Introducing La Palina’s Illumination

The La Palina Cigar Company may be less than 10 years old, but its story began more than a century ago.

Samuel Paley opened the Congress Cigar Factory in Chicago in 1896 and named his first cigar range “La Palina,” in honor of his wife, Goldie Drell Paley. But unfortunately, like many other cigar companies during that era, Congress closed its doors unceremoniously after 30 years in business.

The company would have been long forgotten had it not been for Samuel’s grandson, Bill, who resurrected the brand in 2010 with the idea of creating a range of personal signature luxury cigars reminiscent of the La Palina era.

One of those cigars is Illumination, rated 91 by both Cigar Aficionado (April 2017) and Cigar Insider (October 2016).

“Illumination was created for cigar enthusiasts who appreciate bright and bold flavors,” says Buddy Williams, manager of M.A.’s Smoke House. “It’s a hearty, medium-bodied cigar and one we think our customers will enjoy.”

With an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, an Ecuadorian Binder and filler comprised of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos, Illumination offers a refreshing smoke complete with the invigorating flavors of nuts, black pepper, and earthy undertones.

Illumination comes in five vitolas (sizes): Colonial, Robusto, Lancero, Toro and Belicoso.

For more information about Illumination and other La Palina cigars, come visit us at M.A.’s Smoke House. We serve customers in two locations: Towne Oaks Shopping Center at 855 Pierremont Rd. in Shreveport or at 2917 Old Minden Rd. in Bossier City.