We are proud of our roots
Joya de Nicaragua was established in 1968, making it the very first premium handmade cigar manufacturer in Nicaragua. We are located in the city of Estelí. We are a 100% Nicaraguan owned and operated company that develops, manufactures and markets internationally renowned cigars brands.
THE ORIGINAL NICARAGUAN CIGAR
Joya de Nicaragua was established in 1968, making it the very first premium handmade cigar manufacturer in Nicaragua. We are located in the city of Estelí, in what has come to be known as the tobacco capital of the world. Fábrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua, S.A is a 100% nicaraguan owned and operated company that develops, manufactures and markets internationally renowned cigars brands.
Black tobacco is set up in “pilones” for a year. This exclusive fermentation process is the best way to moderate flavor and strength. It works by diminishing the original nicotine and tar levels from the leaves in a gradual process.
The wrapper is the most significant leaf. It not only determines the taste profile of the cigar, but it is also the most delicate and expensive component of the blend.
We devein each wrapper leaf by hand. Afterward, we classify them according to their essential features. These features include texture, color, and size and can be used in specific cigar lines.
The process of combining different tobaccos in precise proportions is known as blending. We give each bonchero a weighed amount of binder and filler leaves (seco, viso and ligero) to handcraft 100 cigars of a unique blend.
The rolling process is done completely by hand, in pairs of workers. In our factory, it’s usually a male who skillfully bunches and works the press, while a female delicately rolls the wrapper.
At the end of the process, a supervisor inspects every cigar manually, being able to detect flaws by tact. A special device is also used to test the draw to ensuring absolute quality control.
5. Aging Room
The aging room is where each cigar spends at least 45 days in a temperature and humidity controlled environment. This process helps develop character and allows flavors to ¨marry and balance together¨. It also helps cigars lose their manufacturing moisture.
Our packaging process starts with a stick-by-stick quality control practice. First, cigars are sorted and selected by color homogeneity.
The band gets placed by hand with great care, before protecting the cigar with a cellophane wrap. Finally, they are placed in an artisan made wooden box and sealed with our origin sticker.