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Spotlight Brand: La Palina El Año 1896 Oscuro

November 19, 2017 |

A Flavorful Cigar From a Historic Brand

La Palina is a historic brand that launched at the turn of the 20th century in Chicago. Its founder Sam Paley was a blendmaster, carefully selecting tobaccos from the most prestigious growers from around the world. The brand thrived until Paley’s retirement in 1926, when production stopped and La Palina’s storied cigars left the market. Years later Paley’s grandson, Bill, revived his family brand to pay homage to his heritage. Bill Paley has delivered in spades by offering the same quality and pleasing flavors his grandfather’s cigars were renowned during La Palina’s hay day.  

Named for the year La Palina was founded, El Año 1896 Oscuro is comprised of a gorgeous Mexican San Andrés wrapper which masks indulgent fillers from the Dominican. A beautifully balanced cigar with a complex flavor profile. Enjoy pleasing notes of cocoa, wood, and a touch of leather for an experience that will not disappoint. 

Q & A: Flavor Saver

Q: Can cigars lose their flavor over time?

10/31/17 | by PL in Richmond, VA


The short answer here is, yes. Cigars need to be humidified in order to maintain proper moisture and to ensure they retain their oils (which is where a cigar’s flavor comes from).
The good news in all of this is your cigars won’t completely dry out unless they’re left out of the humidor for extended periods of time. They’ll be fine in the car over the weekend or in a suit jacket for a couple of days. But, don’t leave them out too long, once a cigar is dried out, the oils will be lost. While it is possible to restore your dried premium, the taste will most certainly not be the same on your palate. So, avoid this type of tragedy and always make sure to keep your cigars properly humidified. 

by John

Review: Enclave Broadleaf by AJ Fernandez

John AJ's Innovation on Full Display

AJ Fernandez is a very busy man–and that may be putting it lightly. Recently, he’s collaborated with some of the biggest names in the business to make some absolute gems, and he’s somehow found the time to craft some new premiums to add to his own illustrious portfolio.
Among the brand new additions is an extension to his Enclave line. AJ created the original Habano-wrapped beauty with the help with his father, Ismael, and the cigar received a well-deserved ‘92’ rating and Top 25 honors.The newest iteration of Enclave was brought about by a simple curiosity–AJ wanted to know what the blend would taste like wrapped with a Connecticut Broadleaf, and I’ve never been so grateful for Mr. Fernandez’s inventive and adventurous approach to making cigars.

Don’t get me wrong, the original Enclave is nothing shy of exquisite, but when Nicaraguan fillers from Pueblo Nuevo, Estelí, and the Jalapa Valley are encased by a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, what you get is a brand new profile with a deeper flavor and full-body.  Enclave Broadleaf is visibly darker than the original, and the unlit tobaccos have a spicier aroma with a slight hint of hay and caramel–an indication that this cigar has been aged very well.
When the cigar is first lit, there is a fair amount of spice with notes of earth, espresso, some toasted almonds, and slight citrus on the finish. As the burn continues, the peppery notes remain present, but the flavors develop into a creamy leather with notes of cocoa and a natural sweetness. Enclave Broadleaf is a solid full-bodied cigar, and it has complexity to spare. Of course, the original will always be a regular in my rotation of premiums, but this new addition will definitely find its way into the mix as well.

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