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Few things go together better than a glass of good rum and the right cigar, except maybe more rum.


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Old 07-12-2008, 08:34 PM   #1
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I found a new delicious cigar(IMHO). I smoked Pete Johnsons(Tatuaje) new blend La Riqueza last night, the number 2 size 55/8 X 46. Wonderful! This cigar has much flavor, and could be said to be full bodied, but I will place it firmly in the medium body range. Rich, layered complex flavors, everything you might want in a smoke, without being high on the strength scale. This one will have a place in the humi. I have 2 other sizes to try, the No.1 6 X 42 and the No.3 5 x 48. ED 15 was a little too rich for this cigar, as the complex flavors go on steroids together. I think a medium bodied rum with rich flavor, on the drier side, or an agricole will pair well with this one. More on this later as I taste them.

Also, as a sidebar, the Drew Estate Liga Privada # 9 was also excellent, another that falls in the medium range.
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Old 07-12-2008, 09:16 PM   #2
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Sounds like the La Riqueza is a keeper Hank. Interestingly, the Stogie Fresh website I noted in my previous thread did a recent podcast review of this line with some notes on email exchanges with Pete Johnson about him using a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper...Which, as a high school student growing up in the Connecticut River Valley, I used to help pick during the summer months.
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Old 07-13-2008, 01:07 PM   #3
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Thanks for the link, Rum Runner, that was great info!
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Old 07-31-2008, 01:22 AM   #4
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I bought two of each size based on your review Hank. I have yet to smoke them, but will do so soon.
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Old 07-31-2008, 10:53 PM   #5
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I hope you like them, Lew! Tonight, I smoked the #3,5 x48. It started off much stronger than the #2, but after an inch it smoothed out and became delicious. At first, earthy flavors really dominated. This one is more full bodied, but still very good. I poured Appleton 12 with Saranac Ginger Beer, a 50/50 mix, and it blended well with the cigar. Also, after that, a little 12 by itself, and that was great too. Appleton 12 is on my list as a good cigar rum.
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:11 PM   #6
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I'm smoking a #3 right now, and I do like it! Agreed, this is a relatively powerful smoke. Great tobacco flavor that hasn't let up since first puff. Fine construction, a firm but not unpleasant draw (mine may be just a touch on the wet side) with a beautiful dark wrapper, tiny , even burn line and no corrections or re-lights required. Dark gray ash, not flakey. A big nicotine blast that's sure to get the eyes rolling! I'd say....winner!
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Thanks for the review! I havn't ventured past Tatuaje for Pete Johnson(even at the Pete Johnson event!), but now I REALLY have the urge to get a La Riqueza!
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Pete was at my favorite shop tonight, but I had to work late and missed seeing him.

I'll grab a few LaRiqueza this weekend.
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I will be curious to see what you think, Super Corona. I don't think there is anything I have ever tasted from Pete Johnson I did not like.cigar.gif
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Finally got up to my favorite shop and grabbed a #1 today. I found it to be medium strength with very nice Nic flavors similar to a natural Padron Londres. I wish I'd had some rum to try with it. I think Clement VSOP would be a nice match.
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