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8/15/16

AJ Fernandez New World Connecticut - K A P L O W I T Z Scale Cigar Review

B"H
THE CIGAR
AJ Fernandez
New World Connecticut
6 x 52 Toro
w. US Connecticut Shade
b. Mexican San Andres 
f. Nicaraguan, Brazilian

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K A P L O W I T Z SCALE
K least, Z most
Construction W
Combustion I
Flavors L
Body L
Strength P
&
Sweet W
Sour W
Salty P
Bitter O
Umami A
&
Complexity P
Nuance L
Transition P
Balance W
Smoothness O
&
Animal K
Spicy P
Woody O
Vegetal W
Earthy O
Chemical P
SUMMATION
Sweet, but too tends toward an acidic bitterness at times on the tongue. Light bodied and "eats" like a low-calorie dessert. Smooth 'nuff barely, on a nice creaminess which is braced closely by a sour bit. That creaminess fills, or tries to, many un-played notes via a somewhat limited and wide landscape. Balance is not intricately achieved, but done so in a rather default manner of not a lot going on in any direction. A duet finds easier harmony than a choir, see? Un-complex/nuanced. The Mexican binder seems to highlight instead of cover, some of the Connie sins, namely green notes -- by toasting them into the onset's forefront. Finish is a sweet and sour jockeying for position on surprisingly lengthy legs which includes a slight astringent quality.

Notes experienced, in no particular order, mainly: coffee and cream. Green black and white peppers. Lesser than perchance required sugars. Soft woods with some green attachments, then an living oak as it progresses. Cream with a fleeting caramel addition, pale fruits, lemon zest, salt, pine, pine nuts, dirt, light peat. Many peeter. 

A tick light in the hand and a bit of a hollow open draw. Fantastic pale ash grown in a tight sheath becomes a bit darker and more flaky in the second half. Much more smoke off the foot than into the smoke-hole. Much softening of pack as smoked, but doesn't directly affect draw nor loosen seams. Combustion is evenly-lined throughout but also rather quick in spots. Really lends to being over-smoked. There just ain't a lotta smoke satiation. Strength up-ticks at the band and smoke stays cool -- delivered through a nigh spongy nub.
SMOKE TIME
70mins

FINAL GRADE
****B****

EDITOR'S NOTE
Another sampling of this cigar will be the focus of the next Cigars City Podcast. 
Check yer local listings HERE. (I'll do my best to include a link to that, after it occurs.)

L'shalom