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Spotlight Brand: Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970

Antaño is a real piece of cigar history. 

As the first brand ever made in Nicaragua, Joya de Nicaragua is a favorite among 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 Antaño 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, Antaño 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.

Q & A: Getting a Bitter Taste?

My cigars all have a bitter flavor. Is this common?

9/03/08 | by JS of Ames, IA

All tobacco has a bitter taste due to natural characteristics. For this reason, tobacco is fermented – a lengthy process which rids the tobacco of its acrid, acidic content. Once the tobacco is fermented, it takes on a smoother, mellower character and at times, often emits notes of sugar with a rich aftertaste. Most cigars have already been properly fermented before placed in boxes and sold by tobacconists. The point to understand is tobacco improves with age. When the leaves are taken for use after fermentation, there may be some that haven’t successfully finished the process and need more time to ferment. If those leaves are used in a blend, they could make a newly purchased cigar completely unappetizing – providing an ammonia flavor and smell, which no enthusiasts cares for. Unfortunately, this occurrence is somewhat common but can easily be eradicated with time and patience. If you receive a cigar that has ammonia flavors and is bitter, the problem can be fixed by simply allowing the cigar to age for at least 60 days. Leave the cigar(s) in a humidor set at 70 degrees Fahrenheit with humidity levels between 70% and 74% to ensure proper aging. After at least 60 days, the cigar should taste as the manufacturer intended. 

by Dave

Review: Nub by Oliva

Sean G Nub Habano
460 (4" x 60) Oily wrapper offering a complexity that seems more potent than other Habano leaves. Much spice noticeable on the palate with a hint of sweetness in the finish. Average burn time is about 60 minutes.

464 Torpedo (4" x 64) Burned slightly uneven but still produced rich, toasty flavors with peppery nuances. Draw was a bit tight for the size and shape but this particular stick was incredibly complex and eventful. Average burn time is about 70 minutes.

358 (3.7" x 58) Rich with hints of espresso in the initial light. Becomes slightly more robust as the cigar burns and provides ample spice through the nose. Average burn time is about 45 minutes.

466 (4" x 66) Thick cigar that is slightly uncomfortable to hold between the lips. Offers a peaty taste with pepper and spicy sensations, much complexity and a robust finish. Average burn time is about 80 minutes.
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