|La Palina "Babe"|
The cigar is a robusto vitola measuring 5.25" with a 50 ring gauge, and feature a Costa Rican wrapper and a Costa Rican binder. I imagine that the filler and binder are Costa Rican Jaltepec, but I am not positive. The filler is a combination of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobacco, and I can say for certain that it is some of the finest tobacco from the prominent regions of those two countries. Costa Rican tobacco is known for being incredibly flavorful and also expensive. The cigar is beautiful in appearance with a marbled brown wrapper that is oily and silky. There are some veins present in the toothy wrapper, and it has a coloring of dark tan, Colorado Claro in coloring. Holding the foot of the cigar, and the wrapper to my nose I get aromas of stone fruit, coffee, leather and cocoa, and I am eagerly awaiting this terrific robusto.
As I light up the cigar I am immediately greeted with an abundance of flavors, and a cigar that is producing a great amount of smoke. There are some noticeable cream and coffee flavors present, but I am also getting some spice notes, light cherry flavors and a finish of barnyard and leather. It is a solid cigar that shows wonderful flavors so far, and has a great complexity level. I would say the strength of the cigar is a solid medium, maybe a little bit stronger in this third, but very balanced. It has a terrific burn line thus far, razor sharp, and it is leaving a solid light gray ash on the end of the cigar. Overall it shows those great Graycliff flavors with a nice twist, and very enjoyable.
|Nice toothy wrapper|
I am in the second third of the cigar now, and the flavors have definitely gotten stronger. Not so much stronger in terms of strength/body, but in presence. The cherry notes are very present, and they are more like dark cherry notes. The spice flavors are showing bits of cinnamon, cayenne and cloves, and the coffee and cream notes are still very present as well. There is a nice finish of leather and wood with the cigar, and it is a very enjoyable cigar. I would say the strength has decreased some in this third, and I would say it is more around the medium level. The cigar is still burning evenly, and I am still holding on to the ash from the beginning of the cigar.
When I get into the final third of the cigar I really don't want this cigar to end, but I have another cigar ready to get lit up so I am pretty happy. The flavors are still very similar to what they were in the second third, but it is so enjoyable that I really don't want it to change. I am loving the cream and coffee notes, and they pair wonderfully with those dark cherry notes and the wood flavors. There is a presence of rich earth in this third, and it finishes of spices and leather. I would say the cigar finishes at a solid medium level, and the burn line is still perfect. When I smoke the cigar down to the nub it is still cool and flavorful, and I immediately light up my second one.
This was really a terrific robusto, and I loved the flavor profile. This cigar definitely showed some characteristics that you see with a Graycliff cigar, and that is a positive aspect. The cigar delivered a plethora of complex flavors throughout, performed wonderfully in terms of construction, and provided a solid amount of strength as well. It really is a great line, and I always save these for special occasions. With the release of the El Diario line, La Palina has really announced itself as a company that makes everyday cigar and special occasion cigars, and both lines are fabulous. If you had to make me choose, I would struggle, but I think I would choose this line more often than not. I find the line to be just as flavorful, though different than the El Diario line, but less rich and more of a cigar that I could smoke more of in one day. I give this cigar 95 points, and it was nice to smoke one of these beauties again. It had been some time, and even though it was not a special occasion it is good to splurge from time to time.
|Family Series Babe|