I’d be surprised if the name Columbia Broadcasting System, or CBS, was unfamiliar to most people, but what many don’t realize is that CBS had its origins in the cigar business!
Samuel Paley immigrated to the United States in the late 1800s from Ukraine, and eventually started the La Palina cigar company. By the early part of the 1900s, Sam’s son William joined the business. They bought a radio station to promote the cigars, and Columbia Broadcasting System was born. The La Palina brand died out, it seems that running a media empire takes time away from making cigars, until William Paley, Jr. came along and revived the brand in 2010.
The La Palina line has a strong family theme, many of the cigars are named after family members, including the cigar I’ve chosen to review, the Mr. Sam, which is what the workers in his cigar factory called Samuel Paley.
This is a terrific cigar with some refined and delicate flavors. The two examples I smoked, which were provided by the manufacturer, were well made, and had refreshing and delicate flavors of earth, nuts and some coffee. It’s not a long cigar, but it smokes slow and easy, lasting well over an hour. I put this cigar on the mild side of medium in strength and body. This is truly a super premium cigar and a great example of the art of cigar blending and rolling. This was a limited edition originally, which was recently added to the company’s permanent portfolio.
Mr. Sam is rolled at the El Titan de Bronze factory in Miami. A dark Ecuadorian wrapper surrounds a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan filler, creating a beautifully crafted blend that is rich with flavor. This 4.75×54 Robusto is a must-have for any cigar connoisseur. Samuel Paley and his wife Goldie have been once again united, within the La Palina Collection.