Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 5 5/8" x 48
Ring : 48
Wrapper : Dark USA Conn. Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.