While 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.