La Barba Cigars
Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan, Pennsylvanian
Blender/Creator: Tony Bellatto and Henderson Ventura
Factory: Tabacalera William Ventura
Country: Dominican Republic
Purchase Source: CigarBid.com
Date Purchased: May 27, 2022
Date Smoked: June 4, 2023
COVID-19 Day 970:
COVID-19 Day 858
I can’t believe that it’s been 6-months since I last smoked this Ricochet by La Barba Cigars / Caldwell Cigars.
Once punched and lit, rich earthy dark coffee, dry cocoa powder, and pepper coax my palette along with a zingy retrohale to add to this anticipated smoking experience.
Into the second third black pepper is the main tobacco flavor I’m detecting along with a zippy pepper spice on the retrohale.
Overall, a very enjoyable smoking experience for me while I was enjoying my new routine watching my newfound streaming shows on the iPad.
Until next time…
COVID-19 Day 659
The Ricochet by La Barba Cigars / Caldwell Cigars is one of my new “Cigar Loves” that I declared in 2020.
This darling cigar has an impressive bunch of tobaccos in the Filler… I can’t wait to enjoy them further!
Through a perfect draw today, I was able to enjoy those deep rich tobacco flavors that come with the Mexican San Andrés wrapper on this specimen.
I probably should start thinking about finding some more to add to the TupperDor.
What say you?
COVID-19 Day 589
Through a snug draw, I’m able to get deep rich tobacco flavors of leather, cocoa, and dark coffee with a zesty retrohale of pepper spice. The burn line is razor-sharp.
At the second third, I’m detecting something like slightly sweet burned or toasted caramel tobacco flavors… I guessing something you might detect from a “barrel-aged” cigar. I wish the draw was a little more open.
As I approach the last third, I’m really struggling with this tight draw… I’m going to retire this cigar at this point. I hope the next one I choose has an easier draw… I’ll come prepared with tools to open it up. I was really looking forward to smoking this today… Oh well!
COVID-19 Day 520
The Ricochet by La Barba Cigars / Caldwell Cigars has easily made the cut into the “Regular” Cigar-Rotation… it will be a joy to blaze this cigar for many more smoking sessions to come!
From an open and smoky draw come deep earthy tobacco flavors of leather and cedar with a soft pepper spice on the retrohale. As the La Barba Ricochet warmed up, Coffee, Chocolate, Leather, and Cream tobacco flavors came forward with a White Pepper spice on the retrohale.
There will be many more experiences with this Ricochet by La Barba Cigars / Caldwell Cigars to come.
COVID-19 Day 472
Everything that I like in a full-bodied cigar is in this Ricochet by La Barba Cigars (Caldwell Cigars)… Coffee, Chocolate, Leather, and Cream with White Pepper spice represented well on the retrohale.
The only criticism I have is the snug draw because I’m too lazy to pull out my Felting Needle to loosen it up… My bad
The second third continues on pretty much the same as the first third and I’m not complaining about that as the initial blast of tobacco flavors are keeping me well engaged with this Full-Bodied Ricochet Cigar.
I’m now wishing I had made time to fix the snug draw as I’m struggling to get a decent puff from the Finger-Burning Nub of this La Barba Ricochet Cigar.
Until next time…
COVID-19 Day 425:
I was advised that this would be a beefier La Barba blend and smoking experience than the La Barba Purple (Ecuadorian Habano) yesterday and they were “Right-On”!
If I saw these for sale at the “correct” price, I’d jump and purchase a few to have on hand in the TupperDor!
Today this Mexican San Andres wrapped La Barba Ricochet by La Barba Cigars / Caldwell Cigars provided plenty of enjoyable Leather, Coffee, Chocolate, Pepper Spices, and an overall Dark Richness with a Creamy delivery… and the Burn line was “Razor”.
I was digging this cigar today! I just might have to grab a few more of these.
I had tried the La Barba Purple back in November that left me short of what my current “wheelhouse” is; chewy, earthy, leathery, cocoa. We’ll see what this La Bamba Ricochet by Caldwell Cigars (formally Primitivo) has in store with its Mexican San Andrés wrapper. I have better hopes for this cigar than the Purple.
This was my first La Barba Ricochet by Caldwell Cigars. It wasn’t my first La Barba though (La Barba Purple by Caldwell Cigars)
After my first lackluster impression of the “Purple”, Jeff Martinez at Sellwood Cigar suggested I try the La Barba Ricochet… I’m glad he did. I didn’t notice much on the cold draw so, snip and clip and add some fire and earthy slightly sweet cedar and coffee and very little spice if any greet me on the retrohale
I’m at 30-minutes to get to the end of the first third, not much has changed. The smoke has a dry quality to it, and the char-line is razor-sharp, so no complaints with the burn.
The La Barba Ricochet is a very enjoyable cigar that falls just short of my sweet spot of flavors. I certainly wouldn’t refuse one if you offered it to me and I might seek out a 5-pack for these.
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