Team Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Robusto Gordo

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Cigar Details: Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Robusto Gordo

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Joya de Nicaragua
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $18.00
  • 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 soft box pressed Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Robusto Gordo is medium brown with a couple of raised veins present. The seams are slightly raised and the caps well applied. The band is metallic green, white and gold and carries the line name on it with the typical design of the Obras Maestras series. The aroma from the wrapper is dark earth, bakers chocolate and spice, while the foot brings lightly smoky oak, earth and stone fruit sweetness. The pre-light draw brings airy cedar and stone fruit sweetness, along with a mild spiciness on my lips.
Seth: Finely pressed, the Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Robusto Gordo has a very smooth texture with small to medium sized veins throughout. It is firm in hand and has a nice maduro coloring. Milk chocolate coloring The cigar has aromas of rich earth, manure, leather, spices and tobacco.
John: The Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Robusto Gordo comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker with the cigar information and an integrated tear space to remain intact when opened. There is a single wide band and an artisanal complication of a box press shape to the cigar. I weighed the cigar at 12.1 grams and measured the humidity at 57.6% with the HumidiMeter Pro. Nosing the wrapper, I was getting aromas of sweet tobacco, mild barnyard and wood. Out of the foot, I could detect sweet tobacco and hay.
Jiunn: The Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Robusto Gordo 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, slight campfire and prunes.

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Robusto Gordo

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Robusto Gordo

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with a lightly creamy mix of earth and toasted cedar along with some black pepper. At a half inch in, the black pepper mellows a bit. The retrohale is toasted cedar, earth and mild black pepper. At an inch and a quarter, the black pepper is now very mild. As the third comes to a close, the lightly creamy earth is slightly ahead of the toasted cedar with black pepper in the background. The strength was right at medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with this strong pepper spice profile that is paired with some rich earth, leather and tobacco notes. It is medium-full in strength and body, and it has a nice richness and spice to start off.
John: My initial flavor impressions are bread, sweet tobacco, a creaminess in the center and a combination of wood and spices on the finish. The spices move rapidly up to just over the medium strength mark. Some earth joins the post draw as the first third settles in. Some time later, the spices settle at medium strength. By the halfway point, the flavors have all found a balance in their levels of intensity.
Jiunn: The first third has an earth and fruit forward flavor profile. No doubt heavy handed on earthiness in cedar and gritty soil. But there are consistent semi-sweet cherries. On the retrohale, a tasty combination of dried red pepper spice and semi-sweet cherries. The grit is most realized on the finish, being soil and aged cedar centric. Strength and body is medium.

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Robusto Gordo

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Robusto Gordo

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the creaminess picks up a bit and is linked to both the earth and toasted cedar. At a quarter inch in, the toast level increases a bit. At a half inch in, the toasted cedar and earth are now even, maintaining a common creaminess. The retrohale is toasted cedar and earth with very mild black pepper. At an inch and a quarter, a light wood bitterness joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the lightly creamy toasted cedar and earth are up front with a bit of dryness and the black pepper and wood bitterness are in the background. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The second third continues to show the pepper spice from the first third, but it is paired with this mocha quality. Great flavors of coffee, earth and chocolate. Medium-full in strength and body, the cigar has a nice tobacco, spice and leather finish.
John: Creamy wood opens the second third, followed by spices in the center and tannic wood at medium strength into the post draw. On the post draw, the spices are up to medium plus strength. Sweet earth also joins the post draw as the second third settles in. That post draw earth takes over the profile during the transition to the last third.
Jiunn: The profile shifts in a few ways within the second third. Most notably, the strength is ramped up to medium-full (body still medium). In terms of flavors, much more minerals and cedar forward with the semi-sweet cherries taking a back seat (last row of the bleachers).

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Robusto Gordo

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Robusto Gordo

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the wood bitterness picks up slightly. The retrohale is now a creamy mix of toasted cedar and earth. As the cigar wraps up, the lightly creamy toasted cedar and earth are even up front, with wood bitterness and black pepper in the background. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The final third is very much in line with the second, but is does have some mineral aspects on the finish. Still medium-full in strength and body. Mocha flavor profile with spices, wood and tobacco.
John: Creamy earth here, with a wood center and light plus spices combining with the wood and some earth into the post draw. On the post draw, that earth moves up to medium and sits heavily on the palate between each puff. The spices on the post draw match the strength of the earth in the bottom half.
Jiunn: The final third is the same as the second third. Medium-full strength and medium body with flavors of mainly minerals and cedar. The profile within this third tastes more mundane and in a way boring.

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Robusto Gordo

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Robusto Gordo

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit offset in the first third, but self corrected and was straight the rest of the way. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.
Seth: Perfect burn from start to finish.
John: The burn was wavy to start and self corrected. The burn became uneven in the second third with a section of wrapper that was not combusting, requiring a touch-up. The burn was wavy in the last third but didn’t require intervention.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Robusto Gordo

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Robusto Gordo

Draw

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

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with a lightly creamy mix of earth and toasted cedar along with some black pepper. The second third saw the black pepper waning as the creaminess bumped up a bit and some wood bitterness joined in. The final third saw the bitterness increase a bit. The Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Robusto Gordo had a nice start as the creaminess provided a nice accent to the toasted cedar and earth. The profile dropped a level in the second third as the black pepper waned and some wood bitterness joined in and maintained that level the rest of the way. I was really hoping the profile from the first third could have continued, but it just couldn’t hold on to it. San Andres releases over the last two years haven’t really impressed me that much and this one couldn’t really change the narrative. I may explore another vitola, but I don’t really see myself coming back to this particular one.
Seth: I enjoyed the Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Robusto Gordo, and have enjoyed all the releases in the Obras Maestras portfolio. I would not say this is my favorite, but it is definitely a nice Mexican release and solid medium-full maduro offering. One of the better Mexican releases of late as well. I do appreciate that Joya has kept things different with each of these releases. I look forward to 60 years.
John: The Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Robusto Gordo is another quality release from Joya de Nicaragua, with engaging flavors that were balanced, and a strength profile solidly in the medium category. The draw was perfect while the burn required a touch-up to correct. I have already picked up more Cinco de Cinco’s on my travels in other sizes and have been very happy with their performance. This is a cigar I will continue to smoke. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 3 minutes.
Jiunn: A rare swing and a miss for a new release by Joya. When it comes to utilizing Mexican San Andrés, I find the good ones to be rarer. What I dislike are ones that are too earth forward in wood, grit and minerals. Which is essentially what the Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Robusto Gordo gave me. I guess you can’t win them all.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$3.00

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.17

Cost/Point

$2.51

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.72

Cost/Point

$2.68

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$2.95

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Cinco de Cinco Robusto Gordo

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