La Riqueza No. 4

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La Riqueza cigars came out in June 2008 and were created by Pete Johnson and Don Pepin Garcia in his Tabacalera Cubana S.A. factory. The cigar uses Connecticut broadleaf wrapper that was purchase from the Oliva family. The binder and filler are both from Nicaragua. It’s the first cigar with a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper for either Johnson or Garcia. This medium bodied smoke comes in 5 sizes:

Let’s see how it smokes

Appearance

The cigar has a dark chocolate brown color on the wrapper. The wrapper is fairly oily to the touch as well. My favorite aspect of the cigar is the Cuban box press that Pete Johnson and Don Pepin Garcia gave the line. The wrapper is really smooth as well. No large veins and there are no soft spots to be found. I really like the label as well. It’s not over garish. Its smaller like the Tatuaje bands, but with gold foil and a red background.

Pre-Light Draw

The pull on the cigar is perfect. No too tight, not too light. The initial flavors on the draw are mostly cedar and leather with emphasis on the cedar. The smell of the cigar is like a barnyard surrounded by cedar trees. There is a sweet floral note as well.

First Third

On the first third, I get hints of cedar, coffee and some dark chocolate. I get a strong leather note on the retrohale. The retrohale, for me, is strong so I have to blow out half my smoke before I can do it. The pepper that you would expect from a Pepin cigar using Nicaraguan tobacco is there too and it’s strong, but not overbearing. The volume of smoke this cigar is putting out is amazing. LOADS of smoke.

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Second Third

The second third is much sweeter than the first. The coffee note is still there but it more like a café au lait flavor (official coffee of New Orleans, BTW…except with chicory). There are sweet spices on the draw, clove notes and flavor that I can best describe as a “Christmas cookie” flavor. The flavors just keep getting better and better. The stronger pepper note I was getting earlier is completely gone now.

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Final Third

The sweetness is still there, but the coffee note has gotten stronger. The flavors have merged into a bitter, sweet flavor. I’m getting toasty nuts now on the retrohale that reminds me of buttery cashews. The bitterness is picking up the further I get into the last third now. There is still an enormous amount of smoke also.

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Overall

This cigar is one of the best I’ve had all year. Pete Johnson and Don Pepin nailed it on this one. Great flavors and the cigar is not too powerful nor too light. Great medium bodied cigar that will give it a wider appeal. The box press is a really nice touch as well and gives the cigar a great look. With the box press and the flavors, you almost want to just take a bite out of it. I highly recommend this cigar. Do yourself a favor and get some of these or a box or two.

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Comments

I’ve had 2 of these and I have to agree with your review.

Great review and I definitely agree with your assessment. This and the El Triunfador are by far my favorite Pete Johnson smokes. While I like most of his other lines, these two are superior.

As long as the pepper isnt overkill, this sounds like a good smoke! Thanx for the review!

The La Riqueza is my desert island cigar. Tastes a lot like a Romeo y Julieta Churchill ISOM to me.

Can’t wait to try the new, non-boxed press sizes in the cedar cabinets.

I love the LaRiqueza..One of my go to cigars..Very consistent and very very tasty..Great review!!! Keep ’em coming..
Rob
(RGianelli)

Had one of these bad boys yesterday and oh my! Awesome stick! Nailed it with the strong coffee note! The dark chocolate at the beginning was tasty as well! This stick should be on everybody’s “top 10 list”! Great review!

I had one of the #5 today, my first ever of this label. The cigar was everything you’ve said but I thought it stronger than a medium and more of a full. Flavor had a lot of body and there was some pepper that stayed with the smoke all the way down. No complaints. I enjoyed it.

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