Caldwell La Barba Ricochet Mexi Sol
Like other La Barba cigars, the Ricochet Mexi Sol is inspired by wine. Company co-founder Tony Bellato is, among other things, a trained sommelier. Wine flows in his veins at this point, we would guess. And so when he is creating new cigar blends, he must first pop the cork on his inspiration and draw from the bottle.
In this case, the new Ricochet cigar is meant as an homage to Left Bank Bordeaux, which Bellato describes as “very balanced and complex with a definitive spicy minerality, and a touch of soft sweetness.” Thus, in the smoke, we are looking for that same spice and a hint of sweetness.
The first Ricochet blend used Mexican San Andrés Maduro over an Indonesian binder, along with a potent filler mix from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Pennsylvania. This time, the dark and earthy Maduro leaf is traded for Mexican sun-grown tobacco that takes things in a different direction.
The Caldwell La Barba Ricochet Mexi Sol cigar offers a complex smoking experience, much like other La Barba blends. Anything inspired by fine wines has to bring intriguing flavor, or what’s the point, right? Here you get creamy leather and oak flavors that are reminiscent of wine barrels, as well as a sweet fruit (like raisins), and a characteristic Mexican spice note that brings it all together. It actually comes pretty close to recalling the Bordeaux wines that inspired it!
The first Ricochet blend gave us plenty to think about, and the follow-up is equally interesting. La Barba is a cigar company that’s got our attention as each new release comes out. Keep your eyes on this team – we’re anticipating bigger and better things in the future.
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Caldwell La Barba Ricochet Mexi FAQ's
What are the flavors like?
Creamy leather and oak, raisins, spice.
What’s the strength level?
Who is this cigar for?
People who love complex and flavorful blends, and who found the original Ricochet interesting.
Will I want to smoke it to the nub?
It will carry your attention all the way through.
What’s a good pairing with it?
Seems obvious to give it a shot with a Bordeaux. Hit up the wine shop before you light up your Caldwell La Barba Ricochet Crü Mexi-Sol, and compare!
What’s the best time/place to smoke this cigar?
As evening falls and you overlook your vineyard (just travel to one if you don’t happen to have one handy).
It’s a lot of work tasting for all these flavor notes, but it’s the kind of work we’re down for.