Cuenca y Blanco by Joya de Nicaragua

What can I say, when I kept hearing about this cigar I went on a hunt for it. Not like a typical “Meh, I’ll try it when I find it” hunt for a cigar. I went on a Lt. Colonel John H. Patterson style hunt for this thing at all the Nashville local shops. Finally this weekend I walked into the Cigar Station in Spring Hill and low and behold, it sat on the shelves of the shop just 2 minutes from my house. Delivered on Friday….it was stogie fate! My wife would say it’s obsessive.

The Building Blocks

Wrapper: Ecuadoran Habano
Binder: Dominican Republic Piloto Cubano
Filler: Nicaraguan Esteli & Ometepe, Peru

 

Two Robustos went into this review. And honestly, this cigar is what many would term a mutt. To be honest, it’s what made me want to try the cigar.

Looking at the list of tobaccos that go into the make up of this smoke and the relatively mild pre light aroma I really wasn’t sure what I would think. From the initial light, I knew I was going to love this cigar. Through the first half of the cigar the blend will give a fan of “spice bombs” enough to be interested through the end and the fans of a more mild smoke the lack of overkill to keep them coming back for more. While Joya has a few blends in their line up I really enjoy, I can say that this cigar is going to end up in my regular rotation.

The Positve: The burn of the cigar lasted about an hour and thirty minutes. To me, that’s great timing for a robusto, and awesome timing considering I tend to smoke faster than is recommended.

The Negative: The only negative point to this cigar is that I only bought two for the review.

MSRP: $8.50

Box worthy: For me yes. I can see how it would disinterest fans of the Dark Antano, but I honestly feel that this cigar beats out my former favorite of JdN in terms of flavor and price.

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