Cigar Review: La Palina “The Pasha”
According the the La Palina website, The “Pasha” is named for Bill’s father, William S. Paley. As founder and chairman of CBS, William reached into every home in America. It was his interest in promoting the sales of the family cigar company through the use of radio that led him to the broadcasting business. Though known as “The Chairman” at work, he was jokingly known as “Pasha” at home.
Pasha was a term for a high rank officer in the Ottoman empire political stytem, but the question that needs to be answered here is whether or not this cigar is a high rank in the Tobacco empire.
[Editor's Note: While I was not impressed with the "shaggy" foot please take the time to read the entire review, as this was an enjoyable cigar]
Appearance and Construction: First thought “oh no a shaggy foot”. To be honest I usually only see cigars that look like this in hand roll shops and I wonder why. To see this on a premium cigar of this price point I have to scratch my head. There are so many things wrong with a shaggy foot. On a windy day you increase the chance of lit embers putting a hole in your shirt. It works both ways, on a windy day a shaggy is easier to light. Thankfully The Pasha by La Palina Cigars isn’t so much to the extreme. The Costa Rican wrapper has quite a bit of veins present including a couple of rope like ones. There is some tooth and there is some oils present as well. As with other cigars from La Palina these aren’t the most attractive sticks in the world, but they are well rolled.
Flavor & Notes: Once the cap is clipped the draw which revealed notes of nuts, earth and bread while the foot offered up a little bit of a sweetness making for a nice combination that has me intrigued. Once the cigar was lit, I couldn’t help but think of the Scarecrow in the movie Wizard of Oz due to the shaggy foot. As I smoked the first third of the cigar I was pleasantly surprised. While the cigar was primarily earthy and nutty, there were some delicious cinnamon notes that teased the senses. As we reach the second third of the cigar the earth remains as a canvas, but the cinnamon and spice begins to take hold here with some nuts in the background. As we enter the final third of the cigar, the notes remain nutty and earthy but the strength kicks up some with a nice spicy finish.
Smoking Characteristics: When I smoked my first La Palina at the launch this past summer the one thing that stood out was the bad burn. I attributed it to the fact the cigars were laid out and handed to those who wanted to smoke. Well, I am happy to say the Pasha burned like a dream from start to finish. I chose to ash once I got past the shaggy foot, but after that the medium to dark color ash held on very well. The draw was perfect and it produced thick rich volumes of smoke with a deliciously spicy aroma.
Conclusion: An outstanding follow up to the limited series the cigar still has one major drawback, the price which is a shame. This cigar is my perfect cigar in terms of the notes. Granted, not everyone might believe that or agree with that, but this stick would be one of my desert island cigars. Now if only I could hit the lottery so I can afford to smoke them on a regular basis I would be happy.
Price: $35.00 in NYC 23.00 MSRP (Though I’ve seen them online for $21.00 a stick)
Disclaimer: Thank you to Courtney over at La Palina cigars for sending me these sticks. La Palina was a former advertiser at the time of writing this review. As always the typo’s and spelling mistakes have been left in this review for your amusement.