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Cigar Review: La Barba Ricochet Crü Mexi-Sol Coronita

Toar Campbell

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, Stouts, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untappd @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder cigarsmoke.net
Toar Campbell

La Barba Ricochet Crü Mexi-Sol Coronita

 

 

 

The Ricochet Crü Mexi-Sol is La Barba’s latest release and was launched at this years 2019 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas NV.

The Ricochet line is a series meant to tie into Bellatto’s roots as a Sommelier.

Tony Bellatto describes it as a very balanced and complex blend with a definitive spicy mineralogy and a touch of soft sweetness.

The name “Cru Mexi-Sol” comes from its Mexican Sun grown wrapper.

Production takes place at Tabacalera William Ventura in the Dominican Republic.

 

 

Ricochet Crü Mexi-Sol Gran Robusto on display at the La Barba cigars booth – 2019 IPCPR trade show, Las Vegas NV.

 

 

 

Available La Barba Ricochet Crü Mexi-Sol Sizes:

  • Torpedo: 6 1/4 x 52 
  • Coronita: 5 1/2 x 44
  • Gran Robusto: 5 1/2 x 54
  • Magnum: 6 x 60

 

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

 

The Mexican sun-grown wrapper is bread crust in color with a light reddish-hue in direct sunlight.

At 4 1/2 x 44 it’s rolled in the Coronita format with a wide open foot and a triple rounded cap.

The light seam blends in with the wrapper color with minimal tooth and vein.

Two bands sit on the Crü Mexi-Sol, the primary band has the La Barba straight razor logo colored in gold in the center with “LA BARBA” in gold font along the sides.

The secondary band reads “RICOCHET” in gold font with gold trim on a matte blue background.

Pre-light aroma had notes of light chocolate, floral and leather spice.

The cold draw produced flavors of plain granola, earth and natural tobacco.

 

 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

 

An aroma of sweet cedar and citrus off the toasted foot.

Immediate first light flavors of raw walnuts and orange peel. The blend settles in with primary combustion producing flavors of toasted bread, light molasses, coffee and natural tobacco with a creamy sweet finish on the palate.

Background flavors are nutty with a light all-spice.

The retro-hale is producing a midstream burn of white pepper through the nose with a long finish of sweet caramel.

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

 

In the second half core flavors of toasted bread, molasses, coffee and sweet natural tobacco is up front and on point.

The background flavors have transitioned to light sweet flavors of vanilla bean and toffee with a light all-spice balancing in with the aforementioned flavors keeping the Ricochet Crü Mexi-Sol straight MED bodied.

The retro-hale continues with a mid level burn of MILD white pepper with a long finish of toffee and caramel.

 

  • FINAL THIRD

 

Heading into the final third consistent flavors of toasted bread, rich molasses, light coffee and natural tobacco have been up front and on point since first light.

Background flavors have amped up slightly with sweet toffee and vanilla moving the blend to MED-PLUS with a increase in all-spice.

Thus far, the blend has been extremely balanced with a finish of sweetness on the lips and palate.

An increase in strength on the retro-hale with FULL white pepper evolving into a continuous finish of toffee and caramel.

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

• CONSTRUCTION: With a firm feel the construction of the smaller format was flawless. No palpable soft spots, cracks or blemishes on the silky smooth Mexican sun-grown wrapper.

 

• BURN: Continuous combustion or wrapper, binder and filler resulted in a straight burn and a thick circular carbon line.

 

• ASH: The light salt and pepper colored ash was circular holding half the length of the shorter format of the Coronita. A fine stack of dimes was the result requiring a bit of force to tap off.

 

• CUT: All three examples were v-cut.

 

• DRAW: Very little resistance produced a copious amount of thick creamy white smoke.

 

• RE-LIGHTS: Zero.

 

• FIRE: Single jet Honest flame lighter.

 

• STRENGTH: MED-PLUS.

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

The La Barba Ricochet Crü Mexi-Sol was an enjoyable follow up to last years Ricochet which utilized a Mexican San Andrés wrapper.

With dissimilar wrappers, Crü Mexi-Sol translates to Mexican sun-grown.

The vitola is available in four sizes and IMO the Coronita is the flavor bomb of the line with identifiable flavors of in the smaller ratio format.

Smoking time was about an hour with consistent and complex flavors in a MED-PLUS format.

 

 

 

 


Cigar reviewed: La Barba Ricochet Crü Mexi-Sol

Cigars for review: Purchased

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 92

Size: 5 1/2 x 44 (Coronita)

Wrapper: Mexican sun-grown 

Binder: Indonesian

Filler: Nicaragua, Pennsylvania, Dominican Republic

Country of origin: Dominican Republic

Production: Regular 4 size production

Factory: Tabacalera William Ventura in the Dominican Republic

Photos by: Cigar Smoke 

 

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