Cigar Reviews

Joya De Nicaragua Cabinetta Serie

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Yes, I am at the slacker spot this week once again. I’d like to blame Daniel for this, but alas, he’s been keeping up with his game. Therefore, I will just blame Canada. Today’s review is Joya De Nicaragua Cabinetta Serie.

Joya De Nicaragua Cabinetta

As many of you may know, I tend to stick on the more Full Bodied end of the cigar strength spectrum. It’s not often that you will catch me smoking mild cigars. Not that I have anything against them, but I just always seem to grab a full-bodied maduro whenever I reach into my humidor. Lately though, especially as summer approaches, I have caught myself for the first time grabbing lighter bodied cigars over the full. No idea why, it has to be a weather thing. That being said, this Joya De Nicaragua Cabinetta is a great go-to that fills that milder cigar need. Daniel actually did a blind review of this cigar if you want to check that out as well. Ok, enough rambling, lets get to the review.

Joya De Nicaragua Cabinetta

The Good Stuff: As most of you know, Drew Estate is now distributing Joya De Nicaragua. That being said, you know you are getting a quality product. Joya De Nicaragua is known more so for their powerful cigars (The Antano 1979, and Dark Corojo are STRONG!), but this is one of the first ventures into the mild/medium category that this company has taken. The Cabinetta Serie boasts a dual wrapper construction. The combination of the 75% Ecuadorian Shade Grown wrapper and the remaining Nicaraguan Criollo Wrapper are intending to give the cigar a very unique taste and aroma.

Joya De Nicaragua Cabinetta

The Cabinetta Serie comes in boxes of 24 and are made in 4 different sizes: No. 2 (Belicoso 6×54), No. 4 (Robusto 5×52), No. 7 (Toro 6×50), and the size that I am reviewing now, and my favorite out of the four,  the No. 11 (Corona Gorda 5.25×46).  The cost of the cigars are very reasonable too ranging from $5 to about $6.50.

Size:  5.25 x 46  –  Wrapper: Ecuadorian Shade/Nicaraguan Criollo  –  Binder/Filler: Nicaraguan  –  Body: Medium

Joya De Nicaragua Cabinetta

Prelight: The Joya De Nicaragua Cabinetta has an obvious twist to it, being “Dos Cappa”, or Dual Wrapper. The cigar starts off with a very light brown and orange wrapper that leads up to a very firm, dark, almost maduro wrapper towards the rounded double cap. Neither the lighter wrapper, nor the darker wrapper really show any veins. The lighter Ecuadorian wrapper seems very thing and delicate though (I always think Ecuadorian tobacco is fragile), as the Criollo wrapper is thick and strong (much like me). There are very slight soft spots towards the foot of the cigar, but nothing concerning.

Joya De Nicaragua Cabinetta

The lighter Ecuadorian wrapper, and the foot of the cigar give off just a ton of very sweet, cedar white it was near impossible to really get any scent from the Criollo wrap. The cap clipped very easily using my double bladed palio cutter. The sweet, cedar taste carried into the cold draw, and I really hope it carries into the entire experience. I pulled a tiny bit of spice from that cold draw as well.

Joya De Nicaragua Cabinetta

First Smoke: Now if I would have to classify the first half of this cigar, I would have to compare it to the ideal tastes one would get off of a cinnamon dulce latte. The cigar starts off with this just burst of sweet cinnamon leaving behind some great cedar tastes as well as some cocoa and coffee. The Cabinetta lit up with extreme ease, it was almost ridiculous how fast the foot toasted. The draw is very easy, clean, and really kicks out a tick cloud of smoke. However, I really didn’t get too much in the stationary smoke department. The burnline started out all sorts of crazy, probably due to the easy lighting of the foot, but quickly corrected itself and is now burning dead even leaving behind a nice trail of semi-flaky whitish grey ash. The first ash fell of surprisingly soon (an all over my lap) at only about a third of an inch in. Again, this was probably due to the softness of the tobacco packed into the foot of the cigar.

Joya De Nicaragua Cabinetta

Halfway There: Again, I don’t smoke Medium or Light bodied cigars awesome, but I am really enjoying the vast amount of flavor the Cabinetta brings to the table. The Flavors haven’t changed up too much except a lot more of the coffee flavor sneaking in, but every little puff is just so flavorful. The burnline is really thick, and tends to have a mind of its own, but is always quickly pulled back to an even burn. The retrohale is awesome. Tons of cedar and cinnamon priming with just a little spice burn. The cigar is medium by far and I am not feeling any nicotine at all from this stick.

Joya De Nicaragua Cabinetta

Finish: I was expecting a nice little flavor changeup once I entered the Criollo portion of this Joya De Nicaragua Cabinetta, but I just didn’t get it. Maybe the maduro portion is just too deep into the cigar. If any difference was really made, it may have smoothed the cigar out into the finish cause this cigar finished off incredibly smooth. The flavors really matched up with a heavy creamed coffee with milk chocolate and a little natural tobacco mixed in. All in all it took me about an hour to smoke this cigar from start to finish and I felt absolutely no nicotine in the slightest.

