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I recently smoked the La Palina Blue Label Robusto, an excellent cigar that I have reviewed in full below. This content uses referral links.

La Palina Blue Label Robusto

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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.

3/3 points

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.

6/7 points

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.

3/3 points

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.

2/3 points

The Cut

The cut was perfect. I was able to slice off the cap quickly and without issue, leaving the structure of the cigar completely intact.

1/1 point

Lighting the La Palina Blue Label Robusto

The La Palina Blue Label Robusto lit up easily and without issue.

1/1 point

The Draw

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.

4/5 points


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.

6/9 points

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.

18/21 points

Aroma of the Smoke

After the initial light, the cigar smelled of nuts. The aroma was smooth and nonabrasive. The smoke smelled fantastic.

7/7 points

The Burn

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.

2/2 points

The Ash

The ash was fine. It had a relatively good consistency, and I never had to worry about its falling off into my lap.

1/1 point

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.

30/30 points

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.

7/7 points

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-

Cigar of the Month Club  

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