My Weekend Cigar: Joya De Nicaragua "Serie C" Robusto
The first thing I noticed about the 5 x 52 "Serie C" Robusto was its heft. This is a really solidly-packed cigar that felt heavy in my hand. It started out with a sweet, dark tobacco flavor and aroma, but by the midpoint this was a bold, spicy cigar that reminded me of the muscular Joya De Nicaragua Antaño 1970 cigars.
The smoke was dominated by a well-balanced mélange of earthy, woody and spicy flavors with a shot of white pepper on a long finish. In a word, "awesome." One of this cigar's finer attributes was the aroma that emanated from the wrapper, which added a little "sweetness" to the experience, but overall, it was prodigiously potent.
My only regret was that I didn't pair it up with a good Tawny Port or a Shiraz, which would have been a welcome counterpoint to its spicy character. Not being in the mood at the time for those particular libations, I opted for a glass of purified spring water. Oh well...
During the final act the cigar rounded-out somewhat, or maybe my palate simply adjusted. All-in-all, a marvelously smooth and "heady" smoke with a lot to offer, especially after a big meal in the evening.