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Jan 15

Review of La Palina Cigars Kill Bill (KB)

The La Palina Cigars Kill Bill

One of my favorite cigars is the La Palina Kill Bill. I love the brand, it’s classic and has a fresh approach to cigars. I love the people that work there, seriously, they’re INCREDIBLE people, but most  importantly I love the cigars. Something about La Palina has stood out to me since the first day I was introduced to the brand. I remember my first trade show in New Orleans in 2011 and I met Bill Paley for the first time. He was sharply dressed, and quite honestly looked like the Most Interesting Man in the World. I was amazed at how friendly and down to Earth Bill was. He told me about how he had given his time to help in Addiction centers before reviving the La Palina line. I kept thinking to myself, this guy is incredible and a fantastic human being. I lit the La Palina he gave me and I was instantly blown away. We brought the cigar into the store I managed in Virginia. It was a huge hit. Here’s another how awesome is La Palina story, I’m on a trip with my family down to Nassau. So I called Courtney the VP of La Palina and tell her I’m down in the Bahamas. She set me up with a tour of the factory at Graycliff where La Palina was being made, and had the owners of Graycliff hang out and smoke with us all night. I wasn’t in the industry at this point, but they still went out of their way. I’ve watched this company grow since then in the past 3 years from the Family series made by Graycliff, to the Diario’s, Kill Bills, and now the Classic’s made at PDR. I’ve been amazed every step of the way. I hope you are too. So without further ado my review of the La Palina Kill Bill.

Blend:
Wrapper: Honduran Corojo ’99 Rosado
Binder: Honduran Criollo ’98 (Double binder)
Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99 and Criollo ’98

Appearance:
This cigar looks delicious from the outset. The band reminds you of a Cuban band, with the classic Cuban box style. The Corojo Rosado wrapper on the cigar is reddish brown adding an extra level of beauty.

Flavor:

The initial pre-draw is amazing. I’m getting some berry notes with sweetness and spice. It smells heavenly. I lit the cigar and was blown away immediately by the rich flavors. It’s a flavor bomb for the first half inch, something that doesn’t happen often enough in cigars. I think that’s why I love this cigar. It’s rich and smooth with a lot of spice, sweetness, and a little fruity flavors. The ash is a dark charcoal that reminds me of a Cuban cigar. The middle third of the cigar really picked up some steam, the spice evened out and gave way to more sweetness and citrus notes. The retrohale in the middle third was INTENSE (seriously blow the smoke through your nose in this 3rd and you’ll see what I’m talking about). The last third is the most important third of a cigar, primarily because that’s what you remember most about the cigar. For a cigar to be a truly great cigar in my opinion I don’t want it to end. The last third of the KB the sweetness gave way to pepper and spice. The strength of the cigar really mellowed out in the retrohale, but the flavors were as intense in the last third as they were in the first two. I smoked this cigar down to the stingers. Another great part of the finish was the cigar didn’t get too hot which is a problem in a lot of cigars.

Final Thoughts:

I thought this quote from Kill Bill summed this cigar up as best as words can put it- “I am finished doing what I swore an oath to God 28 years ago to never do again. I’ve created, “something that kills people.” And in that purpose, I was a success. I’ve done this because, philosophically, I am sympathetic to your aim. I can tell you with no ego, this is my finest sword.” This cigar is wonderful from start to finish. This cigar is special and if you haven’t smoked it you definitely need to give it a try!

Rating: 95 I don’t smoke many petite coronas but when I do I smoke the La Palina Kill Bill. Long Ashes my Friends

The KB’s come in boxes of 30 or in a 4 pack. You can pick one up for $8.75 at R&R or a 4 pack for $35! Stop by and get yours today!

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