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The return of a legend.La Palina’s rich history began in the late 1800’s. Their patriarch, Samuel Paley immigrated to Chicago from the Ukraine and immediately found work as a ‘lector’ in a cigar factory. By 1896 Sam had started his own factory with a cigar store nearby. Sam dubbed his factory, Congress Cigar Company and quickly gained the name ‘Mr. Sam’, a moniker given to him by his factory workers. After Sam’s retirement in 1926 the La Palina brand was all but forgotten, but now, Sam’s grandson has reinvented the brand in a big way. This addition to the La Palina line pays homage to the man who started it all, enter Mr. Sam.Mr. Sam hails from Miami, Florida, rolled at the famed El Titan de Bronze factory. Utilizing a dark Ecuadorian Habano wrapper leaf, Mr. Sam is packed full of Nicaraguan long-leaves all held in place by a sturdy Nicaraguan binder. Bold notes of pepper, cedar, spice and coffee are evident at the first draw and continue to alternate in intensity right down to the nub. Medium to full-bodied, Mr. Sam boasts ample complexity with a balance that is second to none. La Palina Collection Mr. Sam received a well-deserved 90 rating noting: “Covered in a dark and slightly veiny wrapper, this corona draws and burns evenly. Initial earthy, woody notes lead to a cedary and nutty finish.”