With its silky-smooth Connecticut shade wrapper, it may seem tamer than its bolder Antaño brethren. Don’t be fooled. Antaño CT is a masterful and paradoxical blend of what a cigar with attitude can be. A cigar that defies expectations; a smoke for those with defying souls. Antaño in Spanish means ‘Yesteryear’, a word that perfectly expresses the soul of the Joya de Nicaragua Antaños. The first blend of this family was released almost 20 years ago as a tribute to the power and the essence of the “The True Nicaraguan Puro” that made Joya de Nicaragua the most sought-after cigar in the United States in the 1970s, during the post-Cuban embargo.
“Today, Antaño is not just one cigar blend, it is a family of products that invite smokers to Keep Daring, to try powerful and intense blends with distinctive Nicaraguan character. That is why we invite cigar lovers to dare to try the Antaño interpretation of what a Connecticut wrapped cigar should be” said Juan Ignacio Martínez, Executive President at Joya de Nicaragua.
Antaño CT, with its Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper, and Nicaraguan fillers and binder, delivers a medium to full body and strength, with dynamic creaminess and intense spicy notes. Intentionally pungent to showcase the contrasts between the expected subtleties of the CT shade, and the rich and potent flavors of Nicaraguan tobacco.
“This smoke is definitely an intense experience, the intriguing result of master blenders on a paradoxical quest: the creation of a flavor bomb like the rest of the Antaños but with this wrapper. It became a real challenge for us at the factory, torcedores and blenders, we all wanted to defy an industry mantra, we knew we could make a truly interesting CT cigar” expressed Mario Pérez, Joya de Nicaragua’s Factory Manager.
The Antaño CT line will come in 20 count boxes, in 4 different sizes: 6x54 Belicoso (MSRP $ 9.90), 6x50 Toro (MSRP $9.70), 5x52 Robusto (MSRP $8.45), and 5¼x46 Corona Gorda (MSRP $8.00). Shipments to stores nationwide will start in July 2019, after being shocased at the 87thIPCPR Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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You can get your hands on this cigar for just around $8.00 which makes it a pretty damn good deal. There isn’t anything challenging about this cigar, so in terms of recommendation, but really feel there are some out there that may find this cigar to not be in their wheelhouse. If you do grab one, do yourself a favor… Drink it in the morning with a good cup of coffee. You won't regret it.
Joya de Nicaragua
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