Monday, December 24, 2007

Joya De Nicaragua Antaño 1970

Joya De Nicaragua Antaño 1970 machito
$3.50, Size: 4.5", Ring: 42
Nicaraguan wrapper, binder, and filler

I went to see a colleague of mine, to get a couple surplus goldfish for my kids, and also to trade some stogies. In true Christmas spirit, he hooked me up with some beauties, including this Joya De Nicaragua Antaño 1970. He's a connaisseur of all things smokey and whisky, and he's a fan of good Nicaraguan cigars (and single malt scotch whisky). And so, wanting to find a good Nicaraguan cigar myself, this was the first thing I set to toasting.

The Antaño 1970 wrapper is a velvety chocolate color, and looks a little rough, sporting a couple pronounced veins. An aroma of hearty leather and cocoa greet the nose from the wrapper. The draw was nicely balanced, and stayed steady throught the smoke. A solid, white ash formed past the straight burn line, and dropped off after an inch and a half.

Right from the start, the flavors are smooth and strong, of spicy leather and earth. After the first third, the earth and leather lets up enough to allow a flavor of roasted nut to join in, but the spice remains fairly present. The smoke is thick and creamy, which is surprising from this diminutive powerhouse, and there's a fair nicotine kick to it as well.

The Antaño 1970 Machito is the Bruce Lee of cigars: It may not be tall, and it may not be muscular, but it's got punch, it's got kick, and it's got "Whaaaaaaahhhhhhhh".

The Keepers of the Flame reviewed the Antaño 1970 robusto grande earlier this year.

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