La Palina Classic Robusto – Cigar Review

The La Palina Classic the new La Palina Maduro (check it out here) were showcased by La Palina Cigars at the 2012 IPCPR. The new La Palina Classic comes in four sizes, a (6 1/8 x 52) Torpedo, a (6 x 60) Gordo, a (6 x 50) Toro, and a (5 x 52) Robusto which I am reviewing today. The La Palina Classic is the first cigar in the La Palina line that doesn’t feature the image of Goldie Paley on the band.

A press release from La Palina explains the blend best:

The La Palina Classic is a noteworthy blend that will become a staple in your humidor. This medium-bodied cigar has a hint of sweetness and spice with earthy undertones that excite the palate. A Brazilian grown habano seed wrapper surrounds an Ecuadorian binder.  Dominican and Nicaraguan filler complete the blend, building a superior balance of flavor. In the way a jazz ensemble unites, the flavors of the La Palina Classic harmonize to create a masterpiece.

Size: 5 x 52
Wrapper: Mexican San Andreas Maduro
Binder: Ecuadorian
Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican
Strength: Medium to Full
Body: Full
Flavor: Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1

Construction and Appearance: The wrapper of the La Palina Classic Robusto has a golden brown wrapper with fine veins and a nice oil to it. The band is very simple, unlike most the La Palina bands, and is the only one that does not feature Golide Paley on it. It simply says La Palina Classic, giving it a nice classic look and feel.

Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the La Palina Classic Robusto has a nice honey-sweet, rich scent with a lingering woody note. The foot has notes of hay, wood, and honey. I use a very slight straight cut to prepare smoking the La Palina Classic Robusto, and on the cold draw there is a flavor of wood, grass, and a light sweetness with a bit of mineral sharpness. The cold draw was quite easy.

Smoking Characteristics: The La Palina Classic Robusto opens up with a very easy draw which produces an extremely full body of rich, cool, smooth, sweet smoke. The first few puffs were full of a slight spice, pepper, and a woody flavor. However, after the first quarter inch, the pepper fades out and the spice mellows. During the first third, the main flavors are spice, wood, grass, and a light sweetness which is very close to honey in flavor. The strength is in the medium range and gives a very nice mellow buzz.

Into the second third, the cigar really opens up and the blend becomes simply wonderful. There are notes of sweet wood, honey, grass, and a mild spice. The La Palina Classic Robusto has a wonderful aroma which fills the air around me, it also has a great balance, making it a very satisfting blend. The draw remains great, easy but not loose with great smoke production even between draws. The ash holds firmly, easily to the inch point, the burn is nearly razor sharp.

The flavor remains about the same in the final third, but the wood becomes a bit more pronounced. The construction remains excellent, great draw, great ash, and a wonderfully tight burn line. The notes of honey, grass, and mild spice remain, and blend well with the rich wood flavors. It does pull some heat towards the nub, which can be expected with a cigar that has such an easy draw.

Conclusion: The La Palina Classic Robusto was a wonderful and enjoyable cigar at a reasonable price point. The blend was excellent, with a moderately complex blend of rich flavors. What this cigar lacks in evolution, it makes up for in flavor transition and a pleasant mix of flavors. It has a great medium strength that gives a nice mellow buzz. The La Palina Classic is a box worthy purchase.

Rating: 90

MSRP: $ 7.50