4/8/16

Project X: Offering #12 - Blind Review (Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo)


'Natch by now, I will break down flavors into categories as you will see below. I then shall note any flavor which arises. Too, I will grade according to my K A P L O W I T Z Scale guidelines. This all shall be noted and notated at every 1/3.

I will then offer a final grade ruling. THEN, on ye next Radio Herf (check yer local listings), Mr. Darryl Martin shall reveal what it is that I reviewed. We'll kibbitz 'bout it.

Blind review, yes? Oh, yes. Blind review.

THE CIGAR
*classified*
DECLASSIFIED
Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo
Nicaraguan Puro
ACT I

FLAVORS
Animal: Gamey.
Sweet: Dried fruit. Honey. Creamy. Caramelized sugar. Black Cherry. Bittersweet.
Spicy: Chili pepper. Cinnamon. Mulling Spice (w/citrus rind). Salt. White pepper.
Woody: Oak wood (mainly generic). Cedar wood.
Vegetal: Bell Pepper (trace on finish).
Earthy: Dust. Moss.

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

NOTES

  • Cinnamon raisin bread, toasted, placed warm on butcher block.
  • Dried fruit note is purely raisin.
  • Honey/creamy are tandem and light.
  • Top-leaf cracks 3/4" ahead of burn a few puffs in (came slightly damaged).
  • Cinnamon raisin toast dials back and inch in. Peppers and gamey note muscle.
  • ...citrus up-ticks, balances gamey. Woods get bigger, still rather generic. Wood shavings?
  • Pale, sturdy ash; even at top-leaf bugaboo.
  • Flavors thin, but last longer. Kinda flow together. Odd finish.
  • Cedar comes in near an inch.
  • Seems to need a good majority of the 1/3 to settle its profile.
  • Packaging has softened a bunch off last couple pulls.
  • Sweet > spicy > sweet: all in 1/3.
  • Pre-existing bugaboo in top-leaf gets smoked through.
  • Excellent combustion.
  • Lagging construction: Seam loosens a tick at burn.
  • Finish settles, cleans. Bittersweet.
  • Dense dry ash rolled off at inch+. Burn wavers.
  • Smoke pours. Dry room-note (fruity)
ACT II

FLAVORS
Sweet: Fresh fruit. Honey (very thin). Creamy (muted). Sugar. Black Cherry. Bittersweet.
Spicy: Chili pepper. Cinnamon. Salt. White pepper. Cloves.
Woody: Oak wood (mainly generic). Cedar wood. Toasted. Aromatic tobacco.
Vegetal: Bell Pepper. Floral. Citrus.
Earthy: Dust (lessens). Moss. Peat.

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

NOTES

  • Citrus flexes more, gets juicier. Other fruits added.
  • Gamey note drops off.
  • Cinnamon raisin note is all but gone.
  • Leathery body now.
  • Bell pepper hits draw.
  • Very leathery -- missing chart.
  • Smallish re-touch of line. Eagerly accepted.
  • Flavor profile remains somewhat unsettled.
  • Bread comes in, a rye. Again -- missing chart.
  • Vague nut vibe.
  • Smoke gets a blue-green tint.
  • Packs softens noticeably. Draw dampens, flavors too.
  • Burn-line wavers. Another re-touch, accepted.
  • Ash darkens.
  • Very fruity with bread and leather.
  • Not much added on retro-hale.
ACT III

FLAVORS
Sweet: Fresh>Dry fruit. Honey (very thin). Creamy (on finish, underneath). Sugar. Black Cherry.
Spicy: Chili pepper (less). Cinnamon. Salt (lips). White pepper. Cloves. Ginger (vibe)
Woody: Oak wood (mainly generic, less). Cedar wood. Toasted. Aromatic tobacco.
Vegetal: Grass, fresh. Hay, fresh. Bell Pepper. Floral. Citrus. Nuts, raw.
Earthy: Dust (mouth-feel). Moss. Peat. Chicken coup.

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

NOTES

  • Ash re-pales. Smoke back to white.
  • Lots of leather oils, seen on shaft as well.
  • Sweetening on the tongue.
  • Clean, but a tick dry mouth-feel.
  • Flavors mottling a tad (purge).
  • Re-touch.
  • Flavor notes are somewhat hard to separate.
  • ^unchanged 2/3 notes marry a bit and alter thusly.
  • Seams comes a tick loose at burn+ 1/4".
  • Fruits dry.
  • Vanilla note stays for an inch.
  • Packing near completely re-firms near band.
  • Smoke stays cool.
  • Goes out with a bang in a way quite like 1/3.
Never seems to settle and accomplish what it sets out to do. Totally enjoyable smoke (sans more re-touches than I'd like), but with my pretentious critic's hat on -- it misses more shots than it lands.

FINAL GRADE
****B****

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