For those unfamiliar with the La Palina Goldie, the cigar manufactured in the magnificent El Titan Bronze factory, it is a rare and luxurious blend. By popular demand, Bill Paley has created an inexpensive blend similar to the Goldie that is widely available and very appealing to the most discerning cigar smoker.
Comparable to the La Palina Goldie blend, the La Palina Illumination is a more affordable cigar but remaining to La Palina’s highest standards. La Palina Illumination replaces the rare Medio Tiempo leaf with Ligero leaf and makes them at the same boutique factory, El Titan de Bronze, in Little Havana. La Palina Illumination is made with Ecuadorian binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.
The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper has a rich leather aroma and notes of raisins. The tobacco produces flavors consisting of citrus, toasted peanuts, cedar, and creamy caramel. A fine after dinner pairing would be a citrusy brandy or cognac such as Massenez Poire Williams from the Alsace region in France. The fragrant brandy is made from Alsace's abundant supply of ripe fruit fermented up to six weeks. They then distill it to a relatively low strength which preserves its distinctive bouquet. It is then allowed to age.
As the temperatures drop and the brisk winds roll in, warm up with an Illumination and an autumn inspired cocktail.
The Chancellor Cocktail
2 ounces whiskey -- blended Scotch whisky
1 ounce ruby port
1/2 ounce vermouth -- French vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters
Stir well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass; it should pour a luminous garnet red.