Brand: Joya De Nicaragua Country: Nicaragua
Size: La Niveladora 6 x 52 Wrapper: Corojo
Price: $8.75 (Buy)
The Label Factor:
Who likes a double label? This guy. This guy also likes the way dark brown cigars look with black and gold labels. The bottom label reads “Doble Fuerte”, or Double Strong, which sends the message that you may be in for a bit of an ass-kicking. I imagine a competition in the offices of Joya de Nicaragua to name this cigar. The guy who wanted to call it the Fuerte was probably pissed at that new girl in accounting who came up with Doble Fuerte.
What We Liked:
Maybe this has nothing at all to do with it, but I swear that box-pressed cigars burn better. I have absolutely zero evidence to that effect but the Antaño Dark Corojo sure burned like a champ. For the purposes of this write-up, let’s assume champs burn perfectly — razor sharp, even all the way through. It could also be that the Antaño is just a very well constructed cigar.
The Joya De Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo accomplished something that few cigars do — it surprised me with a unique blend of flavors not often encountered together. That’s not to say that it’s the greatest flavor in the world, but it’s different from the bulk of what you’ll find on the shelves at most B&Ms. Where a cigar like the Liga Privada Feral Flying Pig is all about creaminess and the Opus X XXX is all about the sweet spice, the Dark Corojo blends the two. Starting out with a nice earthy spice, the Antaño slowly adds in the sweet and creaminess until both are working together on your palate. The combination of sweet and savory is usually a good thing — this cigar blends those flavors well.
What We Didn’t Like:
Smoking thick milkshakes. The draw was so tight while smoking that I was bit concerned that I would get lightheaded just from sucking too hard. Maybe I should have put the stick in the microwave for a few seconds.
Towards the end, an unpleasant bitter harshness crept in. This wasn’t until after the photo you see below, so it didn’t ruin the entire experience and I still look back favorably on the stick as a blending of Opus X and Liga Privada.
Should You Try/Buy It:
Absolutely. When you smoke a lot of different cigars on a regular basis, you start to realize just how similar many are. The Antaño Dark Corojo really breaks the mold here. The combination of spice and sweetness is excellent and I can overlook the tight draw and ending bitterness to give this one another shot down the road.
Would I rather smoke this than either the Pig or the XXX? No, but for far less money than those sticks, you get interesting flavors that blend the highlights of some of my favorite premium cigars.
Interested in trying the Antaño Dark Corojo? You can buy it here.