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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Kaplowitz Radio. EP183 "Sweets with Sweets"

lo-fi & lovely

Yet another SLAM DUNK of a HOME RUN show here. We got Lee Marsh of Stolen Throne Cigars, Mike of His Own Backyard, & a classic something from the audio archives: an interview w/ Lars Tetens of Lars Tetens. Holy smokes! yw For more Kaplowitz Media. start an innocuous conversation about the weather & just wait...



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::: very :::

Friday, July 3, 2020

Kristoff Cigars Pistoff Kristoff in Review "I'm Not Crying, You're Crying"

“Have you Kaplowitz’d to-day?”

Kristoff Cigars
Pistoff Kristoff

WRAPPER: San Andrean
BINDER: Indonesian
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: 5.5 x 54 Robusto pig-tail'd cap & closed-foot
ORIGIN: Charles Fairmorn, Dominican Republic
INTENSITY: Full

WEBSITE: kristoff.com

This is not labeled as a REDUX even tho I did take a somewhat look-see at this blend prior. That 2017 somewhat look-see can be seen HERE. I promise to do better. thx

NOTES:
Cayenne pepper | Patent leather | Black walnut

Anise seed & molasses ebb & flow in a pretty neat tandem. Always w/ the cayenne tho, this blend. Rather sharply-so. A punch in the gut, say. I promised myself I wouldn't cry. Patent leather gives a bit of structure but dryly & lacking in savoriness. Black walnut, shells only, lends to a sharp lack of fleshy heft. The whole is hoisted by an ashy mineral metallic bent.

Smoky to charcoaly, particularly in the middlings. Black peppercorn. Some salted scorched earth, still warm to the touch. There is a pleasant almost surprising purple floral lilt on the back-end. Dark grains, a bit of a boozy tendency, & spins. I know. Spins ain't so much a note. Imbalanced toward strength & spicy boom. A cigar with a chip on its shoulder and its tongue in an ashtray. Nuances are there but there is salty minerality. No real complexities that hang around fully, as the intent here is delivery on a hard line.

So that intent is met. If you like paying a prostitute extra to dig her stiletto heel into your change purse, get two of these. Simple & effective. Grows particularly nice ash of silver sheathing. Draws evenly. Burns straight. Floral draw votes are in the aroma, as well. Along with an ashtray and some highway paving. I'm not crying, you're crying. Finish is bitter-spicy & quite sparse, furnished like an interrogation room. Ends cleanly to its credit.

FINAL GRADE: B
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

::: very :::

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Kristoff Cigars Connecticut in Review "As Bitters in a Cocktail"

“Have you Kaplowitz’d to-day?”

Kristoff Connecticut

WRAPPER: Ecuadorian CT
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Dominican

FORMAT: Robusto (5.5x54) pig-tail cap, unfinished foot
ORIGIN: Charles Fairmorn, Dominican Republic
INTENSITY: Mild-Medium

WEBSITE: kristoff.com

NOTES:
Lemon pepper | Vanilla bean | Dandelion tea

Dusty & muted toward a melange. Gruffer than perhaps attempted, stubbly & needing a shave. Lemon pepper steers from behind a vanilla bean. Creamy but again see: stubbly. Cream is buttery sweet & quite nice but also bleeds due to delineation lacking. Dandelion tea is neat & acts as bitters in a cocktail. Directly underneath that is a tick-dank pantry pale spice. Clove, nutmeg. Sweet dashes are a mottled table sugar slight cocoa butter thing.

Structure tries to assemble via pale nuttiness but doesn't & also dries the palate in a cardboard lilt. Maybe both a shave & aftershave lotion is/are required. Undertones are fusty kaolin & terracotta out-front which also dig into the underbelly albeit superficially shallow. Rest of middlings are oats & grits. All stuffs are closer to equal than layered. Not a lot of depth or nuance. No real complexities save for the floral seasonings which are not readily apparent, say. No transitions. Chicken coop nethers, slightly.

Neither combustion nor construction is/are saviors. A bulging split happens under the band & an inch-down toward the foot. Burn wobbles, jags -- corrects then un-corrects itself on-down; repeat. Smoke out-put is varying levels of moderate+ but nothing beyond a muted sweet suede gathers in the room. Draws a bit hesitantly at times, requiring extra puffs, causing a rather quick burn. The finish is a fleeting sweet sandiness that ends in not the cleanest way. Unspectacular can still be pleasant simplicity. Not a lesser goal just a different one. Unfortunately, one not met here.

FINAL GRADE: B-
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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