Cigar Review: La Palina H-Town Lancero (Stogies Exclusive)

Cigar Review: La Palina H-Town Lancero (Stogies Exclusive)

La Palina Cigars / Stogies World Class Cigars
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
Binder: Ecuador
Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
Size: 7” x 38
Strength: medium to medium-full
Price: $8.95

Overall Rating: 9.3

Everyone that has ever been to Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston knows no other shop has such a massive collection of lanceros. Most retailers are hesitant to carry many lanceros because they don’t generally sell well outside of a few die hard fans of the vitola, but at Stogies they’re determined to get these cigars their due. So, proprietor Jorge Ahued has teamed up with ten different manufacturers to create a series of store exclusive lanceros. The H-Town Lancero Series just keeps getting better with each new release.

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The new La Palina H-Town Lancero is the first original blend created exclusively for the Stogies H-Town Series. Produced at the PDR Factory in the Dominican Republic, the medium bodied La Palina H-Town is both flavorful and well constructed. There are only 500 boxes of the La Palina H-Town for sale exclusively at Stogies World Class Cigars. This is a cigar worth picking up a box of while they’re still available.

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Pre-Light: The La Palina H-Town is a great looking cigar. The khaki colored Ecuadorian wrapper has a few prominent veins, and there is the occasional bump or two. There is a nice sheen to the light brown wrapper. A smaller version of the La Palina Black Label band sits above the secondary H-Town band.

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There is a barnyard hay aroma to the Ecuadorian wrapper. Off the unlit foot aromas of sweet hay, wood and graham cracker are noticeable. The cold draw of the La Palina H-Town is smooth and easy with sweet grass with a slight herbal spice notes coming through.

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Burn: The burn on the La Palina H-Town is extremely even from start to finish. A beautiful white ash clings quite firmly to the cigar. What is really impressive is the easy draw and smoke production that sets the La Palina H-Town apart from many other lanceros.

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Flavor: There’s a woodsy beginning to the La Palina H-Town, but in the background there’s a pepperiness that gets the cigar off to a good start. In fact, there’s a little more pepperiness than I expected going in, but it never becomes too much. The wood notes remind me of charred French oak barrels. A pleasant blend of hay, charred oak, subtle cedar, acorn and mild pepper make for a great first third of the cigar. On the retrohale, there is a mix of pepper and mellow woodsiness that is very unique. The transition to the second third is where things begin to really get interesting. There’s a substantial uptick in strength to a fuller medium, and this seems to unleash the flood gates on a torrent of flavor. During the second third there is a creamy character to the La Palina H-Town’s flavor profile. The oak barrel and cedar flavors seem to double their presence, while more distinct notes of citrus and nuts join the existing pepper for an truly great smoking experience. While the flavor continues through the transition into the final third much the same, the strength borders on full during the last inch or so of the La Palina H-Town Lancero.

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Overall: At ToastedFoot we’re big fans of both La Palina and lanceros, so the idea of getting both in one cigar was quite appealing. I first got a chance to try a prerelease of this cigar months before the official release, and it was apparent even then that the La Palina H-Town was something special. This is an intensely flavorful medium to medium-full cigar chalk full of wood, pepper, nut and hay notes. Personally, I’ve really enjoyed the H-Town Lancero Series, and I’d really credit it for my growing love of the lancero vitola (along with the influence of Jorge and Willy). The La Palina is definitely my favorite of the H-Town lanceros. I’ve got a feeling that there’s likely to be yet another La Palina in this year’s Top Ten List. It’s so well made and tasty that it’s hard to believe this cigar came from PDR rather than El Titan de Bronze. If you haven’t tried any of the H-Town series yet, then the La Palina H-Town Lancero is the place to start. The only place to get them is through Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston, Texas.

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Pairing: The La Palina H-Town is one of those cigars that pairs well with just about anything. A Macallan 10 or Macallan 15 really brings the charred oak flavors to another level. For a really interesting experience try the La Palina H-Town with a can of Barq’s Red Creme Soda (only found in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi). Some of the regulars at Stogies introduced me to this pairing, and it is out of this world.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Some cigars for this review were provide by Stogies World Class Cigars. No request for review was made. Stogies has advertised on ToastedFoot in the past. Their generosity is greatly appreciated, but it does not effect the way that the cigar is reviewed.