La Galera 80th Anniversary, Recognition of Tradition
Moving right along in the La Galera series, I’ve decided to go with the 80th Anniversary Limited Edition. This cigar was made to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of Blanco’s first factory and to recognize the traditions built for the generations. I’ll be smoking the Box Pressed Toro for this post. Looking at this cigar, it is a beauty! The 80th Anniversary has a gorgeous oily dark brown San Andres wrapper with nearly any veins and a nice toothiness to it. The cold draw is a semi-sweet chocolate and tobacco. Just off the foot, you get a sense that you’re in for a treat with heavy notes of chocolate, oak and some spice. Smoking through the first third, the profile opens up to chocolate, cinnamon, leather and a bit of white pepper. The retrohale is an intense combination of pepper and cinnamon. As I roll into the mid section, I’ve got about a 2 inch ash with an even burn. The cinnamon picks up a tinge while the chocolate falls back into the profile, leaving cinnamon, leather and pepper to dominate. The finish is a pleasant spicy cinnamon. In the final third, the blend smoothens while introducing a hint of dark roast coffee in the background. The last puffs were smooth and rich with flavor with a slight bite and no bitterness. The 80th Anniversary smokes at a medium plus with a perfect burn and plenty of smoke on the draw. The La Galera 80th Anniversary gave a great smoking experience. Coming in at just under 90 minutes the value here is noteworthy. The 80th is priced well under it’s premium cigar competitors. As with the other La Galeras I’ve smoked to this point, the price is unbelievable. If you are into the look, feel and experience of a high quality premium cigar, look no further the La Galera 80th Anniversary is where it’s at….