* 6×53 Box Press
* very open draw
* not an oily wrapper. dry and without a lot of aroma other than a little tobacco and hay
* feels really good in the hand
* unbelievable draw and smoke production. effortless. must draw with repect.
* lots of pepper up front
* woody with a little leather and a dry and clean finsh with white pepper
* no sweetness on the wrapper…. little surprised by that.
* shortly in there comes a creaminess and some faint dry fruit but it’s short lived.
Reminds me alot of aPadron Natural so far. It is definitely a lighter bodied smoke though and is fairly medium in body. The flavor is definitely more full though with a little pepper punch.
Out of nowhere about 1/3 of the way in I picked up the cigar and out came some ginger and cinnamon. It had been resting a few minutes so maybe it needed that to bring it out but wow!
Past the half I am reminded of a mystical sort of old spice as I am smoking through this. There is something in the aroma that is very exotic and spicey. I can’t quite place it though. It’s definitely a signature Pepin flavor!
This really is a good cigar and easily hits a 91 mark on the first go around. There is enough power and complexity in there to keep anyone happy and the medium body shouldn;t be too much for a typical mild smoker.
If you like a bounty of unique enjoyable flavors and complexity with a spicy clean finish then you won’t be disappointed by this one. 91
Size: 6.75 X 50
Binder: Pelo de Oro (Peru)
Filler: San Vicente Visus, San Vicente Ligero, Piloto Ligero, Piloto Seco
This beauty was a gift from one of the classiest Gentleman I know. I attended a technology summit and the CEO had some very choice cigars reserved for Elite customers. Glad I fit that bill…although I doubt he knew at the time at least one of the cigars he gave me would almost immediately be the subject of a glowing Internet review.
First Impressions: This cigar isn’t particularly pungent and the aroma is marked with some sweetness, hazelnut and tobacco. The wrapper looks thick but not particularly oily . Under a close light it glistened with minerals from the soil. This figurado is tightly packed and if it came from some run off the mill factory I would be a little concerned. The cold draw wasn’t particularly open but then again it is a figurado and it is from the Davidoff factory so no worries….yet.
I lit this beauty with a cedar spill, as I typically do these days, so its no surprise that some cedar undertones will be present throughout but it didn’t take much to get it going and the cigar instantly came to life with an outstanding draw. The smoke production was equally impressive after only 3 or so pulls. My palate was already awash with essential Henke Kelner tobacco flavors although the sun grown wrapper was giving it a feisty kick with heavily marked notes of pepper on both the palate and on the retro-hale. The aroma consists of baking spice, sweet hay, floral notes and of course cedar. The body is medium full right off the bat and I could tell this one wasn’t going to be the typical morning fair that most of the HK blended cigars cater to so well for me due to their incredible flavor but mild body. This cigar was going to be a whole different experience for sure!
Within about 15 minutes I am trying to think back to the last cigar I smoked that performed this well…not to mention the power and complexity. The sun-grown wrapper is really punchy with good strength and overall this cigar is big in every way. Easily the best I have smoked so far this year. Now I have to smoke an Opus tomorrow for comparison but right now I am really digging this smoke and think it will edge out the Opus in a straight up comparison. It is actually relatively close in profile if you just replace the typical HK flavors with the typical flavors the Fuente family tobacco has. Both are very similar as is most ultra-premium Dominican tobacco that is used in the rarer more exclusive blends but I think the Avo has a little bit more muscle to it.
Besides the distinct Kelner profile of background flavors which can also be found plentifully in the Davidoff and Zino blends; with this Avo there is a component of baking spice and a feisty pepper that adds multiple layers of depth, flavor and satisfaction. The finish is long with a slight twang and a warm tingle of pepper. I am reminded of some of the best Corojo cigars I have smoked in the past.
I have been able to sip this cigar all the way down and am so impressed with quality of the construction. Each new draw cools and sets the palate awash with layer after layer of flavor and complexity. To me this cigar is right there with the Padron Anniversaries and Opus X’s of the world. It is easily right there among some of my long standing favorites. I can’t say thank you enough to a true BOTL for bestowing me with this experience. I also got a La Trompeta at the same time I received this so I will definitely review that after it’s rested in my Private Stash humidor for awhile. Thank you DD you are the man! Happy Ashes!
