JdN Cinco Décadas El Embargo Exclusively For Europe

Commemorating the resiliency of Joya de Nicaragua thirty five years ago, the company introduces ​Cinco Décadas El Embargo,​ a Limited Edition 152 x 60 box-pressed gigante, with only 500 boxes of 10 cigars produced.

C​inco Décadas El Embargo ​are available in selected European markets, with an initial release in the world’s flagship store for Nicaraguan premium cigars ​CIGARAGUA,​ in Amsterdam. A small number of boxes have been allocated for legacy markets in Asia and Latin America in 2021. Respecting its origin, it will not be available for sale in the USA.

The 1980s was a critical decade for Nicaragua and Nicaraguan cigars. Two events were fundamental in shaping the country’s history during that decade: the civil war and the economic embargo, declared by the United States against the Central American nation in 1985.​ The embargo became an enormous obstacle for Nicaraguan products, as they were prohibited from entering the US Market, and its citizens could no longer enjoy Nicaraguan crafted cigars. But once more, from obstacles came opportunity.

With its primary market forbidden indefinitely, Joya de Nicaragua had to seek alternatives to sell its cigars. This is how Joya de Nicaragua found in Europe one of its greatest allies, emerging as the first brand of Nicaraguan cigars to be enjoyed in the old world, and eventually becoming one of the best known Nicaraguan brands around the globe.

“Cinco Décadas pays tribute to our milestones as a company; the events that have made and shaped who we are today. But not all of the occasions were positive, some of them were paramount challenges. The embargo was one of those hard situations we confronted, but one that in retrospect allowed Joya de Nicaragua to establish itself as a truly global brand. Another great example of how the tough moments in life can actually make us better and stronger. With El Embargo, we bring to our European friends a token of gratitude for opening their arms to us during those years”,​ said Dr. Alejandro Martínez Cuenca, Chairman of Joya de Nicaragua S.A.

His journalistic career began in 1979 as a freelancer for German-language newspapers in the US, and later for Austrian media including Die Wochenpresse and Das Wirtschaftsblatt. For ten years he also produced programs for over 60 radio stations around the world. In 1994, Reinhold C. Widmayer devoted himself to all things cigar, publishing technical articles in cigar magazines. He began working for Cigar Journal in 2001 and became editor-in-chief in 2005; under his auspices the journal has established itself as the world’s leading cigar magazine.


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