La Palina Classic Cigar is a discount priced premium cigarBill Paley released the La Palina Classic cigar at the 2012 IPCPR show, and it was one of the two new blends unveiled by the company. It’s the manufacturer’s first product to be created in the Dominican Republic, and is meant to be a value-priced stick that maintains the characteristics of the company’s premium stogies. Reviewers have loved all of Paley’s blends, and this one is another winner that aficionados are happy with. Some of the success of this stick can be attributed to where it is made. The PDR factory in the Dominican Republic is a powerhouse of a manufacturer that turns out excellent products for multiple brands.

The La Palina Classic cigar is composed of an eclectic grouping of tobaccos. The wrapper is Brazilian Habano seed, the binder is from Ecuador and the filler is Dominican and Nicaraguan. It comes in four sizes, including Robusto (5 x 52), Toro (6 x 50), Gordo (6 x 60) and Torpedo (6 1/8 x 52). The wrapper has an interesting color, most comparing it to butterscotch, and has a nice oily sheen to it. There is a little tooth to the stick, and there are a few small veins, but they don’t distract the smoker in any way. The label has an off-white background with gold ornamentation and the company name in black capitals.

The first third of the stick brings forth flavors that are apparent in the pre-light, which includes wood, pepper and some citrus layers. According to reviewers, none are truly dominant, though the pepper does have some bite to it, making it a touch more noticeable. Shortly after starting the La Palina Classic cigar, there is a butterscotch sweetness that appears in the background. Before the first third ends, the wood taste settles down, and the citrus becomes more powerful, with the pepper darting in and out.

The second third of the stick continues to feature the pepper as the central note. The wood is gone by now, though the citrus and butterscotch both dissipate and are replaced by a tobacco sweetness. The tobacco flavor is just behind the pepper in strength.

The final third of the La Palina Classic cigar changes it up a little. Reviewers found that the tobacco taste disappears, though the wood layers creep back into the background and ramp up in intensity until it nearly encompasses the pepper. By the end, some aficionados stated that the stick had more of a wood taste than a spicy taste.

Reviewers love the burn and draw of the stogie, and found that it burns straight and true, requiring only the occasional touch-up. The draw gives a little resistance, which was appreciated by some and gave the stick some weight. The ash is tight and has a salt and pepper look to it. Most believed the La Palina Classic cigar to be right in the medium range at first in terms of body and strength, though both increase by the end of the smoke. By the end, it is a full strength stogie and nearly full-bodied.

All in all, reviewers were surprised by the quality in this stick, as it is one of the value-priced products from the company. Normally, this is an adjective that scares some veteran smokers off, but not this time as all were pleased with the offering.


POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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