Brand: La Palina
Wrapper: Ecuador or Costa Rica
Binder: Costa Rica
Filler: Honduras and Nicaragua
Size: Robusto 5.75 x 50
La Palina is the resurgent award winning brand that is brought to us by the mastermind Bill Paley. Bill’s quest for the extraordinary took him to Avelino Lara, the expatriate Cuban Master Blender who created the famed Cohibas for Fidel Castro. Bill worked directly with Lara to create a cigar that appealed to his discriminating palate. Even after his death, the quality remains and we are given a cigar line that is pushing premium cigars to a new level.
The wrapper is a gorgeous creamy brown and smells amazing. It has a sweet musk that just pulls you in. The band is pure elegance, gold foil borders that provide a frame for a picture of a lady. I get a sweet peppery flavor from the cold draw.
Overall an amazingly flavorful cigar that really surprised me. At $18 you go into that cigar with really high hopes and sometimes are let down. This is not the case. La Palina delivers a superb bang for this buck. The Ligero really shines through and shows that they have used the best available premium tobacco leaves. A creamy smooth flavor bomb that deserves to be savored. I highly suggest that you track down the family series and invest in a cigar that is sure to return on the investment.