Joya De Nicaragua Antano 1970 Cigarillos


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Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970 is a legend of a cigar. Originally born in the mid-1960s, Joya de Nicaragua was produced in Nicaragua’s first cigar factory. As the years went by, however, Communist rule, war, and extreme poverty tore apart the country, including that old factory. Thankfully, though, times are better now, and with Nicaragua at the forefront of the cigar industry, the tobacco business is a booming one in the tiny Central American hot spot. Joya de Nicaragua made a comeback several years ago, this time under the brand of Antano 1970, which literally means “Yesteryear 1970” or “Back Then 1970,” a fitting title paying homage to the brand’s humble roots and glory days. The brand now resides under the Drew Estate umbrella, so it’s definitely in good hands. Known by many as the “Original Nicaraguan Puro,” Antano 1970 offers a mind-numbing blend of unusually stout Nicaraguan ligero tobaccos. That inner package is then finished with a dark Nicaraguan Habano Colorado wrapper leaf. The end result is what has been dubbed the world’s strongest cigar.


This 4” x 32 cigarillos have a dark brown with deep red hues, the Nicaraguan Habano Colorado wrapper that drips with natural oils. Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970 is rugged in appearance, yet expertly crafted and nearly seamless on the roll. A firm, yet productive draw offers thick ribbons of blue smoke, heavily coating the palate like honey. Sweet black cherry, faint cedar, and a dash of Nicaraguan pepper are the main notes, soon followed by long dashes of cocoa and subtle hints of coffee. The finish is sweet and floral; no doubt a signature of Antano’s rich ligero fillers. The room note from Antano 1970 is also surprisingly sweet, making this stick a potential conversation starter at the cigar lounge. Full-bodied, smooth, and brilliantly blended, Antano 1970 is most definitely a gem of a little cigar.


When people talk about Antano 1970 being the world’s strongest cigar, they really aren’t kidding. It may not slap your palate as you smoke it, but don’t be fooled by its unreal smoothness and decadent flavor, as Antano 1970 will sneak up on even the most seasoned connoisseurs if smoked on an empty stomach. Antano pairs well with port wine, coffee, or cognac and should only be enjoyed by those with experience regarding full-flavored sticks. If you are daring enough to try an Antano 1970, you may also want to look into its two ultra-full-bodied counterparts: Antano 1970 Dark Corojo and Antano 1970 Gran Reserva. Whether you call it “Yesteryear’s Cigar,” “The World’s Strongest Stogie,” or simply “Joya,” Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970 is still regarded as one of the great cigars of our time and will doubtless be renowned for years to come.

Additional Information
Strength ●●●●● Full
Brand Joya De Nicaragua
Size 4 x 32
Wrapper Nicaraguan Criollo
Binder Nicaraguan
Filler Nicaraguan
Origin Nicaragua
Shape Cigarillo

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