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80 years of experience, 7 years of aging
La Galera cigars is a fairly new brand to the industry, but the people who make them are most definitely not. Master blender Jochy Blanco is a fourth generation tobacco grower and manufacturer and his Tabacalera Palma Factory, where these cigars are made, was one of the first established cigar factories in the Dominican Republic back in 1936. La Galera 1936 Box Pressed cigars were released in 2016, but the planning for these cigars first started 7 years prior.
When Jochy decided he was going to create a premium line of cigars of his own, he took some of the finest tobaccos he had grown on his La Canela farms and set them aside to age for 7 years. These were Piloto Cubano and Criollo 98 leaves that are used in the filler and another Criollo 98 as the binder. To finish the blend off he applied a smooth Ecuador Habano wrapper on top. The blend is medium to full in body, with a ton of great flavor. Notes of cocoa, pepper, dried fruit, espresso, and earth make for a satisfying complexity. It’s hard to find cigars of this quality in this price range, try out a fiver and I’m sure you’ll be back for a box.
Good news! La Galera 1936 Box Pressed has received a well-deserved 90-point rating, noting: "There's a pipe-tobacco sweetness to this neatly pressed torpedo, which is balanced by notes of wood and graham cracker, though the finish has a touch of char."