Saturday, July 5, 2014

4th of July Second-hand Smoke!

Taken at Habanos Cigar Lounge in East Providence, RI,
accompanied by a Stella Artois (him) and margarita (me).

Apparently, this La Palina Goldie Lancero was one of the best smokes he's ever had. Definitely one of the beat second-hand smokes I've had the pleasure of mooching!
You may not know this about me, but I love a good story. And the La Palina Goldie line has an amaze-balls story.  One lady, Maria Sierra, rolls each and every one of the Goldie-line cigars. Every. Single. One.  There were 2500 boxes of these Lanceros created. There are ten cigars in each box. That means this one lady rolled 25,000 (yes, I used the calculator) this time around for you to enjoy. Well, you can't enjoy all of them because you'll have to fight the cigar masses to lay your hands on them. Released in May, these boxes, like the other Goldie limited releases, are going to go quickly.
Maria Sierra at work. [source]
But wait! There's more! Ms. Sierra is one of the first women trained to roll cigars in Cuba and she worked for 32 years at Villa El Laguito. Maria is a 95 rated, category 9 roller trained by Fidel Castro’s personal roller, Eduard Rivera Irizarri.  "[Sierra] retired from cigar making in Cuba in 2011, but returned to it after moving to Miami to be near her daughter." [source]
And!  "Goldie Drell Paley for whom this cigar is named after was the wife of Samuel Paley who founded the company in 1896. Bill Paley, the current owner is his grandson. The Goldie was created to celebrate the history and contributions of women in the cigar industry." [source]
Want to know more about this amazing lady? Check out this article from Reuters.
Cigar: La Palina Goldie
Size: 7 x 40 (Lancero)
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Binder: Ecuador
Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
Strength: Medium-Full
Check out these other articles!
Woman-Made Cigar from Cigar Journal
The Lady's Cigar from World's Luxury Guide
And this video!

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