The cigar will consist of what Joya de Nicaragua calls “air-cured black tobaccos” from four different countries: Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Peru and Ecuador. It draws its flavor profile from a myriad of tobacco growing regions. The filler is a blend of tobacco from Estelí and Ometepe in Nicaragua combined with Peruvian leaves cultivated in Tarapoto. It’s held together by a Dominican piloto Cubano binder from the La Canela region and finished with an Ecuadoran Habano wrapper.
According to José Blanco, Senior Vice-President of Joya de Nicaragua “the Cuenca y Blanco is a symphony of well-balanced tobaccos creating a rich and complex smoke, with lots of flavor which I always find so important and with a type of strength satisfying for most smokers.”
Dr. Martinez Cuenca, Joya de Nicaragua’s President and Owner, stated “I see Cuenca y Blanco as the clear testimony of our vision of where we see ourselves in the future of premium cigar blending and manufacturing. The two of us, together with the rest of the Joya de Nicaragua family, put forth our best efforts to create this singular cigar blend that is balanced, flavorful, and intends to be judged not by its strength alone, but rather for the kind of pleasure it gives to every smoker that tries it”, adding “this cigar is the quintessential expression of how two minds, two experiences, and two origins worked together; each venturing off our traditional paths of only making Puro, to instead create what we feel is a masterpiece of a cigar of diverse tobaccos from many origins.”
Cuenca y Blanco will be available in 5 classic sizes: Corona Real 5 ½ x 46, Robusto Deluxe 5 ¼ x 50, Toro Supremo 6 x 54, Torpedo Especial 6 ¼ x 52 and Lonsdale Club 6 ½ x 44. The initial production batch of Cuenca y Blanco was released into the US market at the IPCPR 80th Annual Convention and Trade Show in Orlando in August and distributed by Drew Estate as part of its exclusive distribution agreement with Joya de Nicaragua. The brand will be introduced to the rest of the world beginning in January 2013 through Joya de Nicaragua’s International Marketing Division and distributors.
This article first appeared in CObsession.