Classic Lancero

Cigar Aficionado – December, 2013
“A toasty lancero that intensifies with each puff. Woody notes become bold and strong with hints of spicy licorice, coffee bean and caramel.”

Cigar Insider – October 22, 2013
“The finish is toasty with a touch of dried orange peel on the palate.”

Cigar & Spirits – January/February, 2014
“Well balanced, sweet notes of cinnamon and spice mingle with elements of espresso on the palate.”

Cigar Snob Magazine – January/February, 2014
“Creamy and smooth with toasty notes accented by nuts, spice and coffee. This mild to medium strength cigar produces a high smoke output along an easy draw and razor sharp burn.”

 

Classic Toro

Cigar Aficionado – Top 25 Cigars of 2013
“Made with a Brazilian wrapper grown from Havana seed, the cigar is considerably nutty, bright and tangy, with a light chocolate finish.”

Cigar Insider – Top Scores of 2013
“La Palina Classic Toro – Dominican Republic – 93″

Cigar Insider – Top Scores 2013

Cigar Aficionado – August, 2013
“This delicious smoke is full of warming spice flavors and a distinct nuttiness. It’s bright and tangy on the palate, and takes on a light chocolate finish.”

Cigar Insider – April 30, 2013

 

Classic Robusto

Cigar Journal – Autumn, 2012
“The oily wrapper catches your eye. Then the rich sweet Brazilian wrapper grabs your tongue. What follows is a parade of tastes (coffee, hot peppers, caramel, cereals) that dance down your tongue… Well balanced.”

Smoke Magazine – 2013, Vol. 17, No. 4
“Easy fire-up, easy draw, perfect burn. Ash held ’til I feared for it… Bold taste. This cigar came out swinging like a pre-planned strike… I found it versatile and enjoyable.”

Cigar Snob Magazine – January / February 2013
“Soft and buttery flavors offset by pleasant spices and woody notes. The cigar is covered with an attractive, golden colored wrapper and consistently delivers a medium bodied experience.”

Cigar & Spirits Magazine – Winter 2012-13
“Sweet notes of cinnamon and spice mingle with elements of espresso on the palate. A medium bodied cigar with excellent draw and burn.”

 

Classic Short Robusto

Cigar Insider – February 4, 2014
“A short, squat smoke with flat head, a fine draw and an even burn. The smoke has sweet notes of brown sugar and molasses with a salted cedar quality. Very pleasant.”

Cigar Aficionado “A short, squat smoke with flat head, a fine draw and an even burn. The smoke has sweet notes of brown sugar and molasses with a salted cedar quality. Very pleasant.”

 

El Diario K.B.

Cigar Aficionado – Top 25 of 2012January 2013
“Because cigars mellow after rolling, the final samples of K B aren’t lethal weapons, but they are still full bodied and meaty, with concentrated notes of pepper, cedar and earth.”

Cigar AficionadoJune 2012
“We found the cigar very full bodied (especially given its tiny size) but enjoyed its abundant flavor. It scored 93 points – the highest-rated cigar of the category and the second-highest score in the entire issue.”

Cigar Insider – Top Scores of 2012

Cigar InsiderFebruary 2012
“A powerful, meaty cigar with an open draw that delivers a lot of bold smoke for such a small size. Concentrated pepper, cedar and earth lead to an apple-like finish.”

Cigar Snob – Top 25 of 2012
“While the official name is El Diario, smokers typically ask for this particular one by its vitola, the Kill Bill.”

Cigar Snob – September / October, 2012
“Covered with an attractive, reddish brown wrapper with good oils, this cigar delivers a flavorful profile with a hefty pepper kick at the onset mellowed by sweet cedar and mild coffee notes. Full bodied with excellent construction.”

Cigar & Spirits Magazine –  Winter 2012-13
“Owner Bill Paley considers this his daily smoke. Both spicy and sweet, there is a bit of vanilla in the flavor.”

Smoke Magazine – 2012, No. 2
“An enjoyable cigar with good balance and complexity. I would smoke it again. Pairs well with cappuccino.”

