It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the NicaVana by Joseph NicaVana, one of the original Salamanca Cigar Group releases. This 6.25×52 Torpedo features a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper hugging a double Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers. Two bands adorn this gorgeous, dark stick.
The wrapper puts off a potent dark cocoa aroma, while I smell a fruity cocoa out of the foot. The cold draw gives me light chocolate and caramel notes. Once lit, I pick up cocoa with black pepper spice and some earth. Through the nose, slight caramel and salty earth make an appearance. On the finish, black pepper increases with more cocoa and some leather.
Forty minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, cocoa and black pepper blends with espresso. Through the nose, I pick up sweet toast with more black pepper and a nutty note. The finish offers more cocoa and leather on top of oily leather. Strength settles in at the medium-to-full mark.
The second third gets me to one hour and ten minutes. More cocoa and black pepper hit me on the draw with a charred cedar. On the retro-hale, I pick up cocoa, espresso, and leather. The finish displays dominant leather on top of bold earth. There is no change to strength or body.
Two hours in, I finish the final third. On the draw, I get even more cocoa with vegetal earth and black pepper. Through the nose, charred toast tops off black pepper. The finish gives me leather alongside floral coffee, and cinnamon. Strength and body jump to the full mark.
The NicaVana is another big win for Alan Fonseca and the Salamanca Cigar Group. It’s a complex blend that’s big on flavor and good to the nub. The construction is top notch with a near perfect burn throughout. I highly recommend this one and can’t wait to smoke more from this emerging company.
A special thanks goes out to Cigar Chairman for sending this one for review. Thank you, brother!