La Palina came locked and loaded to the 2016 IPCPR, sporting a completely redesigned booth, new logo, and three new lines, each debuting from a unique country and factory. The first thing you’d notice would be the booth size, expanding by at least 4 times their old setup! The booth was on par with many of the show’s biggest—perhaps only a tier or two below the behemoths of General, Altadis, etc. In our opinion, it may have been a bit more than they could handle, appearing empty even when guests were present.

The design was fitting for the brand, with a speakeasy feel, such as Edison-style incandescent bulbs, rustic woods, lots of black, and the new La Palina logo—which, by the way, we’re a fan of. The hand-drawn Goldie has been replaced with an elegant “LP”, having a retro feel but looking bold and modern as well. It’s a good move, considering the brand has expanded well-past their initial lineage-based cigars, using dates and names from the famed Paley family. La Palina intimated that the Goldie bands would primarily be used on their higher-end products coming out of the El Titan de Bronze factory, with the new designs making their way onto products from their Honduran, Dominican, and Nicaraguan offerings.

La Palina Cigars booth IPCPR 2016

El Año 1896 Oscuro

La Palina has traditionally worked with two factories for the majority of their releases—one in the U.S. (ETDB) and one in the D.R. (PDR Cigars). El Año 1896 focuses on the latter, introducing LP’s first box-pressed line. El Año (Spanish for “The Year”) 1896 honors the year that the original La Palina brand, then named Congress Cigar Company, was introduced.

  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Factory: PDR Cigars (Dominican Republic)
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Packaging: 20-ct boxes
  • Vitolas: 3
  • Price: $9.50 – $10.00
  • Release: Fall, 2016
  • Robusto: 5 x 52 | $9.50
  • Toro: 6 x 50 | $9.85
  • Belicoso: 6½ x 52 | $9.99

Illumination

La Palina typically reserves their more premium and limited edition offerings to be handled by Miami’s esteemed El Titan de Bronze factory. Illumination brings another regular production line out of the factory, aiming for a more affordable take on the brand’s most popular cigar, Goldie. The cigars feature a similar band to the Goldie, using a blue background in place of the usual white, with an added sub-band—a look very similar to La Palina’s “Bill’s Blend” TAA 2016 from earlier this year.

But the real selling point here is the blend—it’s marketed as a more affordable take on the classic Goldie blend. La Palina has replaced the rare, medio tiempo ligero for a high-priming ligero with Illumination. Also, the 4-size line will not be rolled exclusively by Maria Sierra, as is the case with the original Goldie line.



  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian
  • Binder: Ecuadorian
  • Filler: Dominican Republic | Nicaragua
  • Factory: El Titan de Bronze (USA)
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Packaging: 20-ct boxes
  • Vitolas: 4
  • Price: $10.50 – $12.50
  • Release: Now Available (shipped 3rd week of September)
  • Colonial: 5¼ x 44 | $10.50
  • Robusto: 5 x 52 | $11.50
  • Lancero: 7½ x 38 | $11.50
  • Belicoso: 6½ x 52 | $12.50

La Palina Illumination cigars IPCPR 2016

La Palina Nicaragua

La Palina has released cigars from just about every major region, with one glaring omission: Nicaragua. This year, they’re filling the gap in their portfolio, releasing the La Palina Nicaragua in 2 formats: Connecticut and Oscuro. Each variation includes 3 vitolas of the same size and price and utilizes the same base blend, topped with either an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade leaf (a first for La Palina) or and Ecuadorian Oscuro leaf. The cigars also feature the brand’s new “LP” logo.

Nicaragua Connecticut

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacalera Fernandez S.A. (Nicaragua)
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Packaging: 20-ct boxes
  • Vitolas: 3
  • Price: $8.00 – $9.50
  • Release: Fall, 2016
  • Robusto: 5 x 52 | $7.99
  • Toro: 6 x 50 | $8.50
  • Gordo: 6 x 58 | $9.50

Nicaragua Oscuro

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Oscuro
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacalera Fernandez S.A. (Nicaragua)
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Packaging: 20-ct boxes
  • Vitolas: 3
  • Price: $8.00 – $9.50
  • Release: Fall, 2016
  • Robusto: 5 x 52 | $7.99
  • Toro: 6 x 50 | $8.50
  • Gordo: 6 x 58 | $9.50

Other

KB III: the fan-favorite “Kill Bill” edition of La Palina’s El Diario cigars has returned, roughly 3 years after the Kill Bill II. The cigars are tweaked versions of La Palina’s El Diario series, named for brand owner Bill Paley’s reaction when he first smoked the blend.

  • KB III: 4½ x 54

Mr. Sam Lancero: another fan-favorite blend from La Palina gets an extension with the Mr. Sam Lancero. The cigars were originally a limited edition release (4¾ x 54 Robusto) made at El Titan de Bronze in 2013. The blend’s popularity brought the cigars back as a regular production offering in 2014, using 3 sizes (including the same Robusto size from the original release). This will soon be increased to 4 sizes with the new Mr. Sam Lancero, a 7 x 38 vitola using the same blend and packaged in 20-count boxes, as with the rest of the line. Shipments are expected in fall, 2016—with a select number of retailers already receiving some orders.

  • Lancero: 7 x 38 | $9.99