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Joya de Nicaragua Numero Uno L'ambassadeur
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: klamm143

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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 Grey Goose - on the loose!!!! (As always)

Pre-Light: 9 Points of 10 Possible

This stick was received several weeks before being due for review, and stored for about 3 weeks in the Humi at RH-65. Several days before smoking it was taken out of the Humi and let stand at room temp (70-72 degrees) and room humidity at RH 75.

The light brown wrapper was basically smooth with only small minimal veins visible. The cap was perfect in construction and application with a small twist tail!!!! - I chose to use a "V cut" for this stick. The cut was perfect with no complications. The cigar was firm to the touch, and had a "definite strong nutty tobacco aroma" when removed from the cello wrap. The pre-light draw was easy and had strong initial flavors that were nutty, creamy and sweet to the taste buds.

Lighting and Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

Smoke Date: 03/24/2022 at 8PM lasting almost 1 hour and 45 minutes before putting down for the nub to flame out.

The cigar was easy to light and mostly had a even burn. This stick toasted / lit easily and evenly - giving off plumbs of nutty smoke. It did try to do a lop-side burn a few times but touched up easily without any problem. The overall burn produced a lot of white/grey smoke that was aromatic and maintained a "nutty aroma" throughout most of the burn. It held ash to over and inch, and burned continuously with no relights needed - only quick touch ups.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

The draw - wrapper - and cap have all been mentioned, and all given high marks for a nearly perfect construction. I could not detect any adverse or negative aspects / observations pertaining to the construction, packaging, labeling, touch / feel of this cigar.

Flavor and Aroma: 41 Points of 45 Possible

I found this cigar to be pleasing and enjoyable in most all aspects. It seemed to be more of a first half / last half cigar smoke instead of a "thirds" stick. The flavors of nuts, cream, vanilla and perhaps cedar / woodsy were very noticeable in the first half then became more subdued in the back half. The overall smoke was deemed to be smooth and mildly complex at times with it's slight flavor changes. The stick seemed to burn a little "hot" towards the end but still quite tolerable.


Overall I liked the cigar, and did not know what to expect as I've never had one of these before. I buy more darks / maduros than I do lights / connies. I would consider buying a few of these to hang on to, in the Humi for times wanting to have a relatively mild yet flavorful stick that seems to have a long burn time. This is more of an after meal smoke for my personal flavor profiles. Thanks once again to Bruce for running the show and to Brian for letting me participate. And thanks again Brian for the tag-a-longs. You never disappoint Brother.

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