Welcome back, everyone, to another 60 Second Cigar Review. If this is your first time joining us, in this series Truett and I challenge ourselves by reviewing a new cigar each episode in under 60 seconds. For this installment, we've taken on La Palina's flagship, most premium cigar: the Goldie Laguito #2. La Palina was originally founded by Sam Paley in 1896 in Chicago as Congress Cigar Company, and the brand quickly grew into a massive operation, making close to a million cigars a day in their prime — including the La Palina, which was a popular cigar produced by Congress Cigar Company.
Paley's grandson revived the La Palina name and transformed it into an exceptional boutique, luxury cigar brand. Named after Sam Paley's wife, the Goldie is La Palina's premium flagship cigar and is a celebration of all the women who work in the cigar industry. Like so many highly acclaimed limited-production cigars, it's rolled at the legendary El Titan de Bronze factory in Miami, by some of the most experienced torcedors in the world, and features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, an Ecuadorian Habano binder, and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.
Note: The following transcription has been edited for clarity and brevity.
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[Shane Ireland]: Right off the bat, I'm picking up a lot of mid notes here. There is a zesty quality, maybe a little bit of a honey sweetness, but very nutty in the midrange. There is a leather and a woody component, too, as well as a gentle spice.
[Truett Smith]: Yeah, there's a little bit of a graham cracker-like sweetness, and it definitely feels in the medium range. But it's really creamy, and I can taste those Dominican fillers coming through.
[SI]: Yes, there's a little bit of a floral quality from the Dominican fillers, as well. I also think that because of the size and ring gauge here — which is a 6" by 38, right? — you get a lot of flavor influence from the wrapper, which is great, especially since Habano wrappers are my favorite. I love Ecuadorian Habano leaf. I do think that this is going to build in intensity by around the halfway point, but for me, it's the perfect size. Additionally, the cut, light, and burn have all been flawless so far. The construction's amazing.
[TS]: And it's not super spicy. But I do wonder if, maybe halfway through, that spice will pick up; regardless, it does seem like this could age really well. But I'm with you: I love this size, and it's burning really well—
[SI]: And we're out of time, but there you have it: the La Palina Goldie Laguito #2, available at Smokingpipes.com in limited quantities. Definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of anything that comes out of Miami's El Titan de Bronze factory.
[TS]: Yeah, and even if you're into Habano wrappers, more medium-bodied cigars, or if you like to age your cigars, this cigar is going to perform pretty well. As is customary in these reviews, we got to give it a rating, so I'm gonna award the Goldie Laguito #2 seven doppelgangers.
[SI]: Seven doppelgangers! I'm going to give this one a whopping 13 flat caps.
[TS]: Mm! Very nice! Be sure to check out the La Palina Goldie, and stay tuned for the next review.