Samuel Paley opened the Congress Cigar Factory in Chicago in 1896. Its first cigar range was La Palina, named in honor of Sam’s wife, Goldie Drell Paley. Three decades later, alas, Congress suffered the fate of many turn-of-the-century cigar brands and folded with little fanfare.
La Palina would have remained a footnote heritage cigar brand were it not for Sam’s grandson, Bill, the son of CBS founder William S. Paley and socialite/fashion icon Barbara “Babe” Paley. The revival of La Palina in 2010 was driven by Bill’s desire for a personal signature luxury cigar. Following his grandfather’s dedication to excellence and his parents’ meticulous attention to detail, Bill began a journey to relaunch the all-but-forgotten brand, dedicating himself to creating cigars emblematic of the original La Palina.
The new La Palina ultra-premium handmade cigars offer a meritage of the finest aged tobacco leaves selected and blended by master artisans. The line exemplifies master craftsmanship, rolled with unwavering quality according to tradition and redolent of the classic bon vivant Paley style. The draw is effortless, the burn even, the blends smooth and well-rounded, the construction flawless: an unforgettable cigar experience for the discerning palate — one, we’re quite confident, that would have made Sam Paley himself quite proud.
Accutron continues to commemorate its heritage with a special Accutron cigar, cigar cutter and cigar case in collaboration with La Palina cigars. In 1896 Samuel Paley opened the Congress Cigar Factory in Chicago where his first cigar range was La Palina, named in honor of Sam’s wife, Goldie Drell Paley. Today, under the deduction of Sam’s grandson, Bill, the son of CBS founder William S. Paley, the new La Palina cigars are ultra-premium handmade cigars offering a meritage of the finest aged tobacco leaves selected and blended by master artisans, emblematic of the originals. To celebrate Accutron’s 60th anniversary, La Palina offers a special Accutron cigar that features the iconic tuning fork on the cigar band with some available in in special cigar case, with an Accutron branded cutter.
In the brand’s recently launched podcast, The Accutron Show, a series of conversations about Americana culture and its evolution and expressions through time, Accutron invited Sam Phillips of La Palina Cigars for an episode about the ritual of cigar smoking