Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970
Cigar Review Full Body Joya de Nicaragua

Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970


Initial Thoughts:

Joya de Nicaragua is the oldest cigar company still in production in Estelli, Nicaragua, starting production in 1968. While rising to prominence in the 1970’s, political strife and war affected quality and exportation to the U.S in 1980’s and early 90’s.

Fast-forward to 2002, after several years of a resurgence in the quality and popularity of the brand, the Antaño 1970 was released.  It is, like most of the JdN lines, a Nicaraguan Puro.  Joya de Nicaragua cigars are often said to be made by Drew Estate, but this is not accurate.  They merely handle distribution for JdN in the US.


The Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 Alisado is a beautiful cigar.  Most of the Antaño line comes in the standard cylindrical shape of most parejos.  This one, however, is box-pressed.  The wrapper is a deep brown like milk chocolate, with minimal veins and no cracks or tears.  The seams are visible, but I find this to be commonplace on box-pressed cigars.

Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 - Foot
Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 – Foot

The band compliments the shade of the wrapper well, displaying classic red, gold, white, and black designs and lettering.  There are also three green tobacco leaves in the center of the oval logo.  The name of the cigar is included along the bottom of the band.  While it does not appear to be loose, it does slide off relatively easy near the end of the smoke without damaging the wrapper.  That is always a plus in my book.  Who wants to struggle with removing a band on a lit cigar?


Not only does the wrapper look good, the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 feels good too.  It is silky smooth, while the entire stick is firm, yet slightly supple.  The triple cap looks a bit odd as the first piece of cap on the shoulder/head is almost ¼” in length.  Nonetheless, this is only noticeable when closely scrutinized, so it does not detract from the elegance of the overall product.

Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 - Foot
Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 – Foot

If it looks good, it has to smell good, right?  In this case, the answer is “yes!”  The aroma at the foot is earth, cocoa, and licorice.  Down the barrel it is wood, earth, and a touch of cocoa.

After clipping the cap with my Calibri CRA double guillotine cutter, I take a few pre-light draws.  It feels like the draw might be a little tight, but not difficult. There are notes of earth and licorice, but not the cocoa I was expecting.


I have gone back to using matches for lighting whenever possible.  There was some concern that lighting up outside with matches might prove difficult, but that was not the case.  Using two matches, the foot lit up right away.

Though the pre-light draw was a bit tight, the post-light draws were perfect, open with just a touch of resistance.  The Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 gave off a ton of rich, spicy smoke that fully coated my palate.  After about 1/8”, the draw does tighten up slightly, but I am still able to get plenty of smoke on each draw.

Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 - 1st Third
Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 – 1st Third

The ash on this cigar is gorgeous!  It is mostly white, with some gray and black peppered in.  It is solid, hanging on for over an inch at a time.  Hopefully, the picture does it justice!

The burn is very even throughout the entire smoke.  However, there was an issue with it staying lit.  In both the second and final thirds, I did have to relight it.  Both times, I had set it down for a couple of minutes, but not longer than that.  Fortunately, it lit back up easily and gave me a good opportunity to purge it properly.  I think it is worth noting that it was raining for part of the time I smoked, so the dampness probably had an effect on this.

The total smoke time for the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 Alisado was 1 hour 55 minutes, which is on par with most toro-sized cigars I’ve smoked.


So far, other than the relights, this cigar has been a winner in all other categories.  How did it do in the flavor department?  Outstanding!

The Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 begins with a hearty blast of both black and cayenne pepper mixed with wood notes.  After several draws, the cayenne comes to the forefront and savory notes appear as well.  Further on, there are some light graham cracker notes that fade in and out.  Definitely a tasty first third!

Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 - Nice Ash
Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 – Nice Ash

In the second third, the cayenne begins to die out and the black pepper steps back in.  There is also wood, graham cracker, and earth.  The savory notes fade out for a bit, but return near the end of this section with a slight creaminess to boot.  The retrohale gives a nice floral note that isn’t present on the draw.  It is still quite tasty!

The final third continues with pepper, earth, and wood, adding leather and tanginess to the mix.  A hint of salt develops and the savory notes return as it gets to the end of the smoke.  A big positive is that there isn’t any harshness or bitterness in the final inch.  It also doesn’t get hot.

I would say this Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 was medium-full in flavor and strength, though some may say it is full strength.  I believe it is billed as such, but just falls short of that mark in my book.  However, if you like stronger cigars, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Would I Buy It Again?

Absolutely!  I plan on having some of these on hand from here on out.

Is It An Everyday Smoke?

Yes, if you like a semi-strong cigar everyday.  It is certainly a great value.

Would I Buy a Box?



Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 - 2nd Third
Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 – 2nd Third

There is a reason I have smoked this Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 many times in my life; it is really good!  I thoroughly enjoy the flavor profile, strength, construction, and price.  I get these online for around $4 a stick, which is a phenomenal price in my opinion.  With all factors considered, I can certainly overlook a relight or two.

If you like cigars with a lot of flavor, I highly recommend you give it shot.

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6 thoughts on “Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970

  1. Emmett Malone

    Nice review, I love these sticks. Reminds me, I need to pick up another box 😀

    1. Eric Scism

      Thanks Emmett! Yes sir go pick one up! I’ve been seeing a lot of deals flying around Famous so you might check out their Cigar Monster and see if you can snag a cheaper box! Good hunting.

  2. ThomasD

    In my experience the larger ring gauges tend to be a bit more tame.

    Try the lancero, you might think it would just be a longer lasting version of the machito, but it’s not. It is it’s own beast.

    1. Eric Scism

      Nice! Thanks for the heads up Thomas! I’ll look into the lanceros.

  3. JJ Jansky

    This is one of my top five favorites. I tend to be a little heavier on the draw so I prefer the larger ring gauges…in this line I like the Big Bull. I have been very happy with the churchill. Where do you buy your smokes? I realize this was written a few years ago but I have never found the Bull or the Churchill for under 10/8 dollars respectively. Thx- JJ

    1. Eric Scism

      JJ I get these at my local shop UPtowns. They may have adjusted the prices now. I”m not sure what they sell for most commonly though. Man I haven’t had this cigar in a while. I may need to go pick one up again!

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