Size: 6 x 50
Wrapper: Equidorian and Nicaraguan Criollo
Binder and Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: Just over $6.00 a single
Behind The Stick:
I was able to receive these from J. Brooks over at Drew Estate, they are a newer cigar they are distributing (not making) from the Hoya De Nicaragua company. Again, I can not thank you enough for the generosity! I don’t think I can put it any better than the press release he sent me, so here it is in full!
~ Esteli, Nicaragua – Joya de Nicaragua, S.A. (JdN), the makers of the respected JOYA DE NICARAGUA® brand of premium handmade cigars, announced today that they will continue to slowly expand their release of their Cabinetta Serie® line to select retailers. Well known for their powerhouse Antaño® line, the Cabinetta Serie is an unexpected departure from their classic full-bodied style of blends. This new blend is a marriage of a creamy, milder filler recipe of tobaccos complemented by the spicy taste sensation of its unique double-wrapped, Habano-Seed leaf head.
It was due to this dramatic difference from any other Joya de Nicaragua cigar that it was initially decided to release the product on a store-by-store basis. “We believe it is important to not only explain this cigar and its blend to each retailer, but to share this smoke directly with cigar consumers. It is an exceptional smoke, but the customer who is expecting Antaño may not be satisfied, while connoisseurs who might not typically select a Joya de Nicaragua given their notoriety for strength may avoid even trying it out. This would be a terrible shame as it is an exceptional cigar of mild-medium body,” explains Michael Cellucci, Vice President of Drew Estate. Drew Estate is the exclusive importer and distributor of the Joya de Nicaragua brand in the United States. He adds, “We believe educating everyone about this cigar is critical, so we decided to not adopt the typical, nation-wide release approach with this product. Although launched during the late spring of 2009, we did not display it at the IPCPR, nor have we offered it for general sale. To date, it is only available at seventy-five Class A tobacconists, but almost all are experiencing brisk sales of this new cigar. We believe this type of release is in everyone’s best interest and we intend to continue the practice of slowly expanding its availability during 2010.”
At first glance, you will notice the Cabinetta Serie features two wrappers, a top-grade Equadorian Shade which covers its entire length with the head then finished in a second cover leaf of rich, Nicaraguan Criollo. Aptly named by the factory as “Dos Capas”, this technique allows the smoke itself to be creamy and smooth, yet provide a spicy flavor for the consumer without making the smoke itself to strong. “Unlike the common, double-wrapped ‘barber pole’ cigars, which is primarily for appearance sake, this Dos Capas-style actually offers the cigar smoker a different and unique flavor and aroma,” states Dr. Alejandro Martinez Cuenca, JdN’s owner and master blender.
Dr. Alejandro Martinez Cuenca continues, “We at Joya de Nicaragua have always been known for creating full flavored, full bodied cigars in our Antaño line. I found that there was a demand for a cigar that the consumer could smoke at any time of day. Because of that, we’ve created the Cabinetta Serie; this cigar was exactly what we were looking for, something that’s not too strong, but still has that distinct Nicaraguan flavor profile. This cigar is almost always my first of every day. As for Drew Estate’s decision to continue introducing it slowly into the marketplace, I am confident that it is the right decision for this particularly unique cigar and will afford it the opportunity to be sampled and enjoyed by all.”
Even with the dual wrappers, this cigar has been made with care and attention to detail. Evenly packed from head to foot with only the slightest bit of give near the foot, did I mention perfection? Although the lighter shade was like a beacon for the veins, they remained smooth to the touch and didn’t give me any reason to worry. On two of the three I had the band was stuck to the wrapper and there was little to no chance of me getting them off without damage (cracked both of them) but with the last (third times a charm) the band came off without issue. Perhaps they were just missed in this package, but i’m not too sure.
This cigar started out with a natural, sweeter type of tobacco undertone that really held strong throughout the smoke, a great ‘base line’ to compare the changing flavors. With this initial surge of tobacco flavor, quiet notes of coffee and pepper creep into the mix making the ‘warming up’ or first inch or so of the cigar very enjoyable. Once within the middle portion of the smoke, the coffee was a bit more embellished and the pepper decided to change places with a more woody flavor giving this cigar just enough of a change to keep interesting. I smoked one (The one that didn’t get destroyed by the band) past the transition, although I was expecting a nice change the cigar had turned decently bitter by this point and was not too terribly enjoyable.
From the first touch of flame this cigar reinforced that this would be a great morning smoke for a veteran or a good afternoon or early evening smoke for a more novice smoker. I was pleasantly surprised when the cigar started and maintained within the medium range, I was expecting a more mild bodied cigar but was not let down. The price is right, the smoke is good, consistency (at least what I saw) was spot on (with exception to the band) and the ‘uniqueness’ of having a dual wrapper makes this cigar a great choice. Would I go out and buy a box? Probably not – but they are ‘fun’ enough and are not too bad of a hit on the wallet where I’d like to keep a few around, if not just for shits and giggles but to treat myself to a unique cigar from time to time.
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