Joya de Nicaragua is well-known for the pride it has in its home country, but an upcoming new release will celebrate the entire region in which it is located, as the company has announced plans to release the Joya de Nicaragua Dos Cientos, a super premium which celebrates the 200th anniversary of Central American independence from the Spanish empire.


“For us there is always a link between the past and the present,” says Juan Ignacio Martinez, president of Joya de Nicaragua, via a press release. “We are who we are today because of the decisions that were made hundreds of years ago. Dos Cientos pays tribute to those 200 years and who we are today as the leading cigar producing country and region in the world.”

The cigar is a 6 x 54 gran toro, and while the company has not yet disclosed the specifics of the blend, it has said that it uses tobaccos from Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic to create a profile that the company describes as being both medium-bodied and complex. “We want to celebrate that achievement of our own birth as a country and as a region, so we’re showcasing tobaccos from different American countries,” said Dr. Alejandro Martinez Cuenca, owner of Joya de Nicaragua, in a press release.

It is slated to arrive at retailers in August, with just 2,000 boxes of 21 cigars being released. One of those cigars comes wrapped in paper, and that cigar is intended to be smoked during a special virtual celebration on Central American Independence Day, on Sept. 15, 2021. That event will be limited to individuals who purchased a full box of Dos Cientos.

“We will invite people to smoke it together with us and talk about our history, the value of that history and the significance of who we are, not only for ourselves but for the rest of the world,” said Martinez Cuenca. “The leaf’s role in the development of our culture and our society has been fundamental,” he added, noting that “tobacco was ever present as we created our own economic, political and cultural identities. That was the moment in which we became what we are today as a region.”

According to a press release from the company, Central America was emboldened by the independence movements in Latin America and throughout the Caribbean, as well as by the American War of Independence and French Revolution. Central Americans won their right to self-government and the stage was set for the creation of the nations of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

The cigar is produced at the company’s Fabrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua S.A. in Estelí, and will join Joya de Nicaragua’s Obras Maestras collection of cigars, which includes Cinco Decadas, Cuatro Cinco and Numero Uno. Pricing has not yet been announced.

Images courtesy of Joya de Nicaragua.


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