La Palina Red Label Robusto

Posted by Jack | in La Palina | on 20 Aug 2015 | at 11:50 AM | 1488 views

As I used my charms - or lack there of - to get my mitts on the newest La Palina, I figured I better review it pretty quickly.  I have smoked my way through their cadre of cigars and loved every one of them.  So, how does this new Red Label stack up?  Let's see..... Construction: The Red Label has a nice rustic look to it - a tad rough around the cap but not poorly done or anything.  The wrapper is seamless, nearly veinless, and rough with tooth.  The new red band is extremely sharp as well.  Overall a nice looking presentation. Pre-light Aroma and Draw: Out of the cellophane the Red Label gives off a nice and very strong scent of sweet cinnamon. ... Continue reading »»

 


 

La Palina Black Label Petite Lancero

Posted by Jack | in La Palina | on 12 Nov 2014 | at 9:37 AM | 1422 views

I won't beat around the bush with a lengthy intro.  Today I smoked the La Palina Black Label and it blew me away. La Palina offers some incredible cigars...and this newest addition is one of their best ever.  Let's get to it! Construction: The Black Label has a very rustic look.  The wrapper is veiny with black streaks over a rather lumpy shape.  Coupled with the absolutely gorgeous branding we have a very nice looking cigar here. Pre-light Aroma and Draw: Out of the cellophane the Black Label is massively aromatic.  Spices, leather, some rich earthy cinnamon-like notes...just awesome.  Even the head of the cigar has a sweet flavor that made me do a double take.  The draw is nice and comfortable.  Not too open... Continue reading »»

 


 

La Palina Family Series Alison

Posted by Jack | in La Palina | on 26 Apr 2014 | at 4:09 PM | 2103 views

Being handed a bag of La Palina cigars to sample and review is like Santa handing me his whole sack of presents.  The top shelf Family Series Alison is the last of that amazing lot and I have been waiting for the right moment to try it out.  Today, with sunny mid seventies weather over the top of Dayton, I decided the time was right.  I did some research and found that the Alison is made in the Graycliff factory in the Bahamas.  Now, I will admit that the Graycliff Professionale is one of my all time favorites so knowing the cigar up for review is made in the same factory got my interest up to maximum.  Let's see how the last of my samples... Continue reading »»

 


 

La Palina El Diario Kill Bill

Posted by Jack | in La Palina | on 27 Mar 2014 | at 9:23 AM | 1638 views

La Palina is on the way to The Wharf in Dayton.  If that doesn't excite you, it should.  They are one of the biggest boutique names around right now and their cigars are stellar.  Being handed three samples of their wares made me giddy as a school boy too.  I smoked the Classic already - review forthcoming - and today I opted for the miniscule El Diario Kill Bill.  Word has it that when Bill Paley smoked this blend for the first time he claimed it almost killed him - hence the name.  True or not, I love the thought.  So, let's see if it kills Jack, shall we? Construction: The KB is covered in a dark red-brown wrapper with a mild dry appearance with... Continue reading »»

 


 

La Palina Classic Torpedo

Posted by Jack | in La Palina | on 20 Mar 2014 | at 4:12 PM | 1130 views

start here Construction: A nice rustic looking cigar.  A little lumpy and a tad veiny - both of which give the cigar a nice old school look.  The band is elegantly simple compared to the more intricate band found on their other cigars.  I did have some rather nasty wrapper issues with the sample I was given.  Three splits.  All of which the cigar burned through perfectly.  This sample was probably sitting in the rep's bag for a while or something.  Eh, it happens. Pre-light Aroma and Draw: Leather and cocoa are the main notes I get from this uncellophaned torpedo.  Some grass and hay notes are also present.  The draw is just right. Not open or closed. Light and Burn: Wrapper issues aside, the... Continue reading »»

 


 

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