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Joya de Nicaragua JOYA Red

Joya de Nicaragua paints the town red.

The stories surrounding Joya de Nicaragua's handmades stretch from sea to shining sea. Like brave knights coming to battle a fearsome dragon, many enthusiasts have entered the fray confident, only to be quickly tamed by bold, powerful profiles. I've seen it all too many times. We even had a guy pass out while using the facilities at one of our stores....he was puffing on it like a locomotive stuck on overdrive. Luckily, after about a 5 minute tile nap, he exited with just a bruised ego. He, like many before him, learned that Joya de Nicaragua makes one hell of a full-bodied cigar. But now, Joya de Nicaragua dials the strength down a bit for a cigar that's built for daily enjoyment. Without any further delay welcome, JOYA Red. 

Many of Joya de Nicaragua's handmades rely on potent ligeros to deliver their feisty bouquet. This time, lower tobacco primings were chosen to impart the same core flavors, but in a much more palatable fashion. Long-fillers from the uber-fertile regions of Esteli, Condega, and Jalapa, were stuffed into a golden hued Nicaraguan Habano wrapper. This recipe yielded a medium-bodied bouquet boasting strong doses of roasted nuts and pepper, as hints of leather, toast, and coffee also enter the fray. In a nutshell, JOYA Red is going to appeal to fans of Joya de Nicaragua, as well as newcomers of all shapes and sizes. Heck, even those still licking their wounds should thoroughly enjoy this one. 

JOYA Red received a well-deserved '90' rating noting: "The lush draw of this cigar delivers a strong black pepper character that settles down to show notes of hickory, brown sugar and earth." 

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Overall Rating4.27 out of 5 Based on 49 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Joya de Nicaragua JOYA Red”

