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Cuenca 5 Anniversary Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, April 26, 2013
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Cuenca 5 Anniversary Cigar Review

This 7×54 box pressed torpedo features a dark brown slightly red hued wrapper with a soft satin feel, minimal veins, tight invisible seams, an even squishy pack and a rich manure and wood aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw with rich plentiful medium bodied smoke output showing flavors on a deep tobacco, earth and pepper with a long finish. The first third develops much the same just going to a softer mellow version of the same flavors, opening the draw slightly on the loose side. Hitting the 1/2 way point 40 minutes in with no flavor changes, the draw firmed up to normal and the ash dropped cleanly at the end of the first third. Finishing out at 1:15 the last third only had a slight shift, going to a thicker creamier textured body and ramping up the strength just a bit to be noticeable. Thank you very much to Cuenca Cigars for sending this sample in for review!

  • Camshaft83

    Sounds like it doesn’t have the flavor profile that I like but still worth picking one up because you never know until you try one.

    • MaxDuo

      I agree… not particularly interesting… not a bad stick or bad blend, just not “up my alley” so to speak.

      At least it’s a solid performer and doesn’t have any big negatives or a lot of strength. Would smoke it if I had to choose between this and others I wouldn’t know and wouldn’t be sure about taking a chance on.

      • smokethis

        Ya sounds kinda interesting worth a shot.

    • Rico

      Wow!! I don’t know about y’all but that sounds like
      My kinda smoke. That flavor profile sounds like the
      Burgers that I order. Lol but really though I’m gonna
      Put that stick on my list.

  • Dirk

    Interesting, I have never heard of this stick. I am curious what the wrapper is.. Habano?

  • Jason Isbaner

    Looks like a goog stick

    • Jason Isbaner

      Or good

  • Boucher207

    Id love to find this and try it!

  • Dylan

    So Bryan what are your thoughts on torpedoes then?
    I’ve never REALLY liked them since it feels like a straw and lips usually wrap all the way around them, but, I’ve seen you smoke quite a few, so what’re your thoughts on them generally?

    • Generally I’ll take a normal roll over a torpedo, I like a normal draw. The purpose of a torpedo is to concentrate the flow in the mouth, but too often it tightens the draw for me, and is why you see me clip them down sometimes several times to get a draw I like. I never saw any advantage.

      • Dylan

        That’s exactly how I felt about it.
        nice to hear a side from someone who I believe actually knows what’s up.

        • jpculp57

          Interesting thought on the torpedo shape. In generally I find them to be tight on the draw too, but I like to bite my cigars so the shape helps me. I have had quite a few normal round shape cigars shoot out of my mouth and on to the ground when I bite them so in general I go for a box pressed or torpedo.

          • zzpop102

            I agree with jpculp57. I have had problems with them being to tight of a draw.

          • JJO

            Do a search on how to do an angled (i.e. “Dickman”) cut. It might help with the draw. And yes, it’s named after an actual cigar rep.

            Personally, I seem to find almost as many parejos that have tight draws as I do figurados. It all depends on the skill of the roller IMO.

  • morpi167

    The look of this cigar reminds me a lot of the melanio torpedo that I just bought. I like torpedos a lot, not for any reason except for the look of it. Unfortunately they have flaws too often due to the heads being rolled too tight.

  • stevenknisley

    This stick sounds interesting. I might try to find one of these.

  • TimB

    I actually like torpedos and seem to get the cut right.If you get quality rolled ones they are good smokes.

  • garlar10

    Great review Bryan. Another cigar I am not familiar with but sounds tasty. I will keep an eye out for this one for sure

  • seanking4

    I’ve never heard of theses before, it sounds pretty interesting. I prefer a regular cut myself.

  • LunchBox87km

    Great review can’t wait till I try this one out

  • NeverTwoOld

    Holy Bright Background Batman! 🙂

  • samgiroux42

    Nice review as always, but the seemed very bright and a little washed out. Were you trying something different. My opinion…I like the torch light better.

    • Oh calm down. It was shot at sunset and yes I’m still getting my workflow down with exposures with that time.

  • dbfr181

    Great review never heard of this stick seems like a straight forward cigar.

  • vscarpine

    I love torpedoes dont know why but I prefer them

  • yosef5

    So here is another Cigar that,I want to smoke Thanks

  • Craig

    Hey just curious guys. How many of you smoke in your car? I’ve tried it a couple of times, but I always seem to have problems with the burn and sometimes the ash. I never enjoy it as much either. Just curious what everyone else thinks.

