Today Brian and I are firing up the Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta Serie. This cigar has actually been in a limited amount of stores for almost a year, but now seems to be creating some buzz. We were able to procure some samples from Drew Estate, the distributor for Joya de Nicaragua, so after smoking through a few it’s time to smoke one more and let you know what we think.
First thing that caught my eye with this cigar is the obvious use of two wrapper leafs. The lighter wrapper, an Ecuadorian Shade, runs the entire length of the cigar. Then a secondary leaf, a Nicaraguan Criollo, tops the cigar from the head down to the band. Secondly, the construction of this cigar appeared to be flawless. Seams were not visible on either wrapper and the cigar was just jam packed full of tobacco. Brian and I had slightly different opinions on the pre-light aroma. Brian picked up on cocoa while I got a bit more of a mocha aroma. Pre-light draw was perfect, but absent of any recognizable flavor.
So watch the video and find out what we thought. Video runs just over 20 minutes, but we had a good time dissecting this cigar… and dealing with a few technical issues.
Name: Cabinetta Serie
Company: Joya de Nicaragua
Made by: Joya de Nicaragua
Made in: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Shade and Nicaraguan Criollo
Comes in: Boxes of 24
Vitola: No. 7 Toro(6″ X 50)
Let me start by saying WOW! Like I say in the video, I usually don’t go over the top to endorse a cigar but this stick, in my personal opinion, is great. The flavors and aromas that you get during this smoking experience stimulate all of the senses from the awesome sweet, floral aromas, the complexity of flavors, the visual appearance, to the feel of the smooth, pristine wrappers.
I absolutely loved the sweetness and light woodiness that provide the base flavors with tinges of sweet spice and cocoa intermingling throughout the smoke. The savory earthiness in the last inch of the cigar is mouthwatering. My only complaint is that there wasn’t more of that. Another half-inch to inch of the Criollo wrapper I think would be great. Construction was great for the most part with nothing that takes away from the experience.
To wrap it up…this is a great smoke for all smokers. Mild and not overpowering for those not looking for that nicotine hit, but full of flavor that any cigar smoker would be able to pick out and enjoy. I highly recommend this stick and if you can find them, the price point is ridiculous. Get Some!
Like I said in the video, I initially thought that this cigar was gimmicky, but it didn’t take me many puffs to realize that the Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta Serie is the real deal. This cigar is loaded with flavor and remains mild to medium in body. I won’t re-hash what Brian said about the overall flavors of this cigar, but I will say that I found the complexity of this cigar to be intoxicating. Although these sticks were slow burners, I found myself taking puffs frequently so I could savor all the flavors.
Regardless of price, I would recommend trying this cigar. But, with the No. 7 coming in at $6.05 I have to say that the Cabinetta Serie is a must try. I did a quick search online and found there is at least one online retailer out there with these cigars. So find that spot, and pick up a handful.