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Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo

Mmm....Dark Corojo.

Created 10 years after the launch of the landmark Joya de Nicaragua Antaño blend, the new Dark Corojo puts a unique and welcomed spin on Nicaragua's Classic handmade. Created with 3-year aged Nicaraguan long-filler tobaccos and a special Corojo leaf wrapper that's dark, oily and loaded with flavor. Naturally robust but impressively smooth, JdN Dark Corojo exudes a rich series of earth, cedar, pepper, cocoa and a slightly sweet finish. Complete, refined and worthy of the Joya de Nicaragua name.

And as if this brand wasn't powerful enough, JDN has added a "bulldozer" to its lineup. The box-pressed La Niveladora, which is the Spanish term for the titanic land-mover, just solidifies the strength behind this brand. If you're looking for a strong, satisfying blend, make sure you keep these Dark Corojos in your rotation.

Joyo de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo received a well-deserved 90-rating noting: "A dark and strikingly oily torpedo that delivers a bready, cedary and earthy smoke with wheaty and sweet intonations and a spicy, red-pepper finish."

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Overall Rating4.55 out of 5 Based on 29 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo”

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Five Stars
Well constructed. Slow, even burn. Rich flavor.
5 out of 5
Rich aroma, full body taste.
Rich aroma, full body taste.
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Good smooth smoke
The anytime cigar good with your coffee in the morning equally as good with a nice glass of whiskey or an ice cold beer
5 out of 5
Dark chocolate notes with a hint of citrus on the palate. Strong but refreshing, hits you on the sweet spot every time.
5 out of 5
This has to be one of the strongest sticks ive ever smoked. I mean a total head banger. Just what the doctor ordered. Add some Monkey Shoulder and be prepared for a pretty awesome night. Sidenote: I wouldnt be in position to operate heavy machinery afterwards. LOLOL
5 out of 5
Great cigar!!
This is a AWESOME cigar. I will definitely be ordering more for the humidor.
5 out of 5
Nice smoke smooth
Nice smoke smooth
1 out of 5
Will not purchase a second time
I had terrible luck with these. Very difficult draw and hard to keep lit. I typically have to relight each one a minimum of 4x. Light up, some for a while, goes out...repeat. It’s very disappointing given how much I love the Antaño 1970 and even the joya red. I won’t be buying these again.
5 out of 5
Joya Antaño
My opinion best Nicaraguan. Great smoke and equally great finish
4 out of 5
5 out of 5
Always a good smoke.
Always a good smoke.
5 out of 5
These are another winner from Joya de Nicaragua. Not as spicy as the 1970 but still very strong and full-bodied.
5 out of 5
Great full body smoke!
Great full body smoke!
5 out of 5
Great smoke!
The flavor and taste are superb!
5 out of 5
It's a great smoke
I love them.
5 out of 5
Fantastic smoke. Great size. Brilliant construction. Complex and smokes like a true maduro.
4 out of 5
Very good smoke and I
Very good smoke and I think you should try it
5 out of 5
These babies pack a punch, but getting hit never felt so good.
Strong, yet smooth. My current favorite smoke!
5 out of 5
Smooth as silk😎🎩
Smooth as silk😎🎩
5 out of 5
Another Top Drawer Smoke!
I bought a box of these some time ago and was so impressed that I bought another. I always let Cigars age before trying them. At least 6 months but usually one year. Aging eliminates burn problems, lighting problems, draw problems, etc. These are top Cigars. They aren't Oliva Master Blends or Prensado but they are really up there
2 out of 5
Enjoyable! Was expecting more though.
5 out of 5
Joya de Nicaragua
The cigar was so good I re ordered 10 more after smoking my first. It has a nice smooth burn and the taste was nice.
2 out of 5
General review this cigar.
1. Taste was fair. 2. Draw. Packed very tight. Difficult draw. 3. Constant relighting.
5 out of 5
I waited to try this one… Bummer
