Smoke enough cigars and you'll come to know at least one thing: There are some that aren't worth your time & money, some decent, some pretty good, and then there the memorable smokes that set the bar for the coming months. You know what I'm talking about. That cigar that had you mumbling to yourself after every puff about how amazing it is. That cigar that you just kept rolling in your hand, admiring it, wondering how they were able to shove so many notes into this beautiful log of dead leaves. These are the kind of "wow" moments that I relish. I had such an experience with the Joya de Nicaragua Cinco Décadas Diadema.
Cigar: Joya de Nicaragua Cinco Décadas Diadema
Factory: Fabrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua S.A
Size: 6 x 54
What an impressive specimen. Well rolled, minimal veins, and with a lovely oily sheen. The wrapper also had a ton of those delicious baby bumps. The only thing that had me a little nervous was the cap. I was concerned about unraveling post chop, but there were no issues. I did find myself gawking at this one a little longer than usual.
I do find that vitolas with tapered heads can be on snug side for my preference. For this reason I decided to go with a crown cut. It was a little tight, but still pumped out ample smoke and was manageable. After a couple minor pokes and a hearty warm up, it began to draw better after the first third. These are made by Joya's most talented torcedores, so I was hoping there would be little to zero need for tinkering with the draw. That said, it still had a decent draw for the vitola.
This badboy burned just the way it's supposed to. I had one minor touch up towards the end of the 2/3, but it probably didn't even need it. The ash was very tight (lap spill resistant). There were a couple times when I went to ash it and there was an actual pop. Like the thing didn't want to let go!
1/3 - Upon the first couple puffs I new this one was going to be special. Up front were almonds, coffee cake, and amarreto. A gently sweet beginning with compliments of fresh hay & juicy leather.
2/3 - The goodness continues and includes notes of dark chocolate, cinnamon, and raisins. There is also a creaminess that is thick on the palate and the leather has become bolder.
3/3 - Believe it or not, every one of those notes mentioned before can still be found in the last third on some puffs. Impressive! Some soft wood notes and perfectly toasted toast help close out the session.
Wow is an understatement! I haven't tried every single cigar in the JdN portfolio, but I've had many of them. Cinco Décadas I wager is the best offering they have. Extremely complex and very well balanced. While I received numerous flavor notes, none of them were drowning out the others. Simply superb and box worthy all day.