6/24/16

Project X: Offering #14 Serie II - Blind Cigar Review (Carnage)


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THE CIGAR
*classified*
5 x 52ish Robusto Colorado Maduro
DECLASSIFIED
Carnage
ACT I

FLAVORS
Animal: Musk. Venison.
Sweet: Chocolate/cocoa. Honey. Coffee and cream. Sugar. Buttery.
Spicy: Cinnamon. Ginger. Cloves. White pepper (draw). Black pepper (r/h). Salt.
Woody: Cedar wood. Paper.  Oak.
Vegetal: Nuts, roasted. Hay, fresh. Floral. Citrus. Herbs.
Earthy: Dirt/earth. Dust. Wet cardboard.
Chemical: Soap (finish).
Malt: Honey. Chocolate.

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

NOTES

  • Very malty cold draw. Rye, honey, chocolate.
  • On the hot draw, only honey retains malt attachment.
  • Nice nigh open draw.
  • Notes of floral and citrus come on in tandem...
  • ... tastes like house paint at 1st. How odd. Settles...
  • ... some exotic spices come in after that settles.
  • Pack softened a tick against light.
  • Burn wobbles a tick.
  • Smoky, verily -- both ends.
  • Took me awhile to place venison (trayf).
  • Creamy smoke texture.
  • Oak passes cedar.
  • Rotisserie spices shotgun with exotic spices. Herbs. Huh, what? ...
  • ... (kinda hampered by chart here).
  • Malt returns to chocolate.
  • Burn won't even-out
  • Seam loosens.
  • Roll off ash. Re-touch.
  • Not milk chocolate. Chocolate milk.
  • Burn re-wobbles.
  • Packing softened a tick off re-touch.
  • Draw is excellent.
  • Tough one to grade --
  • -- interesting flavors, sub-par combustion.

ACT II

FLAVORS
Animal: Musk. Venison.
Sweet: Chocolate/cocoa. Honey. Coffee (less) and cream (more). Sugar. Toffee.
Spicy: Cinnamon (less). Ginger. White pepper (draw). Black pepper (r/h). Salt.
Woody: Cedar wood. Paper.  Oak.
Vegetal: Nuts, raw. Floral. Citrus. Herbs.
Earthy: Dirt/earth. Dust. Wet cardboard (more). Must/mildew.
Malt: Honey. Chocolate. (Less each.)

K A P L O W I T Z SCALE
Appearance W
Construction [astonished emoji]
Combustion [Batman symbol]
Flavors/Body [Peter Griffin throwing hands up to quit]
Strength W

NOTES

  • Cereal and leather notes come on in. Kickin' the chart's tuchus, this.
  • Throat's a tick irritated.
  • Blistering at burn-line.
  • Top-leaf cracks and feels more delicate.
  • Apple... another chart miss.
  • Leather drives now.
  • In 3/3 dead even burn as pace slows noticeably.
  • Mouth dries & strangely on a wetter cardboard.
  • Nuts go: dark>roasted>raw>pale.
  • Smoke out-put soars.
  • Strength is up-tick'd.
  • Graham cracker? Oy gevalt, the chart!
  • C/C firm up. Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit ______.
  • Flavors delineate. Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit ______.
  • Egg cream finish. Leggier.
  • Ash is pretty! Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit ______.
  • Damp spongy nub with lively spring-back? 
  • Draw stays excellent and smoke, cool.
  • Burn re-wavers. I feel ya, Mr. Griffin.
  • ... evens back out. Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit ______.

FINAL GRADE
****N/A****
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EDITOR'S NOTE
In the interest of uniformity, I will be working from a flavor chart via Stogie Fresh.
("Malt" added by moi, when added.)

Interesting stick, this. First retro-hale induced a sneezing fit and plugged nose for a minute or two. Too, kicked the flavor chart's tuchus, insofar as not in alignment. (Many notes are uncharted.) Intriguing flavors that didn't necessarily blend well, ie: chocolate milk and rotisserie seasonings. Structural performance was slightly regretful.

3/3 is all about: Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit ______.

TOPIC OF KIBBITZ
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