Joya de Nicaragua 50 years

Cinco Décadas from Joya De Nicaragua

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco DecadasWhile this cigar was released in 2018 to celebrate Joya De Nicaragua’s 50th anniversary and has already been reviewed by me before I though it was time to try it again after a bit of aging. Like Dr. Alejandro Martínez Cuenca, Owner and Chairman of Joya de Nicaragua said “[We want] consumers to know that in Cinco Decadas, they will find a cigar so premium that the fact that there’s one in the humidor, will be enough to celebrate”. Since these have been in my humidor for couple of years I thought it was “time to celebrate.”

When these were released I chose a box of the diadema (to me I would call them a perfecto but really we’re just splitting hairs aren’t we). The look of this cigar is incredibly pleasing and bring to mind the look of cigars seen in photos of the high class society sitting in high back chairs smoking. The wrapper is dark brown in color with speckles of red in it, nearing a cinnamon consistency. It has light veining, seams which are visible but tight and a lovely only sheen. The body feels full to the touch with little give when pressure is applied.

The smell is that of coffee, nuts, fresh baked bread and cedar. The cap cuts with no issues, the cold draw is much easier than most perfectos…excuse me I mean diademas. There is the taste of sweet tobacco and slight pepper.

The first half is buttery in constancy and has a bit of sweetness. There is a hint of spice, not overwhelming, just enough to let you know it is there. The burn becomes only slightly uneven at times but cleans itself up and by the end of the first half is sharp and even. The smoke production is plentifully and has a good weight that dances on the tongue giving it an even creamier feel.

The second half brings a bit more pepper leather into the flavor with the cream still present just creeping in on the back end. While he flavors become stronger it doesn’t “ramp up” like other cigars at the end and this is not a bad thing. The flavors remain smooth and creamy for the entire cigar. The smoke production remains full, the burn is clean and the construction is impeccable. The cigar finishes in a delightful medium full profile.

When looking for a luxury cigar to smoke for a great occasion look no further. While the flavors are quite complex the smoothness of the aged and premium tobacco used to craft this cigar make it a very enjoyable smoke and burns for ages. With a flavor that can be explored if so desired or simply smoked during a time when you want to relax and not over analyze your smoke, it makes for a perfect time. Good for either your advanced or novice smoker this limited edition cigar is worth having a box worth in your humidor.

Wrapper, Binder, Filler: undisclosed, only known that its a Nicaraguan euro
Price: $19.00 for single $190 for box of 10
Rating: 4.8 out of 5 pints



Joya de Nicaragua Cinco Decadas

Cinoc DecadasNow that Joya de Nicaragua is turning 50 they had to do something to commemorate the occasion. For the occasion they are releasing the Cinco Decadas, which if you weren’t completely sure, translates into 5 decades. (You know 50 years.) Made from a undisclosed blend and wrapper the only thing we know about the Cinco Decadas is that is a Nicaraguan puro that was made with some of the best and most well aged tobaccos the company had. According to Juan Martínez, executive president of Joya de Nicaragua. “This is, without a doubt, the most spectacular cigar to ever come out of Joya de Nicaragua. We are not disclosing the detailed blend, but I can tell you that it’s Nicaraguan tobaccos all-around.” Cinco Decadas is going to launch in two sizes: a 7 inch by 50 ring gauge Churchill called El General and a 6 by 54 double-tapered figurado called Diadema, which is the vitola I chose for this article. Martínez says the company chose these vitolas because they were the most popular cigar sizes in the early years of the company.

Getting to the nuts and bolts of this thing, the construction seems superb, it is well filled but gives when pressed between the fingers. The wrapper is the color of dark roasted coffee beans with very light veining, the seams are tight and even and it has a subtle oily sheen to it.

The smell from the body is cocoa, cedar and the brackish smell of the ocean. From the foot the smell is the same but with an addition of the sweat smell of raisins. The cigar cuts easily and the body is not damaged. The pre-light draw provides just the wanted amount of resistance and delivers the desired full tobacco flavor. Because it’s a figurado vitola it takes a small amount of effort to get it lit but it’s the only effort you’ll have to put into this cigar.

The first half has a nice mellow flavor that includes slightly bitter dark chocolate, along with white pepper on the finish. There is a fair amount of smoke production that is of medium weight on the tongue, it burns nice and even and requires no touching up.

In the second half the flavor becomes fuller with leathery notes coming to the front along with a bit of sweetness and a overwhelming feeling of creaminess. While there is still a hint of the white pepper that lingers on the back end. The smoke production becomes more ample during smoking and begins to feel heavier which adds to the overall creamy feeling of this cigar. The burn remains consistent and even, producing thin rings of nearly white ash that hold on for over an inch until I chicken out and knock it free.Joya de Nicaragua

For a company that’s been around for 50 years you would expect them to be good at what they do and with the Cinco Decadas, Joya de Nicaragua proves it. Everything about this cigar screams quality and experience. This cigar was completely enjoyable from start to finish and is a perfect blend for anyone, whether it be a rookie or a seasoned smoker. The flavors are full but are with such a great smoothness it smokes like a well aged port or the way a great cooked fillet melts in your mouth. Since this is a limited production of only 25,000 of each vitola I strongly suggest that when you see these guys hit the shelves you grab as many as you can.

Wrapper: Unknown

Binder: Unknown

Filler: Unknown

Vitolas: 7 X 50 Churchill “El General” and a 6 X 54 double-tapered figurado “Diadema”

Price: $19.00 – $20.00 per stick depending on size.


Rating: 4.9 out of 5 pints