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This Rare La Palina Cigar is a Must-Buy Smoke for 2019
The 2019 release of La Palina’s rarest cigar is making its way to shelves at this very moment, and if you want to get in on this cult favorite (and you do) it’s time to get hunting.
The La Palina Goldie 2019 release is a gorgeous, richly colored Churchill size, with an oily red honey colored wrapper, and if it’s anything like previous releases, it’s a complex and thoughtful smoke. But there’s more to this smoke than eye-catching presentation; Goldies are a specific kind of treasure—they’re time capsules.
La Palina’s Goldie series has a fascinating history. The first “Goldie” was released in 2012. The “Goldie” name is a loving nod to Goldie Drell Paley, the wife of the brand’s original founder Samuel Paley. He founded the company in 1896. The brand was revived in 2010 by Bill Paley (son of CBS founder William S. Paley).
But there’s more to this cigar than its name. Bill Paley had loftier ambitions for this premium smoke, so starting in 2012 when the Goldie line was launched, every cigar was rolled by hand in Miami’s famed Titan de Bronze cigar factory by a single roller: master roller Maria Sierra.
You read that right: every. single. cigar.
It was Sierra’s impeccable craftsmanship that brought notoriety to this blend initially: each of the 10,000 cigars from that first batch was beautifully rolled, with an elegant fan cap—a Cuban-style flourish seldom seen in modern cigars.
The first vitola (size) was a comparatively tiny cigar to this year’s: 2012 saw a 6-inch, 38 ring mini toro in a size called the Laguito No. 2; the oddball vitola is best compared to a lancero, panetela, or lonsdale. The 2019 Churchill release is a full inch longer, and significantly more girthy.
Goldie has always been a complex cigar, especially for a tobacco blend that hovers between mild and medium strength. While each release has been slightly different in its profile, Goldies commonly tend to show some tannin-rich cedar notes, and a hint of sweet cinnamon spice. It’s a multi-national blend, with an Ecuadoran habano wrapper, Ecuadoran binder, and a composite filler of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos.
The 2019 Goldie Churchill is presented in cushioned 10-count boxes. The limited edition cigar is limited to 1,000 total boxes (that’s 10,000 cigars, in case you were keeping track), and are on sale in some locations already, with more to appear over the next few weeks. Suggested retail is around $23 per cigar or $230 per box, with taxes to be figured in based on your location and retailer.
Getting your hands on a stockpile of this one-time cigar can be a bit tricky due to those limited numbers, so hit up your local shop as soon as you can. And if you ever come across the previous releases, splurge for a real treat.