Blind Cigar Review: La Palina | Classic Natural ToroCigar Info

The line has been around since IPCPR 2012. It was the first rolled in the and is one of the company’s value-focused lines. Originally the line was made at the PDR factory, but was revamped in 2017 with the addition of some new wrapper variations and is now rolled at General Cigar’s .

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed.

The line now includes , Rosado, Connecticut, and Maduro. All come in four sizes: Double Corona (7.5″x50), Robusto (5.0″x50), Short Robusto (4.5″x50), and (6.0″x54). The blend for the uses a wrapper, Honduran binder, and fillers from Honduras, and Nicaragua. Price ranges from $6.50 to $7.99.

Blind Cigar Review: La Palina | Classic Natural ToroVital Stats:

Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 54 
Country of Origin:
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Nicaragua, , Honduras
Number of reviewers: 5 (Eulogy) (fullermaine) (CADE) () (maninblack77)
Price: $7.75
Age: 1 Year
Release Date: 2017
Contributed by: Blind Man’s Puff

Blind Cigar Review: La Palina | Classic Natural ToroInitial Impressions

Appearance: 88

“The cigar wrapped in a caramel brown wrapper, with quite a few bumps and veins visible throughout. The seams are hidden quite well, only slightly visible. The cap on the cigar is very nicely applied. One thing I noticeable is little variation in wrapper color towards the foot, with a mottling that appears throughout. The cigar is a little on the soft side towards the foot, but is relatively firm from the midpoint on.” – ()

Blind Cigar Review: La Palina | Classic Natural ToroAroma: 88

“I’m not getting a lot of aromas from this except dry hay and grass. The aroma from the foot is the same. Let’s put fire to it and see what it has in store!” – (maninblack77)

First Third

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Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The first few puffs of the cigar are sweet and creamy, then almost immediately gives way to more of a graham cracker note, with hints of vanilla and cinnamon. The retrohale is pretty mild, with just a slight amount of white pepper, with what seems like a little bit of clove on the finish. The retrohale is really unique and actually surprising compared to the notes being detected directly on the palate. The only complaint thus far is the draw, which is way to loose. I suspected this would be the case with the sponginess of the bottom 1/2 of the cigar. The ash is also very loose, with it falling at about the 1/2 in mark setting the cigar down. Burn is a little lopsided but is not requiring any maintenance at this time. Smoke output is light and wispy.” – ()

“First few minutes were full of hay and mild pepper in a fairly “green” way. Slowly a rich leather starts to develop with notes of bread and bitter walnuts rounding out the profile. There’s a touch of anise occasionally and the retrohale has a bit of pepper and not much else. ” – (Eulogy)

Second Third

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Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The burn line gets a bit uneven in the middle third but it did not require any touching up. Flavors are still heavy on the cedar and peppery side but a new mineral component on the draw arises and it plays nicely with the previous flavors. Smoke production really ramps up at the halfway mark, this sucker is just pouring dark grey smoke…” – (CADE)

“As much as I wished for a transition in flavors, it never occurred. The same flavors as the first third, the hay and creamy salted nuts, definitely stuck around for this part. Really the only change was a slight vanilla sweetness here and there, which was an enjoyable change up. Burn was spot on thus far. ” – (maninblack77)

Final Third

Flavor: 91
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

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“I’m going to be sad when this is over. The flavors have progressively gotten better and there’s a delicious caramel and soda top note that’s awesome. A little more baking spice than before adds a nice depth and there’s still leather, sweet tobacco, and nuts. ” – (Eulogy)

“The sugar and spice notes on the front third, have given way to a nice cherry and earthy notes to end this great stick.” – (fullermaine)

Blind Cigar Review: La Palina | Classic Natural ToroOverall Impressions

Draw: 89

“Very smooth but somewhat open draw. ” – (maninblack77)

Burn: 90

“A slightly uneven burn 2/3 of the way in. No touch up is needed. A beautiful grayish-white ash throughout.” – (fullermaine)

Construction: 88

“The roll was off, the cap was far too small, the seams were a bit raised, and the cap felt like a marshmallow while I was smoking it. Maybe a V-cut would have been better because even the very shallow straight cut I made removed all but the tiniest of shred of the cap. ” – (Eulogy)

Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Experience Overall: 88

“The flavors kept getting better from start to finish but the construction left a lot to be desired. It’s pretty rustic looking, it smoked very fast for its size, and the draw was pretty loose but I would smoke this again because it tasted great. ” – (Eulogy)

“The variety of notes in this stick is an eye opener. Touch of sugar, spice, fruit, and coffee make this a great addition to your humidor. A stick so good that I smoked it to less than an inch.” – (fullermaine)

“Featuring very little in the way of complexity and with only some minor transitions throughout the smoking experience, I won’t go so far as to say this is a boring cigar. Rather this was a fine cigar featuring fine flavors and fine construction. That’s it, it was just “fine” all around. ” – (CADE)

Blind Cigar Review: La Palina | Classic Natural Toro“For me with the burn/construction issues and the lack of flavor profile, this cigar just came up short. The pre-light aromas really had me intrigued, only to be let down as the cigar smoked. It could have just been a bad day at the blending table, but this cigar definitely missed the mark. ” – ()

“As noted before, the flavors worked well together but it was pretty one dimensional from start to finish. It definitely made it hard to keep my attention. Would I smoke this again? Probably not. It just didn’t impress me enough to warrant another try. I’d give it a ‘medoicre’.” – (maninblack77)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 86

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Overall Score – 89 – Good

  • Appearance 88% 88%
  • Aroma 88% 88%
  • First Third 89% 89%
  • Second Third 89% 89%
  • Final Third 91% 91%
  • Draw 89% 89%
  • Burn 90% 90%
  • Construction 88% 88%
  • Overall Experience 88% 88%