Nice clean box press. Great construction with smooth seams and some pretty large, but smooth pressed seams. Smells like tobacco, leather and earth. Cold draw is deep, sweet tobacco and leather with a tingly spice. I knew nothing about this cigar going into it, and was actually surprised to find out that Pete Johnson made it.
The first third of the La Riqueza billows white smoke. Main flavors are leather and tobacco, with a pleasant black pepper spice, that isn't too strong. The draw is a bit tight, but still very smokable. I imagine the smoke would be even thicker if the draw was looser, if that would be possible. The ash was solid and held for the entire first third.
The second third continues with the leather and tobacco, but there is a chocolate note that keeps trying to come through too. The black pepper spice that was present in the beginning, fades away. The burn is still perfect, even though the draw has been on the tight side. Just as I come to the end of this third, the draw loosened up nicely, and was perfect.
The final third is very clean and light on the palette. Tobacco was the main flavor, but there was a little bit of leather and cedar in the background. The burn and ash were perfect from start to finish and I had no construction issues. The La Riqueza is a very solid cigar with enjoyable flavors and great construction. Now I know why I have seen it pop up so often on social media.