Since 2012, La Palina has worked with El Titan de Bronze in Miami, Florida to create the annual release of the La Palina Goldie. No more than 25,000 cigars are released in a year, it was originally less when the program started and all of those cigars are rolled by one individual, Maria Sierra. Maria is a Category 9 roller, and for 32 years she worked at El Lagutio in Havana, Cuba, rolling true Cohibas. The concept of smoking a cigar that is rolled by one individual is brilliant and amazing, something that every smoker of the La Palina Goldie Dalia should appreciate and think about, but in the meantime let's see how the cigar smokes.
Cigar: La Palina Goldie Dalia
Country of Origin: United States of America
Factory: El Titan de Bronze
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Nicaragua and Dominican Republic
Length: 6 3/4"
Ring Gauge: 43
Production: 2,500 boxes of 10 (25,000 cigars)
The Dalia has a gorgeous wrapper and it is one of the most beautiful wrappers I have seen on a Goldie. It has a great Colorado color and it is a solid color throughout. There are a few veins here and there, though not many overall and the veins are small to medium in size. The wrapper is smooth and oily, and the cigar is firm throughout. The wrapper is giving off an aroma of leather, spices and fruit, and the foot is delivering aromas of spices, leather, tobacco and fruit as well. The fan-tail cap looks great on the head and this is one of best looking Dalias I have come across.
The first third opens up by delivering strong spice notes that are showing cinnamon and pepper qualities. There are some fruit flavors present and with that are some grass, cream and coffee notes on the finish. There are touches of leather and it is a complex smoke. I believe it to be the strongest of the Goldies I enjoy the new strength kick that is presentt. I would say that the cigar is smoking around a medium-full level for body and strength, and the flavors are there as well. The construction is top notch and the cigar produces an even burn line with a firm charcoal ash on the end. The ash is holding on firmly and the draw is cool with a nice bit of smoke on each draw.
When I get into the second third of the cigar I find that the flavor profile shows some transitioning from the first third and it gets a little darker and fuller. I am picking up some strong leather notes and they are paired with some cinnamon and pepper spices. There is an earthy quality present as well, dryer earth qualities and it is paired with some soft coffee notes. I would say that it is smoking at a strong medium-full strength and body level, and the same goes for the flavors. The construction remains top notch in this third, as it was in the first third and it is producing an even burn line with a nice draw. A good amount of smoke is being produced with a perfect burn line, and on the end is the firm ash that is charcoal in coloring.
I am in the final third of the cigar now and I am finding there to be a continuation of the second third. In my opinion, the cigar needs time to really show its greatness but I am liking the direction of the second and final third. There are those strong earth and leather notes present and they are pairing with the cinnamon, pepper and coffee notes as well. It is a dark third in terms of flavors and it is showing that same complexity level. It is still smoking at that medium-full level for strength, body and flavors and I can really get behind the levels presented. The construction remains top notch and I am getting an even burn line with that solid charcoal ash on the end. The final draw on the nub is cool and producing a good amount of smoke before I put it down.
While the Dalia is still young and I believe it to be a departure from the early releases in the Goldie Series, I am a big fan of the cigar. I still think nothing compares with Laguito No. 2, but following that cigar I would go with the Dalia. I believe that the Goldie Series excels in a smaller ring gauge offering and that was confirmed when giving the Laguito Especial some age. Overall, the Goldie Series has gotten stronger with each release, losing some complexities in flavor and it's subtle nuisances in my opinion, but I also have to not look at the series in an elitist way and embrace each release on it's own. The Dalia has by far the prettiest wrapper I have come across on a Goldie release and I can get behind the stronger flavors that are showing leather, coffee and spices. As to be expected, the construction was phenomenal and it is a cigar that you don't have to worry about or look down at when smoking. I think the Dalia size is a size that is growing in terms of popularity in the United States, though not as quickly or deservedly as I would like, but nonetheless we are seeing more lines have this vitola offering. I am thrilled to see the series get a Dalia vitola offering and I would love to see more non-Cuban blends similar to this one have the Dalia vitola in the lineup. Will I buy a box of these? Of course I will. I always have and that is why I give the cigar a 94. I claim to be one of the Goldie Series "first generations," and while it is great to see more people smoking them and production somewhat increasing, I would love to see it be more limited again.
Overall Rating: 94 AKA "Box Purchase