2016 CA Report: 8 Nicaraguan Cigars You Should Be Smoking Right Now

EASTON, PA - Is Nicaragua the new Cuba for premium cigars? With many of the world's best cigars now coming from Estelí, one could certainly make the case that it is. And for years now, most of the best cigar factories have been using Nicaraguan tobacco in their blends to give them more muscle and character. In this Cigar Advisor Report, Executive Editor, Gary Korb, looks at eight Nicaraguan cigars -- some newly-released, some with a little mileage on them -- that are worthy of every cigar aficionado's attention.

"It seems like just about every cigar manufacturer not already in Nicaragua wants to make a Nicaraguan blended cigar," writes Korb. "To help put some of this in perspective, I took a closer look at eight cigars that I found to be exceptional on all counts."

Among the new Nicaraguan cigars featured in the report are the Crux Classic Corona Gorda, Don Tomás Nicaragua Robusto, and Joya de Nicaragua Black Nocturno.

Jeff Haugen and Joel Rogers, co-owners of Tobacco Grove in Maple Grove, MN, are the partners behind the Crux Classic selection, which is made at Nestor Plasencia's factory in Estelí. The Crux Classic Corona Gorda features Nicaraguan long-fillers rolled in a Jalapa-grown Habano wrapper. Described as medium-bodied, Korb adds: "Notes of cedar and charred oak enter the fray, while some pepper lingers on the finish…all-in-all a solid, satisfying puro that would pair nicely with a fine bourbon or single malt."

One of the more "impressive" new releases from Nicaragua was the Don Tomás Nicaragua cigar selection. Blended by Augustin Garcia, this medium-full cigar is blended fillers from Condega Pueblo and Estelí plus Dominican Piloto Cubano, a Brazilian Arapiraca binder, and a shade-grown, hybrid Jalapa wrapper.

"Flavors of earth, spice, nuts, and wood prevail, balanced by sweet tobacco notes from the binder and wrapper," writes Korb about the Robusto. "Also impressive is the affordable price."

Korb noted that he was looking forward to the Joya de Nicaragua Black, not just because he's a regular smoker of the Joya de Nicaragua Red cigars selection, but because he has a penchant for Mexican San Andrés wrapper that caps this new release. In describing the JDN Black Nocturno, he wrote that the smoke was "exceptionally creamy with notes of leather, coffee bean, nutmeg, sweet wood, and nougat," adding that new cigar smokers looking for a medium-bodied maduro cigar would appreciate it, as well as veteran cigar smokers seeking "a solid Nicaraguan smoke with a little less potency and pepper."

Among the other Nicaraguan cigars mentioned in the article were the oak-barrel-aged Perdomo Double Aged Vintage Sun Grown Robusto described as "earthy and well-rounded with caramelized flavors of sweet spice, oak, toasted almonds and a note of coffee bean," the Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro Robusto, with its "crisp, earthy-spicy base and a long peppery finish," and the Murciélago La Lune for its full-body, smoothness and "well-balanced earthy, sweet, and spicy base flavors accompanied by notes of espresso, dark chocolate, and black cherries," with Korb adding that it reminded him of a cross between a mainline Padrón and a Padrón 1964 Anniversary.

"Suffice it to say, all eight cigars in the report would be box-worthy additions to any avid cigar smoker's collection."

Read the entire Cigar Advisor report on 8 Nicaraguan Cigars You Should Be Smoking Right Now.

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