Cigar Review: La Palina Red Label

Cigar Review: La Palina Red Label

La Palina Cigars
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
Binder: Ecuador
Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
Size: 6” x 50
Strength: medium
Price: $10.50

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Overall Rating: 9.2

The La Palina cigars coming from El Titan De Bronze have built a reputation for quality and consistency, but often overlooked are the high quality cigars being made for La Palina at PDR. At the IPCPR in New Orleans La Palina announced the release of it’s newest release manufactured at the PDR Factory, the La Palina Red Label. The Red Label is the medium bodied sister to the La Palina Black Label. (See our earlier La Palina Black Label review.) It’s creamy character and flavorful profile are sure to make this latest edition to Bill Paley’s La Palina Cigars a favorite among medium bodied cigar smokers.


Pre-Light: A light brown Ecuadorian Habano wrapper has a nice oily sheen to it, with noticeable seams and few prominent veins. Instead of the black outline of the La Palina Black Label, the Red Label has a bright red outline to the traditional La Palina band. A red secondary band with the words “Red Label” on it just in case you couldn’t tell from the primary band what it was.


Hay and wood are the primary aromas from the wrapper, with a background note of leather. The foot of the La Palina offers up some very interesting aromatic notes of dried fruit, cedar and green peppers. An easy cold draw allows through flavors of green peppers and fresh cut grass.


Burn: The burn on the La Palina Red Label is mostly even. A perfect draw lets through a fair amount of flavorful smoke. The Red Label holds its ash quite well.


Flavor: The La Palina Red Label begins with an instant burst of red and green pepper notes. Quickly those pepper notes subside into a rich creamy woodsiness. On the retrohale, green and red pepper mix with a bit of spice and cedar. Hazelnut and spice begin to occur during the transition to the second third of the Red Label. The cigar retains its creamy character, with distinct flavors of cedar, oak, hazelnut, green pepper and background floral note. During the transition to the final third there’s a significant mix of spice, crushed red pepper and cedar. The spice and cedar dominate the final third of the La Palina Red Label. This is a very flavorful cigar that’s hard to put down.


Overall: The creamy character of the La Palina Red Label is complimented by flavors of red and green peppers, wood, hazelnut, spice, grass and floral notes. This is a flavorful addition to the  La Palina line, and will please fans of the La Palina brand. At ToastedFoot we’ve always been fans of the La Palina brand, from the La Palina Goldie (see review) to the La Palina H-Town Lancero (see review). The Red Label is a wonderful addition, and the perfect compliment to the previously released Black Label. Personally, I enjoyed the La Palina Red Label a good deal. I will definitely be adding the Red Label to rotation on a regular basis.


Pairing: A single malt with peaty or iodine character will compliment the La Palina Red Label very nicely. The Lagavulin 16, Ledaig 10, Tobermory 10, Bruichladdich Peat, Bunnahabhain Toiteach and Talker Storm are all excellent choices for pairing with the Red Label.


Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)