Cigar Aficionado

La Palina El Diario KB
40 40
Tasting Note
The shortest cigar on our Top 25 list, the La Palina El Diario K B, has an intriguing back story. The first sample of the cigar proved a bit much for La Palina brand owner William Paley. He jokingly dubbed it "Kill Bill," because smoking it nearly did just that. The final name was truncated to K B. Because cigars mellow after rolling, the final samples of K B aren't lethal weapons, but they are still full bodied and meaty, with concentrated notes of pepper, cedar and earth. The size is the most diminutive in the La Palina El Diario line, Paley's follow up to his inagural La Palina Family Series of cigars. El Diarios are not only considerably less expensive than the earlier La Palinas, but they have delivered higher ratings to the boutique brand, and this is the first time a La Palina has taken a spot in our Top 25.
Body Full
Size Petit Corona
Ring Gauge 40
Length 4 1/2"
Filler Nicaragua
Binder Honduras
Wrapper Honduras
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2013
Price $8.75
Designation Top 25 of 2012 | Rank: 19
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2017 | Score: 85

Strong and spicy, this powerful cigar is overwhelmingly earthy and tarry with a woody core. It could use more balance.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2014 | Score: 91

A dark, streaky and oily petit corona with hints of licorice at the start lead into cocoa, black cherry and light woody notes. The burn is even, the draw full.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2012 | Score: 93

A powerful, meaty cigar with an open draw that delivers a lot of bold smoke for such a small size. Concentrated pepper, cedar and earth lead to an apple-like finish.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale