La Palina returned to IPCPR 2017 with the same booth display as last year, showcasing a large, squared space and classic elements of Edison-style light bulbs and worn wood. The cigars are displayed along the booth’s perimeter, with a large, open seating area in the center. There is also a speakeasy-style bar at one end, where you would find La Palina reps, along with memorabilia from the vintage version of the La Palina brand from the early 20th century.

It’s an impressive design, beckoning enthusiasts inward for a taste of LP’s nostalgic flare. However, the new cigars themselves were quite different than expected from the historically vintage stylings of La Palina. One of the most talked-about brands from IPCPR 2017 proved to be La Palina’s new Number Series—only a good portion of the “buzz” has been negative. It’s completely different than the elegant, ornate imagery that won enthusiasts over when LP debuted the fan-favorite Goldie in 2012. Loud colors and goofy lettering come across like a mashup of Camacho’s modern design-meets a half-hearted knockoff of an Andy Warhol painting. In truth, the cigars are inspired by artist Paul Rand (whom actually designed packaging for the original, 20th century La Palina brand).

Adding to the confusion, La Palina showcased their seasonal Fuego Verde for the first time, which uses a candela wrapper and was released earlier this year to coincide with Saint Patrick’s Day. This was the most “un-La-Palina” design you’ll ever see, looking like a cheap attempt at grabbing attention; a style seen from one of the many newcomers at IPCPR, calling at you like cellphone vendors in shopping malls… this is the type of imagery invoked. And this approach is actually forgivable for the aforementioned “newcomers,” but a well-established, regal brand such as La Palina? I had shudders when viewing this cigar for the first time.

La Palina Cigars booth design IPCPR 2017

Fuego Verde

Fuego Verde (translating to mean Green Fire) launched in March 2017 to align with the many seasonal, candela-wrapped cigars themed around Saint Patrick’s Day. As with LP’s Classic line, the cigars are rolled at General Cigar Dominicana in the Dominican Republic. Only one size is offered, a 5½” x 50 robusto. This was the first appearance of Fuego Verde at IPCPR and was generally regarded as a new cigar, despite being offered earlier this year in small quantities.

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  • Wrapper: Candela (Honduras)
  • Binder: Honduran
  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • Factory: General Cigar Dominicana (Dominican Republic)
  • Production: Seasonal
  • Packaging: 20-ct box
  • Vitola: 5½″ × 50 Robusto
  • Price: $7.50 (MSRP)
  • Release: March, 2017

Goldie Toro

The Goldie has been LP’s pièce de résistance since launching in 2012. The cigars are known for their skilled craftsmanship, with every cigar being rolled by the renowned master roller Maria Sierra. This changes with the new Goldie Toro, as Maria Sierra has announced her retirement. Taking over for Sierra is Lopez “Chino” Perez, whom Sierra had trained as her replacement during the past three years. Chino has rolled the entire production of Goldie Toro cigars for 2017. Following the pattern of alternating thin and thick Goldie sizes each year, Goldie Toro showcases a 6″ x 52 toro vitola (differing from 2016’s 6¾” x 43 Dalia shape).

La Palina Goldie Toro cigars IPCPR 2017

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Ecuador
  • Filler: Nicaragua | Dominican Republic
  • Factory: El Titan de Bronze (USA)
  • Production: Limited Edition (2,000 boxes of 10 cigars)
  • Packaging: 10-ct box
  • Vitola: 6″ × 52 Toro
  • Price: $22.00 (MSRP)
  • Release: July, 2017 (initial launch) | September, 2017 (full release)

La Palina Classic Natural

Early in 2017, LP announced big changes for their Classic line, moving production from the PDR Cigars factory in the Dominican Republic to General Cigars Dominicana. Also, the original La Palina Classic blend was replaced with three new cigars: Classic Connecticut, Classic Maduro and Classic Rosado. At IPCPR 2017, LP showcased a fourth addition, La Palina Classic Natural. This new cigar focuses on Honduran tobaccos, with Dominican and Nicaraguan leaves complimenting the blend in the filler. As with the other Classic cigars, the Natural is priced as a value buy, with the cigars ranging from $6 to $7. And while all three of the other Classic series cigars are offered in three sizes, La Palina Classic Natural is being rolled in four sizes.

  • Wrapper: Honduras
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Honduras | Dominican Republic | Nicaragua
  • Factory: General Cigars Dominicana (Dominican Republic)
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Packaging: 20-ct boxes
  • Vitolas: 4
  • Price: $5.75 – $6.99
  • Release: August, 2017
  • Short Robusto: 4½” x 50 | $5.75 (MSRP)
  • Robusto: 5½” x 50 | $5.99 (MSRP)
  • Toro: 6″ x 54 | $6.50 (MSRP)
  • Double Corona: 7½” x 50 | $6.99 (MSRP)

Number Series

At IPCPR 2016, La Palina introduced their new “LP” logo, and for 2017, the design changes continued, with the brand unveiling the Number Series. As mentioned earlier, this is a look unlike anything previously offered by LP, using a design inspired by the late Paul Rand. Rand was best known for his corporate logo designs, with notable works such as IBM, UPS, and ABC. He also designed packaging for the original La Palina brand, which inspired La Palina to base their new Number Series around Rand’s simplistic, Swiss-inspired design style.

As the name alludes, the series features a collection of numbered cigars, which begins with LP #1 and LP #2 (additional blends are said to be in the works as well). Both blends are rolled at the Plasencia family’s El Paraiso factory in Honduras and share the usage of Costa Rican tobacco—a trait not commonly found in premium cigar blends.

La Palina Number Series cigars IPCPR 2017

LP #1

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  • Wrapper: Ecuadoran Sumatra
  • Binder: Costa Rica
  • Filler: Nicaragua | Honduras
  • Factory: El Paraiso (Honduras)
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Packaging: 20-ct boxes
  • Vitolas: 4
  • Price: $7.99 – $11.00
  • Release: Fall, 2017
  • Petit Corona: 4½” x 44 | $7.99 (MSRP)
  • Robusto: 5″ x 52 | $9.50 (MSRP)
  • Toro: 6½” x 54 | $10.00 (MSRP)
  • Gordo: 6″ x 58 | $11.00 (MSRP)

LP #2

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  • Wrapper: Costa Rica
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Nicaragua | Honduras
  • Factory: El Paraiso (Honduras)
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Packaging: 20-ct boxes
  • Vitolas: 4
  • Price: $7.99 – $11.00
  • Release: Fall, 2017
  • Petit Corona: 4½” x 44 | $7.99 (MSRP)
  • Robusto: 5½” x 50 | $9.50 (MSRP)
  • Toro: 6½” x 52 | $10.00 (MSRP)
  • Gordo: 6″ x 60 | $11.00 (MSRP)


  • La Palina added a new 6″ x 50 Toro size to the Illumination line that was introduced at IPCPR 2016. The Toro marks the fifth size in the line, joining the Robusto, Colonial, Belicoso, and Lancero.
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