Brand: La Palina Country: Dominican Republic
Size: 5.5 x 42 Wrapper: Brazilian Habano
Price: $6.75 No. Smoked: 1
The Label Factor:
The La Palina Classic is unique in that it’s the only one of the La Palina sticks not to feature the shiny gold crest. Instead, it has a label that makes sense for the it’s name. It’s simple, clean and looks like a label that could have easily been on a cigar in the 1920’s. To put it another way; it’s classic.
What We Liked:
The LPC wastes no time bringing the flavor. From the first puffs, you’re greeted with notes of pepper and a smoked wood. For being such an earthy start, it’s a surprisingly smooth experience. I don’t know why I think of earthy and smooth as being mutually exclusive, but the La Palina Classic certainly goes a long way to proving me wrong.
From the middle to the end of the stick, the smoked wood from the start takes on more of a sweet chocolate note, while simultaneously becoming a bit more chewy and meaty. This gives the LPC a strong and bold feel, even though the stick is very small in stature.
I imagine this is precisely what cigars tasted like back in 1926. In fact, I can picture Nucky Thompson and Chalky White smoking a pair of La Palina Classics while consuming illegal liquor and plotting their next move to increase control of Atlantic City. If you’ve been wondering how you can become closer to your inner mobster through cigar smoking; well, you’re a bit weird. However, I’m glad you can stop wondering and go buy some LPC.
What We Didn’t Like:
There are times when a cigar just doesn’t line up with your preferred flavor profile. That’s the only issue I have with the La Palina Classic. The earthy, woody and spicy core just isn’t what I want to reach for on a regular basis. Luckily, the La Palina line is filled with fantastic cigars that line up exactly with what I want to smoke.
Should You Try/Buy It:
The La Palina Classic delivers exactly what it aims to; a classic cigar profile for those who want it. For me, it’s not the ideal flavor set that I’m looking for, but that’s just a matter of preference. With a low price point and solid construction, you should at least grab one and see if you disagree.