Dear La Riqueza cigar, where have you been my whole life? I don’t think I can contain my excitement, the La Riqueza No. 4 is a really good (and I mean REALLY, REALLY) good cigar. The La Riqueza is a Pete Johnson creation rolled at the Pepin factory and I hate to get too excited and sound like I’m going overboard, but this cigar is amazing! I’ve had two of these now, so I can honestly say this is one of my favorite cigars and it’s most certainly under most cigar smokers radar.
The La Riqueza is a Nicaraguan bound and filled cigar, but has a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. There is absolutely nothing special about the look and feel of this cigar, it’s a small 5×48 maduro cigar that has just an ever-so-slight box pressed shape to it. The label is an old-school red and gold embossed, a very basic design.
It’s not until you cut and light the La Riqueza that you start to appreciate this little gem. This cigar fits perfectly in your mouth (because of the gentle box press) and the taste of the tobacco on your tongue is meaty, savory, and delicious. The draw is just what you would want and after toasting and lighting, you are greeted with a surprisingly complex blend of spices and aged tobacco flavors. The finish is long and satisfying and the flavors coat your tongue like a buttery blend of palette-pleasing goodness. The best I can describe this cigar is warm, satisfying, and juicy.
The instant you taste this cigar you will exclaim… “WOW! This thing is freakin’ good!”
The burn and smoke output on the La Riqueza is more than adequate. By the time you are done smoking this cigar you will be ready for another one! The burn time of this La Riqueza No. 4 isn’t especially long, maybe 45 minutes at most, which is fine because I’m always looking for quality cigars I can enjoy in a shorter time frame. I guess my only complaint would be that the La Riqueza isn’t exactly cheap, coming in at around $9 per stick is a tad high. Don’t get me wrong, these are worth every penny, it’s just that if I can’t find them on sale, I probably would opt for a longer burning offering.
Would I smoke this cigar again? Yes I would smoke the La Riqueza again, in fact as I type this I am searching online for the best deal on these juicy little gems. If you can find the La Riqueza on sale, scoop them up, you will thank me later.
- Deep rich flavor
- Complex satisfying smoke
- High Price
- Short burn time