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Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo

Submitted by Rob on January 12, 2010 – 8:35 am6 Comments

Wrapper: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: Peligroso (5 x 44)
Strength: Full

Ladies and gentleman, cigar smokers from around the world, allow me to introduce you to the newest Antano cigar. This dark and mean spicy powerhouse is standing at 5 inches tall and packed with 75% Ligero leaf; all components come from the country of Nicaragua – Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo.

JDN-ADC, as it was titled during production, was introduced at the 2009 IPCPR. It has five sizes to choose from Azrosa (4.5×52), El Martillo (5.5×54), La Pesadilla (4.75×60), Peligroso (5×44) and the Ponderoso (6×48). The JDN-ADC carries a badge of honor on the footer claiming “Doble Fuerte” or Double Strong after the potency of the cigar. Joya de Nicaragua also claims to use a special kind of Ligero that is thicker than the standard dubbed the “ligeron“.

Today’s cigar review is sponsored by Casa Fuma Fine Cigars in Gilbert, AZ.

Construction: Joya de Nicaragua Antano has a very toothy mean looking wrapper with veins running down all sides. The very dark Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper, grown in the Jalapa region, has a good amount of oils protruding. Tobacco is packed in firmly to eliminate any possibilities of soft spots but allows for a slight pinch.

Draw: Draw is fabulous on this little powerhouse of a cigar. Due to my size (Peligroso) and my lack of a small puch, I opted to cut the cigar to get the perfect amount of smoke that fits my style. For those of you who don’t like mouths full of smoke please invest in a smaller punch as this would be the cigar to use it on.

Burn: Antano Dark Corojo had a very jagged ash that required a couple of touch-ups. However the most troubling characteristic about the burn was the flaky ash that was generated. If you aren’t careful you’ll end up having more ash on your clothes than your ash tray.

Flavor: Initially the Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo starts out with a powerful spice that is sure to scare the occasional smoker away. The space is very sharp and is felt both on the draw and exhale of the smoke. In the background I can make out a faint mixture of dry, almost sour, chocolate and coffee. After taste is a full body spice that leaves your palate craving more. At the end of the first segment of the Joya de Nicaragua Antano you will get a better introduction to that coffee/chocolate I was referencing earlier.

When I reached the middle of the cigar that sharp taste has advanced into an enjoyable sour. However the primary flavor is that of the spicy tobacco. The JDN-ADC is very interesting and intriguing at this point where I find myself taking bigger draws just to decipher what I am tasting. Smoke from the draw and exhale is still very sharp and also spicy creating a very unique full body cigar.

At this point this is how the Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo is going to finish out. The finish is never bitter and the smoke is spicy and smooth till the very end.

Final Verdict: Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo Peligroso retails in the $8.xx range and can be found online in the low $6.xx. The Antano Dark Corojo is priced perfectly for this cigar, it delivers something unique and because of this the Antano should make it into your rotation of cigars. Yet this Dark Corojo is intended for the full body smoker who loves spice and a flavor profile that travels the unbeaten bath.

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