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Joya de Nicaragua Antano Gran Reserva Robusto Grande - 2018 #16 Cigar of the Year


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Cigar Aficionado 2018 #16 Cigar Of The Year - Rated 93

 

Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva Robusto Grande is a cigar for lovers of rich, bold, refined smokes, as well as those who want a nostalgic feel to their beloved stogies. Made down in Nicaragua, Antaño Gran Reserva is the first new addition to the JDN portfolio in many years, in fact, a full 15 years since the introduction of the original “world’s strongest cigar,” the infamous Antaño 1970.

 

Keeping the original all-Nicaraguan tobacco blend from the Antaño 1970, Antaño Gran Reserva is different in that the fillers have been aged up to 5 full years, bringing about a more refined, mature flavor profile and immense smoothness to go along with the raw strength the original blend offered. As stated, Antaño Gran Reserva is a Nicaraguan puro, meaning all filler, binder, and wrapper tobaccos are grown right down in sunny Nicaragua. This amazing cigar proves to bring some serious satisfaction to the “ultra-full-bodied” fanatics out there, especially those who loved the original Antaño blend.

 

Dark, rich, and oily, Antaño Gran Reserva glistens as it flaunts its masterful craftsmanship and precise construction. A full draw produces thick plumes of the massive blue smoke Joya de Nicaragua has come to be known for over the years. From the very first puff, the powerful Nicaraguan spice dazzles the palate. As it progresses, the flavor profile turns to rich cedar and earthy, smooth raw tobacco. Sweet black cherry and dark hints of cocoa linger in the background, along with a substantial floral blast on the finish. Although not for the faint of heart, Antaño Gran Reserva is incredibly balanced and enjoyable. It indeed is somewhat of an improved version of the original.

 

“Full-bodied” doesn’t quite do it justice. If you have ever tried an Antaño 1970, you know you are dealing with one of the most robust cigars on the market. Antaño Gran Reserva is no different in the strength area, but it is no doubt smoother and mellower. The Robusto Grande size is a 5 1/2” x 52 box pressed vitola sure to showcase the complexity of the blend brilliantly. Experienced cigar connoisseurs will come to thoroughly enjoy Antaño Gran Reserva along with a glass of a good tawny port or some full-bodied beer, perhaps a barleywine or imperial stout. Apparently, it is never a good idea to smoke an Antaño on an empty stomach, so this ultra-premium offering is best enjoyed after a hearty meal. Antaño Gran Reserva is the third ultra-full-bodied smoke in the Joya lineup, following the original Antaño 1970 and Antaño Dark Corojo—both of which you will want to be sure to pick up for comparison along with Gran Reserva. The powerhouse cigar movement may be on its way out, but there will no doubt always be that group of crazy connoisseurs that demand the strongest thing around. Those guys are the ones the good folks at Joya de Nicaragua were thinking of when they brought out Antaño Gran Reserva.

Additional Information
Strength ●●●●○ Medium-Full
Brand Joya de Nicaragua Antano Gran Reserva
Size 5 x 52
Wrapper Nicaraguan
Binder Nicaraguan
Filler Nicaraguan
Origin Nicaragua
Shape Robusto

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