The latest La Palina Goldie is on its way to store shelves, as the company has begun shipping the Churchill, a cigar that was formally known at the Julieta..

The cigar is a Churchill-esque size, measuring seven inches long with a 48 ring gauge and sporting a fantail cap like the other sizes in the line. It uses the same blend as its predecessors, with an Ecuadorian habano wrapper over an Ecuadorian binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers, including some medio tiempo leaves, which are found on the highest parts of only some tobacco plants and are believed to offer a unique strength and sweetness.

Pricing has been set at $23 per cigar and $230 for a box of 10 cigars.

The Goldie was introduced in 2012 and has become La Palina’s flagship release. It is rolled at El Titan de Bronze in Miami, originally rolled entirely by the late Maria Sierra. In 2017, Sierra handed off those duties to Lopez “Chino” Perez as part of her retirement.

The Goldie line is named for Goldie Drell Paley, the wife of Samuel Paley, who originally launched the La Palina brand in 1896 as part of the Congress Cigar Co. As for the vitola name, Julieta No.2 is the factory name—or vitola de galera—of the Cuban Churchill size, which measures 7 inches long with a 47 ring gauge.

Update — The name of the cigar has been changed from Julieta to Churchill due to existing usage of the word.


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