A new spin on the La Riqueza blend is coming to cigar stores starting next week, as Pete Johnson has confirmed that the La Riqueza SE 2022 is ready to begin shipping.

The blend still uses a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper over a Nicaraguan double binder and Nicaraguan filler, but some tweaks have made it a little stronger blend than the original. It is being released in a 5 5/8 x 54 robusto extra that has a covered foot. Johnson announced the cigar in July 2021 and showed it off at the 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show, though noted it wouldn’t be shipping to stores until March 2022.

Production numbers have also been finalized, as it was based on the number of orders received for it at the trade show. A total of 4,500 boxes of 10 cigars have been produced, which come with an MSRP of $12 per cigar and $120 per box. Also of note is that while the cigars had been shown off in bundles, Johnson decided to put them in boxes for the release.

It will be a return to many humidors for the La Riqueza brand, as Johnson removed it from the company’s price list in 2017, though he didn’t formally discontinue the line. It was part of a reworking of the company’s portfolio that also saw the Ambos Mundos, El Triunfador and La Casita Criollo lines moved to small batch and special event releases.

When he announced the La Riqueza SE 2022, Johnson told halfwheel that “this is just a warmup for La Riqueza to come back into production.”


Image courtesy of Tatuaje Cigars.

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