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2/1/18

La Palina Classic Rosado (2017) - Cigar Review

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NOTES:
burn-line
After a Bic-flicking correction of potential canoe outta the gate, there is a self-settling at the end of the 1/3 and on-out. Perfection ain't achieved, humsoever, as slight ribboning does occur hither-thither.

ash
Forms in loosely aerated medium-dark grey mottled clumps which only once makes to an inch of build.

draw
Smooth even pulls are a high-light of this La Palina Classic Rosado. 'Tis a bit open for my liking, at the left-side of a medium tension, but still quite nice a delivery.

seams
Fast and firm, is how the roll holds. Seams are all but invisible pre-light and tighten as the shaft heats via progression.

density
Medium+ packing firmness and evenly-so from pre-toast through 1/3. From 2/3 on, there is a tick of softening ~1" ahead of mascara. 

pacing
A moderate rate of speed with no gas or brake pumpings.

smoky-smoke
Fairly voluminous off the resting foot and a nigh ninja smoke-screen off the pull. Aroma is a quite malt-forward natural 'baccy. 

temp
As cool as Billy Dee Williams shilling shit malt liquor, gate-to-wire.

KAPLOWITZ SCALE 
[K=least, Z=most]
(lead)
sweetness: W (milk chocolate)
sourness: I (weak coffee)
saltiness: P (salt) (duh)
bitterness: A (citrus pith)
savoriness: L (leather)
pungency: A (white pepper)

texture 
Verily smooth, even through the schnoz.

weight 
Light but saturating if not satiating.

balance 
Lacking in bitterness and savoriness -- yet intentionally-so. 

complexity 
The malt attachment to sweet&sour notes staves off tedium.

finish 
Short-lived natural tobacco, pleasantly 'nuff.

WRAPPER: Honduran Rosado
BINDER: Honduran
FILLER: Dominican, Nicaraguan, Honduran

STRENGTH: Mild-Medium
FORMAT: Toro
ORIGIN: Dominican Republic

FINAL GRADE: B
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

MY FINAL THOUGHT WRAPPED UP IN ONE WORD: sensationally-unsensational.


Halfwheel did a nice write-up about the La Palina core line revamp HERE.

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