Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Cigar la Rica
Gather Ye Rosebuds
I've had a complaint that we don't feature tobbaconalia enough. I will try and make amends. I don't puff a great deal, but I'm going to Spain soon, so I'll try and pick up a few tubos de cigarros. In the meantime, a La Rica cigar...
I had been carrying this cigar around all day waiting for the right moment to enjoy it. Suddenly the deities approved and the clocks were stopped: pleasure time.
La Rica Nicaraguan cigars are hand made from a Nicaraguan filler with various wrappers. You can see a Corona in the pics — it's my favourite size — with a light Ecuadorian wrapper. I would be lying if I said I wasn't influenced by the look of the tube on this brand.
The cigars are a medium strength. It was nice even burn and lasted about an hour, producing a smooth, sweet and spicy smoke. The cigar matched well with brandy. I must see if cigars work with teas. Could they? Lapsang souchong? It's all about leaves, isn't it?
Nicaragua has the climate and the soil to grow excellent tobacco, and after years of investment it now competes quite readily with brand Cuba.
I couldn't find much information on La Rica, though I believe they are an independent producer. I imagine it as a family-owned business, and picture men in white guayaberas, don't you?