This year, La Palina released the next edition to the Goldie line, named after Bill Paley’s grandmother, with the La Palina Goldie Laguito No. 5. Replicating the Laguito No. 5 from Cuba, the cigar has a fantail cap and coming in at 5 5/8 x 54, close to the original which is 5 3/4 x 54. Each cigar was made at the El Titan de Bronze factory by Maria Sierra, who trained in Cuba under Avalino Lara, creator of the Cuban Cohiba brand, and Eduardo Rivera Irazarri who rolled personally for Fidel Castro. The cigar is limited to only 2500 cigars. The first release in the Goldie series was the short lancero size Goldie Laguito No. 2 which received great fanfare when it was released. It sold out pretty much everywhere before I could get some to sample. Luckily, our friend Seth at Seth’s Humidors sent me a few to try out. I was thoroughly impressed which is why I expected a lot from the No. 5. Both Goldie cigars were made with the medio tiempo leaf as the wrapper. Medio Tiempo leaf is only found on about 10% of the tobacco plant which makes the tobacco exceedingly rare.
Goldie Laguito No. 5
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
- Binder: Ecuadorian
- Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan
- MSRP: $18.00
The cigar looks beautiful with a silky smooth wrapper and a perfect draw. The cigar lights up with ease and gives opening flavors of woodiness, honey, pepper. These flavors mesh really well together. The woody flavor develops as a oaky flavor the cigar burns which reminds me of the oakiness that people talk about in white wines like chardonnay with some smooth butteriness to it. During the half way point, a nice cashew and sweet cream flavor develop along with the other flavors. The pepper dies down very slowly as well as the strength picks up as the cigar burns down. The cigar ends with the sweet notes slowly fading and the resurfacing of the pepper. The cigar had excellent burn the whole time and had a long finish. A truly epic cigar. Is it worth the $18.00 price tag? I would definitely say yes. Highly recommend, box worthy. I also think they would be an excellent selection to put down for a few years to age. All in all, its a cigar you don’t want to miss.