At the end of last year I was looking for a small cigar that can be smoked in about an hour and have enough strength to stand up to walks in the park with a pair of wild chocolate Labradors. After trying a couple small cigars I came across the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 Machito.
Antaño, in Spanish, means “yesteryear”, a word that perfectly expresses the soul of the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970.
Crafted as a tribute to recapture the power and essence of the puro that made this legendary brand the most sought after cigar in the United States in the post Cuban Embargo 1970′s.
Made exclusively by hand and entirely of Nicaraguan harvested tobaccos, this cigar is an ultra robust, spicy smoke with unbridled body and aroma that is best suited for the most experienced of cigar connoisseurs.
It has a dark brown wrapper with a lot of oils on it. There aren’t very many imperfections; just a couple of small veins and some other tiny blemishes. Let’s find out how it is.
Vitola: short corona
Length: 4 ¾”
Ring Gauge: 42
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Criollo
Price: $140.00/Box of 50 | $16.95/5 Pack
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When I first smoked one of these I was expecting something more menacing but what you do get from this cigar is quite different and very good. Spice, earth and rich wood. It’s a very gritty cigar and while it is definitely strong it’s not just about the strength. Flavors are well rounded and it definitely stands up to the elements.
The burn line does go a little awry at the beginning of this third but that wasn’t something I usually ran into… even when I would smoke one whilst walking. I’m thinking that the burn went wonky because it has been sitting in my humidor for about 10 months.
It’s still a spicy cigar during the second third and the other flavors – earth and wood – are still there but in less force. I like this mix. Also, there’s a leather flavor coming on strong during this third.
There isn’t much change during the final third, which isn’t a putdown because I like them immensely. One thing that has caught up to me is the strength. It’s fine for me but it is still a strong cigar.
Good draw with a decent burn this full bodied cigar is great and is even better if you’re looking for a cigar that takes 45 minutes to an hour to smoke. While it won’t be right for everyone, fans of stronger cigars will love this cigar.