Sunday, August 10, 2008

La Riqueza No. 4 (robusto)

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La Riqueza, the new cigar by Tatuaje's Pete Johnson, translates to "the riches". This is an appropriate name for this richly flavored cigar made with the very flavorful Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. To appreciate the dynamite flavor associated with wrapper you have to look beyond it's rough appearance. Expect some variation in looks. Of the few cigars I purchased, one was mostly smooth with very little rough veins and the other looked like "Frankenstein" with ugly veins and wrinkles that looked like scars. There was also some variation in the way they were rolled. One cigar was so firmly packed that no amount of "plumbing" with a draw correction tool would open it up. The best draw seemed to come from those cigars that had some soft spots present.

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Clipping and lighting the cigar was very easy. I didn't even have to draw on the cigar to get a perfect even lighting. The burn line was sharp but wavering as expected for a broadleaf wrapper. The cigar is medium bodied, medium strength, and full flavored. The initial flavors were rich, earthy and spicy, with a tangy fruitiness. Don't expect a refined elegant approach with La Riqueza, this cigar is all about the flavor even if it means chewing on some sweet "grit" in the process. The aroma of the cigar is sharp and pungent and may be too much for those not enjoying the cigar themselves. Like Walt of the Stogie Review once said, "sometimes the stinkiest cigars are the best tasting".

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The cigar progresses nicely to a rich bittersweet chocolate, spicy cinnamon, followed by a tannic finish. The ash compactness can vary depending on how packed the cigar is but overall it is mostly white with thin layers of darkness. Eventually the flavors became more nutty with the chocolate overtones turning to vanilla and rich leather. It had a nice chewiness and spiciness to it that was really enjoyable. You definitely want to nurse this cigar so that it doesn't get too hot and bitter. I took time with mine and was rewarded with a very nubbable smoke.

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Overall, I would recommend trying this cigar but the price does seem a bit steep at $9 a stick for the 5 by 48 robusto. While not as pretty as the Connecticut shade wrapper, the broadleaf does take more work to cure, ferment and sort through to find usable tobacco. This plus the fact that it's Pepin and Pete Johnson may be the reason for it's priciness. I was able to find this box-pressed cigar on-line, sold by the singles as well as in boxes of 25. I'm curious to hear what others think of this smoke.

1 comment:

Rick Reumann said...

I happen to absolutely love this cigar. The aroma and flavor of this baby is nothing short of greatness - although, I'll admit my palette craves the Pepin and Pete Johnson stuff. If cost weren't a factor, I'd be smoking this or the tatujae every day.