3/12/16

Project X: Offering #4 - Blind Review (Drew Estate Liga Privada No. 9)


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*
Lettuce call this 'un
"Med/Drk Brown Mucho Mucho"
DECLASSIFIED
Drew Estate
Liga Privada No. 9
Double Corona
CT Broadleaf Ligero Oscuro wrapper
Brazilian Mata Fina binder
Honduran & Nicaraguan fillers
ACT I

FLAVORS
Animal: Smoked meat.
Sweet: Molasses. Bittersweet.
Spicy: Black pepper. White pepper. Salt.
Woody: Mesquite. Toasted. Paper. Hickory. Dark roast coffee. Cedar.
Earthy: Barnyard. Heavy tobacco.

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

NOTES
Simple, but nice. Rustic but maybe faux rustic.
Heckuva ash show. Very pretty.
Very nice draw. Great packing. Excellent construction.
Narrow flavor landscape. Short menu.
Super smoky. Fun!
Dark bread note (verily).
Tremendously dense ash.
Very toasty.
ACT II

FLAVORS
Animal: Smoked meat (less).
Sweet: Molasses. Bittersweet. Chocolate/cocoa. Buttery.
Spicy: Black pepper. Salt. White pepper. Chili pepper.
Woody: Mesquite. Toasted. Paper. Hickory. Dark roast coffee. Cedar. Aromatic tobacco.
Vegetal: Herbs (vibe on A.T.).
Earthy: Barnyard. Heavy tobacco. Manure.

K A P L O W I T Z SCALE
Appearance W
Construction I
Combustion I
Flavors/Body O
Strength P

NOTES
Slight cereal malt (not on chart). Fleeting, very.
Building flavors, not so much adding though.
Great C/C.
Increased toasted/smoky notes.
Clean mouth-feel. Superb moisture level.
New notes are softer. Old ones, softening. Mellow.
Ash is a tick less dense...still quite.
Very nice pacing.
Great beginner-expert offering. Expert might be bored but appreciative of C/C.
Much less black pepper.
Strength is ticked down, but I sense a building.
ACT III

FLAVORS
Animal: Smoked meat.
Sweet: Molasses. Bittersweet. Chocolate/cocoa.
Spicy: Black pepper. Salt. White pepper.
Woody: Mesquite. Toasted. Hickory. Dark roast coffee. Cedar. Aromatic tobacco.
Vegetal: Citrus (mainly vibe; in/out).
Earthy: Barnyard. Heavy tobacco. Manure. Espresso.

K A P L O W I T Z SCALE
Appearance W
Construction T
Combustion I
Flavors/Body W
Strength O

NOTES
Woodier. Earthier.
RG is a bit girthy in smoke-hole.
Simple notes.
Splendid C/C ongoing & throughout.
Flavors thin. Needs accompaniment. Pairings discussed on Radio Herf.
(If someone reminds me, that is.)

I got the feeling it never slipped into gear.
At least any gear I expected.
Goes for flavor as well as strength.

FINAL GRADE
****B****

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.

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