 

El Diario K.B. II

Cigar Journal – Top 25 Cigars of 2013
“#8. The “Top 25 of 2013″ are our absolute favorites from the 2013 tastings.”

Cigar JournalSummer, 2013
“In the first few draws on this long Corona you will perceive spices and plenty of pepper… Fruity notes, earthy aromas and a much stronger spicy flavor round off this rather strong cigar.”

Cigar AficionadoAugust, 2013
“Dried cherries and a burst of pepper come through on this long corona, which has a sweet finish that hints of nutmeg. It’s attractively rolled, with a three-seam cap.”

Cigar InsiderMay 14, 2013

Smoke MagazineFall, 2013, Vol 18
“This cigar had character. There is a cedar finish, but no harsh attitude. A real rewarding smoke for a small stick… Smoke after a meal or anytime after lunch.”

 

El Diario Robusto

Cigar Journal – Finest 25 Cigars of the Year2011

Cigar JournalAutumn 2011
“The Robusto produces a voluminous smoke density with leathery aromas and ample sweetness… Its full-bodied bouquet and the spice are in perfect harmony with the sweetness and the delicate acidic touch. Full and very substantial.”

Cigar & Spirits Magazine – Winter 2012/2013

Cigar & Spirits Magazine – September, 2012
“The Robusto size El Diario has a great draw and a fantastic aroma… Medium bodied with some power, this cigar burns slowly and packs complex flavor.”

 

El Diario Toro

Cigar SnobJanuary / February 2012
A well-balanced and highly complex cigar in the medium to full bodied power range. The cigar develops intense flavors of coffee, cocoa, cedar, and pepper along a perfect draw.

 

El Diario Torpedo

Cigar & Spirits Magazine – September 2012
“The rich flavors of sweet tobacco intertwine with black pepper at the head of the cigar, making it both sweet and spicy… Medium bodied, this is made to be an everyday cigar.”

Cigar Journal – Summer 2012
“A Torpedo in a dark brown, finely veined wrapper and firmly rolled with a perfect draw. A pinch of pepper is unmistakable in the thick, oily, musky smoke.”

Smoke Magazine – 2012, No. 1
“Smells lovely with the wrapper and foot giving aromas of sweet tobacco, subtle fruit… A lot of really subtle things going on here. You can tell a lot of care went into the manufacture of this smoke.”

Cigar Snob – September/October 2013
“Featuring a balanced profile of roasted nuts and sweet cream complemented by pepper and wood notes, this medium bodied cigar is well-constructed and consistent.”

 

El Diario Gordo

Smoke Magazine2011, No. 3
“Gorgeous cigar. Looks like a premium cigar should… a home run with great flavor and a lot of thick chewy smoke. Buy this winner of a cigar if you can!”

Cigar JournalSpring 2012
“This thick Super-Toro has a perfect draw. Mild earthy notes, the delicate sweetness of chocolate, a pinch of pepper and cloves give it a broad range of aromas and flavours. Medium-strong to strong and full of variety.”

Cigar Snob MagazineNovember/December 2013
“Covered with a dark and oily wrapper, this flavorful and complex blend develops into a medium plus body with rich flavors of sweet cream, nougat, and spice.”

 

El Diario Churchill

Cigar AficionadoOctober 2013
“The firm draw of this cigar eventually opens to show woody flavors that take on the touches of almond, cedar and fresh wintergreen.”

Smoke MagazineNo. 4, 2011
“Beautiful with a medium brown wrapper. A perfect draw… A rich smoke that got better the longer I smoked it… Overall I loved this cigar.”

 

Maduro 56

Smoke MagazineFall, 2013, Vol 18
“A lush and decadent monster. The dark flavors kept me interested throughout the entire smoke… Yummy.”

Cigar Aficionado
“Draped in a near-black cover leaf, this Churchill offers plenty of sweet and tangy notes that range from marshmallow and chocolate to sour cherry. Complex and interesting.”

 

Maduro 50

Cigar Snob MagazineMay/June 2013
“This cigar has a core of earthy and spicy flavors accented by rich notes of chocolate, coffee, and wood. Produces a good volume of smoke along a perfect draw.”

