La Palina: The Alison Cigar Review
The “Alison”: 6 x 52
Binder: Costa Rica
Filler: Honduras and Nicaragua
La Palina has a story to tell. When I smoke a La Palina, I feel like a welcomed part of the Paley family, knowing that each cigar is dedicated to a family member and made to be an elegant smoke in their honor.
La Palina was originally created by Samuel Paley, grandfather of William Paley Jr., over a century ago. When Samuel Paley named the line ‘”La Palina” it was in dedication to his wife, Goldie Drell Paley. He had started a cigar shop and factory named The Cigar Company, and La Palina was their first product. When Samuel retired the brand retired with him, that is until the revival of the name by William Paley Jr.
Bill went back to his roots to revive the brand with a determination for excellence. Tradition, quality, and the Paley style would have to be captured perfectly in the crafting of this cigar. Bill met with Avelino Lara, a Cuban Master Blender who created the famed Cohibas for Fidel Castro. Bill worked with Avelino Lara directly as they found the perfect blend for La Palina.
Avelino Lara has since passed away, but his son, Abel, continues in his father’s memory. A lot of great people, with their own unique stories, are brought together as a family in La Palina.
With this story in mind, I believe it only right that I begin with the Alison, named after Bill’s wife. La Palina and the Alison bring together the passion of the past with that of the present.
The smoke is a silky smoke with a medium body and a beautiful aroma. Notes of cedar are prevalent as well as an herbal spice. Slight fruity notes are present as well. As you smoke the cigar, the finish builds to a medium plus with all the flavors remaining in balance. All the tasting notes in this cigar are very well balanced and compliment each other nicely. This is a very pleasant smoke that makes any special occasion a wonderful one.