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4 out of 5
Love These!
Great cigars! The most recent box was quite restrictive on the drw. Regardless, a smooth smoke and perfect size.
4 out of 5
Joya Red
I bought a box of these to try and I love them. Smooth and nice burn. My only complaint is that some of them were very spongie or soft at the end. Other than that, a really great everyday smoke that you will absolutely love.
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3 out of 5
joya Reds
I've always been a big fan of Joya de Nicaragua cigars. They are satisfying and a pleasure to smoke. The Joya Reds was somewhat disappointing. The draw is excellent, the first 1/3 was rather tasteless as was the remainder. They were well rolled burnt evenly and left a long clean ash. This one is just not my cup of tea!
3 out of 5
Construction issues
Great flavors, but terrible issues with the burn. The majority of the ends split after cutting them. I also had trouble with getting the right humidity as they always seem too moist. The box of cigars was basically a waste of money.
5 out of 5
Time to hoard these bad boys!
These are the most even burning, tastiest medium bodied cigars I and my wife have ever smoked. Maybe I need to get out more but I bought 4 more boxes, I would rather run out of toilet paper than run out of these!
3 out of 5
Inconsistent burn
I bought a box because I had previously had them an enjoyed them. As I went through the box I noticed a inconsistency in the draw. Some burned really nicely from beginning to end. Some started out with a tight draw but got better. Some had a tight draw from the beginning till I reached the max of my frustration. That said, when I got a good one I enjoyed it. Medium body. Come on Joya, you can do this!
4 out of 5
Good solid smoke, not deserving of a five but competent. Excellent construction, good flavor, great price.
4 out of 5
Joya Reds are my go to daily standard
Joya Reds are my go to daily standard. Good before or breakfast with a coffee. Great in afternoon or after dinner, although Black or Antano go better.
4 out of 5
Strong great smooth smoke
3 out of 5
Meh for Me
This cigar gets good reviews, but it just didn't "wow" me. I noticed a hot blast of pepper when I first lit it. It remained full-bodied, but I could notice moments of creaminess, nuts and toast. All in all it stayed heavy with pepper during and after the smoke. I finished the stick, but would probably not buy the Toro again. I might give it another try in the Robusto size.
4 out of 5
good cigar for the price
I have come to really enjoy the Joya Red. They are priced reasonably enough to smoke every day and the Canonazo is just the right size to kick back after work and unwind. One annoyance kept me from giving five stars (in fact, I would have given 3 1/2 if that were possible). The draw on 90% of each box is spot on but the other 10% end up in the ash can. The draw is just impossible. Not quite a deal breaker as I really like these smokes just very annoying.
3 out of 5
Joya Reds
The cigars are great, the lower rating is based on condition upon arrival. Dealing with cracking on a few.
5 out of 5
Joya Red toro rocks!
Enjoyable and dependably tasty smoke for a great price.
5 out of 5
An amazing everyday cigar. I've shared my Joya Reds with friends and family and the overwhelming response is "OUTSTANDING".
4 out of 5
Very smooth
Not a bad cigar. Very light a mellow. Nice cigar for relaxing. Paired well with light beverages as well.
5 out of 5
Most enJOYAble smoke
This in one of my favorite smokes. Great draw, consistent burn, pleasant flavor and aroma for myself and others.
4 out of 5
Excellent and full of flavor
Very smooth cigar. Smokes even and mild to medium with good flavor. A go to for me on the patio or golf course. Always have these in my humidor.
4 out of 5
JOYA Red is a favorite
The JOYA Red ia a goto for me. Medium to Mild strength with alot of flavor always smokes well and even for me. One of 4 favorites of mine always have them in my humidor.
5 out of 5
JOYA Red, make any moment special!
An excellent cigar for anytime. It is my quintessential breakfast cigar, sweet, spicy blend to go with my morning coffee. I always catch hints of cinnamon and just a bit of pepper to tickle the nose. Highly recommended!
5 out of 5
I Enjoya My Joya Red!
Great smoke. Great price. Lit well, easy draw and burned evenly and cool. This is my choice for my daily smoke! Buy a box you won't regret.
4 out of 5
Joya de Nicaragua Joya Red Short Churchill
This is an excellent smoke. I will be reordering in the future.
5 out of 5
Nice taste
Very nice cigar nice and mild
2 out of 5
Crumbly wrapper, not a lot of flavor.
I received this cigar as part of a brown bag special. It has been living in the humidor for about a month, and a cool halloween night just seemed like a good time to try it out. Sadly, the wrapper fell apart and left me with an almost bare cigar about a 1/4 of the way in. While it held together, it produce a large volume of smoke, but without much in the flavor department.
2 out of 5
Started out great...Then flopped
Friend and I tried these sticks and at first we were both amazed by the flavors of these sticks (especially for their cost), but those flavors soon turned to just a plain ol'smoke...Did anyone else get this from these sticks? If we just got bunk sticks then we would give these another go. We both thought these were "box worthy" and then the letdown.
5 out of 5
JDN Red Toro.....Great Stick!
A great go to cigar.
5 out of 5
JDN Short Churchill ...great smoke
Small smoke but big in flavor. You won't be disappointed in any of the JDN line from Drew Estate. Enjoy....
3 out of 5
Nicaraguan Dirty Bomb
Toro's construction was great. Burn was razor sharp. When burn went a little wonky, it would self correct. Ash held on. Didn't want to drop off. The wrapper was silky smooth. The stick produced an abundance of foot smoke. Stayed fairly cool throughout. The draw was a bit tight, but not a problem. Flavor dominated by dry earth. There was some hints of chocolate early on, but didn't last long. There were some hints of cedar on the draw and floral hints on the retrohale in the last third. Long finish of earth throughout. Not very much strength. Love the construction. Not a fan of the flavor profile.
4 out of 5
Joy to smoke
Nice smoke, good draw and solid taste.
5 out of 5
Great smokes
I tried these first when my son-in-law brought them to a family gathering and I found them to be very enjoyable. They are full of flavor that is smooth and mild enough for the occasional smoker, yet full bodied enough to please the more seasoned person. Disappointed that I couldn’t find them locally I turned to CI. Great price, quick shipping, will definitely order more.
5 out of 5
Great service
I really enjoyed my first order I will be back
5 out of 5
So, got one of these in a CI grab bag deal. Didn't think much of it until I fired this little red baby up. Great taste, definitely a medium stick, lots of smoke, burned great! All the things you can ask for in a cugar... I will picking up more of these bad boys very soon....
5 out of 5
Hoya red
Great cigar for the money, little dissatisfied with the ring size, would buy again
5 out of 5
spice and nice
Not a bad cigar. I enjoyed the 5-pack. Spice, medium to full. Don't know why, but I did tire of the taste after the 5-pack and didn't want to buy more. It is a premium cigar and it is a good tasting cigar, but five of these was enough.
4 out of 5
Excellent value
Smooth finish, great value for a premium smoke
5 out of 5
one of my favorite go
one of my favorite go to cigars.
5 out of 5
well deserved rating.
I've been drunk out of my gourd in Estelli...smoking these as fresh as the come!
5 out of 5
Fuzzy thoughts of a great smoke.
I ran into a few of these while drunk in Estelli, Nicaragua in 2013. Am hoping they still taste the same!
5 out of 5
Joya Red
Robust is an excellent cigar, smooth and balanced with a creamy nuttiness and slight sweetness at the end. Delightful and well worth the price!
1 out of 5
Joya Red Canonazo
I was very disappointed with this order. I bought a box of these cigars and over half of the box of these cigars were dry and came apart when I tried to smoke them. I will not buy a box of these again.
5 out of 5
great service.
great service.
5 out of 5
Joya Red
Excellent quality and fast shipping. Live buying from CI!
5 out of 5
fantastic stick anytime of the day
4 out of 5
Joya Red
Great cigar. Full body, medium strength and a fair price point. Nice spice with just a touch of sweetness. I enjoyed the Robusto and Toro equally. I'm a JdN fan in general and find this smoke slightly more interesting than the more powerful Antano.
5 out of 5
Joya Red Toro
Very nice stick! Well constructed with a good slow burn. has a really interesting sweet taste that is subtle but enjoyable. Not my everyday stick but a really inetersting change up and overall nice to have in the humidor. I generally trend toward more full bodied cigars and this one is very enjoyable at the medium to full experience. Received it on my monthly cigar cigar club shipment (Best thing since sliced bread!) and having been thanking CI ever since.
5 out of 5
great service.
great service.
4 out of 5
New Regular
Have to agree with CT of Texas. Not as strong as the Antano but very similar in flavor w/ softer edge. Wonderful everyday gar and perfect on the golf course as well. Smoked a couple boxes of the Canonazo size w my golf buddies this summer. Nice even burn for a good 7- 8 holes. If you enjoy JdN Antonio 1970 this is a must try.
5 out of 5
JOYA Red is Good!
Sort of Hate when this bewdy of a smoke is over! It has great flavour that holds throughout and it finishes nicely. Heartily Recommended! ~;0) VivaChas!
Customer Testimonials
JdNJR is a hell of a great tasting smoke. I love the aroma, too. Great combination of flavors, very enjoyable. I'm getting more of these for my humidor.
EW of Virginia Beach, VA
I got ten sticks on a Joe's daily and I must say...WOW! This is an amazing cigar. I just ordered a box!
Robusto. Gorgeous construction like the Antaño with a beautiful habano wrapper. Mild pepper and sweetness to start building towards a stronger peppery, leather finish. Just a hint of coffee here and there. This cigar is rich and full without the strength of an Antaño. Smoke production started out on the lighter side but built to billowy clouds. Slight runs for the first inch or two but leveled out and was razor sharp to the nub. This is an everyday.
CT of Dallas, TX

