I have always been a fan of La Barba cigars (maybe it’s the Ohio thing), specifically the “Purple” which had become a common go to for me over the years. With few releases since, La Barba came hot in heavy back to the market and one of the premier blends they launched in 2018 being the “Ricochet”. This cigar notably had a fantastic construction which is standard for a cigar coming from the Ventura factory. Visibly this cigar boasted great craftsmanship. The burn was equally as excellent, projecting a damn near perfect draw (always appreciated) and an extremely consistent burn. The full flavor of this cigar comes at you quick. There was little to no build up processes. No spice and pepper up front like I had become accustomed too. This cigar skipped all the bullshit and immediately went in to fantastic, and for me quickly eclipsed the wonderful “Purple”. So much so that after I smoked this sample, I picked up another 3 to pack into my humidor, which is something I don't do often. At an average price of $8.50, it's a pretty killer deal and certainly had me bouncing off the walls.
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It's everything that surrounds the cigar that isn't the cigar itself. It's the coffee. It's the band. It's the lighter. It's the wine. It's the watch. It's the bourbon. It's whatever you bring to the table with your La Barba. It's secretly sacred to everyone, the ritual is personal. How you cut it. The way you light it. The people you share it with. The place you go to relax. The cigar is why, but the culture is how it becomes a part of you.
How this plays a role in our philosophy, is that when we make a cigar, we have in mind the people who will smoke it. We believe they come from all walks of life, that they aren't just one type of person. With that diversity in mind, we always strive to make our cigars personal, unique and memorable, from their flavor profiles down to their shapes and even their box designs. Each component matters. Each retailer matters. Each customer matters.