When the brand Joya De Nicaragua releases a new cigar I think of a pure power house of earth and spice that if you are not ready for it could cause a bad smoking experience. This was not the case with last year’s release of the Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial.

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This limited production is a fantastic example of how a cigar, depending on the components, changes from start to finish. The first time I smoked this Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial Doble Robusto (5 x 56), right from the start it had this aged tobacco flavor that I have not experienced before.  With a Dominican binder and Nicaraguan fillers notes of cream, cocoa, and leather are present in the first third of the cigar. With a retro-hale a strong black pepper spice sends the olfactory senses through the roof mellowing to strong leather.

Around the halfway point the flavors shifted to this strong coffee bean, with hints of nuts and a balancing sweetness that is quit refreshing on the palate.

Theses flavors maintained through the rest of the cigar but I was in for a complete surprise. Just when I was about to put it down after a 1:15 burn time, an almost candied strawberry/ cherry came through. The best way to describe what I tasted was it reminded me of a red twizzler. This was a pleasant and unusual ending to this limited production smoke.

With a razor sharp burn throughout the life of the smoke, the quality really showed. Anyone interested in this. They range in price from 8 to 12.50 MSRP. A bargain for a cigar that could easily retail for more

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~Fred

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