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I recently smoked the Joya de Nicaragua No. 1, a great cigar that I have reviewed below. This content uses referral links.

Joya de Nicaragua No. 1

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes

During the pandemic, I have been working through my humidor at a surprising clip. The Joya de Nicaragua No. 1 is one of the cigars that has been sitting in there for a while. I’m not sure where I got this cigar. This was a great stick, but I’ve found it surprisingly difficult to find.

Joya de Nicaragua No. 1 

A Nicaraguan cigar made with Nicaraguan fillers and binder and an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, this was a nice, smooth smoke.

While I usually smoke my cigars with a good cup of coffee, this time, I enjoyed it with a Diet Coke. While I understand purists hate this, as the carbonation distracts from the flavors of the cigar, I thought they went together fine.

In my grading system and review below, I have adopted the Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado method. It provides an excellent system for keeping track of my favorite smokes, and I recommend it to any cigar smoker.

Length of the Smoke

It took me about an hour and a half to smoke this cigar.

Look of the Label

As the picture indicates, the label was nice. It was simple yet eloquent.

3/3 points

Joya de Nicaragua’s Condition

The Joya de Nicaragua No. 1 came in good condition. It did, however, have a very bumpy appearance. I could actually see the rough surface of the binder pushing up against the wrapper like it was rolled a bit haphazardly.

6/7 points

Feel of the Cigar 

Other than the bumpiness described above, the cigar felt perfect. It had the correct amount of give on the squeeze and just the right amount of bounce-back. It was also perfectly consistent throughout.

3/3 points

Aroma of the Wrapper 

The pre-lit cigar smelled terrific. The wrapper smelled of cream and earth with a subtle smoothness that was extremely appealing.  

3/3 points

The Cut 

The cut was perfect. I was able to slice off the cap quickly and without issue, leaving the structure of the cigar completely intact.

1/1 point

Lighting the Joya de Nicaragua 

The Joya de Nicaragua No. 1 lit up fairly quickly without much issue.

1/1 point

The Draw 

The draw on the Joya de Nicaragua No. 1 started out a bit too tight. Still, it got easier and settled into perfection as the smoke went on.

4/5 points


On the retrohale, the Joya de Nicaragua No. 1 was smooth and sweet, with a hint of mint. There was an almost bubblegum taste on the retrohale, which was both interesting and challenging to describe.

9/9 points

Joya de Nicaragua’s Flavor 

On the cold draw, the Joya de Nicaragua No. 1 had hints of nuts and cream. During the smoke, I picked up cream, earth, and, later on, pepper. The flavor was light and delicious, but a bit underwhelming.

15/21 points

Aroma of the Smoke 

After the initial light, the cigar’s smoke smelled of mint and cream. It was smooth but a bit weak.

6/7 points

The Burn 

The Joya de Nicaragua No. 1 had some canoeing early on, but it evened up and burned fairly evenly after that. It did, however, also burn a bit too cool, preventing me from taking assurance that the cigar would remain lit.

1/2 points

The Ash 

The ash was very good for a cigar with a ring gauge this small.

1/1 point

Effect of the Smoke 

I know that this is a bit of an odd category to consider. As the author of The Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado notes, however, if the best-tasting cigar in the world makes you sick, it’s not a great cigar for you. 

This area is, therefore, very personal. Some low-quality cigars will make most people sick. Still, when you’re talking about premium cigars, different people will react differently to different cigars.

The Joya de Nicaragua No. 1 left me feeling relaxed and mellow, precisely what I want.

30/30 points

Joya de Nicaragua’s Tobacco 

The Joya de Nicaragua No. 1 showed itself to be well-made here. No flakes of tobacco found their way into my mouth at any point during the smoke.

7/7 points

Joya de Nicaragua Bonus Points

This was an enjoyable cigar that I did not want to end. I smoked it all the way down to the nub, which I thought merited a bonus point. +1

Joya de Nicaragua Final Grade 

Overall, this was a great cigar. Unfortunately, however, I have had a difficult time finding it available for purchase. Still, if I ever get a chance to smoke another one, I’ll take it.

Final Grade: 91 / A-

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