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3/9/16

Project X: Offering #3 - Blind Review (L'atelier Extension de la Racine ER15)


As per is now the Project X usual: I will break down flavors into categories as you will see below. Too, I will grade according to my K A P L O W I T Z Scale guidelines. This all shall be noted at every 1/3.

I will then offer a final grade ruling. THEN, on Radio Herf 03132016, Mr. Darryl Martin shall reveal what it is that I reviewed. We'll kibbitz 'bout it.

THE CIGAR
*classified*
"Brown Long/Thin"
DECLASSIFIED
L'atelier Extension de la Racine ER 15
Sun Grown Criollo wrapper
Nicaraguan binder/fillers
ACT I

FLAVORS
Animal: Meat. Manure. Venison. Smoked meat.
Sweet: Bittersweet. Molasses. Toffee. Chocolate.
Spicy: Mulling spice. Salt. Black Pepper. Red Pepper. Chili Pepper
Woody: Charred. Burnt. Toasted. Smoke. Mesquite wood.
Vegetal: Nuts, roasted.
Earthy: Espresso. Heavy tobacco.
Chemical:
Malt

K A P L O W I T Z SCALE
K being the least, Z the greatest
Appearance I
Construction W
Combustion W
Flavors/Body I
Strength P

NOTES
Very leather, yes? Yes. (Hide. As in "Tan yo'...)
Spicy notes all very smoothly delivered and a bit huddled.
Draw tightens a tick 3/4" in.
Notably excellent construction.
Very meaty.
Smoke lessens to smoke-hole.
Just when I thumb-up combustion: runner threat.
ACT II

FLAVORS
Animal: Smoked meat. Venison. Gamey. BBQ
Sweet: Bittersweet. Molasses. Chocolate. Creamy. Black cherry.
Spicy: Red pepper. Chili pepper. Salt. Mulling spice. Cinnamon. Ginger.
Woody: Charred. Burnt. Toasted. Smoke. Mesquite wood. Oak.
Vegetal: Nuts, roasted. Citrus.
Earthy: Barnyard.
Chemical: Astringent.

K A P L O W I T Z SCALE
K being the least, Z the greatest
Appearance O
Construction W
Combustion W
Flavors/Body T
Strength L

NOTES
Quite mocha start. (Quick)
Cream is very toasted. A heavy (collapsed) creme brulee. (Quick)
Oak note is surprisingly fresh, comparatively so.
Astringent on mouth-feel in vibe-form.
Re-touch sends burn back to perfect.
Draw evens at onset of 2/3, latest.
Great balanced hand-feel a coup for this format.
Nice tick of top-leaf comes loose. (Re-touch.)
Wrapper looks a tad weakened.
Wrapper looks more oily.
Becoming more sweet than meat.
(Re-touch.)
Orange soars from mulling spice.
ACT III

FLAVORS
Animal: Meat. BBQ.
Sweet: Bittersweet. Molasses. Black cherry. Caramelized sugar
Spicy: Red pepper. Salt. Mulling spice. Cinnamon. Ginger.
Woody: Hickory. Mesquite. Burnt. Oak. Wine cask
Vegetal: Citrus. Nuts, roasted.
Earthy: Espresso. Heavy tobacco.
Chemical: Charcoal.

K A P L O W I T Z SCALE
K being the least, Z the greatest
Appearance W
Construction W
Combustion W
Flavors/Body T
Strength W

NOTES
Lotsa citrus. Drives sweet,
Burn issues begone and went.
Sorta exotic
Oak toasts. Picks up fruit = wine cask.
Roasted nuts on retro-hale only.
Mocha gone.
Malts are vibed here and there.
Strength builds throughout. Nicely. Accumulative manner.
I keep thinking Chinese food (Mongolian?). Umami.
Green bell peppers. Onions (I swear).
I brew some tea at the band.

FINAL GRADE
****A****

REMEMBER: Tune into the next Radio Herf for the reveal.
POSTSCRIPT: In the interest of uniformity, I will be working from a flavor chart via Stogie Fresh.