JC Newman

June 30, 2024

Joya de Nicaragua Clásico Torpedo (6 x 52)

Video review HERE.

(Description provided by Joya de Nicaragua)

In 2023, Joya de Nicaragua announced the return of the Clásico Original to the US market, initially as an exclusive for Club de Amigos, a community of JDN's elite retailers. Since its launch, it's become a hot topic among cigar shops, praised as one of the most sought-after cigars due to its unbeatable price-to-quality relation.

The Joya de Nicaragua Clásico Original holds the distinction of being the oldest Nicaraguan cigar, born from the country's first cigar factory. During the Nixon era, it became the official cigar of the White House, serving as a premium alternative to the increasingly scarce Cuban cigars. It remains Joya de Nicaragua's global best-seller and a true classic, often cited as perfect for all cigar enthusiasts.

The Clásico Original features an Ecuadorian Connecticut shade wrapper that beautifully complements its rich Nicaraguan fillers and binders. The result is a mild, woody, and delicate smoke with creamy notes and subtle hints of pepper. Presented in a box of 25 cigars, the Clásico Original comes in four sizes:

Robusto (5" x 50) - MSRP $8.75

Toro (6" x 50) - MSRP $9.25 ​ ​ ​ ​

Churchill (6 7/8" x 48) - MSRP $9.50

Torpedo (6" x 52) - MSRP $9.75 REVIEWED TODAY

"Considering the legacy of the Clásico Original and its popularity in America since the 70s and 80s, we've decided to open up its sales to all US retailers," says Juan Martinez, Executive President. "This cigar has always belonged to the people. It's no longer just about our history; it's about the memories it has created for cigar lovers over the years."

The cigar is golden brown and has a light to average feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was good after taking the bare minimum from the cap. The initial flavors at light up were lemon, citrus peel, brown sugar, light cinnamon, cream, and leather. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2 to 8. Not a bad start but the cigar needs more sweetness.

At the first third (23 minutes) the cigar is burning very evenly. Not much has changed with the cigar but here is the breakdown; there's quite a bit of citrus peel and lemon, some brown sugar but not a significant amount, light cinnamon, subtle cream notes, and leather that is starting to get earthy. The finish has subtle cream and leather with very good lingering black pepper. The cigar is mild. With lemon, much like yesterday's dark chocolate notes, the cigar must have significant sweetness to counteract those notes. This cigar is below what I consider significant. I rated the first third 91.

As I moved through the second third (55 minutes) there was minimal sweetness and quite a bit of citrus peel with lemon and quite a bit of earthy leather. The finish is leather with very good lingering black pepper. The cigar is still quite mild. There is almost no sweetness in the cigar at this point. I rated the second third 88.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 20 minutes. Outside of the cigar having a little cream note creeping back in nothing much changed. The cigar is very mild with not much sweetness. There is still quite a bit of citrus peel and lemon with a lot of earthy leather. The black pepper is still pretty good and rated at 7 1/2 minimum. The finish is unchanged. This is a good beginner cigar. Or, if you typically like milder cigars this might be for you. The cigar isn't bad but it needs more sweetness. I held the score of 88 for the final third.

Overall Score: 89

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