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.
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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.