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La Galera, Tabacalera Palma, Jochy Blanco
Any of these words ring a bell? They should. Tabacalera Palma was one of the first Established cigar factories in the Dominican Republic back in 1936. But its story starts long before that. Jochy Blanco is the current owner and is the fourth generation of Blancos to work with tobacco. His great, great grandfather first moved to the Cibao Valley to grow and trade fruits and tobaccos in the mid 19th century. Today, they grow some of the finest tobaccos coming out of the Dominican and their factory produces cigars for many other brands that you have likely enjoyed before. La Galera is simply jochys first brand of his own.
Every cigar in La Galera's portfolio contains a well-aged binder and filler blend grown on Jochy’s own farms in the Dominican, draped in wrappers hand-picked by Jochy from all over the world. La Galera Maduro comes adorned with a dark, Mexican San Andres wrapper over a Dominican Piloto Cubano binder and Dominican long-filers, and sits comfortably in the medium-bodied range. Well-balanced with rich chocolate, cedar and spicy flavors, it finishes with a nice creamy sweetness on the palate. For the quality tobacco and years of experience that went into these Dominican gems, the price point is right as rain. Snag a box and I’m sure you’ll be back for more.