Cigar Review – Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo Poderoso
If you’ve read any of my past reviews, you probably know I’m into stronger cigars. Well, there are strong cigars, and then there are powerhouses, and for the record, I like those, too. Today I smoked the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo Poderoso—the full name is a mouthful so I’ll only say it once. To give you an idea of what kind of smoke this is, “Poderoso” means “powerful” in Spanish, and the foot band read “Doble Fuerte,” which means “double strong.”
This well-filled stogie had a dark, oily wrapper with a few significant veins on it that didn’t affect the burn at all. Pre-light notes were bitter cocoa and pepper that was so serious that it tingled on the back of my throat, which was both enticing and intimidating. After a deep breath and a “let’s do this,” it was time to light up.
To say that there was a spice kick would be a pretty vast understatement; it was more like a thermonuclear spice explosion. This red and black pepper peaked around a half inch into the cigar, staying pretty constant for another half inch until it mellowed out just a little. Amidst the spice wave, notes of chocolate, molasses, and walnuts managed to emerge, which gave the cigar a bit of a dessert feel.
Once the pepper chilled out, I got a ton of leather along with that bittersweet molasses flavor I tasted earlier. Once these flavors became prominent, the only thing that could’ve made it better was if I had a glass of good dark rum on the rocks. The finish was fruity, not in the typical dark fruit way, but rather in more of a fresh fruit way. This gradually evolved into a caramel aftertaste that lasted until well after I set down the nub.
Around halfway through, I noticed that the burn, which started out with a ridge or two, corrected itself completely and was straight as ever. The ash held on for ¾ of an inch at a time, and always fell off in solid chunks. By the way, on a somewhat unrelated note, if you retrohale, make sure you do it extremely slowly with the Poderoso. I made the mistake of hastily blowing smoke through my nose and tears came to my eyes.
This stogie wasn’t quite as strong as its big brother, the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970, but was still definitely a pretty gigantic smoke, strength wise. The pepper didn’t overpower its other flavors, which was a nice change from some of the other strong cigars I’ve smoked. I recommend smoking the Poderoso after a hefty meal and with some strong beverage, like espresso or hard liquor. I plan on stocking my humidor with a few of these next time I get the chance (and so should you, if strong smokes are your thing), but until then, here’s to another winner of a cigar!