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La Palina Babe


Brand: La Palina

Wrapper: Ecuador or Costa Rica

Binder: Costa Rica

Filler: Honduras and Nicaragua

Strength: Mild-Medium

Size: Robusto 5.75 x 50

Price: $18.00


La Palina Babe Family Series

La Palina Babe Family Series

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.

First puffs– Straight away there is a deep hit of pepper. Following are touches of toast and cedar. The draw is pretty much flawless, producing a near perfect burn and mounds of smoke.

La Palina Babe Family Series Smoked

First third– Pepper notes weave in and out and a creamy caramel flavor has entered. The draw is so smooth and is really easy. The burn is really consistent.
Second third– I get lingering tastes of the ligero that really is meshing nicely with the creamy sweetness that fills this section. The draw has tightened a bit but still is producing a fair amount of smoke.

La Palina Babe Family Series Middle

Final third– A full on flavor explosion. It’s hard to put the cigar down. Creamy caramel with a toasty finish. Then a lingering spice from the ligero, it’s just perfect. It is still drawing nicely a producing a lot of smoke. Still very smooth.

La Palina Cigars Nub

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.

To find out more visit La Palina Cigars and twitter @LaPalinaCigars


IPCPR 2013 Review


I didn’t get a chance to head to IPCPR 2013 as I am new to the cigar news and reviews industry, I just did not have time to get a trip together. But I did follow my twitter feed and other blogs feverishly looking for the new cigars that I would be reviewing in the coming months. I have highlighted some of the upcoming releases that I am excited about and hope to be reviewing once released.


Drew Estate– Oh how great the future looks for Drew Estate. They are coming out with some fantastic additions this year. Along with a redesigned site, they are teaming up with Joya de Nicaragua again and continuing the MUWAT line with KFC (Kentucky Fire Cured). These are going to be amazing as they are fire cured with hickory, oak, and maple. It will come in 3 sizes. There is also the Nica Rustica “El Brujito” which looks to be a great robust smoke as well.


My Father Cigars– Reaching their 10th year in the cigar industry, My Father Cigars is producing the Don Pepín Garcia 10th Anniversary. This is only available as a 6.5 x 52 Vitola and is a limited release of 2500 boxes. Expected single cigar prices are $22, which is a bit high, but im guessing this will be well worth it. After winning cigar of the year honors, I am sure that this will be a highly sought after stogie.

La Palina– Besides the goldie No.2 and No.5 which I still need to try, the upcoming Mr. Sam should be a hit as well. This is a limited production run of 850 boxes in a Robusto 4.75 x 54 Vitola. Expect this to come into stores and leave very fast as La Palina Cigars  is a really hot cigar company right now.

LP MrSam

La Flor Dominicana– This is a company that I have heard a ton about but haven’t had the chance to try yet. Besides their previous releases I will be on the lookout for the new release Chapter One. Limited to 10,000 boxes of a 6.5 x 58 box press vitola. Should be a great smoke based off of early reports on it.

LFD Chapter 1

Nomad– Owner Fred Rewey took a trip to Nicaragua and came back with the Estelí Lot 1386 and is super excited about it. So I am going to be excited about it to. Per the Nomad website “Very limited run that can not be repeated.” I will for sure be hunting this one down.

J Fuego– The Connoisseur is the new cigar for J Fuego this year. I have already had and reviewed this and it was great. But they are releasing new Origen vitolas which I would like to get my hands on.

Oliva– There is only one new release and its the Serie V Melanio Maduro. Ive had the Melanio and loved it. So I am really excited for the Maduro which comes in a Torpedo Vitola and I know will be super tasty.

Crowned Heads– I recently smoked the Headley Grange and absolutely loved it. So I am beyond stoked about the upcoming release of J.D. Howard Reserve. It will come in 5 sizes and should be a very good smoke. This cigar will also be included in a sampler pack called a 6 shooter. It will contain 2 Four Kicks, 2 Headley Grange, and 2 J.D. Howard Reserve. This looks to be the way to go, at $49 MSRP your getting a hell of a great deal.

GurkhaGurkha came out swinging this year. They normally have a lot of releases throughout the year but they have some great updates this IPCPR. First is the Cellar Reserve Limitada, which a bit of a different blend but expect it to be just as great. Prize Fighter which is going to be a $2 cigar, I repeat A $2 GURKHA, holy hell that’s cheap and I know it will be above good for sure.

 Prize Fighter Band

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