Agile Cigar Reviews are cigar assessments where we use a lightweight, shorter format. These will never take the place of our comprehensive reviews. They are only used on blends we have previously assessed. This might be a blend we are re-scoring or giving a score for the first time. It might be a blend we are looking at in a different size Today we look at the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva Presidente TAA Exclusive. This is a cigar line we have previously assessed in the Belicoso size back in May 2018.

Joya de Nicaragua Antano Gran Resrva Presidente

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo Oscuro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan (Condega, Estelí, Jalapa)
County of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Fábrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua, S.A
Presidente:  6 1/2 x 50

Back in 2017, Joya de Nicaragua announced it was bringing back a line known as the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva. This line was previously released in 2005. In Cuba, the term “Gran Reserva” has been used to refer to blends where the tobaccos have extra aging, and this is exactly what the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva brings to the table. The line is based on Joya de Nicaragua’s Antaño 1970, but it uses fillers that have been aged up to an additional five years. The idea is it brings a more mature and refined profile to the Antaño 1970. The line was brought back in three sizes, but a fourth size was added in 2018 as an exclusive limited offering to Tobacconist Association of America (TAA) retailers as a part of the 2018 TAA Exclusive Series. This fourth size comes in the form of a 6 1/2 x 50 size known as the Presidente. Today, we take a closer look at this cigar.

The Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva Presidente TAA Exclusive is the first TAA release since Joya Nicaragua released the CyB Lancero Fino  as a part of the 2013 TAA Exclusive Series.

The TAA Exclusive Series consists of cigars made by leading manufacturers that are exclusively sold at TAA member retailers. The TAA is a small group of retailers. At press time the number of retailers is approximately 80. The TAA has defined itself as:

The Tobacconists’ Association of America, Ltd. is a trade organization established in 1968 by visionary retail tobacconists. By providing education, communication, research, advocacy, and member discount programs, The TAA works with our members and the industry they support to offer the tools and relationship building opportunities needed to maximize professionalism and success.

2018 was the 50th anniversary of the Tobacconist Association of America, so there was a large number of releases as a part of the 2018 TAA Exclusive Series.

TAA Exclusive Series 2019

TAA Exclusive Series 2019

As for the blend of the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva Presidente TAA Exclusive, like the Antaño 1970 it features 100% Nicaraguan tobaccos. The Presidente is a box-pressed size joining the Robusto Grande size as a box-pressed offering in the Antaño Gran Reserva line.

The Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva Presidente delivered a flavor profile of natural tobacco sweetness, cedar, baker’s spice, black pepper, and classic wood. The natural tobacco sweetness had qualities of brown sugar and bing cherry. As the cigar experience progressed into the second third, the natural tobacco notes evolved into more of a rich tobacco taste with the bing cherry and brown sugar qualities diminishing.  The final third saw an increase in the black pepper, but this spice never overpowered the overall flavor profile. The flavors produced were medium to full and this was countered by medium strength.

OVERALL ASSESSMENT

Final Thoughts

The Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva in the Belicoso size landed a spot on the 2018 Cigar of the Year Countdown. Except for a little more in the way of body, I didn’t find the Presidente size to be that much different than the Belicoso. A lot of times, I’m skeptical when an exclusive size of a tried and true regular production blend is made for the TAA, but in this case, this cigar performs at the high level I’ve come to expect from this line. It’s a cigar I’d recommend to an experienced cigar enthusiast or for a novice looking for something medium plus. As for myself, I am impressed with this TAA offering and it was enough to garner box worthy consideration in my book.

Summary

Key Flavors: Natural Tobacco, Bing Cherry, Brown Sugar, Cedar, Classic Wood, Black Pepper, Earth
Burn: Excellent
Draw: Excellent
Complexity: Medium to High
Strength: Medium
Body: Medium to Full
Finish: Very Good

Rating

Value: Box Worthy Consideration
Score: 92

References

Previous Assessment: Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva Belicoso
News: Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva Presidente to be 2018 TAA Exclusive
Price: $12.50
Source: Drew Estate (Distributor)
Brand Reference: Joya de Nicaragua
TAA Exclusive Series 2018 Reference: 2018 TAA Exclusive Series

Photo Credits: Cigar Coop