Saturday, June 5, 2010

Joya De Nicaragua Cabinetta Serie Toro Review

Joya De Nicaragua Cabinetta Serie Toro. 6 X 52. Wrapper - Ecuadorian shade grown (for 3/4 of the cigar) Nicaraguan Criollo (for the last 1/4), Binder - Nicaragua, Filler - Nicaragua. Mild-Medium bodied.

For this particular cigar, I decided to break-down the review into quarters instead of thirds because the cigar has a very unique wrapper which is 3/4 Ecuadorian Connecticut and 1/4 Nicaraguan Criollo.

Initial taste when first lit, was that of spice and cedar. Smoking into the first quarter of the cigar, the spice picks up along with the cedar and a creamy/bready flavor as well.

The halfway point of the cigar was interesting. The spice began to diminish to become more of an underlying taste. Creamy cedar and bread were still predominate, but now a pleasant, sweet wine-like flavor emerged.

The third quarter which was the last part of this Ecuadorian shade grown wrapper was still the creamy cedar, not as bready; with the sweet wine taste becomming more prevalent but not overpowering. Slight spiceiness still present. Up until this point, the finish was long with cream, cedar, spice and sweet wine.

The last quarter of this cigar was the Nicaraguan Criollo wrapper which really changed the flavor profile of this cigar. Flavors of an earthy leather with a strong presence of spice and a very enjoyable sweet molasses taste. These flavors remained for the last quarter of the cigar. Long finish of leather, spice and molasses.

Construction was good - it did begin to unravel a little bit in the third quarter of the cigar. Burn was crooked with a flakey ash. Draw was perfect with copius amounts of smoke. Price point on this vitola is $6.05.

I am not a big Connecticut wrapper fan, I really have to be in the mood for one but I did enjoy this cigar, especially the last quarter with the criollo wrapper. I do recommend this cigar if you smoke a fair amount of connecticut wrapped cigars and like a nice change of pace at the end.

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