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5/2/18

La Palina Nicaragua Oscuro in Robusto - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

Ten Things About
La Palina Nicaragua Oscuro
  1. Overtones of a rather simplistic bitter/sweet note.
  2. Undertones are a bit more nuanced, in the form of a spiced savoriness.  
  3. Top to bottom, a rather dark bunch of flavor notes.
  4. Toasted top-notes, smoky nethers. Smoky Nethers was a Blues singer.
  5. Hits the palate immediately rigid softens a tick into a creamy body.
  6. A bit coarse on the draw, but smooths into the finish. Smokes a bit warm.
  7. Finish is a sweet/bitter flip of overtone extension. Ends w/ astringent lilt.
  8. The only complexities are in the undertones, but there ain't a lot.
  9. Burns on a wavy line off a fast pacing. Ash is built well & dark.
  10. Roll offers an excellent draw; does suffer some soft-spots.
WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Oscuro
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

STRENGTH: Medium-Full
FORMAT: Robusto
ORIGIN: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A.

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

PRESS:
"Called La Palina Nicaragua Oscuro and La Palina Nicaragua Connecticut, the two new lines are rolled at the A.J. Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua factory, located in EstelĂ­. Sam Phillips, co-president of La Palina, explained why the company chose to work with Fernandez:

'Our relationship with A.J. Fernandez goes a bit deeper than the usual manufacturing agreement,' Phillips told Cigar Aficionado. '[Clay Roberts, co-president and chief operating officer of La Palina] was the vice president of A.J. Fernandez Cigars for several years, while I have been a personal friend of A.J.’s for a long time. A.J. has a true passion for tobacco.'" Cigar Aficionado

"At the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show, La Palina Cigars introduced the La Palina Nicaragua line. As the name indicates, it is a line being produced in Nicaragua. When Bill Paley first resurrected the La Palina brand back in 2010, he went to the Graycliff factory in the Bahamas to produce his first line, the La Palina Family Series. As his portfolio grew, Paley started contracting with many leading factories in the cigar industry and La Palina lines would come out of Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and the United States. By 2015, the one major cigar producing country that La Palina was not in was Nicaragua. It appeared that would change La Palina was negotiationg [sic] with Hirochi Robaina and the La Corona factory, however that partnership would never come to be. By 2016, AJ Fernandez’s Tabacalera Fernandez would become the Nicaraguan factory to produce a La Palina line. The result was two blends: the La Palina Nicaragua Oscuro and La Palina’s first Connecticut Shade cigar, the La Palina Nicaragua Connecticut." Cigar Coop

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