It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I smoke and review the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo in the El Martillo size. This 5.5×54 stick has a Nicaraguan Corojo Oscuro wrapper and both binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua. Out of the foot, there is a faint fruit aroma with sweet tobacco, and the wrapper gives off a leathery barnyard smell.
The cold draw gives me a light raisin with some leather. After I light this one up, there is a blast of spice with thick, oily leather flavor on my tongue. The smoke output is minimal, but the flavor is powerful.
The first third lasts thirty minutes. On the draw, there is a big tree bark flavor with a spicy leather and crispy toast. The retro-hale gives me strong floral notes with a bomb of black pepper. There is spicy coffee with cedar and rich earth on the finish. The body of the smoke is very full with strength settling at the medium-to-full mark.
After one hour and ten minutes, I finish the second third. The draw gives me vegetal earth with more spicy leather and a dark chocolate. Through the nose, I pick up a green wood with more black pepper spice. There is a hint of char with spicy coffee and a sweet caramel on the finish. Body and strength have both evened out to a medium-to-full.
The final third gets me to an hour and a half. I pick up hay with spicy earth and smooth cedar on the draw. Through the nose, I get a balanced wood and wheat mix with more black pepper. The long finish leaves me with strong leather, raisin, and char. Strength and body have not changed finishing at the medium-to-full mark.
Overall, this stick was worthwhile. It’s got a unique flavor profile with some kick to it. I can’t say it’s box-worthy in my opinion, but it’s certainly worth picking up a few singles every now and then. The price isn’t bad, either, so I would recommend trying it out.