In 2013, Joya de Nicaragua commemorated their 45th year in business with the Cuatro Cinco Edicion Limitada: a 6×54 box pressed Nicaraguan Puro. The limited release of only 4,500 boxes of 10 cigars was much anticipated and they sold out rather quickly. Earlier this year, Joya de Nicaragua released a new line of the Cuatro Cinco: the Reserva Especial. This release currently offers 4 vitolas; none of which are identical to the original release of the 2013 Edicion Limitada. Although the Reserva Especial is the same base blend, Joya de Nicaragua uses a Dominican Volado for the binder. As part of the base blend for the Cuatro Cinco, Joya de Nicaragua uses a 5 year old Rum Barrel Aged Nicaraguan Ligero in the filler, which is also used in the Reserva Especial release.
Vitola: 5×56 (Doble Robusto)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Shade Grown Habano
Binder: Dominican Volado
Appearance: The Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial bears a beautiful and somewhat toothy milk chocolate wrapper with some minor veins present; the cap is quite well constructed, and the cigar has an overall attractive appearance.
Pre Light: The cap comes off easily and all tobacco remains intact upon cutting. I’m met with a rather open cold draw which provides inviting notes of cedar, rich tobacco, and honey.
First Third: The cigar begins with a pleasant blend of toasted oak, dark chocolate, and white pepper with coffee on the finish and leather on the retrohale. It is immediately complex yet the flavors are quite distinct from each other. As the cigar progresses through the first third, it puts out rich clouds of smoke and burns quite evenly. Although the flavors are bold, the cigar stands firmly at the higher end of a medium strength smoke.
Second Third: There is a subtle transition as the cigar progresses into the second third as the profile grows bolder. The white pepper becomes a spicier, richer black pepper and the dark chocolate becomes more subdued. There is a hint of fig which remains on the finish along with bold espresso and toasted oak notes. The retrohale is rather interesting around the half way point, as notes of walnuts, hay, and cedar fill the nose in a surprisingly smooth and subdued combination. The draw remains open, the burn remains excellent, and the cigar remains at the higher end of a medium in strength.
Final Third: As the Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial Doble Robusto comes to a close, the flavor profile slowly shifts again, highlighting the dark chocolate, tobacco, and pepper found throughout the cigar. The finish is prominently espresso and the retrohale is a bit spicier, but still very aromatic. The cigar remained full in body and medium in strength throughout, with a consistently good draw and burn.
Overview & Closing Thoughts: In all, the Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial Doble Robusto was a treat to smoke. It is not often that I come across a cigar that has such distinct flavors which are all so cohesive and blend together so well; especially for a cigar with such bold flavors.