Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

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

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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 Water with lime

Pre-Light: 9 Points of 10 Possible

This is a nice looking cigar.  Light to medium brown, with a smooth wrapper and minimal veining.  The cigar is firm with no soft spots.  When I removed the label there were a couple of dark spots under where the label had been.  The best part of the pre-light was the cigar's aroma.  It gave off a very pleasant sweet hay aroma.  One of the most pleasant pre-light aromas I have ever experienced.  I remember thinking if this tastes as good as it smells this is going to be an excellent cigar.

Lighting and Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

I cut the cigar with my V cutter.  The pre-light draw was open and easy.  The pre-light draw gave off some flavor of licorice.  The cigar lit easy and the burn was very close to even for the entire smoke.  The ash was a whitish gray and held for 2 inches.  When the ash did fall off this cigar the burn cone that was left was tall and impressive.  The cigar produced a medium volume of white smoke.  I did not keep track of the burn time, but it was faster than I expected.  The draw was easy throughout the full length of the cigar.

Construction: 24 Points of 30 Possible

As noted above, the firmness of the cigar and burn were very good.  The cigar I received had a quarter inch tear on the wrapper about an inch up from the head of the cigar.  This did not affect the burn and was only wrapper deep.  However, with about 2 inches left on the cigar, the tear completed itself up to where the cigar was burning, and with an inch and a half to go the wrapper then came off.  I smoked it for another half inch and then let it go.  I'm not holding this much against the cigar as the rest of the construction and burn seemed professionally done, and this seemed like a situation specific to this one cigar.

Flavor and Aroma: 33 Points of 45 Possible

Unfortunately, the cigar did not live up to the promises of the pre-light aroma and pre-light draw.  The cigar was overall enjoyable, but not a standout.  It was mild to medium with not a lot of flavor.  It had a very slight hint of vanilla and cedar occasionally.  It was quite smooth.  The absolute best part of this cigar was occasionally I would get that sweet spice flavor/scent at the back of my nose during exhale.  About halfway through the cigar I did get some bitterness, but as I stated above it burned fairly fast, and after slowing down with it, the bitterness dissipated.


I was very excited to try this cigar, but based on the one I tried, I would not add these to my normal rotation.  I would smoke one again if available, but I would not go out of my way to get one.  In our star system I would give it 3 stars.

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