Cigar Aficionado

Cuenca y Blanco Cigar From Joya De Nicaragua to Debut

In a collaborative effort between two industry veterans, Joya de Nicaragua president Dr. Martinez Cuenca and senior vice president José Blanco have teamed up to create the new brand Cuenca y Blanco, a multinational blend scheduled to be released at this summer’s IPCPR trade show.

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.

“As many know, I have always been deeply fond of Nicaraguan tobaccos,” said Blanco, “but I am also very pleased to bring more origins, including my own Dominican heritage, to Joya de Nicaragua.”

Cuenca y Blanco 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.

“This cigar is the quintessential expression of how two minds, two experiences and two origins  worked together,” said Cuenca, “each venturing off our traditional paths of only making puros to instead creating a cigar of diverse tobaccos.”

Cuenca y Blanco will come in 5 sizes: Corona Real (5 1/2 inches by 46), Robusto Deluxe (5 1/4 by 50), Toro Supremo (6 by 54), Torpedo Especial (6 1/4 by 52) and Lonsdale Club (6 1/2 by 44).

The brand is distributed by Drew Estate.

"Great news! Can't wait to try one..." —May 30, 2012 11:42 AM
"Harold. I've been missing you by ChilliPepper brother.....! JDrew" —May 22, 2012 07:46 AM
"I'm really looking forward to try these, the Dark Corojo are my personal favorites untill now. Let's see if the new blend is just as good..." —May 20, 2012 17:53 PM
"Meeting Jose several times at events and trade shows I can say he is not only a wealth of cigar knowledge but extremely passionate about cigars and educating the consumer. I wish him well and looking forward to trying this blend. It's nice to see CA give more in depth info on cigar news rather than mere press releases that many other sites post. Nice job Greg." —May 19, 2012 10:24 AM
"CUENCA Y BLANCO: Since I was not asked to contribute to the press release, I will add my thoughts right here. Hahahahahahahaha. Working very closely with the Joya de Nicaragua factory over the last five years has been an incredible experience for me. The heritage, the culture, and the passion of Nicaragua is directly represented in this historical and prestigious brandmark - The First Cigar Brand From Central America. Knowing Jose Blanco for many years as a senior executive at another respected company in the Dominican Republic, I was truly excited to hear the news of him making the shift to Nicaragua a while back. His love for premium cigars is unquestionable, and will certainly add to the life journey that is called Joya de Nicaragua. These guys have been working on the blend for quite some time, but I could tell something special had happened during the last few weeks because of the excitement at the factory and on the production floor. I have the feeling that we are about to witness a truly classic blending experience on this one. Best, JD" —May 18, 2012 22:57 PM