Cigar JournalWinter 2013
“This rather strong-bodied Toro is sweet and fruity (berries, dates) in the first few draws. Add a pinch of pepper, earthy, nutty and woody aromas, a nice spice and bitter-sweet chocolate.”

Smoke Magazine

 

La Palina Collection
Goldie Laguito No. 5

Cigar & Spirits – Top 20 Cigars of 2013
“#1 – Blended with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Ecuadorian binder, and filler leaves from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua… there are Cuban-esque flavors in this cigar.”

Cigar & SpiritsMarch/April 2014
“Blended with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Ecuadorian binder, and filler leaves from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua… there are Cuban-esque flavors in this cigar.”

 

La Palina Collection
Goldie Laguito No. 2

Cigar Journal – Best Cigar 2013 USA

Cigar Journal – Finest 25 Cigars of 2012


Cigar & Spirits Summer 2012
“A long, thin cigar, the construction is superb with a great draw and even burn. Notes of wood and nuts with a hint of cinnamon are present on the palate.”


Cigar & Spirits Fall 2013
“This unique cigar is limited in production to 1,000 boxes of 10. A long, thin cigar, the construction is superb with a great draw and even burn.”


Cigar Journal Winter 2012
“This elegant format fulfills all expectations: pleasant sweetness with delicate eucalyptus notes, cedar and fruity aromas, chocolate with a fine peppery impact.”


Smoke Magazine 2012, No. 3
“Fabulous. Excellent. I would buy two boxes immediately; one to smoke now and another to age.”

Cigars & SpiritsWinter 2012-13
“A long, thin cigar, the construction is superb with a great draw and even burn. Notes of wood and nuts with a hint of cinnamon are present on the palate.”

Cigars in Review – Vol. 3, No. 1
“Flawless elegant looking wrapper. Black pepper is dominant throughout with notes of fruit and cinnamon. Draw and burn were impeccable.”

 

La Palina Collection
Mr. Sam

Cigar & Spirits – January/February 2014
“Richly flavored, there are notes of pepper and cedar with some definite sweetness… Medium-bodied, this cigar has a razor sharp burn and nice draw, showing its high-quality construction.”

Cigar Journal – Winter 2013
“Cedar wood and nutmeg aromas marry here with chili pepper, black tea, and a strong note of Cognac. During the smoke, the quite strong cigar acquires some sweetness.”

 

La Palina Collection
Limited Edition 1896 Robusto

Limited Edition 1896 Robusto

Smoke MagazineSummer 2010
“A smooth robusto… medium- to full-bodied, with lots of pepper, nuts and wood… Excellent golf cigar or when out fishing – anywhere you have a moment to really concentrate on your cigar.”

 

Family Series Little Bill

Cigar Insider – Top Scores 2010

Smoke Magazine2011, No. 2
“Let me tell you I enjoyed this small cigar so much that I changed my mind about all mild cigars. Pairs well with cognac… Burn was smooth with a firm draw, good flavor and lots of smoke.”

Cigar InsiderDecember 21, 2011, Vol. 15, No. 24

 

Family Series Alison

 

Smoke Magazine2011, No. 4
“This baby came out kicking, but then started to settle down and offer a more floral bouquet. Ends like a sweet dessert… Enjoyed outside with a black cup of joe. This is a medium-bodied stick that you can give an hour of attention to.”

 

Family Series Pasha

Smoke Magazine2011, No. 1
“Would absolutely smoke these again. Definitely would recommend for both newbies as well as seasoned smokers.”

Cigar & Spirits Magazine – September 2012
“A mild to medium bodied smoke, the Pasha is a creamy and balanced blend with hints of spice and sweetness.”

Cigar JournalSpring 2012
“The Churchill with the ‘unfinished’ foot end delivers earthy and nutty aromas to which its notes of cinnamon and fine spice fit excellently. The cinnamon sweetness develops during the smoke. A medium-bodied and spicy cigar.”

Cigar Snob MagazineJanuary 2011
“Well-constructed and finished with a shaggy foot, this medium bodied offering produces flavors of earth and roasted cashews with a hint of brown sugar. The draw and burn are perfect.”

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