Team Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Corona Extra

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Cigar Details: Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Corona Extra

  • Vitola: Corona Extra
  • Length: 6.25″
  • Ring Gauge: 46
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Joya de Nicaragua
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $16.00
  • Release Date: November 2023
  • Source: Tobaccology

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Corona Extra is a uniform dark brown with some thick but well pressed veins and some fine tooth. The seams are smooth and the head is finished with a tightly wound pigtail. The band is green, white and gold and carries the company and line name on front and series name on back. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of rich earth and smoky wood. The foot brings lightly smoky cedar and some stone fruit sweetness. The pre-light draw brings an airy cedar with slight amounts of earth and smokiness.
Seth: Firm cigar in hand with a nice pigtail cap, the Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Corona Extra sports small veins throughout. Coarse texture with solid maduro coloring. Dark coffee beans. Aromas of rich earth, spices, chocolate cake, tobacco and leather.
John: The Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Corona Extra comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker with the cigar information on it. The UPC sticker has an integrated tear space to remain intact when the cellophane is opened. For artisanal complications, the cigar has a curly head cap and a soft box pressed shape. I weighed the cigar at 13.1 grams. The humidity, as measured by the HumidiMeter Pro, was 62.1%. Aromas from the wrapper included faint barnyard, earth and wood. From the foot, I was getting sweet raisin, tobacco and mild pepper.
Jiunn: The Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Corona Extra has an even Colorado Maduro shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the head is well wrapped and capped. Pre-light aromas tell of cedar, minerals and wood fires.

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Corona Extra

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Corona Extra

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with a mix of rich earth and toasted oak. At a half inch in, a mild black pepper joins the profile. The retrohale is an even mix of dry earth and toasted oak. At an inch in, a light cocoa powder joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the earth and toasted oak are even up front, with some mild black pepper and cocoa powder in the background. The strength was slightly below medium.
Seth: The cigar starts off with a woody and pepper forward profile. There are some coffee and earth notes present as well, and the finish has this creamy profile that shows some tobacco qualities with that. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: The first third begins with creamy bread and a mild wood on the finish. Some mild chocolate establishes on the retrohale and brings with it some mild earth on the post draw. The wood on the post draw that started at light plus is moving towards medium strength as the cigar continues. Baking spices join the retrohale some time later, and like the wood on the post draw, build up to medium strength. By the bottom half of the first third, the spices have receded to light levels, combining with mildly tannic wood on the finish.
Jiunn: The first third creates a profile centered around wood, pepper, bitter oak and minerals, and semi-full oak tannins. Retrohaling draws out the pepper a bit more. The finish shows a combination of minerals and oak. Strength and body is medium.

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Corona Extra

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Corona Extra

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the earth takes a bit of a lead over the toasted oak. At a half inch in, there’s a bitter mineral note that becomes present. The retrohale is dry earth and toasted oak with a bit of the bitter minerality. As the third comes to a close, the earth is a bit in front of the toasted oak, with the bitter minerality in the middle of the profile and light amounts of black pepper and cocoa powder in the background. The strength has bumped up to medium.
Seth: The second third begins to deliver some more earth forward notes, but it continues with that pepper and wood profile. Black and white pepper. Coffee and cream present as well on the finish. Still medium-full in strength and body.
John: The second third opens with mild bread and wood, as mild tannins join the wood to linger through the post draw at light plus strength. Tobacco sweetness begins to lead off each puff as the second third settles in. Baking spices return to the retrohale as it progresses towards the halfway point, at roughly medium minus strength.
Jiunn: The second third’s core profile is unchanged, still being driven by wood, pepper, bitter oak and minerals, and semi-full oak tannins. But there is a noticeable uptick in bitter minerals. Strength ramps to medium-full, while body remains medium.

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Corona Extra

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Corona Extra

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the bitterness is now very light on the minerality. At a half inch in, the toasted oak becomes pretty dry and is back to even with the earth up front. The retrohale is now back to the even mix of dry earth and toasted oak. At an inch in, the cocoa powder has departed, and the minerality is now right behind the earth and oak up front. As the cigar wraps up, the earth and toasted oak are even up front, with minerality right behind and some light black pepper in the background. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The final third delivers flavors of white pepper, black pepper, wood and black coffee. Faint cream notes now with some mineral earth flavors on the finish. Medium-full to full in strength and body. Cool finish, but mineral notes for sure.
John: Bread and wood lead the second third with trailing baking spices and wood combining into the post draw. Some vegetal notes move into the center of the retrohale as the last third settles in. The profile remains stable until the halfway point where tannic wood comes into the finish.
Jiunn: The final third’s flavor profile is exactly the same as the second third’s. Bitter mineral is still leading the pack, followed by wood, pepper, bitter oak and semi-full oak tannins. Strength and body finished the same medium-full and medium, respectively.

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Corona Extra

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Corona Extra

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy at times, but never needed any intervention. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.
Seth: Great burn from start to finish.
John: The burn was straight through the entire review.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Corona Extra

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Corona Extra

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Perfect.
John: The draw was at most 1/2 to 1 notch towards the resistant spectrum which puts it in the ideal range for a perfect draw.
Jiunn: Draw performance was on point, providing the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with a mix of rich earth and toasted oak. Some black pepper joined in a bit later and then some cocoa powder. The second third saw a bitter mineral note join the profile. The final third saw the bitterness fade out and the cocoa powder also departed. The Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Corona Extra had an average flavor profile throughout, mainly focused around earth and toasted oak. The pepper, cocoa powder and minerality didn’t really provide enough to support this profile and it was a bit mundane to me. I did enjoy the Robusto Gordo vitola a bit more, but still wouldn’t really see myself coming back to either of them.
Seth: Joya de Nicaragua is the most reliable cigar company on the market. They consistently deliver quality cigars. They may not all be high scoring, but their releases never disappoint. I may not be crazy about blends they do for others, but their stuff is incredible. Some of their customers should be a little hands off. I think JdN captures the American and European market with every release, and I love that. That is me as a smoker. This Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Corona Extra was a nice Mexican wrapper offering. I don’t think it was needed by the company for the Maestros portfolio, but it was good. Lots of other Mexican releases have been busts recently. The Corona Extra was not my favorite size in the portfolio in terms of blend performance, but it is a great size and an enjoyable flavor profile that I will come back to this offering.
John: I’ve smoked a number of Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Corona Extra cigars so far, with the formal review being a bit inconsistent with my overall experience. The review cigar had a complex and engaging first third with a pleasant but not overly dynamic remainder to the cigar. Previous iterations have been good all the way through, which is why I was eager to formally review the Corona Extra size. The burn and draw was excellent on all the cigars I smoked. Based on the formal review, I’d be hard pressed to recommend the Corona Extra format over the Robusto Gordo which performed very well at a similar price point. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 54 minutes.
Jiunn: The Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Corona Extra, just like the Robusto Gordo, is nothing to rave about. I have very similar thoughts of this vitola as I did the Robusto Gordo. That is, too much earthiness in minerals and wood. Adding salt to the wound, this vitola had displeasing bitterness as well. This is a pass for me.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.65

Cost/Point

$2.83

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.72

Cost/Point

$2.38

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$2.62

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$2.78

Scoring System

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