If Maria Sierra was at work yesterday, she was almost certainly rolling La Palina Goldies in a 6 1/10 x 50 size.
That’s the next size of the popular limited edition line from La Palina, officially known as the Goldie Robusto Extra. Company owner Bill Paley told halfwheel that he expects the latest Goldie to arrive sometime between late May and early June.
It will be the fourth different size the line has been offered in, every cigar rolled by Sierra. The Cuban-born roller works at El Titan de Bronze and has been the exclusive roller for the line since its inception in 2012. Because of the fact that all La Palina Goldies are rolled by just a single person, the release is staggered—this year 1,000 boxes will ship in the spring with another 1,000 arriving in late fall.
As has been the case for the last few years, little changes other than the size. It’s still rolled by Sierra, it will still feature a pigtail cap, it will come in boxes of 10 and it features the same blend—an Ecuadorian habano wrapper over an Ecuadorian binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.
Paley told halfwheel pricing has not been finalized. Previous Goldies have ranged from $15-18.
There will also be another new cigar coming from at El Titan de Bronze, another cigar that many La Palina fans will be familiar with, at least in name. The La Palina Family Series Miami is also scheduled to debut in June. It’s the reincarnated version of the Family Series, the line that Paley debuted with when he started the company in 2009.
The line was originally made at Graycliff in the Bahamas, but production stopped a few years ago. As for the cigar out of El Titan, it’s a different blend that will be offered in similar sizes. The line will first return in the 7 1/4 x 50 Pasha, which is named after Bill’s father, William S. Paley.
Paley told halfwheel he approved the reblended Babe (5 1/4 x 50) last week and the Allison, a 6 x 52 torpedo, should also be released at the 2015 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show in July.
The new cigars will be packed in boxes of 20 with each cigar coming in its own coffin. The blend is changing, but Paley said he spent long enough finalizing it that he didn’t want to disclose details.