Joya De Nicaragua Cabinetta

Overview: What can I say, I love yet another mild cigar. This cigar’s massive flavor, smooth smoke, decent price, and overall pleasant experience make for just a perfect everyday smoke. This is really a great box purchase if you stumble across them. Ideal for the everyday smoker looking for something that will blend in throughout the day, and perfect for the novice smoker without knocking them on his ass.

Joya De Nicaragua Cabinetta

Pairing: I decided to pair this Joya De Nicaragua with some Flying Dog, Snake Dog IPA. I’m not one to go for an IPA as they usually overpower the cigar, but the nice warm, summer weather combined with the lighter cigar made for a great pairing. At a little over 7.2% the Snake Dog IPA’s hoppy, citrus flavor meshed in perfectly with the sweet cinnamon of the Cabinetta. Outside of an IPA, or Trippel, I can’t think of a better pairing for this cigar than some black coffee, or sweet tea. Cheers!

Joya De Nicaragua Cabinetta

Tony Casas is a 32 year old Creative Managing/Webdesigning/Craft Beer Drinking Cigar smoker from El Paso, Texas. When he isn't loving his wife he is either sleepy, hungry, or suffering from a headache.


  1. CigarCraig

    April 15, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I just left a comment on another blog about this line! I’ve really enjoyed these over the last year. I had the good fortune to see these being rolled at the factory (the Lancero is fantastic!). I always look forward to hitting the dark wrapper, but I always struggle to keep it lit when it gets there. It’s a neat effect, and a lot of work goes into it for such a reasonably priced cigar. Lot’s of great cigars coming out of that factory!

  2. dalamscius

    April 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I loved this cigar in my Blind review. I haven’t had a chance to smoke many of them but they are definitely on my list of stuff to buy. Was really enjoyable and your notes are pretty darn close to my thoughts, a great mild cigar.

    Looks like you are wussing out in your old age and leaning towards the milder cigars there Tony 😛

  3. Lou Bozzelli

    April 16, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    well, this looks like another interesting cigar to try. i found a price of $87. for a box of 24. is that a good price? if it is, let me know and i’ll give you the web address, why do you think they switch the wrapper so close to the end? would have it been better at the half way mark??? thoughts……

    once again Tony, another great review with great pics. you’re my no.1 for cigar reviews…………..BUT, blame Canada, i don’t think so.

  4. CigarCraig

    April 18, 2011 at 6:50 am

    I hope Tony and Daniel don’t mind, but I’d like to give Lou an answer. Last month I was at the factory watching these being rolled. The Nicaraguan wrapper at the head is applied on top of a finished cigar, so it actually has 2 caps. I watched the cigars being bunched, wrapped, and having the second wrapper applied, pretty fascinating. My understanding is that the darker wrapper is more for the taste on the lips as opposed to the flavor when burning (as I noted in my previous comment, I can’t seem to keep them lit once it gets past the band. While at the factory I tried a little experiment. Before I lit the cigar I just tasted it cold for quite a while, and the Nicaraguan wrapper does have a much spicier taste on the lips than the Ecuador Connecticut does. These are a really nice cigar, I would definately be interested in knowing where these can be purchased for $87!

  5. Tony Casas

    April 18, 2011 at 8:10 am

    @Lou yeah man, that is a really good price… hahaa and thanks for the compliments. Little do you know i payed a visit to the great white north a while back and fell in love with it! I just don’t like admitting that in front of Daniel.

    @Craig – Thanks for chiming in bro! and of course we don’t mind! I was on an internet Hiatus this weekend ;p

  6. Lou Bozzelli

    April 18, 2011 at 10:08 am

    well, this is the first time i’m commentting a 2nd time on one cigar review.

    go to this site. it’s not the largest site online but i haven’t found anyone better priced than him. plus, if you don’t see something you like, he might be able to order it in for you, and again at a really good price.

    the no.11 corona gorda was what i looked for on the site and there it was, $87. i thought it was a pretty good price. and for 24 not just 20.

    @Craig – thanks for the update on making of the cabinetta serie cigar. it makes total sense now. i’m jealous of you, getting to see them being rolled. well done!!!

    @Tony – hey Tony, make sure next time you come up north you let us know. yourself, Daniel T and i will have to kick back and enjoy something special to remember your trip. take care

  7. CigarCraig

    April 18, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Boy, Larry Lynn has been around a while! Glad he still around, it looks like he’s got great prices on a lot of things. I remember he used to be one of the few sites that would ship internationally. Thanks for putting this site back on my radar.

    Now I’m probably pushing it, but here’s a link to a little video I took (with my phone) of the Cabinetta Lanceros being bunched and rolled at the factory. Unfortunately I didn’t get any video of the criollo being applied.

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