The No. 1 uses the same blend as the Clasico line including an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper and Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers. The size for this exclusive is a 6 5/8″ x 44 lonsdale with a fantail cap. It is only available in the U.S. at Drew Diplomat events from April to July.
- Country of Origin: Nicaragua
- Length: 6 5/8″
- Ring Gauge: 44
- Vitola: Lonsdale
- Factory: Fabrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua S.A.
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
- Binder: Nicaraguan
- Filler: Nicaraguan
- Date Released: April 2018
A nice firm Lonsdale sized cigar with a gorgeous tan smooth wrapper with some medium sized veins.
No detectable aroma from the wrapper, however from the foot notes of very light leather with a faint fruity sweetness. A firm cold draw reveals flavors of the same faint leather and hay.
The initial light offers flavors of spicy, perique like, tobacco alongside a mineral and salty flavors. The draw is a bit firm but not firm enough to prevent it from being enjoyable. After 10 minutes the profile calms down with a dominate fresh leather flavor and is soon joined by a buttery richness that complements this third.
Buttery richness spew forth along with ample amounts of peppery spiciness and a tiny bit of leather lingers in the tongue. This richness tones down towards the latter part of this third while the leather takes a more dominate stance.
The richness from the previous third completely mellows out and it settles into a damp leather and cedar profile. This profile lasts through until the end while saltiness saturates the flavors.
Overall, this was an enjoyable cigar. Usually I don’t smoke milder sticks since they have a tendency to go sour halfway through, however this stick held its ground and provided ample amounts of body with enjoyable flavors! Definitely try out the Joya No. 1 before you count it out because of a Connecticut wrapper.