I recently smoked the La Palina Blue Label Robusto, an excellent cigar that I have reviewed in full below. This content uses referral links.
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A recent shipment from Cigar of the Month included the La Palina Blue Label Robusto. Most of the cigars I get from Cigar of the Month are excellent, and this one was no exception.
La Palina Blue Label Robusto
A Honduran cigar with a blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers, a Habano binder, and a Honduran Habano wrapper, this was a medium to full-bodied smoke with a complex flavor profile.
Cigar of the Month recommends pairing it with a full-bodied highland scotch. As is my usual habit when tasting cigars, however, I enjoyed mine with a cup of coffee.
In my grading system and review below, I have adopted the Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado method. It provides an excellent system for keeping track of my favorite smokes, and I recommend it to any cigar smoker.
Look of the Label
As the picture indicates, the label was well done. It was beautiful and eloquent.
La Palina Blue Label Robusto’s Condition
This cigar came in good condition with some minor flaws. Its veins were more pronounced than I like to see, and there was some discoloration on the wrapper. Nonetheless, it was a good-looking cigar.
Feel of the Cigar
The cigar felt just as it should. If I had to nitpick and find a flaw, I would say that it was perhaps a bit too firm, but even that small criticism would be a stretch.
Aroma of the Wrapper
The pre-lit cigar smelled of nuts with hints of earth and a general sweetness. It was pleasant but not extraordinary.
The cut was perfect. I was able to slice off the cap quickly and without issue, leaving the structure of the cigar completely intact.
Lighting the La Palina Blue Label Robusto
The La Palina Blue Label Robusto lit up easily and without issue.
The draw was relatively good through the entire smoke, but I nonetheless found it to be a bit too tight. An easier draw would have made this smoke more enjoyable.
On the retrohale, the La Palina Blue Label Robusto had strong hints of cinnamon, which I found to be just a bit much. Later, I was able to detect traces of nuts and mint.
La Palina Blue Label Robusto’s Flavor
The La Palina Blue Label Robusto had hints of cinnamon and pepper. The flavor was pleasant, but a little overpowering for my taste.
Aroma of the Smoke
After the initial light, the cigar smelled of nuts. The aroma was smooth and nonabrasive. The smoke smelled fantastic.
The burned started off just a bit uneven, but it quickly evened out. Once it did, the burn remained perfect throughout the remainder of the smoke. It burned evenly and consistently, and I never had to worry about its going out on me.
The ash was fine. It had a relatively good consistency, and I never had to worry about its falling off into my lap.
Effect of the Smoke
I know that this is a bit of an odd category to consider. As the author of The Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado notes, however, if the best-tasting cigar in the world makes you sick, it’s not a great cigar for you.
This area is, therefore, very personal. Some low-quality cigars will make most people sick. Still, when you’re talking about premium cigars, different people will react differently to different cigars.
The La Palina Blue Label Robusto was a bit stronger than I like my cigars, but it did not affect me the way cigars of this strength sometimes do. Rather, it left me feeling mellow and relaxed.
La Palina Blue Label Robusto’s Tobacco
The La Palina Blue Label Robusto showed itself to be well-made here. No flakes of tobacco found their way into my mouth at any point during the smoke.
La Palina Blue Label Robusto Final Grade
Overall, this was a nice cigar. While not flawless, it was nonetheless extraordinary, and I enjoyed it from beginning to end. At $8.10 per stick, it’s not exactly a steal, but it’s not obscene, either.
Final Grade: 91 / A-
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