This cigar is rolled exclusively by master roller Maria Sierra, which is why the release is staggered. This cigar is simply beautiful. The golden wrapper almost gloves, with hardly a vein or imperfection to be found. The blend is the same, consistent from the last Goldie release. This cigar has an Ecuadorian habano wrapper over an Ecuadorian binder with fillers from Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.
The pre-lit cold draw is slightly nutty, with a bit of cedar and soft suede. I'm definitely excited to touch the flame to this baby.
First Third: I am delighted by the initial flavor of this cigar, it begins with a soft, bright burst of apple pie spice. The draw is perfect allowing for a slight “pull”. The burst of spice recedes quickly within the first half inch, settling nicely into roasted cashews, walnuts and pie crust. The retro haul displays hints of nutmeg, and mulling spicy. An interesting note, this cigar does not taste like aged tobacco the balance is nearly perfect without any harshness.
Middle Third: The strength recedes into the softer side of medium. The La Palina Goldie Robusto Extra is best on a fresh pallet preferably with coffee. The warmth of the cinnamon and nutmeg, banana and pie crust are right up front which couldn't be more comfortable. Having smoked only two of these for this review, I found them to be very welcoming like a pair of your favorite slippers. The cedar and walnut hang out on the back of the tongue. The smoke has great mouth feel and produces a slightly above average amount of smoke. There are some highly enjoyable complexities, while the flavors push and pull, vying for your attention.
Final Third: The flavors start to thicken quite a bit, and I am surprised how bright white the ash has become. The flavor changes again to dried fruit as the sweetness abates. The burn line has been sharp and generally perfect throughout. The cigar walks softly towards leather, spice and toasted cashews; once again back where we started. With more delicate flavor profiles such as this, manage the heat of the cherry, low and slow is your friend here.
Overall: While I wasn't blown away by this cigar but I found this to be a wonderful cigar. The draw and construction were nearly perfect throughout. The burn line was crisp and clean, however the ash was flakey and a bit annoying. The flavor and balance were above average with the complexities more subtle then the rest of the regular production LaPalina. Score 91 of 100.
Cigar: La Palina Goldie Robusto Extra 2015
Box Date: 2015
Date Reviewed: 09/015/2015
Origin: Dominican Republic
Size: 6 1/10 x 50
MSRP: $18 boxes of 10
Total Production Released: 1,000 boxes shipped 6/15, 1,000 released in Fall 2015