Team Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Selección de Torcedor 2019

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Cigar Details: Joya de Nicaragua Selección de Torcedor 2019

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Joya de Nicaragua
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: N/A
  • Release Date: May 2019
  • Source: Joya de Nicaragua

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper of the Joya de Nicaragua Selección de Torcedor 2019 is on the lighter side of medium brown and has a few slightly raised veins. The seams are smooth and very well hidden, as is the triple cap. The band is white with the company and line in red and has some purple script behind it. The back of the band references TAA. The aroma from the wrapper is an interesting mix of stone fruit sweetness and paper while the foot brings wood and a very light anise. The pre-light draw brings a lightly toasted wood.

Pre-light Experience

The Joya de Nicaragua Selección de Torcedor 2019 comes in cellophane with the UPC designed in a way that it doesn’t rip when you open it. A seemingly small design feature, but important to retailers. The band is white with red lettering and accents indicating TAA Exclusive. Nosing the cigar, I get aromas of cedar, barnyard and faint earth. In the foot, there is sweet raisin and tobacco.

Pre-light Experience

The Joya de Nicaragua Selección de Torcedor 2019 has an oily caramel wrapper shade. Construction looks great as veins are well pressed, seams tight and bunch and roll is even with no soft spots. The head is finished off with a well wrapped cap. Aromas from the wrapper give cedar and allspice. Aromas from the foot give bread and black pepper. Cold draw tells soft cedar and bread.

First Third

The cigar begins with a light combination of wood, baking spice and paper. At three quarters of an inch in, some mustiness has joined the profile. The retrohale consists of some wood and light mustiness. As the third comes to a close, the wood has a slight lead over the baking spice and paper notes while some mustiness remains in the background. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

First Third

The first third opens with sweet honey and cedar with lingering sweet cedar post draw. There are rich baking spices and graham cracker on the retrohale at medium strength. The poist draw continues to evolve with cinnamon and brown sugar, later leather joining as it settles in. Minutes later, cocoa and beady notes join the retrohale, along with sharp cedar on the post draw. As the cigar progresses, the cocoa moves up to medium strength with sweet cedar taking over the middle of the palate, finishing with baking spices, dry cedar and cocoa. Tannins coat the mouth from the cedar on the post draw. In the bottom half, powdered cocoa takes over the post draw profile. Cedar moves to the front of the profile, lingering on the middle of the tongue. I found the first third to be good, with a myriad of complex flavors delivering an interesting smoking experience.

First Third

The first third has a core flavor of sweet and creamy bread. Along with that note is cherry soft candy and an effervescent quality. Retrohaling gives a sharper cedar. The finish is namely a soft bread note. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

The second third continues on with the profile from the first with the slight difference being the burning paper has increased its intensity slightly. At a half inch in, the burning paper now has settled down as the wood is still up front and the mustiness right behind. The paper and baking spice are faint in the background. The retrohale has the wood and mustiness at equal levels now. At an inch and a half, the wood gains a toasted note and the mustiness and paper are in the background. The baking spice has left the profile. As the third comes to a close, the mustiness becomes even with the toasted wood while the paper has left the profile. The strength in this third bumped up to be right at medium.

Second Third

There is still rich sweetness and baking spices in the retrohale at a medium strength. Light plus cedar blends into the retrohale as the second third settles in. Dry cedar takes over at the halfway point with sweetness fading. The second third was good as well, but not as rich or complex as the first third.

Second Third

The second third creates some much needed spice. There is now a baking spice which mixes pretty nicely with the effervescent quality. The candied cherry note takes a back seat while the sweet and creamy bread is still in full swing. Strength and body maintains medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the toasted note changes to char while the mustiness is still even with it. At a half inch in, the char has picked up a bit. The retrohale carries toasted wood and mustiness. At an inch and a quarter, the cigar begins to heat up while the char decreases and some mintiness joins the profile. The cigar finishes out with this same profile. The strength bumped up to slightly above medium.

Final Third

Cedar is the primary flavor driving the last third. There is bitterness that develops on my lips which lingers. I purged the cigar a few times here and the bitterness faded away. The last third was a step down from the first and second third, missing most of the complex flavors that were present to this point.

Final Third

The last third brings some metallic harshness to the profile. It’s subtle, but enough to downgrade to a lower score for the last third. The other notes from the second third fortunately are still there (baking spices, effervescence, sweet and creamy bread). Strength is nearing medium-full while body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn was slightly wavy but never needed any attention. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.

Burn

The burn struggled throughout the cigar with re-lights necessary at the end of the first third, in the second third and in the last third.

Burn

The burn performance was spot on. Even burn, tight ashes, cool burning temperature and ample smoke production.

Draw

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

Overall

The cigar had a flavor combination of wood, baking spice and paper and the paper took on a burning paper note at times. As it progressed, some mustiness joined and the wood went from toasted to charred. The Joya de Nicaragua Selección de Torcedor 2019 was a fairly average experience and didn’t have any flavors that really popped. This is an interesting project from Joya and I’m interested to see future iterations. This one though, didn’t really do anything for me and isn’t something I’m likely to return to.

Draw

The draw was amazing with at most a 1/2 notch of resistance on the draw. Right in the ideal spectrum.

Overall

The Joya de Nicaragua Selección de Torcedor 2019 was a good smoking experience. The first third delivered the most complex set of flavors, and while the second third was still enjoyable, the cigar was quite average by the last third. The cigar struggled with burn issues throughout the smoking experience. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 24 minutes.

Draw

The draw was also spot on giving the ideal air flow.

Overall

Overall, I liked the flavor profile (sans the last third) of the Joya de Nicaragua Selección de Torcedor 2019. There were more softer and smoother notes to the cigar (creamy bread, cherry soft candy with trailing baking spices). That, coupled with perfection in burn and draw performance, creates an experience worth visiting. The cigar also does a good job being different enough to the other Joya lines, which warrants the Selección de Torcedor 2019 name.

Aaron
John
Jiunn
GoodPre
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GoodPre
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Good
AverageFirst
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GoodFirst
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Good
AverageSecond
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GoodSecond
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Good
SubparFinal
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Average
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AverageOverallGoodOverallGood

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.30

Cost/Point

N/A

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.42

Cost/Point

N/A

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

N/A

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Selección de Torcedor 2019
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