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Cabinetta Serie By Joya De Nicaragua


Rating – (6) Sabotage
Strength – (2-3) Demi
Vitola – Cabinetta Serie
Price – $6.75
Drink – Dr. Pepper


Interesting cigar adorned in 2 different wrappers; one ecuadorian connecticut shade and one nicaraguan habana criollo. The combination of these 2 wrappers is very appealing. This cigar has a smooth light draw, leaving a faint sweetness on your lips. This is a great little smoke that has some strength to it. I would say it’s on the high side of a Demi or maybe even a low level Sly. For the price of this cigar, it was an excellent buy. Would I smoke this one again? Yes, definitely. Would I put this one in the humidor? I don’t think I would keep these on hand, but I would grab one if I was in a hole looking for something to smoke.

Antano 1970 Magnum by Joya de Nicaragua


Price – $9
Beverage – McDonald’s coffee w/cream and sugar
Size – 6 X 60
Strength – Demi (2/4)
Rating – Sabotage (6/10)

Picked this bad boy up at Hollywood Smokes about a month ago and finally got around to smoking it. Let me start off by saying that I am a fan of Joya De Nicaragua (“JDN”) cigars, particularly the Antano dark corojo which in my opinion is one of those really good cigars that doesn’t get enough pub. Here are my thoughts on this Antano:

1) Good construction, the burn required a touch up when I got a little over half way through, but other than that it was solid. The Antano wasn’t a smoke bomb, but did give off a healthy amount.

2) I really couldn’t pick up any discernable tastes or flavor transitions and that’s what really hurt my rating on this stick. Maybe a leathery or woody type taste? But like I said nothing to where it hits you like a Tyson in his prime upper cut, so I was a bit disappointed.

3) This is billed as a full body strength cigar, I’m calling it an upper level Demi for the veterans and a low level Sly for guys nearing the end of their first professional contract. For rookies, I’d say this a strong cigar so approach with caution and get a meal in first. In my opinion, this is the Antano’s biggest strong suit as it’s just strong enough to keep your attention, but not too strong to where you feel like you just rode a roller coaster after some Chicago deep dish.

4) A lot of bang for your buck on this one, it took me over an hour to get through it. Now to the two questions:

Would I smoke it again? Yes, if I’m with a group of people and am looking to be sitting down for a while, I’d grab one of these.

Would I give it humidor space? This is tough because in my opinion I’d rather give my space to similar strength My Father cigars or an Opus (granted the Opus are considerably more expensive). At under $10, the Antano has an attractive price point, but I think this stays as an in store smoke for me.

To wrap it up, you get a lot of cigar for your money here, no doubt about it. However, I didn’t like it enough to the point that I’d make sure to have some on hand at all times.

JOYA Red by Joya de Nicaragua

Cigar – JOYA Red by Joya de Nicaragua
Drink – Mtn Dew
Price – $6-7
Rating – Bullet to the head

So I just picked this one a few days ago just as a recommendation from a friend. I got off work early today and got home to open this baby up in the garage. This cigar is really pretty good. Nice smooth draw, started to get a little harsh towards the end but still good. I would buy this one again. I am not sure I would keep extras in the humidor but I would smoke it again.


Quick Hitter Review – 3 Cigar Night

Last night was what I call my “tv night”. Bulls game started at 7, Sleepy Hollow was at 8, The Blacklist at 9 and well gee that means Mo has to smoke something! Without further ado, here’s what I fired up last night:

We kicked it off with a Nica Rustica by Drew Estate, for the love of God if you haven’t smoked one of these please do. I’ve seen them as cheap as $6.80 and you can’t find a better cigar in that price range. Be warned though, it is a strong cigar and it is very very smokey (no pun intended). Rating – Expendables

Next, we went to the Antano Dark Corojo by Joya de Nicaragua. This is one of my favorite “under the radar” cigars that nobody really talks about. Full body, not as potent as the Nica, but it packs a punch. Another one of those if you haven’t tried it, I’d try it cigars and will run you about $9-10. Rating – Sabotage


We (and when I saw “we”, I really mean me since I was smoking by myself in my 350 year old apartment) wrapped up the night with one of my personal favorites, the Series D No. 4 by Partagas (Cuba). There’s really not much I can say here other than if you can find one of these, please make sure to smoke it, regardless of price, your taste buds will love you. It’s a smooth, and compared to the other two I smoked during the night, a milder cigar. Rating – Escape Plan