December 01, 2013

Cuenca 5 Anniversary Robusto (5 x 54)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Video review HERE.
 
 
The Cuenca site describes this cigar this way:
 
The wrapper is made of Nicaraguan Ligero Jalapa which gives it certain sweetness and makes the character of the tobacco. The Nicaraguan Ligero Jalapa is a dark sun grown wrapper. The binder is a new experiment with Criolla Cubana 2010 seeds which was considered to have excellent results and also adds strength and emphasizes the sweetness of the blend. The filler is made of Dominican Tobacco to add the aroma and Nicaraguan Tobacco to define the strength. The blend resulted in a very unique blend that is Cuenca 5 Anniversary. 
 
The Robusto size emphasizes the strength of the blend. Short sizes tend to do this and in this case is an absolute truth. Cigars were made in Nicaragua by AJ Fernandez. They come in an elegant cedar box which contains 10 cigars.
 
HAND MADE: Y
BRAND: CUENCA CIGARS
SHAPE: Robusto boxed pressed
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: NICARAGUA
LENGTH: 5 INCHES
GAUGE: 54
STRENGTH: MEDIUM TO FULL, FULL FLAVOR
WRAPPER: Nicaragua Habano Ligero Jalapa
FLAVOR: NON FLAVORED
FILLER: Dominican Republic and Nicaraguan Tobacco. Criolla Cubana 2010
BOX OF : 10 COUNT


The cigar is very well made and looks great. The wrapper is oily and the cigar has a very nice density. Here is the foot.
 



The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were leather, nutmeg/citrus combination. The citrus seems to be a tangerine type flavor and it is very light. The leather is the predominant flavor. There are also earth notes. The black pepper is rated at a 7. The cigar comes across as medium to full bodied initially.



About a inch in the cigar is burning perfectly! The faint tangerine citrus notes are now pretty much gone. In their place are nutmeg notes and they seem to have some buttery notes. There are also some roasted nut flavors to go along with the heavy leather and earth notes. The finish also has nutmeg notes with lingering black pepper. The cigar is still what I would call medium to full bodied.





About halfway through the nutmeg notes have changed over to a very faint cedar with very little sweetness. There are quite a bit of roasted nut flavors directly attached to the cedar. There are still ample leather and earth notes. The finish is now more of a roasted nut flavor also. You can tell this is an A. J. Fernandez cigar from the flavors but this cigar is very different from the previously reviewed torpedo version of this cigar. At this point in the torpedo version I had a lot of sweet cedar and cherry notes. This cigar is a different animal.



At the end there were some charred oak notes to go along with the nut flavors. There were still leather and earth notes. The only slightly sweet flavor were some faint cedar notes. The pepper elevated to an 8. The finish was still a roasted nut flavor with lingering pepper. The cigar ended at medium to full bodied. This cigar is heavy on the darker flavors. If you tend to smoke those type cigars you will like this cigar. Of the two, I liked the torpedo version more. Contact the Cuenca website for info on ordering these cigars.




Score: 90

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