6 X 60 Ring gauge
Puro Havana Criollo seed
I have been wanting to smoke this cigar for a long time now and it has been a fixture in my humidor for months. I look at it every time I open the lid, but I was saving it for the right time. Why? Because I had previously smoked the Antano Dark Corojo, and wow, what a cigar! So, I had high hopes for this cigar!!...
According to Joya De Nicaraguas's web site, "Antano" means Yesteryear and this cigar is suppose to represent the first cigars that came out of Nicaragua in 1964. Joya De Nicaragua was the first manufacturer to plant and produce cigars in Nicaragua, and this cigar hit the market in 1970. It is amazing to me that such a strong full bodied cigar came out in the 70's, but that is what Nicaraguan cigars are known for. Although, I doubt it was a 60 ring gauge back then. This cigar is considered a "Puro", meaning the tobacco originates from only one country, so I'm hoping for full on Nicaraguan experience.
Appearance: The color of the wrapper is milk chocolate "Colorado" and has some light veins, but overall a pretty smooth thick oily Wrapper.
Pre-light aroma: Wrapper has a very light cocoa but it is very light and the foot aroma is a very light hay.
This cigar has a blunt tapered end, so I decided to use a straight cut, which I believe was a good choice resulting in a perfect draw.
First light: I well toasted the foot and the first flavor is smooth tobacco with a good amount of smoke. The strength is medium, which surprised me.
1st 3rd: After a half inch, the strength I had been hoping for starts to kick in. While peppery, it remains smooth and cool despite the increase in strength. An inch in, a leathery and slightly woody flavor is noted. The strength is now medium full with the pepper notes moving into the background. The burn is fairly even, with minor touch ups needed.
2nd 3rd: Cedar replaces the nondescript wood flavor, but the leather remains dominant. Even though this cigar is picking up more and more strength, it is never harsh. Ash held for nearly 2" before it fell clean, which is pretty good for such a large ring gauge.
Last 3rd: Strength is now full, with the pepper coming back into the lime light. Cedar and leather flavors still hold their own, which has been very consitent throughout most of the cigar. I also detected walnuts, which was a nice flavor to round out the cedar and wood The cigar finished very strong, but still not harsh.
Overall impression: This is a full bodied, full strength cigar. At times it seemed lighter to me, but I love a full strength cigar, so I can take a lot! I'm not usually a fan of leather and wood flavors in a cigar, however, it works in this blend of tobacco. I would only recommend this to experienced cigar smokers who can handle full strength cigars. Beginners would have their heads blown off by this kind of cigar. The cigar smoked slower then I expected and maybe that's why it stayed cool all the way to the end. Overall, a nicely balanced cigar with considerable strength.
Joel Hewitt, Reisterstown and Westminster locations.
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