La Riqueza #1
- Size: 6 1/2 x 42
La Riqueza #1
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La Riqueza, the Spanish word for wealth, is yet another brand line within the Tatuaje family. Pete Johnson enlisted the blending expertise of Don Pepin Garcia for all of his Tatuaje releases and the La Riqueza #1 cigar is no exception. This cigar has a naturally dark Connecticut broadleaf wrapper that apparently comes from the Oliva Tobacco Company in Nicaragua. It is a rough, veiny, thick wrapper that is often used as a binder instead of a wrapper due to it's rough appearance. The La Riqueza is also a box pressed cigar featuring a traditional Cuban triple cap as is the case with most cigars rolled by Pepin's factories.
The natural dark Connecticut broadleaf makes up for it's lack of beauty with bolder flavor as it takes the brunt of the weather while growing in the sun, whereas the shade grown Connecticut broadleaf has less flavor but is a much nicer leaf aesthetically. The cigar draws well and despite being a box press it seems to burn pretty evenly. I've had a few that got a bit wavy here and there but nothing I was really concerned about. Box pressed cigars in general tend to have some burn line issues. Some of the flavors present here are complex and bold while others are muted, delicate, and nuanced. You will taste pepper, earth, coffee, florals, wood, and even a touch of sweetness akin to toffee or caramel.
In early releases of this cigar, the final third of the La Riqueza was a little harsh as it burned down but it wasn't unpleasant. That seems to have been solved now that the cigar has been out for awhile but I still recommend giving these some time to age. You will definitely benefit from doing so. Still all in all this is one more solid release from the team of Pepin and Johnson. Does everything they touch turn to gold?