Joya Red Overview
Short Churchill: 4.75 x 48
Robusto: 5.25 x 50
Toro: 6 x 52
Canonazo: 5.5 x 54
The Joya Red comes in boxes of 20, running between $5.75 and $8 a stick.
Joya Red – Pre-light
For this review I smoked the Robusto vitola. The wrapper is a very beautiful medium brown with some veins present. There is some toothiness with a ton of oil gleaming in the sun. The smell off the foot is that of sweet hay, cedar and some honey. The pre-light draw is heavy on the sweet hay with a slight background of cedar.
Joya Red – First Third
The first puff greets me with a blast of pepper, nuttiness, sweet hay, and cedar. The flavors are not that complex but overall very enjoyable. The draw on this cigar is perfect and the smoke is not very heavy. The burn line is true and the ash is a mixture or grey and white.
Joya Red – Second Third
The pepper has faded and given way to cedar, sweet hay, natural tobacco. I’m also picking up faint cinnamon. The retrohale, which I have not mastered yet, is revealing more spice. The draw and burn line continue to perform perfectly.
Joya Red – Final Third
In the final third, the spice has diminished significantly. Cedar and hay are still present but cocoa and a nutty flavor have come forward. Maybe cashew? Getting down to the end – I was expecting the draw to be a little hot and harsh but was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t.
Some Thoughts on the Joya Red
This is not a very bold or complex cigar. There are some flavor changes along the way but nothing extreme. The cedar and sweet hay stay very consistent. Both the burn and draw of this cigar were absolutely flawless – probably one of the best that i have had in a while.
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