JC Newman

January 23, 2016

Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial Doble Robusto (5 x 56)

Video review HERE.

In 2013 Joya de Nicaragua released the Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Edición Limitada to commemorate the company’s 45th anniversary. The cigar was a one-time limited edition of  4,500 boxes. Last year, a new off-shoot of the Cuatro Cinco made its debut. It featured a new blend, four new sizes and will be an on-going small batch release. The new cigar is named Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial.

(from the JdN website) Rolled exclusively by our most experienced torcedores, this exceptional medium-to-full body cigar will continue to captivate consumers, with its rich Nicaraguan complexity, subtle woody and sweet flavors and a velvety finish. Dr. Alejandro Martínez Cuenca, Chairman of Joya de Nicaragua expresses: “this blend is a superb milestone for our factory.

Unlike the original Cuatro Cinco, the Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial is not a Nicaraguan puro. While it features a Jalapa wrapper and Nicaraguan fillers, the Reserva Especial incorporates a Dominican volado binder. The Nicaraguan fillers are aged in oak barrels.

The bands are slightly modified featuring the words “Reserva Especial” on the band and more of an emphasis on silver.

This cigar is available to all Drew Estate's Drew Diplomat retailers. Drew Estate is the U.S. distributor of Joya de Nicaragua.

Blend Profile:
Wrapper: Jalapa Valley Shade-Grown Habano
Binder: Dominican Volado
Filler: Nicaraguan

Vitolas Available:
Petit Corona: 4 1/2 x 46
Doble Robusto: 5 x 56 REVIEWED TODAY
Torpedo: 6 x 52
Toro: 6 1/4 x 50

The cigar is a soft box press. It has a nice feel in the hand for a 5" cigar.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were a sweet boysenberry/citrus combination with a lot of dry wood. There is a touch of butter and a little black coffee at the base. There was black pepper rated at a 7 1/2. 

About 1 inch in there has not been much change except there is now some brown sugar on the boysenberry/citrus notes. There is still a slight amount of butter. The cigar is a low grade medium to full bodied. The finish is a sweet cream with dry wood notes and some lingering black pepper.

At the midpoint there was a nice change. The front end flavors are now a strawberry preserve flavor with a touch of butter, dry wood, brown sugar, and black coffee. The finish is sweet cream with a minor amount of dry wood. The pepper has increased especially on the finish. The cigar is still medium to full bodied. Once I removed the band I discovered it is actually 2 bands with artwork on the inside. You will see them at the end of the review.

With 1 1/2 inches remaining the flavors are now a sweet cedar and strawberry preserve notes. The black coffee has become much more prominent. The butter notes is somewhat elevated. The pepper continues to increase on both ends and is now an 8+. The cigar is moving up in strength and is a high end medium to full bodied.

The flavors stayed about the same from the last segment to the end but the cigar is now full bodied. The predominant flavors are the sweet cedar/strawberry preserve flavors. There is a touch of butter and there are still dry wood notes. The black coffee remained very prominent. The finish is unchanged. This cigar made several nice changes. I enjoyed this cigar very much. The sweet flavors are very nice. This is a must-try cigar so look for them on shelves.

As I mentioned earlier the band is actually 2 bands. Here is a close up of the two bands.

Here is the inside of both bands.

Close ups of the inside of both bands.

Both bands as they appear on the cigar.

Score: 93

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