Red Label by La Palina

The lady in the red dress.

Chris Allen
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The Breakdown
Ecuadorian Habano
Domincan, Nicaraguan
Vitola (Size)
Toro (6 x 50)
Price (USD)

Oh La Palina. My maiden of entertainment for the night. My saucy, linebacker-looking lady in the red dress. There’s a story behind those eyes; I know it… But I don’t know what the fuck it is. Does anyone? Anyways...

Construction - She’s pretty. Damn she’s pretty. Nice taut wrapper, greatly defined and even triple cap, and simple red label dress. But one thing to note is that you can tell she moisturizes with a dime-sized amount of coconut oil a day judging by her soft, satin skin. Overall, a well put-together lady.

Burn - The burn was like Tango dancing while slightly tipsy. A couple uncoordinated dips as the wrapper was burning a little uneven but we still had fun, and she made sure to correct herself without my intervention. A good 2-3 puffer with the right amount of resistance when we played suck and blow. I mean, the woman still has standards. No issues with our 5 minute hold test, no relights. I thought the burn was pretty dang good.

Flavor - As for the flavors… After a night of tipsy Tango dancing, she tasted a little salty, nutty, and woody. I really didn’t mind it. She does smooth out into more creaminess and smoothness as the night went on but I did find myself getting a bit bored with her flavor for nearly 50% of the time as it was just a tad bland. But just when I thought the night was over for me and I hand her the $11.00 I owed her, she surprised me with a resurgence of flavors. But as quickly as it came, it was time to say goodbye. Flavors weren’t overly profound but it would be hard to say they weren’t good.

Decent smoke to try.


For $11.00, this red-dressed pretty lady is a decent cigar. I wish there were more change-ups or maybe more pronounced flavors in the middle, but all-in-all it was good!
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La Palina

The new La Palina ultra-premium handmade cigars offer a meritage of the finest aged tobacco leaves selected and blended by master artisans. The line exemplifies master craftsmanship, rolled with unwavering quality according to tradition and redolent of the classic bon vivant Paley style. The draw is effortless, the burn even, the blends smooth and well-rounded, the construction flawless: an unforgettable cigar experience for the discerning palate — one, we’re quite confident, that would have made Sam Paley himself quite proud.

Chris Allen
Co-host of The Hot Ticket Podcast. With only 3 years in the cigar industry, Chris is willing to try any cigar (and we mean any cigar), and has built quite an extensive catalog of cigars he's smoked or reviewed in such a short time.