Here I sit writing this impassioned plea for legalizing cigar lounges in the great frozen north that I call Washington and I realize that I am not smoking a cigar. I don’t know about your moral convictions but from my point of view that is a sin! So that is why I am about to light up this surprisingly good Joya de Nicaragua Fuerte Serie B.
Why surprisingly good when everything else from JDN can be consider good? Simple, it’s dirt cheap. Actually, it’s cheaper than dirt (seriously). For a mazo of 20 expect to pay around $50. That’s significantly cheaper than the Diesels that I really do like.
So, what about this cigar? Well, it’s been resting in my humidor for around a year at this point. It is the last cigar standing from its mazo and, to tell the truth, I haven’t smoked one in the past few months (I did keep some notes though). It’s the Corona Gorda (5×46) and it looks pretty good. It’s a dark brown wrapper with a moderate degree of imperfections ranging from the small light spot right next to one of the small veins to the inconsistency of the color in the wrapper.
Ring Gauge: 46
Filler: Nicaragua (Esteli, Jalapa & Condega)
Price: ~ $40/Mazo of 20
Nim Chimpsky Torch!
Right from the beginning it is as I had remembered it. An aggressive spice eagerly greats you from the first puff. Dry wood is the second flavor that I can really grasp. The first third isn’t all great though; I would have to say that the flavors are a little too simple and the cigar does tend a little towards being harsh.
But the second third is another matter. Whereas the first third was a pleasant take on spicy harshness the second third is a nuanced spiciness. Spice coupled with sweet wood and some fruity notes as well. The edge has been dulled enough so that this cigar neither assaults nor bores the senses.
The final third is basically a continuation of the second third, which is a good thing. The Joya de Nicaragua Fuerte Serie B is definitely for the cigar smoker who likes spice. It is fairly full bodied and it comes with a good draw and burn. Overall, especially for the price, I definitely like it.