La Riqueza #3

La Riqueza #3

Origin : NicaraguaLa Riqueza
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 5 5/8" x 48
Ring : 48
Wrapper : Dark USA Conn. Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $9 each
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La Riqueza is one of the new lines of cigars rolled out by Pete Johnson and Don Jose Pepin Garcia. The name means “The Riches” in Spanish. According to sales propaganda, this line is a departure from the Tatuaje character of full–bodied smokes, focusing on a full-flavored, medium-bodied experience. If this were the goal, they pierced the bullseye.

Appearance : ★★★★☆
This cigar sports a naturally dark Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, with a nice triple cap to compliment its box press. The appearance isn’t the cleanest I’ve seen, but more of a nice rustic look, which is consistent with a Johnson/Garcia smoke.
 
Construction : ★★★★☆
The draw and burn of this particular cigar was without flaw. The wrapper and overall construction appeared solid as well. However, I knocked this category one star because I have had several of these smokes with wrapper and burn issues. From what I’ve seen, construction can be inconsistent, but, overall, these issues haven’t detracted from the smoke.

La Riqueza #3

Flavor : ★★★★☆
This cigar had a wonderful, dark chocolate and nutty taste to start. A few puffs in, I was welcomed by a nice flow of cinnamon-type spices. I wouldn’t say that this stogie exhibited a vast array of flavors, as these were pretty much the dominant tones of the smoke. However, this cocoa and nutty taste was very rich in presentation and quite enjoyable. The latter portions brought in some smooth, creamy tastes, but these were fairly isolated.

Value : ★★★★☆
At $9 a stick in today’s world of smokes, this is a good buy. I would prefer it to be in the $6-8 range, but what can you do?

Overall Rating : ★★★★☆
At best, this is a medium-body smoke. That’s not a negative though. This medium-body smoke is one of the most full-flavored I’ve had the privilege to try. It reminded me of a richer tasting Padron 2000 . . . and that’s a good thing.

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5 Comments on “La Riqueza #3”

  1. Jason T says:

    Nice review. I really enjoy these when I get a chance to smoke them. I prefer the flavors of the Tat Miami, but these aren’t far behind.

  2. I got to enjoy my first La Riqueza a few weeks ago. It was a #5 petit corona. I would definitely agree about being a medium body smoke but not that that’s a bad thing. Will definitely smoke again. Thanks for the review.

  3. My Review of the La Riqueza No. 2

    The dark Broadleaf wrapper is silky to the touch and actually looks a lot less veiny and rough than many other Broadleaf wrapped cigars.

    It has a slightly sweet taste with a woody earthy aroma and flavor with dashes of cocoa throughout. It draws very well with ample smoke and a salt and pepper ash. The burn is a little uneven.

    This is a lot smoother and more refined than the other Tatuaje blends. Many have compared it to the Padron Anniversaries. If you are a big fan of Don Pepin and Tatuaje cigars, you may be disappointed if you expect antother cigar that tastes a lot like a Tatuaje. This is a different cigar. That’s why tatuaje is not on the label. You will enjoy this cigar if you don’t think of Tatuaje while you smoke it. :)

    Rating: 88 (B+)

  4. My Review of the La Riqueza No. 5

    From the triple cap to the look of the box, Pete Johnson has really stepped his game up and maybe wants to play with our minds a little. La Riqueza has lots of features that you can find in cigars from the ISOM. It’s definitely a different look and a different marketing from his famous Tatuaje lines.

    With flavors of Nuts, Roasted Wood, hints of Floral mixed with a medium Spicy undertone the cigar starts off great and ends just as good. A very consistent cigar with an excellent burn and draw, easy on the palate and still manages to remain medium to full bodied.

    In my personal opinion this is a great cigar and I will put La Riqueza above the Brown and Red Tatuajes, but underneath the Cabaiguans. I recommend it to all you spicy full bodied smokers.

    Final Grade: B+

  5. Pascuale says:

    Your review is right on. This cigar is very unique compared to the other Don Pepin product. The richness is full flavored yet smooth and more medium in body with a great balance of flavor. It is great to see other DP smokers appreciate this new and different creation. I think that with some time, this cigar will age very very well. Keep smoking the Tabacalera Cubana products and support Don Pepin and his family’s tradition. We should all be greatful for this man’s amazing contribution to our lifestyle.

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