La Palina Classic, the least expensive cigar line from La Palina Cigars, has a trio of new sizes that will begin shipping to retail shops next week. The Dominican brand will soon count a lancero, corona and short robusto among its sizes.
The Short Robusto is extremely plump, measuring 4 1/2 inches by 58 ring gauge, the Corona is 5 1/2 by 42, and the Lancero measures 7 by 38—the traditional length of a Cuban lancero, but this version is produced sans pigtail. The cigars retail for $6.75, $7.25 and $8.00, respectively.
La Palina Classic first hit the market in September as a four-size line. The smokes scored an average of 89.8 points in an April 30 vertical brand tasting in Cigar Insider, the semimonthly cigar newsletter from Cigar Aficionado, with a blockbuster showing for the Toro, a 6 by 50 cigar that scored 93 points.
Like the originals, the new La Palina Classics are wrapped in Brazilian leaf with a mix of Nicaraguan, Dominican and Ecuadoran tobaccos on the inside. They are made at PDR Cigars Dominicana, a factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic, run by Abe Flores.
A sample of the Lancero smoked non-blind showed a cigar with fine construction and a full draw. The smoke was floral and bright, with some creamy notes and a pleasantly long finish, and a faint hint of chocolate reminiscent of some of the notes found in the blind tasting of the first La Palina Classic sizes.
Look for an official blind tasting in an upcoming issue of Cigar Insider.