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Cigars: Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco

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To celebrate 45 years of cigar production, Joya de Nicaragua has released the Cuatro Cinco, a Nicaraguan puro that features some special tobaccos. The wrapper and binder are both Nicaraguan leaves grown in the Jalapa Valley, but the filler is composed of Esteli tobaccos aged in oak barrels for about a year. Also in the mix is a special Esteli ligero tobacco that Joya de Nicaragua has been aging for 5 years in anticipation of a special release.

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The Cuatro Cinco has been released in a single size, a 6 x 54 parejo (toro), and only 4,500 ten-count boxes have been made. These cigars mark the first limited edition from Joya de Nicaragua since the release of the Gran Reserva in 2004.

Appearance:

These fat toros are slightly box-pressed, feeling rather hefty in the hand. The Cuatro Cinco is finished with triple seam cap and feels firmly constructed when squeezed. You can see the veins but they are minimal. The wrapper has a slightly reddish, dark chestnut colored wrapper. The foot seems remarkly evenly cut.

Tasting:

Before lighting, the cigar provides a slight maduro smell accompanied by cedar, oak, barnyard and maple syrup. The cold draw has flavors of sweet woodiness and raisins.

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1st Third:

At the light, there was cinnamon on the nose. There was some peppery spice upfront that built slightly once the cigar got going. Flavors of slight earth was there early on. Sweet oak was a definite presence with hickory and a roasted characteristic. The cigar started medium-bodied. There was a slight tug on the draw but plenty of smoke production.

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2nd Third:

The spice toned down some heading into the second phase of the cigar. The roasted characteristic stuck around. The hints of oak from the first third were featured occasionally, but the cigar didn’t become monotonous. Towards the middle of the cigar, there was an evolution of sorts with hints of chocolate and coffee coming forward, perhaps born out of the roasted characteristics noted earlier. There was also some sweetness present. The Cuatro Cinco had a very sturdy ash. The cigar remained medium-bodied through the middle of the cigar.

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Final Third:

Some spice came back as the cigar moved into its final phase, but it was vague and more like baking spice and not like the peppery spice from earlier. The oak and hickory were still around, but the strength of the cigar ramped up heading into the close. Some notes of licorice were there and the coffee turned into more of an espresso. The Cuatro Cinco had a very even burn with no need for touch ups. At the end of the cigar, I slowed down a bit due to nicotine and the flavors backed off a little accordingly, with the subtle wood characteristics finishing the cigar.

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Overall:

There are a lot of Nicaraguan puros being produced today and they seem to be hitting a lot of the same leather, pepper spice and earth notes. The Cuatro Cinco is noticeably different than these other Nicaraguan puros, because the spice isn’t a main feature of the profile. I would say these cigars would be great for aging, because they don’t rely on the strength that many other Nicaraguan cigars have. The subtle flavors should evolve nicely.

Still, this is an excellent cigar at the moment, and if you were to buy a box and smoke them all now, you’d be rewarded with a complex cigar. The only other thing worth noting is how sneaky the nicotine is in the Cuatro Cinco. Because the profile isn’t as strong as other Nicaraguans, though it ranges from medium-bodied to medium-bodied plus, the strength of the nicotine can catch you by surprise.

Purchase here at Atlantic Cigar

 

 

If you are interested in purchasing the Cuatro Cinco, and I highly suggest you grab a box, Atlantic Cigar sells them here.

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