PCA 2023 | Joya de Nicaragua

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One of our most anticipated booths of this years Premium Cigar Association didn’t disappoint. Filled with familiar faces, familiar blends and a slew of new offerings to this years market, Joya de Nicaragua did not disappoint.

If you’ve ever had the chance to watch Chief Talk, you know just how much of a sucker I am for Joya’s Numero Uno. The tippity top of the list when it comes to Connecticut cigar blends for me. This year Joya debuted the lavish lancero in its own humidor. Reminiscent of its shiny blue cigar box that we have all come to know and love, the numbered humidor is set up to be a figure piece in any lounge or man-cave that you have set up.

Classico Original, a significant addition to the US cigar market, has returned after a long wait. First introduced in the 70s and 80s, the Joya de Nicaragua Clásico Original was the first premium cigar exported from Nicaragua. Notably, it even gained popularity as the favored cigar at the White House. The Classico Original also happens to be JDN’s world’s best selling cigar according to Christian Lanza, our well dressed interview partner.

The Clásico Original cigar features a wrapper from Ecuador which is made of Connecticut shade. This wrapper enhances the flavor of the rich Nicaraguan fillers and binders. As a result, the smoke is smooth, woody, and delicate with a dynamic creaminess and subtle peppery hints.

This iconic cigar comes in 25-count boxes in four formats:

Robusto 5 X 50 / MSRP per stick: $8.25 

Toro 6 X 50 / MSRP per stick: $8.75 

Churchill 6 7/8 X 48 / MSRP per stick: $9.00 

Torpedo 6 X 52 / MSRP per stick: $9.25 

“It’s a cigar that welcomes you to this incredible world in the most delicate way. In fact, this was the first cigar I ever tried. In that vein, this is a gift to America’s new generation of cigar smokers, so they can begin to understand the legacy that this very special Nicaraguan cigar carries with it.”

 Juan Martinez, Executive President of Joya de Nicaragua.

Antaño Power play Sling Puck, While the two blends you’ll be able to receive when you purchase the box aren’t new to the market, the box is! The 10 Antaño Gran Reserva GT20 6×54 Gran Toro and the 10 Antaño CT Toro 5×50 fill a box that, once emptied, serves as a fun game for the humidor just like the “Shut the Box” game Joya released over a year ago.

Finally, Joya’s Cinco de Cinco, wrapped in a decadent green which is inspired by the emerald jewel (common gift for 55th anniversaries) and branded with the big “five five” on the front of the band is Joya’s celebratory cigar for fifty five years in the cigar game. Following the trend for the last 10 years, Quatro Cinco and Cinco Decadas, the Cinco Cinco brings a flair of combined minds to the Joya palette. With decades of cigar safaris under Joya’s belt, Joya looked at blending sheets from patrons who have come to roll their own blends and took pieces from those sheets to create the blend Cinco de Cinco.

The blending card from our trip to Joya de Nicaragua in 2020 for Cigar Safari with Drew Estate

The master blenders of the factory selected tobaccos of the most chosen tobaccos from the years of Safari’s. What a cool concept! A cigar for the people, by the people!

Didn’t get enough? Here’s our interview with Christian Lanza of Joya de Nicaragua at this years Premium CIgar Association:

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