Review: La Palina EL Diario Kill Bill II

I've been hearing about the La Palina line of cigars for a long time and I was very excited to see the Kill Bill line show up in my local B&M a week ago. So, of course I picked up a Kill Bill and a Kill Bill II. I decided not to wait any longer to give one of these a try, and lit up the Kill Bill II a couple nights ago.
Find more photos like this on Cigar Federation

Just smelling the foot and barrel of this K.B. II was quite intriguing. Maybe it was my nose acting up, maybe I just couldn't place the notes, but I can't put much to what I was smelling. It was very pleasant, composed mostly of cedar and tobacco with a bit of spice. The cold draw gave a smooth, sweet tobacco flavor, with a semi-tight, but completely acceptable draw.

The first third of the La Palina El Diario Kill Bill II starts off with spicy cedar, and the draw has already loosened up. The burn has been very good and stays nice and even and the smoke is exceptionally thick. I was actually pretty surprised by the amount of smoke that this cigar is producing. As I neared the end of this portion of the K.B.II a citrus note started to pop in. It wasn't the normal lemon or lime citrus I am used to, but instead it was more of a dried orange note. 

Somewhere around the end of the first third and the second third, chocolate notes started to show up. And it wasn't long before this chocolate started to take over. The intensity backed off after a few puffs and a spice came into play that made the back, sides of my tongue tingle. I got an occasional citrus note, but nothing too crazy. It was all in the background.

The rest of the La Palina K.B. II continued this profile for me. A bit of spice, with chocolate and the occasional citrus note. The smoke was amazingly thick and the burn line was quite straight. I did have to relight it twice, but this may be due to how slow I smoking. I tend to smoke this vitola pretty slow, to keep from overheating. As I got to the band, I had a blowout on the wrapper. But I would have to say this was quite possibly caused by ht weather. It's been in the 80's here and last night a cold front hit and we dropped into the 50's. So, I'd have to blame it on the large temperature change.

Otherwise, I had no complaints, and would definitely enjoy another. I forgot to mention, that the presentation is great. The wrapper and construction are very nice and the band is quite elegant. It definitely commands some attention.

Views: 250


Brand
Comment by RobbyRas on November 14, 2013 at 9:23am

OK, I smoked the small KB which I think was just the Kill Bill... anyway, that thing knocked me on my arse... I can count on 3 fingers the sticks that snuck up on me like that and the KB is at the top of the list... 


Mod
Comment by 007MI6 on November 14, 2013 at 9:28am

I have the original Kill Bill also, but haven't smoked it yet. I didn't notice the the strength you are referring to though, in the K.B. II. Have to pay attention when I smoke the K.B. and see what happens. 

The last stick I remember sneaking up on me was the CAO Flathead Piston you gave me. Damn, that thing packs a punch...


Brand
Comment by RobbyRas on November 14, 2013 at 9:34am

yeah, no one else has mentioned the KB being strong... it was just one of those things where it snuck up on me... the Nub Habano did the same thing to me one time... i don't know if I had an empty stomach or what... I really enjoyed the KB, but who whooped my butt


MFCEO
Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on November 14, 2013 at 4:08pm

Don't forget the La Jugada Habano that put your on your ass at IPCPR :)


Brand
Comment by RobbyRas on November 14, 2013 at 4:53pm

That was different... that just had a TON of pepper... so yes, it melted my face off but the KB and Nub hit me with the nicotine buzz bigtime

Comment

You need to be a member of Cigar Federation to add comments!

Join Cigar Federation

Photos

  • Add Photos
  • View All

Events

© 2017   Created by Cigar Federation.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service