i'm stingy with the 5 star ratings but this one deserves it.. This is a great smoke. Strong and spicy with strong mineral tones, it's a winner. It has a good burn and a ton of thick smoke. If full and Nicaraguan is for you, try this cigar.
4 out of 5
Good cigar
Ive been smoking these for about 3 years now. I typically reserve them for late night bourbon and bbq nights with the boys. Definitley a strong cigar but that being said i think its nothing overwhelming. Its a nice blend of oaky ,earthy and creamy with just enough spice that you can detect it in the nostrils. The only reason im giving it a 4 and not a 5 is they never burn perfect or light up easily. Still the flavors are totally there.
5 out of 5
One of my all timers
Full bodied and smooth. For me it's one of those I enjoy after a nice meal to cap off the evening. They are consistent, low maintenance, and high quality. A man's dream.
5 out of 5
Nice draw, smooth taste
Really enjoy this cigar...exceeded my expectations. I will definitely be ordering another box.
5 out of 5
A serious smoke
Bold yet subtle flavor. Distinctly pleasant room-filling aroma. Just watch the hair grow on your chest while smoking.
Customer Testimonials
Just finished my very first one of these and was completely blown away. Have been a fan of Joya de Nicaragua's line for some time, but this one may be my new favorite. Very rich cocoa and earth flavors. Definitely not a cigar you want to miss out on.
Got a sampler with one of the J D N Antano Dark Corojo in it. It has been in the humi for a couple of months or so and decided to smoke it the other day. I agree that this is a strong cigar, but it is also very smooth and smoked beautifully from start to finger burning finish. Never did it bite, get hot, bitter or anything else. As I got into it a ways I kept expecting it to get stronger or something but it pretty much stayed the same. Usually I would be disappointed when a cigar does this, but not so with this one. The flavor was amazing; it was clean on the pallet and I cannot imagine how I could have asked for a closer match to the Cubans I bought in Canada a long time back. The flavor and the strength and smoothness; WOW. If they will all smoke like this one did, I will have a new favorite. Don't be afraid of this cigar, it is strong but a real treat .....NO BITE!!! Saving up to buy a box
CA of Sioux Falls, SD
This is without a doubt one of the best cigars I have ever smoked. it is a great tasting, full-bodied cigar, well worth the money!
PL of Chesapeake, VA
Picked up a corona sized 5 x 44 at a local B&M. An absolute fire cracker that lasted for one hour 15 minutes. Pleasant full bodied flavor and absolutely no strength buzz to ruin the experience. When I financially recover from recent excessive stogie purchases, I'm going to do a little excessive purchasing on this stick.
The first premium cigars I ever bought, back in 1975, were Joya de Nicaragua. I was impressed. I'm a pipe smoker, so I don't buy a lot of cigars, and for all I knew many other premiums might be as good as Joyas. Recently, I stole (bought) the sampler + humidor combo from CI - a fantastic deal, and a sampler of Dark Corojos to see if they were as good as I remembered, and what size I might prefer. I'm still no connoisseur, but I think the dark wrapper makes them even better. Far and away the best cigar I've ever tasted!
MS of Westover, WV
Joya de Nicaragua makes some of the strongest, most flavorful cigars available today. Antano 1970 has long been a favorite of mine. Celebration is very good too. Along comes Antano Dark Corojo Doble Fuerte & all I can say is "WOW"! I received 3 robusto sized toros in a freebie deal when I purchased a box of Celebration coronas. 2 days off the truck & I am smoking my 1st Antano Dark Corojo, ever. I am duly impressed, too. The red tinged dark brown wrapper is skillfully draped over a tasty blend of 3 year aged long filler that brings some real full bodied muscle to the party. Cedar, cacao, black tobacco & an underlying sweetness highlight a roller coaster ride of full flavored goodness. Smooth as a baby's bottom & complex to the extreme, I have instantly fallen in love with ADC. The El Martillo's 5.5" X 54 frame seems a perfect vehicle for displaying the delicious tobaccos at play here. Construction is firm, heavy & spot on. I cut the double cap to allow scads of smoke to rush forth from the trademark easy draw. Highly recommended to fullheads or anyone ready to make the move toward ful bodied/full flavored done right. 94/100 Stupendous! I wasn't halfway through my toro, when I put a box of the Peligroso coronas in my basket. Thanks to the freebie, the normal cost of well over 4 bones per stick, gets knocked down to 2 clams & 4 bits.
