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BCP News Brief – Joya Debuts Cuenca y Blanco, Paley Family Hosts Outdoor Smoke

President of Joya de Nicaragua Dr. Martinez Cuenca and vice president Jose Blanco have teamed up to create an all-new blend for the brand, just in time for release at this years IPCPR trade show in Orlando, Florida. The aptly-named “Cuenca y Blanco” is a blend of what the company calls “air-cured black tobaccos” from Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Peru, and Ecuador, and will be available in five sizes, Corona Real (5 ½ x 46), Robusto Delux (5 ¼ x 50), Toro Supremo (6 x 54), Torpedo Especial (6 ¼ x 52), and Lonsdale Club (6 ½ x 44).

Cuenca was quoted as saying, “This cigar is the quintessential expression of how two minds, two experiences, and two origins worked together, each venturing off our traditional paths of only making puros to instead creating a cigar of diverse tobaccos.” The Cuenca y Blanco will be distributed by Drew Estate, and should hit shelves sometime in August.

And for those of you fortunate enough to be in the New York City area tonight, William C. Paley of La Palina Cigars will be hosting his second annual Legal Outdoor Smoke at Samuel Paley Park in Manhattan. The event aims to raise awareness for cigar smokers’ rights in New York City, and will take place this evening from 5-7 pm. The city-wide smoking ban implemented last year by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, which made it illegal to smoke in public parks in the city, does not apply to Paley Park, which is privately-owned by the Paley family and set aside for the use of New Yorkers. The Outdoor Smoke is an open event, and all are welcome, the only requirement for entry is to bring a cigar, and a receipt from any NYC tobacconist dated between May 20th and 23rd.