Brand: La Palina Country: Miami, USA
Size: Laguito No. 5 5 5/8 x 54 Wrapper: Habano Ecuador
The Label Factor:
How can you tell if your B&M carries the La Palina Goldie? Walk into the humidor and see if you need sunglasses. This beautiful gold label reflects an above average amount of light, causing more than a few headaches when trying to get quality photos. But, you shouldn’t have much difficulty locating this among its cigar brethren.
What We Liked:
I love when a cigar has an interesting story. In this case, each Goldie is rolled in Miami by Maria Sierra. According to the La Palina website:
Maria is one of the ﬁrst women trained to roll cigars in Cuba. Her historic 32 year career at Villa El Laguito began July 22, 1967. Maria is a 95 rated, category 9 roller trained by Fidel Castro’s personal roller Eduardo Rivera Irizarri, as well as Avelino Lara, the creator of the legendary Cohiba blend.
It may be no surprise then that the Goldie bears a striking resemblance to the Cohiba Behike. Both have near flawless wrappers and gorgeous construction. In fact, I’d be willing to wager you could fool many a fine folk by putting a Behike label on a Goldie. Don’t believe me? Maybe this will change your mind.
Enough backstory already! What is this, a La Palina Goldie origin story!?
Our character Goldie starts her life out on the streets of medium-bodyville, which surprised me due to her aristocratic pedigree. I don’t usually associate earthy flavors with “rich and creamy” but that’s exactly what the first inch delivers. A smooth leather flavor is dominant with the mildest of pepper sitting on the tongue. A bit later, a pronounced woodiness takes over with a slight black coffee rounding out the profile.
Perhaps more interesting than the flavors was the smoke, which is almost syrupy in texture, coating the palate with those rich, creamy flavors mentioned above. The way this feels is incredibly unique, and makes the experience of smoking a Goldie both elegant and delicate. I know that sounds odd, but I think people who have smoked this will understand. Or they won’t and I’ll be all alone on my elegant and delicate island.
I’d also like to mention that this was my first time smoking “for breakfast.” I picked up a large French vanilla coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts and got to smoking. The weather was perfect, a crisp 72 degrees with the slightest breeze. After nubbing the Goldie, I pounded a Boston Kreme, ending one of my most delicious and memorable smoking experiences.
What We Didn’t Like:
As beautiful as the construction appears, it didn’t perform as perfectly as I would like. Within the first two inches, I had to fix wonky burn issues twice. Now, I only smoked one of these and my issue could have easily been due to a poor lighting job. This may seem like a trivial issue since the burn was great afterwards, but an eighteen dollar stick should be held to pretty high standards, in my opinion. Regardless, the slight burn trouble isn’t something that would keep me from purchasing another Goldie in the future.
Should You Try/Buy It:
With a price tag this high, there is always a lot of pressure for a cigar to deliver. Fortunately, the La Palina Goldie does exactly that. While it’s too high priced for me to smoke on a regular basis, the flavors and experience were fantastic, making me look forward to the day I have the occasion to purchase more. If you have it in your budget to pay nearly twenty bucks for a single cigar, do yourself a favor and seek this one out.