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La Palina's Gold Star
The Goldie line from La Palina is a well-beloved, 90-rated blend from La Palina that easily ranks among their best offerings. The only knock against Goldie? The price. Luckily, La Palina has given us Illumination — a new, "everyday" version of the Goldie blend that's designed to deliver the same superb experience, without the high price tag.
Both Goldie and the new Illumination are made at the El Titan de Bronze factory in Miami, FL. The blend between the two is similar as well — you’ll find an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Ecuadorian binder, and Dominican and Nicaraguan long-fillers. The difference here is that Illumination includes a higher priming ligero leaf, resulting in cigar that’s heartier and spicier than Goldie. You’ll find notes of nuts, black pepper, and earthy undertones making this a balanced cigar that you’ll feel great reaching for time and time again.