Team Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua JOYA Silver Toro

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Cigar Details: Joya de Nicaragua JOYA Silver Toro

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Oscuro
  • Binder: Mexico
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Joya de Nicaragua
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $7.80
  • Release Date: August 2018
  • Source: Joya de Nicaragua

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

John-McTavish

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Joya de Nicaragua JOYA Silver Toro surrounds a soft box press and is a uniform dark brown with a network of well pressed veins. The seams are smooth and hardly detectable while the triple cap has slightly raised edges on the top cap. The band is white, silver and red with the line name in silver with some additional black text. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of barnyard and cocoa while the foot brings wood, hay and tobacco sweetness. The pre-light draw brings wood and a light cherry note.

Pre-light Experience

The Joya de Nicaragua JOYA Silver Toro has a chocolate brown wrapper with slightly raised veins. The vitola has a soft box press. The band is white with silver and red accents. The aroma on the wrapper is freshly cut cedar, with sweet fermented tobacco in the foot.

First Third

The cigar begins with a lightly charred wood and some creamy cocoa in the background. At a half inch in, the creaminess has morphed into mustiness and has become an independent note in between the charred wood and cocoa. At an inch in, the cocoa has left the profile. The retrohale provides musty and charred wood. As the third comes to a close, the mustiness is intertwining nicely with the charred wood. The strength in this third was medium.

First Third

The Joya Silver begins with a sweetness, baking spices and the fresh cut cedar I could smell on the wrapper on the pre-light. The retrohale has a great sweet creaminess, with mild baking spices and no pepper. As the retrohale establishes itself, it brings post draw leather that mixes in with the fresh cut cedar. Once the first third has established itself, some pepper joins the baking spices. At the 30 minute mark, some chocolate has entered into the profile and established itself as one of the main flavors.

Second Third

The second third continues on with the musty and charred wood. At an inch in, a toasted note joins the profile. The retrohale is a mirror image with musty and charred wood along with the toast note. As the third comes to a close, the mustiness has taken the lead in the profile with the charred wood slightly behind. Strength remained at medium.

Second Third

The flavor profile transitions to sweet cocoa going into the second third, with the cedar falling to a background note. The baking spice intensity picks up to a medium minus strength.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the mustiness decreases as the charred and toasted wood increases. At three quarters of an inch in, all of the notes become even again. The retrohale continues to be a mirror of the flavor profile. As the cigar comes to a close, the mustiness takes the lead again over the charred and toasted wood. The strength remained at medium.

Final Third

The Joya Silver has some slight bitterness going into the last third. After I purge, the bitterness is gone completely. As the last third establishes itself, some earthy notes join the retrohale, and the baking spices fall to the background. There is still sweet cedar on the post draw, which merges into the earth notes. At the halfway point, there is some savory barbecue flavors at a light-medium strength level.

Burn

I really struggled with the burn on the cigar as it went out multiple times during the first two thirds requiring re-lights. Hard to tell how long the ash would hold on as I’d have to knock it off for every re-light.

Burn

The burn line is very even, with the ash holding on well in 2 inch increments. Moving towards the second third, one touch-up is required. No issues in the middle and last third.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The first third had a nice profile, but the constant re-lights took their toll on the profile as the last two thirds were just average. We’ve reviewed the Robusto previously and I quite enjoyed it, so I’d say the burn issues are what caused the Joya de Nicaragua JOYA Silver Toro to not live up to that previous experience. I’d like to revisit this to see if it truly is on par with the Robusto, but for now, would have a tough time saying so. There is still value in the cigar if you get a better constructed version.

Aaron
John
Very GoodPre
Light
Very Good
GoodFirst
Third
Good
AverageSecond ThirdGood
AverageFinal
Third
Good
PoorBurnVery Good
Very GoodDrawAmazing
AverageOverallGood

Draw

The draw is perfect, with a slight resistance.

Overall

The Joya de Nicaragua JOYA Silver Toro rounds out the portfolio neatly between the Red and Black. It delivers medium-full flavors while keeping the strength level locked at a maximum of medium. The Joya Silver is going to have broad market appeal.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.45

Cost/Point

$1.43

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

7.07

Cost/Point

$1.10

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua JOYA Silver Toro
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