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Cigar Review: Joya Black From Joya De Nicaragua

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

Toar Campbell

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, Stouts, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untappd @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder
Toar Campbell

2 Responses to “Cigar Review: Joya Black From Joya De Nicaragua”

  • Rob Malgieri Rob Malgieri:

    Joya Black
    The Mexican San Andreas wrapper is one of my favorites, so I am looking forward to smoking the Joya Black Double Robusto. Pre-light draw is very, very earthy and rich.

    First Light
    -Dark chocolate, cedar, espresso, earth
    The Joya Black has a rich, bold flavor right from the start with a nice pepper kick, but not harsh at all. The sweetness is derived from the dark chocolate, with a nice black pepper aspect and rounding the flavors out with espresso. The rich earthiness and tobacco flavors are still evident as they were in pre-light. There is a lingering, smooth finish and a touch of grittiness. Retro-hale is a pleasant pepper blast.

    -Sassafras, cedar, espresso, dark chocolate, black pepper
    I am now getting Toar’s flavor reference to root beer. At the start, I thought it was just Toar’s supertaster buds, but I am really getting it now. A&W Root Beer is really back. I do not find the pepper to be overly strong, but nicely balanced with the sassafras, dark chocolate, espresso (or dark French roast) and cedar. Retro introduced¬—of all things—bubblegum (don’t know what else to call it) flavor along with the black pepper.

    Ash is firm and light grey and the burn line is sharp enough with some slight waviness. The Joya Black has a very firm roll, even after warming up, and the draw is perfect.

    Final Third
    -Charred cedar, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, black pepper
    I am getting a little more pepper bite on the palate, but the rich, smooth flavors are still coming through and are perfectly balanced. The sassafras, while still present, is mellowing significantly.

    I smoked three great cigars over the course of the day (breaks in between). Toar has mentioned that many of the releases this year are incredible and, so far, I have to agree. Above a90 ratings are hard to earn, but the last three have all been great smokes.

    I am a fan of Nicaraguan cigars, and Joya De Nicaragua fits my preferred flavor profile. The Antaño1970 and the Antaño Dark Corojo are excellent cigars. The Joya Black is just over-the-top even better! The roll and packing are just perfect, delivering a firm cigar with an excellent draw.

    How much more of a balanced flavor profile can you ask for in a cigar? The Joya Black has just the right amount of pepper, the uniqueness of sassafras, a chocolaty richness, some coffee balance, a beautiful earthiness, and charred cedar. Throw in a few other subtle flavors, and you have a bold medium-plus strength, full-flavored winner of a cigar.

    Rating: Toar is dead on with a well deserved 94

  • Avatar Bob Langmaid:

    Still haven’t had one, but everyone tells me it’s a must have!

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