Origin : USA
Format : Robusto Extra
Size : 5 5/8 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuador Habano
Binder : Ecuador
Filler : Nicaraguan and Dominican
Cut : Xikar Xi2
Light : Matches
Drink : Water
Total Smoking Time : 1 hour 45 minutes
Number of Cigars Released : 2,500 Boxes of 10 Cigars
Price : $18 MSRP each
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Please welcome Bruce, our newest reviewer!
Howdy, today for my first review on Cigar Inspector I will be smoking a La Palina Goldie Laguito No. 5. This is the second release of the Goldie blend and I'm fairly excited seeing as the first release did so well. As with the first release, all of the cigars are rolled by Maria Sierra, a 95 rated category 9 roller at El Titan de Bronze factory. La Palina does well embracing the women in the cigar industry as the cigar named after a woman (Bill Paley's mother, Goldie Paley) is rolled by a master female roller and is supervised by the female owner of the El Titan de Bronze factory, Sandy Cobas.
The quality of Maria Sierra's work is evident in the appearance of the stick. It features the traditional Laguito (the factory in Cuba where Maria Sierra was trained) fan cap. The Goldie No. 5 uses all medio tiempo. Medio tiempo is the tobacco grown at the top of a tobacco plant. There are minimal veins on the beautiful almond-colored wrapper. The foot and wrapper give off a delicious banana and hay aroma that has me excited to light her up. The cold draw shows ease and the wrapper feels like silk.
The construction on the Goldie was impeccable. The ash was solid and very pretty. The cigar never got too hot and delivered smooth, easy draws. The burn was great except for a few uneven moments that were all self-corrected.
The first few puffs give way to a pleasant fruity cream and medium spice on the retrohale. Digging deeper, nuttiness accompanies pillows of silver smoke and a tight beautiful white ash. The banana flavor I smelled on the wrapper finds its way in and out of this third. The strength is mild-medium but very flavorful. The burn has been dead even (after a quick touch up due to an error by me when lighting). The aroma the cigar is putting out smells delicious and I wouldn't mind it lingering a bit longer in the air. About halfway through this third and the spice has faded out of the retrohale and has been replaced by sweet hay. The banana has faded too and gives way to more vanilla, honey, and almond cream. It reminds me of almond milk. The ash held for a solid inch and looked sturdy enough before falling into my lap. The first third was incredibly smooth and the finish introduced hay and more cream.
The second third progressed with butter and banana with the mild pepper floating back into the equation. The smoke has been so smooth it feels like whipped cream in my mouth. The burn was a little uneven but QUICKLY self-corrected (and by quickly I mean I turned my head to get the dog and when I looked back it was fixed). This third is dominated with mainly sweet, creamy, easy smoke. The Goldie has left some woody flavors lingering in my palate. The strength begins to pick up near the end of this third and tobacco and wood are dominant flavors. A lot of silver smoke pours from the Goldie No. 5. I miss the butter from the beginning of this third.
The final third transitions from the oak in the previous third to cedar and tobacco flavors. The strength continues to build to a solid medium-full. With a definite medium spice in the retrohale, this third brings back honey from the first third and hay. The burn has continued to be perfect. Milk chocolate emerges with nutty flavors towards the middle of this third. Floral notes accompany tobacco as it progresses even more. I personally haven't enjoyed the flavors in this third as much as I have in the previous two. The end reminds me of Cuban Partagas Culebras faintly. Salt, coffee, and cream dominate the long finish.
This is a fantastic smoke but at $18.00 each it's truly a subjective judgement call on whether this is the smoke for you.
Overall Rating :
This was a perfectly constructed cigar with a lot of character. It was very complex and the profile can appeal to novice and experienced cigar smokers. At the price, you really have to decide for yourself if you want to grab one. However I would highly recommend it to any fellow aficionados.