Weather warmed up a bit the past couple days. Smoking in above freezing weather is always much more comfortable. This week I have another gem of a cigar for you. A new release from Joya de Nicaragua and an addition to their Antano line. The Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo was announced during the 2009 IPCPR trade show in New Orleans and just recently started hitting shelves. I did receive a couple pre-production samples of the Joya de Nicaragua Dark Corojo from David Lafferty, Regional Sales Manager for Drew Estates who distributes Joya de Nicaragua products, at IPCPR. Our great friend, Chief Hava, was generous enough to send me an assortment of these production version of the Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo.
The Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo has one of the darkest wrappers I’ve seen. It literally looks like a mouth watering dark chocolate bar. The Dark Corojo is a Nicaraguan puro containing 75% ligero tobacco. The Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo’s wrapper is specifically from the Jalapa Valley of Nicaragua.
Video runs around 10 minutes and the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo is like I said, a gem. I’m not sure what the pricing on these are but if its around the $6 to $8 range, then its an awesome buy in my opinion. The Dark Corojo wrapper looks like it should be in a box of chocolate. I did have to do some nursing to keep the thick wrapper on the Dark Corojo burning evenly. I also experienced the occasional rough, sour and not so deep flavor moments, but none were unbearable. Nothing a little aging won’t iron out. Besides, with its balanced combination of awesome flavors and full bodied power, the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo will definitely be a hot selling must buy…don’t just take my word on it, check out our friend Tony Casas’s review of the La Pesadilla size.