Origin : Panama
Wrapper : Panama Sumatra
Filler : Panama
Binder : Panama
More info about Joyas de Panama cigars...
Note: thanks to Julie from BCB design for sending me a sampler of Joyas de Panama cigars.
Were you aware of the fact that 100% Panamiam puros existed on the market? I was not, that's for sure. Well, after the first French puro, here is another country to add to the list.
Joyas de Panama cigars are constructed of a long filler with Sumatran wrapper. Five vitolas are currently offered: Churchill (178 x 18 mm), Especial #1 (165 x 16 mm - lonsdale), Torpedo (165 x 19 mm), Robusto (130 x 19 mm) and Coronita (130 x 16 mm - corona). The tobacco is grown in the Chiriqui province, a region with rich volcanic soil. Miriam Padilla (who has been making cigars for 26 years) and her sons run a factory in the small town of La Pintada. I had a chance to try all the sizes and they present common characteristics, this review is a compilation of my notes about different vitolas.
The wrapper is quite rough with one or two large veins running through. The stick feels right in hand, it is quite heavy and solid. The band is modest and rather stylish.
During the first examination, I noticed how tightly the cigars were packed - they would not give in. I was expecting some really tight draw and even thought that my smoke will probably be ruined, but surprisingly the draw, even though it was quite tight in the very beginning, was comfortable. The burn was exceptionally straight and regular. Overall, the construction is top-notch.
The pre-draw was mostly earthy. Upon lighting (which took slightly more time than I'm used to), I noted earthy and peppery flavors. The smoke was a little dry and full-flavored. What follows is a full rich taste of quality tobacco, with regular vanilla and woody notes. I detected no real evolution until the end.
I haven't found many places online where Joyas de Panama can be purchased, on the official website they are sold at $8 stick which I find a little bit high.
Overall Rating :
To finish with, I can say that I wasn't expecting something as good - being quite sceptical to the idea of Panamian puros in the beginning. It turned out that these are quality cigars, perfectly enjoyable if you do not require an exceptional flavors complexity and with a fine construction.