Episode 335 La Palina Classic

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DESCRIPTION: The La Palina Classic was one of two new blends launched in the summer of 2012 by Bill Paley, the owner of La Palina Cigars. The Classic is La Palina’s first cigar to be made in the Dominican Republic and it is also the first value-priced La Palina offering. With this new blend, La Palina hopes to entice a new generation of cigar smokers who are looking for high quality at a lower price than most boutique offerings.

La Palina Classic

To make the La Palina Classic, Paley turned to Abe Flores of PDR Cigars in the Dominican Republic. Flores opened a new expanded factory operation in the Dominican Republic and besides making his own brand of cigars, he has been producing blends for the likes of Gurkha and Primer Mundo cigars.

To create the Classic, Paley and Flores started with a Dominican and Nicaraguan filler blend. This is encased in an Ecuadorian binder and then topped off with a light and silky Brazilian-grown Habano seed wrapper.

This week’s featured La Palina Classic is the 5-inch by 52 ring gauge Robusto.

La Palina Classic

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DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary Torpedo
This postscript review is on the Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary Torpedo. This cigar was first featured on the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast in Episode 272 on Sunday, May 22, 2011. These cigar have had a nice long rest prior to this review: 1 year and 11 months precisely. This past week, I sat down with a couple of samples and over the course of a couple days I proceeded to revisit this cigar.

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