June 27, 2018

Cigar Review: La Palina Goldie Laguito No. 2

La Palina - Goldie
When it comes to exquisite and boutique cigars, La Palina  is top in class. Led by the great Bill Paley, the company represents the definition of quality in both its product and employees. Crafting only the finest cigars, and using the finest tobacco, La Palina has teamed up with great factories one after another to deliver their product. The company has been in business since 2010, and it is wonderful to see the distance they have covered and what they have accomplished in those two years. They currently have two core lines in production, and a third on the way. With the reestablishment of La Palina Cigars in 2010 we saw the release of the limited and delightful La Palina 1896 Robusto, and this year we are seeing the release of another limited cigar.

Cuban style packaging
Honoring the wife of La Palina's founder Sam Paley, grandson Bill Paley has released the new La Palina Goldie Laguito No. 2. I know I have gone on and on about the Paley Family, and the foundation of La Palina Cigars in 1896, so I will leave that out, but focus on this single cigar. As I said earlier, the cigar is named after Goldie Drell Paley, and is a limited release of only 1,000 boxes. For this creation Mr. Paley decided to team up with the factory El Titan de Bronze in Miami, Florida, here in the United States. The cigar was going to be limited to a single and quite old school vitola, the petit lancero. The size has been given the name Laguito No. 2  and measures 6 inches with a 38 ring gauge. An amazing feature to this release is that all cigars are rolled by a single roller, Maria Sierra. Maria was one of the first women trained to roll cigars in Cuba. Her career began at Villa El Laguito on July 22, 1967. Maria is a category 9 roller trained by Fidel Castro’s personal roller Eduardo Rivera Irizarri, as well as Avelino Lara. Mr. Lara as you well know was the creator of the Cohiba brand.

The cigar is rolled in the Cuban fashion, like all cigars at El Titan, and is finished with the fan cap. It is blended with only prize Medio Tiempo tobacco, and has Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers with an Ecuadorian binder. To finish it off, the cigar features a gorgeous Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Medio Tiempo is the top 10% leaves of the tobacco plant, and most notably was branded in the Cohiba Behike. I am a big fan of Medio Tiempo tobacco, and also could really pick up its uniqueness in the Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva and the Behike. The cigar is lovely in hand, and has a lovely coloring to the wrapper. It has a nice light Colorado coloring, and is like dark brown hay. It is very silky and smooth touch and also very firm. There are some veins present in the cigar as well, but that is just more flavoring. The foot of the cigar has lovely aroma of spices, seasoned oak, sugar cane, hay and this fruit characteristic. It has a wonderful cold draw, and I am eager to light up the smoke.
Upon lighting the cigar I am greeted with tons of complex flavors, and could not agree more with the words of Granville Smith from Signature Cigars that this is very similar to a Cohiba Lancero. There is a nice spice flavor present with the cigar at the forefront, but it is balance by this natural sweetness as well. I am picking up some subtle coffee notes through the first third, and it is accompanied by some oak and honey notes. There are bits of stone fruit flavors present with the cigar, and they are blends of cherries and apricots. It really is a cigar that covers a huge spectrum of flavors, and is able to show how flavorful a small cigar can be. Best thin ring gauge cigar I have had since the Tatuaje Black Label Petit Lancero. There is a nice strength level to the cigar, and I would say it is at that medium full level, and producing a nice light gray ash.

The cigar is smoking cool and wonderful into the second third of the cigar, and like the first third it is a flavor bomb. This is really a complex cigar, there is no doubt about that, and when you have a cigar blended in this vitola, that is going to happen. The flavors of oak, honey, spice and coffee are more dominant in this third, and I am also seeing a rising note in nuts as well. There are still some soft stone fruit notes present as well in this third, but overall there are notes I am probably missing here and there. The cigar is producing concentrated smoke on my palate, and exhaling through my nostrils is showing such greatness. The strength level is remaining at that medium full spot, and though I have ashed my cigar since I lit it up, I am positive it would hold on to the cigar.
Medio Tiempo Wrapper
I am in the final third of this cigar, and I am already grabbing another one of these from the box. My box will be quickly losing this sticks if I do not stop and see how many are left. The flavors are still spot on in the final third of the cigar, and it has really offered this balance sweet and spicy flavor profile from beginning to end. The natural wood notes of seasoned oak are prevalent in the final third, and when you pick it up with the spice and coffee notes you think you are in for a bit of a ride, but then you are taken down some with the honey, wheat, nut and stone fruit notes that are on the finish. I smoke the small cigar down to the very little nub, and even at the end of the cigar it remained cool in terms of the draw and at that medium full body level. I was getting a nice production of smoke throughout, and I was getting some tiny thick rings here and there.

I loved this smoke, and loved the vitola that it was offered in. The flavors itself were very complex, and the cigar was blended wonderfully showing some strong, spicy, sweet and soft notes. I think this is a cigar that will definitely be great to smoke now, and will age wonderfully as well. I am going to come back to this cigar in around six months to see where it is, and also in a year to see further aging. Overall, this is another wonderful blend by La Palina, and I love that it is a limited release. While I love regular production cigars, it is great to thrown limited smokes like this at cigar smokers like myself once every now and then. From construction to flavor this cigar was top notch all the way through. I give this smoke 95 points, truly amazing.
Laguito No. 2
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