In 2010, a company by the name of La Palina made a return to the cigar industry. The company was not actually La Palina when it began in 1896, it was Congress Cigar Company with their first line being La Palina, but the grandson of the founder of Congress Cigar Company came back to the industry with the focus on the company's first line. That grandson is Bill Paley, and when he brought the La Palina name back to the industry, he brought it back with the La Palina Family Series. The Family Series was the first line from the new La Palina and was made in the Bahamas by Graycliff. Eventually, La Palina would halt production with Graycliff and the Family Series production would come to an end, but it would not be the end of the line. Earlier this summer, La Palina announced that the Family Series would be coming back but would be made in Miami, Florida at El Titan de Bronze. The blend would be completely new, but they would not forget what they delivered with the original Family Series. Today I look at the new Family Series blend and in my favorite offering as well, the Family Series Miami Pasha.
Cigar: La Palina Family Series Miami Pasha
Country of Origin: United States of America
Factory: El Titan de Bronze
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Corojo '98
Binder: Ecuadoiran Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan (Jalapa & Esteli)
Ring Gauge: 50
The Churchill is rolled to perfection and it has a great triple cap with a nice shaggy "brushed" shaggy foot. The wrapper sports a few minor veins throughout and it has a nice firmness. There is a faded brown coloring to the wrapper with a slight reddish hue, and I would put it as being between a light Colorado and a dark Natural color scheme. The wrapper has an aroma of sweet and spicy tobacco, and there is a nice rich earth with that. The foot is much sweeter than it is spicy, and it has a nice earthy, sweet tobacco and dark cherry aroma.
The foot of the cigar, without any of the wrapper, produces a flavor of strong pepper notes with some sweet Asian spices. I am picking up some cloves and nutmeg qualities, and it has some patchouli like qualities with that, while not being truly annoying. When I get the wrapper profile involved, I begin to let some dried cedar and leather notes on top of that. You can pick up some aged tobacco flavors as well, and it is more balanced overall. There is this sweetness, almost this soft sweet cedar like profile that is present as well, and I get that with some Habanos from time to time. Overall, the body is at a medium level and the same goes for the flavors. A part of me feels the strength is more medium-full, and that is because I believe the strength is hidden with the flavors present. Construction is simply perfect and I am getting a razor sharp burn line, firm charcoal ash and a cool draw.
As I enter into the second third of the cigar, I hit the sweet spot and the profile being delivered is very enjoyable. There is a nice salted wood and tobacco flavor with the cigar, and it is accompanied by some nice nutty qualities. There is hint of spice, very soft, but it is sweet and it is showing some toasted coconut shaving and coffee bean notes with that. It's a complex and smooth cigar, and very balanced. I would say that the cigar is still smoking at at a level between medium and medium-full, and it is a terrific afternoon and evening cigar. The construction remains stellar and it is producing that cool draw, firm charcoal ash and beautiful burn line.
When I get into the final third of the cigar I find that it begins to deliver an earthy flavor profile that is on the dryer side of things while being balanced by some sweet cedar and sweet tobacco notes. There is a touch of pepper present with the cigar and it has that Asian spice flavor present as well. The finish of of coffee and leather, and it is a great conclusion to the cigar. It remains complex and balanced throughout, and there has been a nice bit of transitioning with each third. I would classify the final third as being between medium and medium-full in body, flavors and strength, and it is a finish that makes you want another right away. The construction remains perfect in the end as it has throughout, and it is showing that even burn line, beautiful charcoal ash and a cool draw.
The Family Series Miami Pasha delivers a classic and old school flavor profile that is a perfect example of blends coming out of El Titan de Bronze. It is a very Miami flavor profile, and if you ever smoke anything out of the factory you will know what I am saying. There are aspects when smoking this cigar that show some qualities with Habanos that I smoke, and that is the case with some other blends from the factory, in particular some Goldies. Back to the Family Series Miami, it is a complex blend that grows as it progresses and it has depth and transitioning throughout. The body and strength go great with the flavor profile delivered, and this is a well balanced cigar. In terms of construction, the cigar is perfect, and it delivers a cool draw with a razor sharp burn line from start to finish. A terrific release, I look forward to smoking more of these and aging them as well. I give the Family Series Miami Pasha a 92 rating.
Rating: 92 AKA "Box Split"