As the first brand ever made in Nicaragua, Joya de Nicaragua is a favorite amongst aficionados who prefer cigars from this region.
Nicaragua is the fastest growing cigar manufacturing country in the world, but that hasn't always been the case. In 1964, the very first cigar factory opened in Nicaragua, which relative to other cigar producing nations is a late start. Joya de Nicaragua was the first real brand made in the factory, and in 1970 it was the cigar of choice in the United States, smoked by the elites of society and politicians of the day. With political corruption and communism plaguing Nicaragua, production of the Joya de Nicaragua brand ground to a halt.
Joya de Nicaragua's Antano 1970 is the quintessential Nicaraguan cigar. This Nicaraguan puro was the first Nicaraguan blend ever made and remains the benchmark that all other cigars strive for. Encased inside a dark, oily Habano wrapper, Antano 1970 packs a wallop. Notes of cedar, earth, and a healthy dose of spice make this the perfect end-of-day cigar and one that'll keep you coming back for more.
When in the mood for a full-bodied cigar, I usually think of Antano first. Honestly, I enjoy this blend's finish the most - It's smooth and creamy with a spicy feel that coats your palate with oily goodness. With an all-Nicaraguan filler and binder masked by a spicy Nicaraguan-grown Habano wrapper, this is one blend you'll never get sick of. Be warned, if you light this up in the morning you may be in for a rude awakening.