This year’s La Palina TAA exclusive will be a new size of the recently reworked Kill Bill line.
The La Palina Kill Bill TXX is a 6 x 52 diadema that has a round cap like a standard parejo but a tapered foot like a perfecto. It uses the same blend as the Kill Bill: Honduran corojo wrapper over a Honduran criollo double binder and Nicaraguan corojo and criollo fillers. Of note, while the blend varietals are the same across the four regular production size, the proportions differ depending on the size. The line is produced at Raíces Cubanas in Honduras.
It will have an MSRP of $12.50 per cigar and is limited to 1,000 boxes of 30 cigars. La Palina says it expects to begin shipping the La Palina Kill Bill TXX in late May.
Its name is a play on the letters TAA, specifically that La Palina crossed out the As with Xs.
The TAA is a fairly small group of some of the country’s top tobacconists, about 80 retailers, as well as 40 or so manufacturers. The association gathers annually to discuss issues facing the industry and retailers, as well as to have its annual trade show, a unique event that works on a group buying format in order to secure exclusive deals for these generally high-volume merchants.
During the event—which began yesterday and runs until Thursday in Cabo San Lucas—the organization holds two selling events, one known as the Dream Machine where the retailers collectively order to secure larger discounts, while the other is a more traditional trade show. Typically, around a dozen manufacturers release new exclusive cigars for the retail members of the organization under the TAA Exclusive Series Program banner. Those manufacturers agree to give a portion of the proceeds to the organization, a minimum of 50 cents per cigar.
Update (Oct. 31, 2022) — La Palina changed the name of the cigar from “Kill Bill TXX” to “La Palina KB 2022 TAA Exclusive.” The company declined to discuss why the name has changed.
Patrick Lagreid contributed to this story.