My first stop at the IPCPR/PCA this year was with Tony Bellato and La Barba Cigars. I was pleased Tony was able to take the time to sit with me for a few minutes before his booth got too crazy. Welcome to the Party.
In our discussion, Tony explained to me – La Barba Cigars focused on expanding the highly successful La Barba Ricochet line that was introduced last year. The name Ricochet was picked as a nod to the company rebounding back into the industry after a short absence. The party is only beginning with La Barba as we can expect at least one more blend in the Ricochet line in the future.
It is always a pleasure talking to Tony. The man knows cigars, and with a background as a wine sommelier, he is happy to advise you on what wine pairs best with a particular cigar. His enthusiastic smile and attitude just makes for pleasant conversation.
The La Barba Ricochet Cru Mexi-Sol
La Barba had an attractive and fresh booth this year and were showcasing the new La Barba Ricochet Cru Mexi-Sol, which features a Mexican sun grown wrapper on top of a rich multi-country blend that is described as:
- Wrapper – Mexican Sun Grown
- Binder – Indonesia
- Filler – Nicaragua, Pennsylvania, Dominican Republic
The Ricochet Cru Mexi-Sol is expressed in 4 vitolas, each packaged in 25-count boxes.
- 4.25 x 44 ($7.00 MSRP)
- 6.25 x 52 Torpedo ($11.25 MSRP)
- 5.5 x 54 ($11.00 MSRP)
- 6 x 60 ($11.75 MSRP)
Like previous blends, the Ricochet Cru Mexi-Sol is produced at Tabacalera William Ventura in the Dominican Republic.