The La Palina Bronze Label was originally introduced in 2017 as a TAA exclusive. It was only available as a 6.5 x 52 Toro at that time as well. After getting inundated with requests from other B&M's for orders of the Bronze Label, La Palina decided it was advantageous to make the line full production. They also added two vitolas to the blend, a Robusto, at 5 1/2 x 50, and Gordo, at 6 x 60.
La Palina Bronze Label
Size: 6.5 x 52
Filler: Honduras & Nicaragua
Factory: El Paraiso (Honduras)
Cigars smoked for review: 2
Cigars for review provided by: La Palina
Quick Note: For this review I used Cigar Federation's rating system.
Prelight: Cocoa, earth, and fermented tobacco are strongest from the wrapper, while a sweeter chocolate note is strong on the foot. The cold draw has a clean & dry profile of cocoa and cedar. The cigar itself is very sophisticated looking, with eye-catching yet subdued banding and a well constructed wrapper.
Beginning: The La Palina Bronze Label starts with a dry profile and a medium finish. It has a very woody finish with hints of raw, bittersweet cocoa. This quickly turns to a strong profile of vegetal notes, with muted notes of orange and cocoa on the finish. Just as fast as the vegetal notes came on, they fade away. The profile now has very muted notes of vanilla and orange, with a little cedar and a dry finish. The body and strength are both medium and easy going, with a sharp burn and medium smoke production.
Middle: The orange and vanilla notes take full control here. They are more pronounced here than before, and I can more easily make them out. The finish eases up on the dryness and becomes just a little bit creamy. Halfway through this third, the profile changes up again. The flavors are now mainly bittersweet cocoa and oak, with a long, dry finish. I finally start to get a little spice here, in the form of a spicy cedar. The body stays medium, the strength moves up just a tad, the burn remains dead on, and the smoke stays the same.
End: By the final third, the strength and body ramp up to just below full. The finish is fairly dry and long, although I wouldn’t call it long. The flavors have melded into a spicy cedar and orange combo. Smoke is plentiful and the construction is perfect.
Final Thoughts: The construction was dead on, which makes for an enjoyable cigar, not having to reach for the lighter. The flavors were nice and the medium strength kept this toro from becoming too much. At $9.99, this cigar is an amazing bargain for such a premium, flavorful, toro. And I mean, you really can't go wrong with La Palina.
Rating: 89 AKA "5-pack"