I have been smoking cigars for many years now and I feel that I am pretty well versed in a great variety of med-full bodied cigars. I have to say through all the years and different cigars I have tried this has to be my favorite. There are others that can compare dont get me wrong. But not for the money, this is by far the best 7 dollar stick money can buy. That is of course speaking of this brand, if I have the chance to grab this cigar in the Pesadilla 4.7x60 shape, there is no other choice for me. It is simply perfect. Fat short and the perfect taper. As soon as I make a little room in my humidor I will be ordering another box of these. If I could only smoke one cigar the rest of my life, the Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo Pesadilla would be it.
i was left pretty unimpressed by this offering. i have a good variety from "cheap" cigars (seconds, puros indios etc) to premium, ab tempus, pepin garcias... when i smoke one of the premiums i expect it to wow me. i was not wowed by this cigar. it felt strong, but there wasn't a whole lot of flavor so to speak. it picked up in the last third as i approchaed the band.. now that i think of it, the jdn rosalones is in the same boat... maybe jdn just isn't for me, but i'd rather smoke a "second" cigar for 1.5$ that has tons of flavor and maybe burns a little wierd over a "premium" 6$ cigar that's flat.
CE of Milford, PA
This cigar is not for the novice. Full flavored and strength, great taste, even burn, nice aroma. Offers a lot of smoke with almost no effort. I love this one! Be sure you smoke it on a full stomach.
excellent flavor.
I hopscotch around, rarely smoking the same cigar more than once a week. This flavorfest of a cigar has cured my ADD. Wonderful flavor bomb. I have yet to smoke one that was a bummer. Great draw, fluid construction, emphatic ligero flavor and a superb wrapper. Can't get enough Antano Dark Corojos!
I received one of these after signing up with CRA as one of my free cigars. It has a great burn, aroma and taste. I can already see myself ordering more of these.
JK of Key West, FL
I received some of these in the Cigarfest Sampler a few weeks ago and they have become my new favorites! This is a truly full-flavored cigar, no doubt! A true flavor bomb. I've been hoarding back the last two but I can't resist them much longer. It's a good thing CI has more!
This cigar has a decadent chocolate aroma before lighting and continues on in the first 5 minutes of smoking in taste also. Spicy and somewhat earthy until an overwhelming tart sweetness of red wine takes over. If you like sweet cigars that are chocolatey, this ones for you.
PW of Charlestown, RI
This is my new favorite! I like strong, but this is the smoothest I have ever had! PERFECT! As I said, my new favorite.
SB of Merced, CA
Great full bodied, full flavor cigar but not for the novice or timid. These start off spicy and build from there. In my opinion, one of the best cigars, period. This one is in my top five favorites.
LZ of Gainesville, GA
I've been waiting for these babies to pop up again...scored 10 of the Toros at 48% off CI regular price, 12-21-11...awesome deal. I do have one issue with the comments made by some on this cigar...and other cigars...why do you need a full stomach to enjoy the smoke of any full bodied/strength cigar? Good God Almighty, I inhale all of my smoke and when I can take it through the nose like this baby, so much the better...swallowing the smoke just makes it taste better.
JH of Fort Worth, TX
Strong cigar that will put you down if you're not prepared for it. Same complexity and strength as the regular Antano 1970 but with a slightly darker and richer edge on the flavor profile that is very satisfying. If you like strong ligero-type intensity, complexity and spiciness, this is a perfect cigar. Just make sure not to smoke it on an empty stomach.
