It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I try out the Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial in the Petit Corona size. This 4.5×46 box-pressed stick features a gorgeous chocolate-brown Nicaraguan Jalapa wrapper securing a Dominican binder and Nicaraguan fillers. The filler tobacco features 5-year old ligero aged in oak barrels.
Once lit, I pick up a bomb of black pepper and cocoa on the draw paired with cinnamon and dark earth. Through the nose, the smoke continues to be very bold with rich cocoa, spicy black pepper, and cedar. The finish offers even more black pepper alongside leather.
After twenty minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up black pepper with spicy leather and some oily black licorice. Through the nose, there is a delicious mix of creamy cedar and sweet crème brûlée. The finish features dark earth on top of spicy cocoa and a rust note. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.
The second third gets me to forty-five minutes. More black licorice comes through alongside dark cocoa. On the retro-hale, black pepper mixes with a hint of sweet caramel. More rust appears on the finish combined with leather and oak. Strength and body continue to be at the medium-to-full mark.
The final third finishes at one hour and five minutes. On the draw, there is a bomb of more dark cocoa on the draw combined with cedar and smoky earth. There is no change to the retro-hale as I pick up more black pepper and subtle caramel. On the finish, charred oak melts with leather and spicy black pepper. Strength finishes out at the medium-to-full mark while body jumps to a robust full.
The Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial is a tasty smoke. It offers good depth with a lot of bold flavor. The blend has memorable character, and the Petit Corona size is just right for this cigar. It retails for $8, so price isn’t too shabby, although a little high for such a small smoke. I definitely recommend trying this one out.
I’d like to extend a big thank you to Drew Estate for sending this one in for review. I really appreciate it!