Team Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Clasico Número 6

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Cigar Details: Joya de Nicaragua Clasico Número 6

  • Vitola: Corona
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 41
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Joya de Nicaragua
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $6.50
  • Release Date: June 2018
  • Source: Joya de Nicaragua

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper is medium tan with a raised vein running down the back of the cigar. The seams are smooth but obvious due to the light color of the wrapper. The head is finished off with a well applied double cap. There are two bands with the primary being brown, gold and white and carrying the company logo. The foot band carries the same color combination and denotes the line. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of creamy leather and hay while the foot brings wood, tobacco sweetness and a mild white pepper. The pre-light draw brings a chewy wood, which reminds me of the consistency of cotton candy, but not sweet at all. There is also a very faint spice.

Pre-light Experience

The Joya de Nicaragua Clasico Número 6 has a light caramel claro wrapper shade. Construction is top notch as veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head finished off with a well applied triple cap. Aromas from the wrapper tell strong cedar, hay and barnyard. Aromas from the foot give a subtle white pepper spice and assertive cedar. Cold draw gives namely cedar and hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with a raw wood that has some char along with some mustiness. At a half inch in, a slight metallic note becomes present. At an inch in, the char is very faint while the raw wood is up front, mustiness slightly behind and a faint metallic note still in the background. The retrohale brings musty wood. As the third comes to a close, the char has picked back up while all of the other components remain the same. The strength in this third was mild-medium.

First Third

The first third holds some nice surprises in spice. There’s quite an assertive black pepper spice to this unassuming claro wrapper shade. It’s a nice layered spice on the entire palate. Other than that, hay, cedar, baking spices and nuts. Retrohaling awakens the nostrils with the black pepper spice and also gives more natural nuttiness. The finish is a mixture of black pepper spice and baking spices. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, a slight cream joins the profile which smooths out the char, but the metallic note is still able to cut through it. At a half inch in, a toast note joins the charred wood. At an inch in, the retrohale is toasted wood and mustiness while nothing else has changed for the rest of the profile. As the third comes to a close, the toast is more prevalent on the wood than the char and there is still mustiness and a faint metallic note present. The strength remains mild-medium.

Second Third

As the profile reaches towards the halfway point, there’s a really nice milk creaminess and nuttiness to the profile. These notes have the black pepper and baking spice back off into more of a finishing note. Strength and body remains medium.

Final Third

The final third continues with the toasted wood and then the char is mixed with the metallic note which is a bit off-putting now. At a half inch in, both the char and metallic notes have disappeared from the profile while it just consists of toasted wood and mustiness. The retrohale carries a slightly piney version of the same profile. At three quarters of an inch in, the pine note makes its way to the mouth draws. As the cigar comes to a close, the pine note builds up as some char returns to the profile. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly below medium.

Final Third

The first half or so of the last third is great like the second third. But past that mark, the smoke production drastically decreases and the smoking temperature heats up causing a char to the profile and unpleasant heat. Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn was slightly wavy at times and straight at others. The cigar went out on me twice and after knocking off the ash before re-lighting noticed some pretty deep tunnels. The ash did hold on in inch and a half increments.

Burn

The burn performance was flawless up until the latter half of the last third. At that point, the smoke production drastically slowed and the cigar was burning unpleasantly hot. These two items definitely altered the flavor profile. I still give it a “good” since most of the burn was great.

Draw

The draw was perfect with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar began with charred wood and mustiness and gained a faint metallic note fairly soon. The wood became toasted later and the char, toast and metallic notes varied in intensity throughout. The final third saw a pine component to the wood appear. The burn was a bit of an issue but the draw was fantastic. I’m not really sure what to make of this cigar. I’ve smoked a few different vitolas and have gotten a similar flavor profile from each which isn’t one that reminds me of Joya de Nicaragua at all. The burn issues are also uncharacteristic. This cigar is just average, and maybe toeing the line between below average as the metallic note was only off-putting for a brief moment in the final third. Based on my experiences with this line, I’m going to just forget it exists in their portfolio and focus on their other blends.

Aaron
Jiunn
Very GoodPre
Light
Good
AverageFirst
Third
Good
AverageSecond ThirdGood
AverageFinal
Third
Average
AverageBurnGood
AmazingDrawAmazing
SubparOverallGood

Draw

The draw had no issues. Perfect.

Overall

Despite the poor burn performance within a portion of the last third, I overall enjoyed the flavor profile. The Joya de Nicaragua Clasico Número 6 had a bit more black pepper spice to it than most newly marketed Equadorian Connecticut shade wrapped cigars, in which I found it to be a pleasant surprise. In addition to the spice, having hay, cedar, baking spices and nuts made for a good smoking experience. I’m looking forward to smoking the remaining sizes in the lineup to especially gauge how much spice each vitola delivers.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.08

Cost/Point

$1.28

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.62

Cost/Point

$0.98

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Clasico Número 6
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