Joya de Nicaragua Número Uno L’Ambassadeur – Cigar Aficionado

Although it’s certainly easy to make a mild cigar, it’s difficult to make a mild smoke that’s actually interesting and flavorful. Joya de Nicaragua, Nicaragua’s oldest producer of premium cigars, has accomplished this blending feat with its Número Uno L’Ambassadeur, a light cigar of both character and understatement. 

According to the story behind the brand, L’Ambassadeur was previously a commercially unavailable smoke and created to be presented as a diplomatic gift to visiting dignitaries and heads of state. If that sounds familiar, it’s because the Cuban Cohiba brand has a similar backstory. Regardless of its previous status, the Número Uno L’Ambassadeur is now available to anyone, whether you’re an international emissary or someone who just prefers lighter cigars. 

The draw here is impeccable, imparting a creamy, toasty smoke that speaks softly of vanilla, almonds and cinnamon. No flavor is competing for dominance on the palate. Rather, each note dances delicately like a well-choreographed ballet suite. It may come as a surprise that a producer known for making robust Nicaraguan cigars has decided to go in the other direction, but the Joya de Nicaragua Número Uno L’Ambassadeur is a skillful exercise in restraint. And with so many strong, full-bodied cigars getting much of the press, it’s always nice to see a cigar of nuance and subtlety excel in our ratings.