Cigar Review: La Palina “Goldie” Laguito No.2

Cigar Review: La Palina “Goldie” Laguito No.2

La Palina “Goldie” Laguito No.2

Size: Petit Lancero (6″ x 38)

Wrapper: Ecuador Habano

Binder: Ecuador

Filler:  Nicaragua, Dominican Republic

Strength: Medium-full

Price:  $15 MSRP

Grade: 9.5

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The “Goldie”, by Bill Paley’s La Palina Cigars is one of those cigars I was itching to smoke when I first read about it, so needless to say I grabbed a few when I first saw them hit the shelves.  Luckily for me I had a lot more free time this past weekend than normal and decided to smoke the Goldie to start the weekend, and again before the weekend ended.

There is a tremendous amount of back story to this cigar, and you can read about it here.  The highlights are as follows:

1. The Goldie features Medio Tiempe leaf, which is the top leaves of the tobacco plant and is only found on about 10% of tobacco plants.

2. The entire Goldie production was rolled at the El Titan De Bronze factory in Miami by acclaimed master roller Maria Sierra, one of the first women trained to roll cigars in Cuba.

3. The cigar is rolled in the traditional Laguito No. 2 Vitola (6′ x 38 ) with a fan cap, a tradition of Villa El Laguito.

But enough about that, let’s toast the foot.

Pre-Light:  (1.9)  The La Palina “Goldie” is an expertly rolled specimen.  The “Goldie is firm to the touch with just a bit of give by the foot.  The silky cinnamon brown wrapper has a minimal amount of veins and just a little tooth.  The head features an elegantly formed fantail that is soon to be clipped.  The band is a classy white with gold embossing, a signature of the La Palina brand.

The scent off the foot is earth, sweet grass, and a hint of vanilla.  The pre light draw is wonderful with oak, earth, grass, and banana bread.

Burn: (1.9)   When smoking you can tell that the La Palina “Goldie” is something different and was rolled by very expert hands.  The burn is perfect, the draw has just the right amount of resistance.  The burn line starts off, and remains crisp.  The “Goldie” leaves behind a fairly firm white ash.  Smoke production was ample.  The “Goldie’s” I smoked got a little hot at the nub, nut that might have been from  me pulling too hard on a delicate cigar.

Flavor:  (2.9)  The “Goldie” opens up with a bit of pepper and spice on the light.  As the “Goldie” progresses the flavors take off.  There are notes of vanilla, almond, sugar, honey, bread, coffee, and bananas that are all incredibly well balanced in a creamy and delicious smoke.  The body is mild through the first third.

The second third continues where the first third left off with amazing flavors almond, sugar, honey, and coffee.  The banana note becomes less defined and leaves you wanting more as it morphs into a general sweetness.  The “Goldie” gets more creamy through the second third.  The pepper picks up before the final third begins.  All the flavors are terrific on the retro hale.  The body picks up in the second half and its a solid medium by the time the final third begins.

The final third sees a greater increase in creaminess with more grassy and vanilla notes.  The spice picks up as well.  The final third sees an increase in nicotine, at the end of the smoke I think to myself this is a bit closer to full at the end.

Overall: (2.8)  The La Palina “Goldie” is an absolutely fantastic cigar with very rich and unique flavor and terrific construction.  I can’t recall the last time I picked up such a strong and defined banana note in a Cigar but it was there in spades in the first third.  The “Goldie” is incredibly smooth and complex in flavor.

The biggest issue with the “Goldie” is the price tag.  It is such a good cigar I’d smoke the hell out of it, but at $15 per stick (especially a Petit Lancero), that’s a bit prohibitive for me.  The other side of that statement is that it is absolutely worth it when you consider the limited release, medio tiempe leaf, and expert skill of the roller.

The “Goldie” is a must-try for the experienced cigar smoker, and considering the limited nature of the blend and talent of the people behind this cigar, the “Goldie” will likely be a collectors item for many aficionados.

Total: 9.5

@WillyStyl