Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970 Gran Consul

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  1. Zen Cigar

    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!

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    • Adam

      My review of the Joya de Nicaragua Antano (Consul 4.5 x 52)

      Appearance & Construction: This is an attractive cigar; a nice band with a nice oily dark brown wrapper. The cigar is solidly constructed and has no visual defects to it.

      Joya de Nicaragua Antano

      Smoking Characteristics: These cigars have a nice draw with a decent amount of resistance. The burn is very even and the ash is very solid and held on for a long time; a 2” ash on a 4.5” cigar ain’t too bad. The body of this cigar is full, the strength of the cigar is defiantly full and gives you a nice shot of Vitamin N. Newer smokers stay away; these cigars will leave you dazed and confused and reaching for something to hang on to.

      Flavors: This cigar is primarily sweet earthly flavors with that distinct Nicaraguan zing. Notes of coffee and leather are also present during the cigar. The flavors of the cigar do not change much and remain very consistent from one third to the next.

      Final Thoughts: I got these cigars over a year ago from one of the Joe Cigar deals where you get 10 of them for around $25. This was a cigar I always wanted to like because everyone else liked it and it is a great price. Up until this review I smoked eight of them and have given them every opportunity to impress me and they have never lived up to my expectations… until now. I grabbed my 9th cigar of these and fired it up ready to do a disappointing review on this cigar. For whatever reason these cigars have morphed into a cigar that I really enjoy now. Maybe the cigars needed time; after all they have been in my humidor for over a year now. Maybe my palate was not refined enough when I smoked them the eight times before. Who knows, but what I do know is that this is a great cigar. The flavors are nice and the cigar smokes like a champ.

    • Jim

      This is one of my top three. Strong indeed…but very enjoyable. Nice review. Thx

    • Elrondonto

      Received one of these beauties as part a of a package from a organization that sends cigars to deployed troops. All I can say is wow. It was a great stick. Powerful, lots of flavor, and a great finish. Since it was the only one in the box, gonna have to order some more and let them rest longer the next time.

    • mikedemon66

      Well I just bought two Antano’s 1970’s and one Antano dark Corojo. Have been looking for a stronger yet smooth smoke. If they pan out I will buy a box or two and let rest for a few years. The Rocky Patel 10th Anniversary after five years, no joke was a dam good smoke on my 51st birthday yesterday. Anyway will give these a try.


      Absolutely great stick, dont have those too often due to the strength but what a finish! Agree 100%

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Cigar Region Nicaragua
Filler Nicaragua
Wrapper Nicaragua
Binder Nicaragua
Length 4 3/4
Ring Gauge 60
Vitola Torpedo
Construction Hand Made