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Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Principle Cigars Frothy Monkey in Review "Museum Quality Curation"

“Have you Kaplowitz’d to-day?”

Principle Cigars
Frothy Monkey

WRAPPER: Dominican
BINDER: Connecticut
FILLER: Dominican

FORMAT: Petite Corona pigtail-cap
ORIGIN: Dominican Republic. Kelner Boutique Factory
INTENSITY: Medium-Full

WEBSITE: frothymonkey.com

NOTES:
Produce peppers | Dark chocolate | Red spices

A chiseled physique, crisply robust. Jalapeno. Bell peppers roasting in a cast-iron skillet. Spices are crushed red pepper, smoked paprika, nutmeg. Between that array of predominantly polite pungency sits a small but meaningful bit of dark chocolate Dove candy bar. Velvety. Stewed meat pushes up toward those primaries from on-down.

Middlings are also loads of sweet dark earth. Cola, alfalfa grass, hickory. Hickory. Wood. It's there but doesn't structure. Curiously what does delineate is a quite interesting roasted orange note. It's out-front in a trailblazing manner, hacking thru savory vegetations & whatnot. Oh & that cola's carbonation is felt as 'lively.' I feel as though I should be wearing an English professor's tweed sportscoat. Suede elbow patches. The aroma is that of a gentleman's study.

Balanced & delivered beautifully & in an uncommon fashion. Moderately complex and deeply, deeply nuanced. Made to pair w/ coffee while brilliantly offering zero joe notes of its own. I'm ::: very ::: much becoming a fan of Principle Cigars. A portfolio of museum quality curation, say. As with all flavorful smokes, I "meh" at the mundane bit of construction/combustion... no qualms there. Noteworthy & thus noted is a long glistening ash.

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

::: very :::

Monday, June 01, 2020

Principle Cigars Accomplice Classic in Review "Each an Image in Sepia"

“Have you Kaplowitz’d to-day?”

Principle Cigars 
Accomplice Classic

WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Corojo
BINDER: Ecuadorian
FILLER: Dominican

FORMAT: Toro
ORIGIN: Dominican
INTENSITY: Medium

WEBSITE: www.principlecigars.com

NOTES:
Produce peppers | Woods | Spiced cream

Here, we apparently speak of transitions. Peppers: bell > banana > jalapeno. Then black peppercorn. Moving in front of you as if on a toasting conveyor belt. In the same manner we get rich creaminess, while non-existent at the onset > appears then becomes spiced... cayenne & cardamom, mainly. Some cinnamon. Holding the structure rather high is a hickory-cedar blend, delineated nicely within/out.

Undertones are roasted notes of leather & oils, cinnamon-roast coffee beans, a bit of vanilla. Touch of milk chocolate. Chicory. The sweetnesses are on the far-end, extending into a long finish. Spices sidle up there, grow. Aroma is sweet w/ a tick of savoriness. Umami is seen in the underbelly... a chicken coop, a sunlit barnyard. Golden earth after a light rain, say? Can I live here? Lemon zest.

Angelfood cake & marzipan & it's easy to get carried away. Complex is a vast understatement. Nuanced quite deeply. Balanced supremely. Delivered exquisitely. Refined but retaining of character. Dashing & smart. [Some mundane chatter in comparison -- of construction/combustion -- flawless.] Fuji apples dipped in caramel. See? A bit like a county fair. A bit like a farmer's market. Each an image in sepia.

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

::: very :::

Friday, May 29, 2020

Principle Cigars Aviator Series Envoi in Review "A Fine Line to Walk"

“Have you Kaplowitz’d to-day?”

Principle Cigars
Aviator Series Envoi

WRAPPER: Brazilian
BINDER: Dominican
FILLER: Dominican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian

FORMAT: Robusto "Envoi"
ORIGIN: Kelner Boutique Factory, Dominican Republic
INTENSITY: Mild-Medium

WEBSITE: www.principlecigars.com

NOTES:
Exotic spices | Granny Smith apple | Softwood

Ginger & cinnamon, both white. A bit of wasabi. I'd say horseradish but I'm fitting an exotic theme. Cardamom, black, sweetly-toastedly drives; slight mint there. Apple is a Granny Smith & it ebbs/flows crisply. It seems heightened on the back-end. A softwood array braces well. Sandalwood, balsa, cedar on-down. Toasted, raw, buttery respectively-so. Lots up-top via tart complexities, sharp transitions.

Middlings are a bit less frenetic & calm well. Oats, pine nuts, a thin cream, white grapes. Underbelly is bright sweet earth. High & floating, A Movable Feast? Fun, not unsettled/ing. Adventuresome, say? Perhaps mimicking a youthful Hemingway. In the final chapter here, white peppercorn closes the door & a floral gambit bids "bye." Body is finely-ground talc & flirts with mineral abrasiveness here & there. Particularly on the almost glaring sour-sweet finish of moderate length.

As to combustion & construction, absolutely zero complaints on the former. Clean burn-line, evenly. Excellent pacing. Solidly sheathed ash. Insofar as construction, there is a slight tick much tension to draw but that sipping seems to work w/ this tangy-spicy brisk offering. A note: the thing is rolled like a brick shithouse gate-to-wire. Effervescent & invigorating. Ultimately exciting sans being excitable, a fine line to walk and one walked quite well.

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

::: very :::