    • NeverTwoOld

      Haven’t tried it but don’t think I’d want to. Doesn’t seem like it would be as relaxing or enjoyable as sitting in the backyard watching the world go by.

      • smokethis

        I smoke alot in my car. I love smoking in it.

    • MaxDuo

      I’ve never smoked in my car, and don’t really see why one would… aside from if they were waiting somewhere and it was raining, very windy, snowing, etc, so they couldn’t smoke it outside.

      I’d hate to have the smoke smell get stuck in my car, and would hate to have ashes get all over me and the car, etc.

      • Craig

        Yeah I definitely agree with the smell part! I have a friend that swears by the apple peel method. He puts two apples worth of peel in a tupperware container under his seat. He changes them out about twice a month. I can attest his car doesn’t stink !!

        • MaxDuo

          Huh. I’ve never heard of that method… can’t say I’d feel too comfortable with a bowl of fruit peels in my car for half a month though! 🙂

    • ctigers15

      Not me.

  • eric.hanson

    Never had a Cuenca before, I’ll have to give these a shot.

  • Romel

    This cuenca sounds interesting. I cant wait to try it.

  • Pokesfan

    As always, a great review. On a note not related to this review, a co-worker of mine went to St. Croix and brought me a “Virgin Island Rum” cigar. Have you ever heard of these?

  • puffrey

    Sounds like a decent stick, not familiar with Cuenca. I do enjoy torps for the most part

  • puffrey

    Hey Bryan, looks like you are slimmin up a bit, good for you man! A testament to your dedication to the Healthy Living Obsession site!

  • zzpop102

    Great review Bryan. I will have to pick one of these up.

  • ctigers15

    Nice review, thats a pretty long torpedo, I’ve never heard of one that was seven inches long

  • Romel

    I gotta say that this cuenca torpedo is well constructed. Didn’t hear about any knots lol. I need to get my hands on some.

  • Brandonsr81

    I really like box pressed sticks, but haven’t tried a box pressed torpedo.

  • Tommz81

    A good every day smoke

  • rodknee

    Not my personal sounding flavor profile but sounds like a solid stick. I gotta give it to the new audio with that DSLR! It’s sick…

  • swj045

    havent heard of this one but sounds like a good morning stick.and the band is cool.

  • smokethis

    Nice shirt B. Cool.

  • weimerad

    Have one of these aging in my humidoe

  • mfsaur

    that band on it looks awsome

  • drewmcneice

    I really wanna try a box pressed cigar. I also love torpedoes do this seems like a good one for me.

    • MaxDuo

      Though there’s not really much difference in being box pressed… if any. I seem to recall Bryan saying in one video that there was no difference he could notice.

      It’s pretty awesome that acuenca is offering a discount to us here… I can’t bite right now but it seems like something that’d be good for you 🙂

  • Hi everyone. First a Big Thanks to Bryan Glynn for the review. You did an amazing job my friend. And to you all, Like it not, thanks for the feedback. We love to hear what everyone have to said, that’s what make us better. The cigar was first launched for Cuenca Cigars 5th Anniversary Celebration and the reason we choose a Box Pressed Torpedo is because, it was our celebration cigar. But this is going to be a regular production and new sizes are coming out very soon. Cigars is all Nicaraguan and the Wrapper was specially cured and Aged by AJ Fernandez. It’s the second Cuenca Premium Cigar release, the first one was 6 years ago and also made by AJ Fernandez. The cigar is already available in 10 stores in Florida, until we get National Distribution, and for everyone that wants to try this cigars you can get it now online Box of 10, Pack of 5 or single with Free Shipping Continental USA, at


    I would love to see you guys giving a try and posting your comments here. Here is a Discount Code you can use: cigarobsession to get 5% Discount in 5 Packs and Boxes.

    Hope I heard from you all soon!

  • USA2ndAmendment

    I love those box pressed torpedo’s. Looks like a great stick!

  • Sinsandman

    Looks like I need to add another to my try list

  • david121

    That’s a real nice looking stick and band there. Flavors however don’t sound too enticing to me. Thanks for the review Bryan!

  • Daniel.A

    i would like this stick. sounds ok except for the smoke in the back of your throat.

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