Rustic looking beauty at the b&m. Wrapper is mostly a light cedar aroma. I like the shaggy foot and pigtail and its been some time since I smoked any criollo. Right off the bat this cigar rocks. White pepper and citrus notes with a perfectly balanced sharp but smooth smoke. I lit the shaggy foot with some cedar splinters so as always there is a constant undertone of cedar. The draw volume and burn are spot on. The palate retains a crisp citrus acidity with a white pepper tingle lingering long on the finish. Ash fell at the 3rds. I really enjoy the citrus and pepper.The body is medium but the flavor has gone progressively fuller. The spice is kicking in now with some charcoal notes here and there. This cigar has some complexities for sure. The sweetness is an undertone of molasses at times but not on the lips ever. On the palate this is a damn feisty cigar. Plenty if tingle on the tongue. I would simply describe this cigar as sharp and clean on the palate but complex in aroma. Not a leathery cigar at all. It’s a really awesome cigar. Definite threepeat. 93
The La Riqueza is a nice looking box-pressed cigar. Had a decent aroma on the wrapper. It smelled both sweet and strong eluding to rich tobacco flavors. I have already smoked 4 of these over the past 4 months. I picked up a 5er back in April and I saw a little yellowing in the cellophane. I wouldn’t say it is aged to an optimum level but felt it within acceptable range. I wasn’t blown away by the others so I thought I would give this one a few months before coming to a consensus.
I’m glad I held back on this one and within 10 minute sof lighting it, really enjoying the “full bodied right out of the gate” experience. It is a dry full body. Very well balanced with acidity but rich with tobacco flavor marked with notes of charcoal, chocolate, wood and pepper. The retrohale is smooth and dry but with that comes a little edge of harshness. The finish is also dry and clean with not much else than the enjoyable tingle of pepper.
Performance is spot on and I have been able to sip this cigar the whole way. The ash hasn’t been particularly strong but that isn’t something that usually bothers me although it’s neat take a Robusto all the way down and never drop ash. This is not that cigar.
This cigar has big bold flavors and could definitely be considered an extra fuerte. The smoke is smooth past the 1st 3rd and the acidity balance is perfect. I never even needed a sip of water throughout this robusto. It was very clean but spicy. This is not offensive to me at all and something I really crave at least once a week. Sometimes you just want something with a little kick to it. THis cigar can answer that call. Look else where if you want a mild or medium cigar. Appreciate for what it is!! 90
I paid about $8 for the new Edge Sumatra at the local B&M about a week ago. I also opted to try out the new Edge Nicaraguan as well. I smoked the NIcaraguan last night and enjoyed it quite a bit. It had plenty of power and terrific performance. It was everything I expected and I nubbed it easily. The thing is I wasn’t inspired enough to actually say anything about it.
This is how I know the new Edge Sumatra is something special. I was slightly past the half way point when I could take it no more. I had to record in words my thoughts on this cigar as it is really something special to me. Forget about physical characteristics and performance. Those things should be a given and Rocky has never ever let me down with any experience I ever had while smoking an Edge. They have all performed exceptionally and looked as good as any in the box.
With the Sumatra it’s all about flavor. This is a rich decadent cigar. Theres a ton of rich chocolaty flavors with fruit delivered in smooth full bodied plumes of smoke. The bite of pepper on the finish makes this cigar answer the call for a manly full flavored experience. I would liken it to a Pepinesque nip on the tongue. No problems nubbing this one. I see more of these in my future for sure. Great cigar! 92
Got 3 hours to burn? Light a Digger!!!!
Like all of Litto’s Double Ligero line, this monstrosity is a great smoke! It sports the same flavor profile as the rest. Extremely smooth with a good balance of acidity, spice and tons of Vitamin N. This thing will make you sweat! It was well worth the $10 and some change I paid for it at the B&M. Highly recommended to the pros. Don’t waste your money if your a noob. You won’t finish it…..at least in one sitting. I promise you. 90