Since they have been on the market, La Palina Cigars have gained recognition as a premium brand receiving 90 ratings on many of their series. Mr. Sam is no exception. Named in honor of Mr. Samuel Paley who founded La Palina in 1896, the Mr. Sam series is an exceptional cigar and tribute to the man who started it all. Fondly called Mr. Sam by his employees, the cigar exemplifies his company’s commitment to the highest standards of quality and tradition. The once limited edition, first-class, handmade La Palina Mr. Sam cigars have returned to full production and are just as delectable as ever.
Expertly handcrafted at El Titan de Bronze factory in Little Havana, Miami, the Mr. Sam Toro is encapsulated in a gorgeous dark brown, oily Ecuadorian Habano wrapper over binder and filler from the Jalapa and Estelí regions of Nicaragua. Mr. Sam cigars have a honey-type sweetness in their profile, along with flavors of cedar and hints of coffee and subtle peppery spice.
As classy as William Paley himself, Mr. Sam pairs nicely with an exquisite cognac, tequila or bourbon. In my research of good spicy tequila, I came across 1800 Coleccion Anejo 10 year Limited Edition. The tequila is aged in French Oak and distilled 2 times. 1800 Coleccion Anejo is only produced and released in the finest years of production. Coleccion is one of the rarest tequilas in the world. Every edition of the anejo is paired with a custom-designed decanter by a renowned artist and priced at around $2000, so the 1800 Colleción is not very affordable to most. A more reasonable pairing would be Jose Cuervo 1800 Anejo. The dark brown agave tequila has heavy oak, moderate caramel and subtle notes of earth and spice. 1800 Anejo tequila has plenty of body with a touch of smoke that enhances the flavor of the La Palina Mr. Sam. The finish is all sweetness of medium strength with just a tingle of alcohol. This is an affordable combination that will make you feel like a millionaire, even if you’re not.