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This is my first cigar post of 2016 and number 380 overall if you’re keeping score.

Amidst the numerous facings available I had not sampled anything from Joya de Nicaragua in quite a while. This morning I tried something new (to me) – the Joya Red.

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Getting going.

Mine was a toro, a size I find perfect for the early perusal of the daily news. This particular beauty went perfectly with the daily dose of coffee. Medium bodied, this stick is loaded with subtle flavors of Esteli and Jalapa. The woody, earthy tones which make Nicaraguan cigars my favorites are represented in the background. It’s mild enough to start off the day with or without breakfast.

Other notes are in there too – of the kind I try to avoid labeling as each palate differs – leather, nuts, etc. All are well-balanced with a distinctive spiciness. It’s the spice mixed with the undertones that promote the medium strength from what would otherwise be a fine but milder smoke.

My toro was the perfect size. I found the construction superb with an even burn. The draw was effortless and produced abundant aromatic smoke not the least overwhelming. I don’t rate smokes beyond “like” and “dislike” but rest assured I loved this one. I highly recommend it – especially to the novice or occasional dabbler. Veterans will find delightful respite.

Cigars International says, “Many of Joya de Nicaragua’s handmades rely on potent ligeros to deliver their feisty bouquet. This time, lower tobacco primings were chosen to impart the same core flavors, but in a much more palatable fashion. … In a nutshell, JOYA Red is going to appeal to fans of Joya de Nicaragua, as well as newcomers of all shapes and sizes.” I concur.

Visit your local tobacconist soon for the Red carpet treatment of the Joya Red.

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Joya.

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