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Joya de Nicaragua Numero Uno L'ambassadeur
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Todd (tuck0411)

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Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique generously sponsored by our member nirab (Brian). The cigar provided for this round is the">Joya de Nicaragua Numero Uno L'ambassadeur.

Número Uno was originally blended for World Leaders and handed out by Nicaraguan ambassadors on official missions around the world. In 2018, Joya de Nicaragua gifted some of these cigars to media and special audiences and got their highest rating in 50 years. Joya de Nicaragua is now officially releasing it as part of Obras Maestras, the designation of their ultra-premium family of cigars.

Joya de Nicaragua Numero Uno L'ambassadeur

Joya de Nicaragua
Numero Uno L'ambassadeur
Ring Gauge:
Country of Origin:
Connecticut Shade
L’Ambassadeur, a parejo 6 5/8 x 44 tailed Lonsdale. Número Uno uses a silky and delicate Ecuadorian Connecticut shade wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers. “Número Uno was developed as a unique gift and later an event-exclusive cigar, and although it wasn’t the original intention, we decided to make Número Uno available to a bigger audience.” – Said Dr. Alejandro Martínez Cuenca, Chairman of Joya de Nicaragua.
This cigar was enjoyed with Coffee

Pre-Light: 9 Points of 10 Possible

A few minor veins, a light sheen, a moderately firm pack with no soft spots, and a pennant cap that came off when I was sliding the stick out of the cellophane... Gave it a punch and the cold draw was moderately open. The band is large and attractive and has text on the back side: "Numero Uno was originally blended for world leaders and top-ranked government officials."

Lighting and Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

The light produced a moderately easy draw, smoke volume on the low side of optimal, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a small cone. Things continued uneventfully through the 2nd third until I removed the band, which took a small patch of wrapper with it from the top of the last third, and this may have caused the subsequent drop in smoke output.  Smoke output then returned to its previous level before the burn line reached the missing wrapper patch, so who knows.  Things were otherwise uneventful down to the nub from that point with the burn line being mostly razor-sharp throughout.

Construction: 26 Points of 30 Possible

This was a well-constructed stick with no major issues to speak of.  No points deducted for the patch of wrapper that came off with the band removal as that's typical of connie wrappers and it caused no significant issues, in any case. The cap appeared to be very evenly applied and stayed intact for the duration. The draw was slightly constricted but smoke volume was acceptable all the way through.

Flavor and Aroma: 38 Points of 45 Possible

The pre-light sniff gave a whiff of rich tobacco. The light gave a mild/medium profile with a spicy retro and notes of light wood, spice, and a hint of cream. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the other flavors remaining consistent through the first third after which I started getting a slight hint of citrus in the 2nd third along with a bready note that stuck around for the duration. Pretty tasty, overall, although the buttery note that I frequently get from a connie blend was missing so it missed my wheelhouse by just a bit. Strength was a bit past medium and bordering on medium/full by the last third as I noticed some effects on my head by that point.


A very enjoyable morning smoke, this one, although the nicotine was a bit stronger than what I'm normally used to from a connie blend. Nice flavors, great construction, not much here to dislike and I'd smoke it again.

Humidimeter reading: Head - 64, foot - 52
Burn time: 1:37

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