Cigar Aficionado

Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 Churchill
48 48
Tasting Note
This big, dark Churchill requires many relights throughout. It's an earthy, herbal cigar, leaving a slightly bitter chocolate aftertaste. The burn issues hurt the score.
Body Medium
Size Churchill
Ring Gauge 48
Length 6 7/8"
Filler Nicaragua
Binder Nicaragua
Wrapper Nicaragua
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Dec 01, 2016
Price $8.04
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2018 | Score: 87

An herbal, cedary smoke with muted notes of citrus, cocoa and saffron that emerge and then disappear. The finish is a bit muddled.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2017 | Score: 89

Strikingly oily and dark, this Churchill is solid to the touch yet draws and burns evenly. There are pronounced notes of licorice and anise as well as meaty, leathery notes and a rye bread finish. A full-bodied cigar.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2015 | Score: 90

A reddish-brown Churchill that is sweet and woody with a pleasant touch of ginger snap that leaves a profound, graham cracker aftertaste.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2014 | Score: 88

An attractive Churchill with a slightly firm draw. Initial notes of cedar, oak and vanilla become chewy and sweet, but the smoke loses some intensity as it progresses.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2011 | Score: 90

Draped in an oily, reddish-brown wrapper, this large cigar starts with some heavy tar notes that sweeten to black cherry, toast and wood. A full-bodied smoke with interesting flavor.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2009 | Score: 88

Dark, oily and solidly rolled, resulting in a notably firm draw. There are some oaky, syrupy notes accompanied by sweet corn-meal flavors and* a leathery finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jun 03, 2008 | Score: 86

A dark, veiny Churchill with a firm draw. The smoke is mostly woody in character, showing a white wine note and some sweetness before the bready finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2007 | Score: 88

Although covered in a spotty, coarse wrapper, this cigar draws and burns well. It is full bodied and woody, with lots of cocoa and mineral flavors that lead to a nutty finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2005 | Score: 90

Dark and rich in appearance, with lovely texture to the wrapper. It has a superb draw. The smoke is strong and intense, very cedary and spicy on the palate. A complex smoke with a medium to full body.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2003 | Score: 87

A dark, oily, alluring cigar with a firm draw and a good burn. It has rich, cedary flavors on the outset, with a sweet woody taste, but the flavor ebbs .Medium bodied.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Sep 01, 2003 | Score: 88

An oily, dark Churchill with an ugly cap. It draws perfectly and has a toasty aroma. Full-bodied flavors include cream and coffee bean. The finish is long with hints of spice.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale