DESCRIPTION: La Palina is a historic cigar brand that was originally founded in 1896 by Samuel Paley. The brand was reborn in early 2010, 84 years after the original company closed its doors. Bill Paley called the first cigar “1896” to honor the year Samuel founded the Congress Cigar Company. Then, in September of 2010, Bill Paley introduced the La Palina “Family Series” offering a tribute to the family members behind the brand. These include the “Pasha,” “Babe,” “Alison” and “Little Bill”.
This week’s featured stogie is named for Bill Paley’s mother, Barbara “Babe” Cushing Paley. As Truman Capote once observed, Babe was a woman of “only one fault… she was perfect. Otherwise, she was perfect.” Babe was one of the last century’s icons of fashion and style. She maintained her position on the best-dressed list fourteen times before being inducted into the Fashion Hall of Fame in 1958.
Introducing this week’s featured cigar, the 5.25” x 50 ring gauge “Babe.”
FEATURED LIBATION: Samuel Smith’s Organic Cider Mixed Drink
Cider has a long tradition in the UK, and sales of cider have grown dramatically there in recent years. Ciders are refreshing, clean, and festive; they are also high in natural antioxidants and are gluten-free. Samuel Smith’s Organic Cider is UK Soils Association & USDA Certified Organic.
Recipe: 3 parts Hard Cider, 1 part Whiskey (Laphroaig 10 year Cask Strength Scotch)
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DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Avo 85th Anniversary Limited Edition for 2011
Today I’m reviewing the Avo 2011 Limited Edition Diadema, which I first featured on the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast in Episode 266 back on Sunday, April 10, 2011. It’s now time for a revisit now that they have been aging in my humidor for 1 year, 6 months, 9 days. I had only one remaining sample from this batch, which I pulled out for this review.
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