Red is the New Joya

Jeff K

As a self-appointed ambassador of all things cigars, I spend a lot of time thinking about branding. And if there’s one thing that makes me nervous it’s the words “rebranding” and “new directions.” Normally well-intentioned, many “rebranding” campaigns unfortunately end up as big failures (New Coke, anyone?). So you can understand my initial hesitance around Joya Red. A classic Nicaraguan brand known for their kick-ass, powerhouse cigars was going to deliver a smooth and medium-bodied blend? I wasn’t convinced. So when the boxes landed on our docks, I did what needed to be done — snuck a box of Toros away and headed upstairs to perform a little QA.  

The first impression was great. While most boxes from Joya are chunky, weighty, and very “old-school”, I like this new approach to packaging here. The red and gold band looks nice against the golden-brown Habano wrapper, and the box is sharp. Paper wrapped, each box contains 20 cigars, in two rows of ten. The next step here was easy. I picked the cigar with the shiniest cellophane, broke out the ol’ cutter and lighter, and began puffing away. 

At first, this cigar is rather mellow. There’s a sweetness to it (CA calls it “brown sugar”, that’s a little too technical for me), with a crisp and clean tobacco core. It’s good, but the best was yet to come. Around an inch in flavors of roasted nuts join the mix, and as the cigar burns down it’s only picking up steam. Eventually, I was given a nice medium-bodied mixture of wood, toasty tobacco, coffee, and some hints of black pepper. In all, everything kept cool and smooth, never even inching into the full-bodied territory of some other JdN’s like Antano 1970 or Dark Corojo. But the flavors certainly kept coming. By the end of this cigar, you’re left with a super satisfying, palate-smacking wallop of delicious Nicaraguan goodness, all without breaking a sweat. I let this one burn down as far as I could go without burning my fingers, and then stashed the rest of the box in my humidor.   

As you may have guessed at the beginning of this review, I wasn’t sure I’d like the “new” Joya, but I tried Red anyway. And I’m glad I did. Joya Red is a fantastic cigar that I can heartily recommend to anyone who enjoys a balanced blend. It’s smooth, complex, and subtle — a perfect contender for your new daily stick. 

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

Joya de Nicaragua Copper Toro 5-pack for FREE!!

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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