Friday, March 27, 2009

La Riqueza no.3

This is another cigar blended by Don Pepin Garcia for Pete Johnson's company Tatuaje. La Riqueza (the Wealth in Spanish) is a box pressed cigar with a Nicaraguan binder and filler, with a really dark Connecticut Broadleaf Wrapper. The no.3 is the Corona Gorda, measuring in at 5 5/8 x 46 ring. What i love about Don Pepin's cigars, is he puts a date stamp on the bottom of the box so you know when they were rolled. He's one of the few, or maybe even the only one outside of Cuba to date his boxes. This box is from June 2008, so they are a little young, but coming along nicely.

This wrapper isnt the prettiest, and feels a little dry to the touch, but it smells great. I think the best word for the way this cigar looks is rustic. The prelight draw has a very clean tobacco taste with a little leather, and just the right amount of resistance.

The first few draws are very in your face with a bit of earthy spice and a ton of leather. The further i get into this cigar, the more complex the flavors get. At the halfway point there is a slight sweetness mixed in with the spicey leather flavors and it really works nicely.
This is a solid medium bodied cigar with a very even burn. The last one of these out of this box that i smoked burned horribly, thankfully this one isnt hopefully none of the others will be as well.

This cigar goes for about $196 a box, or roughly $7.80 a piece. I think overall i prefer the Brown Label Tatuaje when it comes to Pete Johnsons cigars, but this one is definitely a must try and one ill keep around. This is a great cigar now, but will continue to get even better with more time in a humidor.

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