IPCPR 2017: Joya de Nicaragua

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The Joya de Nicaragua brand debuted in 1968—it was orgiainlhy named the Nicaragua Cigar Co.—and was the country’s first cigar manufacturer. A lot has changed since then, but as in years past, Joya de Nicaragua was installed the Drew Estate booth, which distributes Joya in the U.S., taking up an entire corner with its products.

While there was a new sampler and rebranded Antaño Dark Corojo to show off, the big news was the Antaño Gran Reserva.

Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva

Although the Antaño has always been a full-bodied and full strength cigar, the new line includes tobacco in the filler that has been aged up to five years, leading to what will presumably be a bit more refined profile. While two of the sizes are the same as the Antaño line, there a new vitola, namely a 5 1/2 x 52 box-pressed Robusto Grande.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva Belicoso (6 x 54) — $11.15 (Boxes of 20, $223)
  • Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva Robusto Grande (5 1/2 x 52) — $9.90 (Boxes of 20, $198)
  • Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva Gran Cónsul (4 3/4 x 60) — $10.40 (Boxes of 20, $208)

Launch Date: August 2017

Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo

First released in 2007, the classic blend and the available vitolas are exactly the same, but the packaging has been updated to match the look with the rest of the new branding. In addition to new boxes, the changes include both a new color scheme that features a black on gold combination as well as a new secondary band.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Antaño Dark Corojo Azarosa (4 1/2 x 52) — $7.42 (Boxes of 20, $148.50)
  • Antaño Dark Corojo El Martillo (5 1/2 x 54) — $8.47 (Boxes of 20, $169.50)
  • Antaño Dark Corojo La Niveladora (6 x 52) — $9.57 (Boxes of 20, $191.50)
  • Antaño Dark Corojo La Pesadilla (4 3/4 x 60) — $9.57 (Boxes of 20, $191.50)
  • Antaño Dark Corojo Peligroso (5 x 44) — $8.96 (Boxes of 20, $179.25)
  • Antaño Dark Corojo Poderoso (6 x 54) — $10.10 (Boxes of 20, $202)

Launch Date: October 2017

Joya de Nicaragua Joya Family Sampler

A new five-count cigar sampler that includes two Joya de Nicaragua Red (6 x 52), two Joya de Nicaragua Black (6 x 52) and one Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta (6 x 52) packaged in a thick bag.

  • Sampler of five cigars, $35

Launch Date: August 2017

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Brooks Whittington
About the author

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.

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