Brand: Joya De Nicaragua Country: Nicaragua
Size: Robusto Deluxe 5.2 x 50 Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Price: $8.35 (Buy)
The Label Factor:
I know enough Spanish to be dangerous. Typically, when attempting to speak it, I either freeze up completely or inadvertently insult someone’s mother. Regardless, when I first saw this label, I translated it to “Basin and White,” which I think is a pretty great name. After doing a bit of research, I came to realize that the Cuenca Y Blanco refers to the names of Alejandro Martínez Cuenca and Jose Blanco, the owner and VP of Joya De Nicaragua, respectively. The stick has since been rebranded to simply “CyB”, and the labels have been updated to the same.
I do like the style of the label, as it reminds me of a championship belt you would see a Luchador wear in a wrestling match. Combined with a nice color scheme, you have a very attractive label that gets the CigarNubs seal of approval, whatever that is worth.
What We Liked:
After cutting with a punch, the first thing that jumped out at me was the draw. Silky-smooth doesn’t do it justice. I found myself smoking a little too fast because each puff was better than the next. I kept thinking, “no way this next draw will be as silky-smooth.” I was continuously proved wrong.
The Cuenca Y Blanco surprised me. Perhaps wrongfully, when I see Ecuadorian Habano wrappers, I don’t expect a lot of sweetness. Well, either the CyB breaks the mold or I have a complete misunderstanding of Ecuadorian Habano. I lean towards the latter.
Starting out very mild, the CyB gives off only a subtle, generic sweetness. The first inch or so stays mellow until a tiny bit of pepper kicks in while simultaneously ramping up on the sweetness. At the halfway point, the sweetness is becoming more earthy and woody with an almost sugary feel on the lips. If you want to experience this at home, you could try taking a piece of wood and dipping it in a simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar) and then sucking on it. Or you could just smoke a Cuenca Y Blanco. The choice is yours.
Hitting its stride in the final inches, the CyB delivers a delicious coffee flavor which always makes me happy. Combine that with a distinct chocolate note and you have the makings for one of the most diverse smokes of my recent memory.
As usual, I paired the stick with a root beer. While that was good, I feel coffee would have been better. With all the sweetness taking place, I think the slight bitterness of a nice coffee would help balance things out a bit. I want to smoke a CyB, eat a piece of chocolate cake, and wash the whole thing down with a cup of coffee.
What We Didn’t Like:
It’s always a good sign when this is the hardest section of the review to write. So what didn’t I like? Well, I don’t like that I don’t have a humidor filled with these? I really don’t like that because I smoke a different cigar every week for review, it could be a while before I get around to smoking more of these.
I did, however, smoke a few of these for review and ONE of them required a minor burn touch up. Deal breaker, I know.
Should You Try/Buy It:
Have you been reading this review? Yes. Yes, you should. For a very affordable price (I snagged a five pack online for a little over $5 a piece), you get a wide variety of delicious flavors with excellent construction to boot. There aren’t many cigars that I immediately dream of buying boxes of. The CyB is one of them.
Interested in trying the CyB? You can purchase them here.