Cigar Review: La Palina Goldie Toro

La Palina Goldie Toro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over a century ago, my grandfather, Samuel Paley created the first La Palina. Sadly, when Sam retired in 1926, his La Palina retired with him. She has been in our hearts ever since.

Now she’s back, a cigar of impeccable elegance and finesse, and well worth waiting for.

The Paley family is delighted to celebrate La Palina’s long-awaited return.

-Bill Paley

 

La Palina premium handmade cigars represent a marriage of the finest tobacco leaves blended by master artisans. La Palina cigars embody the finest aspects of craftsmanship, rolled in tradition with unwavering quality and care.

La Palina cigars truly capture the Paley style. The blends are smooth and well-rounded, cigars of elegance and finesse. The draw is easy, the burn is even, and the construction is flawless: an unforgettable experience.

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At the 2017 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas NV, La Palina Cigars chose to introduce the sixth installment of the La Palina Goldie. The 2017 installment is a traditional 6 x 52 Toro and simply has the name, the La Palina Goldie Toro.

The Goldie line was created as a tribute to Goldie Drell Paley, the wife of Sam Paley, who originally founded the La Palina brand back in 1896. It is meant to be a tribute to the accomplishments of women in the cigar industry.

Once again, Miami’s El Titan de Bronze will be the factory where the Goldie is made and once again the roller will be Maria Sierra.  

Sierra is a 95 rated, category 9 roller trained by Fidel Castro’s personal roller Eduardo Rivera Izarri as well as Avelino Lara (Cohiba). The blend incorporates a high priming medio tiempo leaf, something only found in about 10 percent of tobacco plants.

 

AVAILABLE SIZES/YEARS OF RELEASE

  • Toro: 6 x 52 (2017)
  • Dalia: 6 3/4 x 43 (2016)
  • Laguito Robusto Extra: 6 1/10 x 50 (2015)
  • Laguito Especial: 7 x 40 (2014)
  • Laguito No. 5: 5 3/4 x 54 (2013)
  • Laguito No. 2: 6 x 38 (2012)

 

  • APPEARANCE

At first look the Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is Graham Cracker in color and silky smooth.  But, a closer investigation reveals intricate patterns over tooth and vein with minimal seam.

Rolled in the Toro format it has a wide open foot with a triple rolled pointed pigtail cap. The band as with most La Palina cigars has a portrait of Goldie Paley surrounded by borders of gold on an eggshell colored background.

Along the top reads “LA PALINA” in white font on a solid gold background, the bottom reads “EST 1896” in small white font on a solid gold background. Around the sides of the label are gold Fleur-de-lis. Pre light aroma had notes of caramel corn Cracker Jacks, cedar and vanilla bean. The cold draw produced flavors of sweet cedar, mild milk chocolate and brown sugar.

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

A pleasant aroma of oaky wood chips off the toasted foot. Flavors of mild cedar char, leather cream, sweet corn bread and coffee. Background flavors of mild hazelnut, light almonds, chocolate with an aftertaste of cedar and leather char.

The spicy element is in the form of medium bodied black pepper corn balancing in with nuances of roasted nuts. Mild white pepper on the retro evolving into nuances of caramel corn.

  • Mild Cedar/Char
  • Leather/Cream
  • Corn Bread/Sweet
  • Hazelnut
  • Light Almonds
  • Chocolate
  • Cedar
  • Leather/Char
  • Black Pepper Corn/Med

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

Entering cruise control burn the LP Goldie has eased into flavors of mild honey, sweet cedar and creamy leather. Background flavors of nutmeg, almonds and raw cinnamon have moved the profile to a light sweet and peppery delight of easy draw balanced and complex flavors.

Medium black pepper with an aftertaste of creamy leather is creating a long sweet and spicy finish. The retro has amped up with a burn of clean white pepper evolving into flavors of caramel and toffee.

  • Honey/Mild
  • Cedar/Sweet
  • ‘Leather/Cream
  • Nutmeg
  • Almonds
  • Cinnamon/Raw
  • Black Pepper/Med

 

  • FINAL THIRD

Heading into the final third consistent flavors of leather, honey and cedar have been upfront and on point. Background flavors have also been consistent with hazelnut, cinnamon, brown sugar char and almonds.

Medium bodied black pepper has been consistent from first light. A nuance of sweet tea has appeared at the tail end of pepper continuing to enhance the long sweet and spicy finish. 

  • Leather
  • Honey
  • Cedar
  • Hazelnut
  • Cinnamon
  • Brown Sugar/Char
  • Almonds
  • Black Pepper/Med
  • Sweet Tea
  • White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Toffee/Caramel

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

CONSTRUCTION: Very solid construction, no wrapper inconsistencies, blemishes or soft spots

BURN: Razor sharp, light black carbon line discoloring the wrapper at the burn line

ASH: Light grey to white ash burning fine and compact, almost solid with zero striations

CUT: V cut all three examples

DRAW: Wide open draw producing an over abundance of creamy white and aromatic smoke

RE LIGHTS: Zero

STRENGTH: Solid upper MEDIUM bodied wheelhouse with a myriad of FULL flavor

 

  • CONCLUSION

I’ve had many examples from this manufacturer, I’ve never had a bad cigar from La Palina and this years offering of the Goldie Toro concretes that statement. Superbly rolled with some cuban-esk type flavors.

The vitola was both complex and balanced throughout the smoking duration with a very long sweet and spicy finish. Core flavors of creamy leather, hazelnut and almonds kept me interested through each smoking stage, ending each final third with the Goldie getting nub’d. 

 

 


Cigars for review: Purchased Underground Cigar Shop

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke rate: 92

Size: 6 x 52 (Toro)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Ecuadorian

Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan

Country of origin: USA El Titan de Bronze

News source: La Palina, Cigar Coop

 

 

 

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