SN of Oakton, VA
Wow! I really didn't expect this cigar to be what it is. Earthy, robust yet smooth. Strong yet balanced. What a winner!
CS of Rock Springs, WY
this is an exquisite cigar; have smoked full-bodies for over 40 years and these rival anything over that time span. and that includes cubans.
BF of Thiensville, WI
As far as this cigar is concerned, I can just about put ditto marks under the comments made by Steve. A score of 88 is to denigrate this powerful smoke. It's not made for the smoker who wants a mild, gentle cigar, but there's not a puff of harshness in the thing. It's a slow burning, very flavourful cigar, beautifully constructed and pleasant.
MM of Leesburg, VA
This cigar would be more appropriately shipped in a miniaturized reproduction of the Ark of the Covenant replete with golden runes, jewels, and bas-relief figures of angels exalting the heavens. This cigar is, to me, holy and I regard this a treasure to behold and to besmoke. Everything from the look, with its tar-paper-looking jet-black oily appearance, to its smell, which is like pheromone-enriched perfume of the Gods, to its taste, like that of molasses, raisin, oak, and leather, is absolutely intoxicating. Truly one of the most if not THE most remarkable cigars I've ever had the pleasure of smoking--each experience is like a religious ritual and each cigar a holy sacrament. Sermon delivered, expect a treat of the fullest of full smokes on the market that coats the palette with a torrent of robust, dark flavors. Best smoked on a full stomach (in fact, necessary), this stick will weaken your knees and shake your hands lulling you into blissful cigar submission. Ask for forgiveness from all the cigar swill you've consumed in your careers and pick up a box, truck, or cargo container of these and keep them close at all times. Ite, missa est.
CZ of Gainesville, GA
Scored a fiver on MMAO-what an awesome deal!I had a wonderful 2hr thrill ride with the "El Martillo" size-5.5x54 JDNADC on 1st week of Jan.2011.Smoked one the same day received and all I can say is,this is a real "muscle"cigar.This was so complex and strong there is no other cigar I can think of that can touch this one.Very slow burn(and I did not baby it either),2 hours,burn stayed perfectly even the whole time,the dark corojo wrapper is a nice change that adds more complexity to the original Antano menu.If you are a full-flavor/full-body fan or just curious about a true work of cigar-making art with great history behind it ,give these a shot.Well done Dr.Cuenca,as always C.I.thanks!
RK of College Park, MD
Cannot understand why the Antano Dark is not a top-shelf primo everywhere. I have been trying and re-trying "prime" smokes for a long time and have yet to put my fingers around a cigar that blends aesthetics, impressive hand made blending of tobaccos, and a real "cigar experience"...until I ran into this beauty. Thanks CI, and thanks to the "Doctor" at Antano.
DW of Lakeside Park, KY
JDN really swung for the fences on this one, and hit it straight out of the park!!! I've been enjoying an El Martillo,with two fingers of Ron Zacapa 23y.o. on the rocks, and after 15 years of smoking cigars (I've been a true-blue JDN fan since '95); I would actually put this cigar up against my beloved FFOX XXX (Power Ranger): it's that good! Definitely not for the faint of heart, but if you like 'em stout; this is the stick for you. Just remember to stand up slowly, after this 2-hour rollercoaster ride.
DT of Aurora, IL
I love the Joya Dark Corojo. I finally have a worthy replacement for my all time favorite Joya Antano Grand Reserva.
CS of Montgomery, AL
During CigarFest weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting Joya de Nicaragua's Master Blender, Dr. Alejandro Martinez Cuenca. Some friends and I were sitting outside our room when he came over to chat. The good Doctor offered all of us a cigar, and I chose the Antano Dark Corojo. He told me that it was a truly full bodied smoke, and he wasn't kidding. Full of flavor and power, this cigar did not disappoint! For those of you looking for something strong, this is your smoke. Highly Recommended!
JK of Fair Haven, NJ

Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo

Steve R

A few days ago, my December issue of Cigar Aficionado was delivered. Today, I got around to leafing through it. Amongst the ads for countless items I’ll never be able to afford, something caught my eye, inspiring me to write this staff review. Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo received an ‘88’ rating. Wait a minute....

Let’s go back 10 years. An 88-point score would be a dynamite rating. I cry foul. Today’s rating system is seriously skewed – 91s and 92s are now commonplace, and we frequently see ratings as high as 93, 94, and even 95 – usually for the same brands or countries of origin, mind you. These new, bloated scores make an 88 seem so....well, mediocre.

So why was I inspired to write this review? Because the JdN Dark Corojo is a good cigar. A damn good cigar, and I disagree with the 88-point score in today’s rating scheme. I’ll explain....

Let’s face it, when it comes to full-bodied, full-flavored cigars, Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 is a frequent mention. This Nicaraguan puro may not be the powerhouse it once was – due to the influx of some seriously full-bodied blends now on the market – but the Antaño cigar brings the brass in a smooth, velvety fashion that almost anybody can enjoy. And, after years of experimenting, blending, and perfecting, the folks at Joya de Nicaragua have released an even fuller variety in the Dark Corojo, and it’s flippin’ good.

As one would expect from Joya de Nicaragua, the Dark Corojo is a brute, sitting heavy in the hand and jam-packed big boy tobaccos. The Corojo-seed wrapper is grown in Nicaragua, and has been carefully fermented to achieve a super-dark color and excessively oily sheen. The Nicaraguan long-fillers within contain plenty of ligero aged 3 years prior to rolling and expertly blended, producing a bold yet bready-sweet pre-light aroma that’ll make your mouth water after just one whiff.

My 5.5”x54 El Martillo is cut, lit, and already producing a ton of dark, thick smoke. My palate is greeted by a rich and creamy core of dense, deep tobacco flavors. This initially rush of Nicaraguan tobacco goodness is soon met with a toasty blast of wood – an oaky influence that’s like velvet, sitting heavily on the palate and clinging to the taste buds. There’s an underlying spice at play that’s neither moderate nor overwhelming. Just a gentle touch of pepper that teases my taste buds. And then, just as I'm kicking my feet up to savor this slow-burner, the ligero-laced power kicks in, soothing my senses with the possibility of modifying my motor skills. Hang in there Steve. Stick around for the long haul, because I'm in for a treat at the end. While the power doesn’t instensify, the flavors do, becoming more complex toward the nub. Indeed, this cigar has taken yet another turn, becoming richer in character with a hint of roasted coffee mixed in about an inch before risking your fingertips. No doubt satisfying, the Dark Corojo is a powerful, flavorful handmade I'll easily find myself craving again in the near future....after my motor skills are back.

Yeah....that’s my take on Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo. 88? Please. Let’s get serious here, folks.

Joya de Nicaragua Copper Toro (6.0"x50) Pack of 5 Deal

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For a limited time, with qualifying box purchases of Joya de Nicaragua Cigars, you can score a FREE Joya de Nicaragua Copper Toro 5-pack of cigars (worth $36)!!

This Copper is pure gold.

Joya de Nicaragua has come along way since its creation in Nicaragua’s first cigar factory in 1964. More than 50 years after its inception, JdN is still the first choice for true connoisseur looking for a powerhouse stick. Now Joya de Nicaragua is adding a new horse to their stable of high strength handmades, the Joya de Nicaragua Copper!

The Joya de Nicaragua Copper joins the Red, Black, and Silver as their newest colored release, and has flavors reminiscent of the flagship Antano 1970. Those who have enjoyed this blend know that it’s a supercharged Nicaraguan Puro with a spicy and delicious profile carrying quite a bit of strength. The Copper is just a bit more toned-down than that, exhibiting a medium-bodied flavor profile of wood, leather, and espresso, with a bit less spice than the 1970. Of course, they’re all made with JdN’s commitment to quality, and they’re sure to put a smile on your face when you light up and blow the first puffs. Grab a box today, and pair it with your favorite heavy after-dinner libations!

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