La Palina Black Label is the second collaboration with PDR Cigars located in the Dominican Republic. The budget-friendly cigar is a bolder, full-bodied version of her cousin, the La Palina Red Label. La Palina has delivered a premium cigar that is accessible to all level cigar smokers.
La Palina Black Label is a full-bodied titan containing long-leaf ligeros from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic encased in an ultra-dark, oily Brazilian Bahaino wrapper. The well-balanced, smooth Black Label has notes of chocolate, sweet oak and peppery spice with a surprising hint of sarsaparilla. The Black Label deserves a complex bourbon with the same undertones of oak with a touch of vanilla.
The original A.H Hirsch Bourbon 16 Year Old was distilled at the famed centuries old Michter’s Distillery in Newmanstown, Pennsylvania about 80 miles northwest of Philadelphia. A.H. Hirsch 16 Year Old has now reached legendary prominence and can be found for upwards of $1,300! Michter’s Distillery closed its doors in 1989 and the bourbon is now produced by Anchor Distilling Company, who previously produced Anchor Steam beer. The more reasonably priced Hirsch Small Batch Reserve aged approximately 9 years has a modest profile of vanilla, caramel, and oak. The blends of both the La Palina Black Label and bourbon mingle together for a velvety, creamy smoking experience. Hirsch Small Batch can be enjoyed neat or mixed with a spritz of water. If you’re in the mood for a cocktail, my father’s favorite Perfect Manhattan, or an updated Old Fashion will also do the trick. Cheers!
1.5 oz. Hirsch Small Batch Reserve Bourbon
.75 oz. Luxardo Amaretto di Saschira
.5 oz. King's Ginger Liqueur
.75 oz. Fresh lemon juice
.5 oz. Egg white
Shake all ingredients with ice then strain over fresh ice into an old fashioned glass and garnish with orange slice.