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Cigar Review: La Palina Bronze Label Pre Release

La Palina Bronze Label Pre Release

 

 

 

 

 

La Palina’s limited-edition Bronze Label begins shipping to TAA retailers today. The cigar was blended through a collaborative effort with Rocky Patel and will only be available to members of the Tobacconists’ Association of America, a retailer organization that represents American brick-and-mortar tobacconists.

Bronze Label premiered in March at the 49th meeting of the Tobacconists’ Association of America in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The blend consists of a Habano-seed wrapper from Honduras, Honduran binder and filler tobaccos from Honduras and Nicaragua.

 

PHOTO: CIGAR AFICIONADO

 

As of now, the TAA size is 6 1/2 inch by 52 ring gauge Toro is the only vitola being released. But, according to La Palina co-president Sam Phillips, the company has plans make Bronze Label a permanent brand with its own regular-production sizes.

Bronze Label, which ships in boxes of 20 and retails for $9.99 per cigar, is produced at Nestor Plasencia’s El Paraiso factory in Honduras and distributed by La Palina Cigars. Cigar Aficionado

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

The mystery is over, we can now classify this as a Pre Release instead of unreleased! I purchased a bunch of unreleased La Palinas from UG cigar and planned on posting reviews in the upcoming months. The La Palina Habano seed wrapper is dark brown in color with visible seams, tooth and vein.

Rolled in the Toro format the cigar has an open foot and a rounded triple cap. Two bands sit on the vitola, the larger band is bronze and copper in color with the La Palina portrait of a woman in the middle.

Along the top reads “LA PALINA” in straight white font, the bottom reads “EST 1896”. The sides are adorned with copper designs and Fleur-de-lis. The secondary band is lighter brown in color and reads “BRONZE LABEL” in copper font. Pre light aroma had notes of cinnamon, chocolate and floral spice. The cold draw produced flavors of milk chocolate, cream and nuances of vanilla bean.

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

Upon first light slight bitter orange peel and charred cedar. After complete combustion flavors of mixed nuts in the form of almonds and cashews. Sweet flavors are appearing, light milk chocolate, hazelnut and nutmeg with a distinct creaminess.

The spice element is in the form a light black table pepper dusting with nuances of ginger snap found in holiday cookies. Mild white pepper on the retro with a warm brown sugar spice through the nostrils evolving into flavors of milk chocolate.

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

Entering cruise control I’ve already used the torch for several touch ups trying to keep the burn line straight. Warm flavors of whipped butter, hazelnut and creamy nutmeg.

If you gave me this sans band and told me it was something else I couldn’t find a valid reason to argue it, all the way down to the dark colored ash and burn line fissures it has the taste and characteristics of a Cuban cigar.

Roasted nuts, brown sugar char and black table pepper are keeping It mildly spicy. The retro has been consistent with mild white pepper and floral spice with a long finish of milk chocolate.

  • FINAL THIRD

During the final duration there has been little to zero change in the flavor profile. Creamy hazelnut, nutmeg, warm milk chocolate and roasted nuts, most notably glazed almonds have all been on point and present throughout.

The spicy element of mild black table pepper with ginger snap spice has also been consistent throughout keeping the LP Bronze at a straight MEDIUM bodied offering.

The retro is producing mild white pepper with brown sugar char evolving into a long finish of warm milk chocolate. 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

Construction of the LPBL was good with no palpable soft spots or blemishes on the wrapper. The burn line was crooked, producing small fissures off the foot at first light and continued to be jagged throughout the first two stages but finally burning straight in the final third.

The ash was dark black/grey and held to about an inch then fell off by itself. One example was V cut and I straight cut the other, both produced the perfect amount resistance creating copious amounts of aroma filled smoke. The cigar didn’t require any re lights for combustion but I was torching the foot throughout the first two stages to straighten up the burn line.

The strength of the La Palina Bronze Label was in the solid MEDIUM bodied wheelhouse that produced balanced and complex flavors that were distinctly Cuban, even down to the darker ash and burn line issues.

I purchased a total of five vitolas as these were sold as unreleased although rumored after the fact to be a TAA offering. FULL on flavor and definitely box worthy despite the minor glitches with the burn line.

 

NOTABLE FLAVORS

  • Hazelnut
  • Nutmeg Cream
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Whipped Butter
  • Roasted Nuts/Cashews/Almonds-Glazed
  • Ginger Snap
  • Black Table Pepper/Dusting/Med
  • White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Brown Sugar/Milk Chocolate

 


Cigars for review: Purchased from UG Cigar ( five total )

Cigars smoked for review: 2

Cigar Smoke rate: 93

Size: 6 1/2 x 52 ( TORO )

Wrapper: Habano-seed wrapper from Honduras

Binder: Honduran

Filler: Honduras and Nicaragua

News Source: Cigar Aficionado

 

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