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Cigar Review: Joya Black From Joya De Nicaragua

Cigar Review: Joya Black From Joya De Nicaragua

Both Joya Red and Joya Black were engineered by the youngest executive team in the industry, along with the most senior Master Blenders of Nicaragua. Together they created JOYA, a line-up of cigars that represents the more approachable and adventurous side of Nicaragua’s very first, and most authentic, cigar factory.




  • Robusto: 5 1/4 x 50
  • Toro: 6 x 62
  • Nocturno: 6 1/4 x 46


“Since its inception, the JOYA brand has pushed the limits of our factory and showcased a new side of our people and our products. Varying from fun, and easy smokes like Joya Red, to sophisticated and more complex smoking experiences such as the new Joya Black, and together with new upcoming variants, JOYA’s portfolio will continue to generate excitement among modern smokers and make their smoking journey much more rewarding.“ Juan Ignacio Martínez, President of Joya de Nicaragua, said.




“This is Joya de Nicaragua’s first cigar to feature a Mexican San Andres Negro wrapper. We have had these wrappers available for some time and we wanted to create a blend with rich Nicaraguan tobacco, yet without the overpowering strength. The result is a balanced, rich and pleasant smoking experience – the type of experience the new JOYA brand is known for as demonstrated by the release of Joya Red” said, Mario Perez, Factory Manager.









The Mexican San Andres wrapper is coffee bean color, silky smooth with a few visible seams, minimal tooth and vein. The label is an eye catcher, matte carbon black is the primary color with cobalt blue and silver accents. Above reads “JOYA” in white font and under in white cursive bearing the vitolas name reads “Black”. The JOYA logo encircled with three silver leaves rounding out the front of the cigar band. Across the top of the label reads “FÁBRICA JOYA DE NICARAGUA S.A” the bottom portion of the band reads “HECHO A en ESTELÍ” the back portion reads “EST. 1968”. Pre-light aroma has a strong scent of cedar and leather, the cold draw had woody cedar producing a sweet flavor on the lips.


Upon first light black pepper is immediate like a punch right to the back of the throat. Flavors of cedar, anise and dark roast coffee are bold and prominent. Some of the sweet flavors are comparable to a heavy spiced root beer, ginger or sassafras, if anyone has had “Not Your Fathers Root Beer” you’ll taste the similarities. The vitola has a long sweet and spicy finish. The retro is producing solid black pepper evolving into flavors of black cherries.


Black pepper is consistently in the full bodied range however it’s eased off the throat area leaving a lingering spice on the lips and palate with a strong coffee/espresso element keeping my attention. Flavors of leather and sweet cedar with a slight char are background flavors all balancing perfectly. Still getting high doses of black pepper off the retro evolving into flavors of caramel.


Heading into the final third the vitola has mellowed into a medium level still producing black pepper. Dark roast coffee, anise and charred cedar are blending in with the spicy element for a long finish. Flavors have been balanced and bold throughout the entire smoking duration. The retro has been delivering consistent black pepper at medium to full levels evolving into flavors of caramel and toffee.


Construction of the JOYA Black was one of the more solid cigars I’ve smoked in 2016. Firm and tightly packed the draw was perfect on all three examples smoked for review and produced a generous amount of thick and white aromatic smoke. The ash was tight and compact to the inch and a half point until it was forcibly removed while the burn line was razor sharp with zero re lights required. The strength of the JOYA Black was in the solid HIGH MEDIUM to FULL bodied range. The cigar was extremely balanced with a long pleasant finish, full on flavors and generous on body and strength.


  • Cedar
  • Anise
  • Ginger/Sassafras
  • Leather
  • Dark Roast Coffee/Espresso
  • Black Pepper
  • Black Pepper on the retro evolving into Caramel/Toffee





Cigars For Review Purchased From: Boiling Springs Wine & Cigar

Cigars Smoked For Review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 94

Size: 5 x 56 (Double Robusto)

Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Negro

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Origin: Nicaragua, Joya de Nicaragua S.A
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