The Goldie series from La Palina, with a 90+ rating, is the company’s most highly praised offering from the El Titan de Bronze Factory in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. The availability and the expensive price tag make the Goldie difficult to obtain by the everyday cigar enthusiast. Bill Paley of La Palina had a solution and created a high quality but relatively inexpensive cigar, the Illumination. Which is also made at the El Titan de Bronze Factory. The blend is similar as well.
An Ecuadorian Habano wrapper encases an Ecuadorian binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan long-fillers. The difference between the two is the Illumination includes a high priming Ligero leaf creating a spicier and heartier blend. Notes of toasted peanuts, black pepper, and undertones of citrus and earth makes this a well-balanced premium cigar at half the cost of the Goldie.
Cocktail trends come and go (I’m talking to you pumpkin spice). This fall you will be drinking creative maple syrup cocktails. Matty Clark of Dutch Kills Bar in Long Island City created the sweet and smoky Signal Fire cocktail. Imagine being stranded on a deserted island smoking fine La Palina Illuminations and sending smoke signals in the air. This would be the perfect pairing.....
¼ oz. Grade A maple syrup
¼ oz. Laphroaig 10 Year Old Scotch
¾ oz. Salers Gentiane
1 ½ oz. Black Strap rum
Mix the ingredients together (besides the cherry), pour into a glass, and add ice. After giving it a quick stir, garnish with a cherry.