50 (Toro), 6 x 50
Wrapper: Mexican Maduro
|Cigar age||2 yr. 1 mo.|
BACKGROUND: The La Palina Cigar Company was established in 1896 by Sam Paley, grandfather of current president Bill. The La Palina brand is enjoying a renaissance under Bill Paley and they have a portfolio full of fine offerings.
The La Palina Maduro was the second cigar to come out of Honduras for La Palina and was also the second cigar to come out of the Raices Cubanas factory in that country.
The La Palina Maduro has a naturally processed Mexican maduro wrapper that is grown in the famed San Andrés Valley. Complementing the wrapper is a double binder from Honduras and a filler blend of Nicaraguan Corojo and Nicaraguan Criollo tobaccos.
La Palina introduced the Maduro during the summer of 2012 and it became widely available to customers in November 2012. The cigar retails for $9.25 and comes in boxes of 20.
TASTING NOTES: After another year of aging, I found the La Palina Maduro to have mellowed nicely. It was showing more balance and a bit more complexity. In my first review, I indicated that the flavors, though robust and pleasing, were one-dimensional, or just short of being complex. However, this time around I was getting a lot more action in the flavor profile. From the beginning I noted black pepper, vanilla and oak wood on the palate. Retrohaling accentuated the vanilla notes and created a creamy texture alongside a tingle of pepper spice.
This cigar had thick, resiny tobacco, which made it slow burning with a slight blistering along the burn line. Even so, I didn’t have to relight the cigar at any point during the smoke. The dark gray ash was firm and consistent in texture and that allowed me to tap-off ad lib. The draw was just about right and I was able to get plenty of smoke through the cigar, which is important for retrohaling because it gives you plenty of smoke substrate to work with.
FINAL THOUGHTS: As I noted in my last review, this is not the sweetest maduro that I’ve tasted, but the flavor profile is so pleasing and there is enough semi-sweetness to carry the day. And in fact, as the cigar progressed I noted flavors of coffee and Baker’s cocoa. And now that I think of it, I also remember smelling Baker’s cocoa in the filler tobacco during prelight.
Overall, the La Palina Maduro 50 was medium in strength and medium-full in body and flavor. It is a solid representative of a maduro cigar and is sure to delight the maduro lovers in the crowd. This is a clear example of where an extra year of aging really kicked it up a notch.
I still recommend that you enjoy this cigar with your favorite aged whiskey, craft beer or cup of coffee.
Final verdict: This is an easy cigar to recommend. Buy a couple and give them a try.
These cigars are kept in a plastic cigar sack that has been left open to allow airflow and then placed on one of the center shelves in my Aristocrat M+ cabinet humidor. Each cigar was packed with cellophane sleeves, which I have left intact, as is my common practice.
Humidity is at a solid 68%RH. This is the first of two podcast reviews. These cigars have been resting for 2 years and 1 month prior to this review.
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