find full-flavored with main notes being earth and pepper, sweetness (chocolate/coffee) in the background. As I lit up the second one, I thought that it wasn't right to describe the Celebracion as the 'Antano Light', because IMHO they don't share the same flavor profile. Medium-bodied from beginning to the very end, the Celebracion is built around woody flavors, with enough pepper to ensure you don't forget this is a Nicaraguan puro. The common point is that it also has those pleasant sweet undernotes.

Value : ★★★★★
A great price point here. I am planning to get a box of those at around $80.

Overall Rating : ★★★★☆
Honestly, if I were to choose between Antano and Celebracion, I'd go with the latter. Perhaps my palate is not developed enough, but I don't find the Antano richer in terms of flavors, and its power is a real turn-off. If you tried both blends, please let me know which one you'd choose and why.

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5 Comments on “Joya de Nicaragua Celebracion Corona”

  1. tobacmon says:

    I have a few of the Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970 Gran Perfecto’s resting in the box and need to have one after a full meal to enjoy it the way “I believe” it was meant to be enjoyed. Look forward to giving the Antano & Celebracion a whirl also. Sounds like a winner of a smoke and for the price you can’t beat that also.

  2. I am with you on the choice of the Celebration over the Antano. The Celebration is a very rich flavorful cigar especially robusto size. The Antano seems to be a harsher smoke and without much depth.

  3. Definitely prefer the Celebracion line, hands down. The Antano is great and fairly unique, but the Celebracion simply explodes with uber-complex floral and wood. These must be aged a minimum of 6 months, however. I think they roll them and ship ‘em out without pre-aging

  4. I recently tried the Celebracion robusto and was very impressed. This surprised me because I absolutely hated the Joya de Nicaragua Classico blend. Regarding strength, I have a friend who is an occasional cigar smoker. I gifted him a JdN Celebracion. He seemed surprised when I told him this cigar is considered by some to be full bodied and strong. I definitely detected a dried berry flavor. Not really sweet, but similar in taste to a raspberry that has not been sweetened. I now suspect that the cigars I received had some age on them. As the review notes, the Celebracion has been around for a while now and lives in the shadow of the Antano.

  5. I smoked another one of these last night. Solid flavors. The burn, however, was a little finicky and tunneled toward the end. I too prefer the Celebracion to the Antano. The former has more flavor to help balance out the strength. Must be the criollo wrapper.

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