La Palina cigars are a revival of a great American-owned brand created by Samuel Paley, grandfather of current-day owner William Paley Jr. in the late 1800s. The flavors are diverse and the construction is impeccable - making La Palina cigars one of the hottest boutique cigars in the humidor right now.
Samuel Paley emigrated with his parents and family from Ukraine following the assassination of Tsar Nicholas II. After a rocky start in his family's pursuit of the American dream, Sam's first gig was as a Lector in a Chicago cigar factory reading newspaper stories of the day to the rollers. Enamored with the tobacco business, he later advanced to the position of roller and blender in short order. His success led to the founding of the Congress Cigar Company and introduced La Palina cigars as its first brand in 1896. Paley relocated the company to Philadelphia in 1910, and to advertise his 10¢ La Palina cigars, purchased a group of local radio stations and sponsored "The La Palina Hour," managed by his son, William Sr. and the cigar company's head of advertising, William S. Paley. Sales of their cigars doubled.
The lure of the media was stronger to William than was the aroma of cigars - and when his father retired in 1926, so did Congress Cigar, selling La Palina to Altadis. But the Paleys still owned these Philadelphia radio stations; and knowing the success of advertising, William devoted himself to the full time growth of the media group. He assumed control of the United Independent Broadcasters network, and established the Columbia Broadcasting System: CBS Radio. Paley's network soon became home to the stars of variety, music and comedy, including George Burns & Gracie Allen, Bing Crosby, Kate Smith and Jack Benny, and soon would become a pioneer in television.
The brand was revived by William C. Paley: "Little Bill," who is William S Paley's son, and Samuel Paley's grandson - was looking for a "house cigar" to serve at his family's Lightbourne House B&B in the Bahamas. He originally worked with the makers of Graycliff Cigars, and met with former Davidoff (and now Nat Sherman) executive, Michael Herklots, to tweak the blends. The results were too good to keep in the Bahamas for his hotel guests - so William C. Paley bought the La Palina name back from Altadis, inked an engraving of his grandmother (Goldie Drell Paley, namesake of La Palina Goldie cigars) on the band, and introduced his rebooted La Palina cigars in 2010.
La Palina has since expanded with a number of different line extensions:
Mr. Sam is a tribute to La Palina's founder, Samuel Paley - it was how the cigar factory workers addressed him, such as in "hello, Mr. Sam." This exclusive cigar is hand made at the legendary El Titan de Bronze factory in Miami, using a dark Ecuadorian wrapper over all-Nicaraguan premium tobaccos.
La Palina Black Label cigars are full, through and through...if you like complexity, this one delivers. Made in Honduras, Black Label is a mix of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos that's sure to please the full boy cigar crowd, with the intensity ratcheted up by its Brazilian wrapper.
La Palina El Diario cigars are also rolled in Honduras. Meaning "The Daily," in Spanish, it's an everyday smoke that's medium in body and features a sweet Rosado wrapper. This La Palina cigar pairs Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo under double Honduran tobacco binders for a mellow yet spicy smoke that just may be your next go-to.
La Palina Maduro cigars are another of their Honduran offerings, but deliver darker flavors through Mexican maduro wrapper leaf. With a rich blend like the El Diario, it's a smooth, buttery finish that is the highlight of La Palina Maduro.
La Palina Family Series is a free-for-all, when it comes to flavors...and finding your fit depends on what you look for in a cigar. Where the Alison and Little Bill fire up with a more intense aged ligero filler and Ecuadorian wrapper, the Babe and Pasha go lighter and creamier by virtue of a Costa Rican wrapper. All are exquisitely made by hand and are a mix of sweet and spicy notes.
La Palina cigars all are made in what Bill Paley describes as "the La Palina style" - promoting smoothness and flavor, and be "absent of bitterness." Find the blend that's right for you and add these luxurious cigars to your prized cigar collection.