Like the rest of the El Diario line, the cigar is made in Honduras at the highly acclaimed factory of Raices Cubanas. The factory uses the traditional Cuban method to making cigars and employs only the best rollers. La Palina has a good number of their cigars coming out of this factory, and it a wise choice. The cigar is draped with a Corojo ’99 Rosado wrapper from Honduras, two binders that are Honduran Criollo ’98, and fillers that are Nicaraguan Corojo ’99 and Criollo ’98. The wrapper has a nice reddish brown coloring to it, and it is definitely Colorado Rosado in coloring. It has a present and lovely triple cap, is firm to touch, and has nice aromas of spice, cocoa, rich earth, barnyard and leather. The KB II is almost a traditional panatela in the vitola offering, and is 6" with a 40 ring gauge. I love this size, and it is almost between a lancero and petit lancero.
When I get into the second third of the cigar the flavors are beginning to increase more and more, and I am beginning in to pick up a lot more cocoa and coffee notes. The Asian spice notes are now beginning to show some red pepper notes with that, and it has a lovely leather, damp wood and stone fruit finish to it. The burn line is still a little bit wavy, but it is producing a dark charcoal ash that is holding on to the cigar firmly. There is still a nice bit of smoke coming off of the cigar, and it has a cool draw still. In terms of strength the cigar is still showing that medium full level, and it is masked well by the flavors. This is a cigar that I would start my day with because it really gets your palate rolling.
Looking at this smoke versus the original Kill Bill, I have to say that they are both awesome, and my type of cigar. Depending on time really would determine which cigar I would smoke. I will say that these two cigars will be the cigars that I smoke most often out of the El Diario line, and are great and everyday alternatives to smoking the Goldie. The flavor profile is incredibly rich in this cigar, and I love getting that Corojo wrapper with the smoke. I really want smokers to grab some of these, because I think they will find them truly amazing when they smoke the second one. I give this cigar a 91, and would love to see a Kill Bill offering in the new La Palina Maduro line. As I said earlier, if you buy a box of these I would set them down for a little bit before smoking. I think that even in a couple months they will be even better!