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Offering #1 Serie III - Fonseca Especial - Blind K A P L O W I T Z Scale Cigar Review

PROJECT X
Serie III. That's the one with Mr. T, right? Thanks in heaps, all heaped upon one Mr. Darryl Martin for facilitating the project in its entirety and since its inception. Such a mensch, epis!

& thank you, gentlepersons, for the continued lending of yer attentions. Now --

THE CIGAR
Fonseca Especial
Toro 6 x 52
w. Honduran Criollo 98
b. Dominican Criollo 98
f. Dominican Ligero
K A P L O W I T Z SCALE
K least, Z most
Construction W
Combustion L
Flavors W
Body O
Strength P
&
Sweet I
Sour W
Salty L
Bitter O
Umami A
&
Complexity O
Nuance W
Transition O
Balance W
Smoothness W
&
Animal A
Spicy L
Woody W
Vegetal O
Earthy L
Chemical K
SUMMATION
Sweet & (low acidity) sour in the up-front. Texture is light yet rich smooth buttery with some bit of tang shy of tingle on the mouth-feel. Bitter bits are sea salted and come in at the mid-point transition. Not very meaty in notes nor chew, a nice classical medium with an upping to medium+ insofar as flavors. Combustion requires some touching-up throughout, but excellent construction is high-lighted by a noteworthy draw of consistent medium tension. Burn-rate starts fast-paced, then slows nicely at the onset of second act. Ash is medium-grey and coarsely aerated, but builds to inch-long increments.

Excellent smoke out-put yields a quite aromatic tobacco room-note sweetened by draw notes of sugary coffee and cream, weighted in leather. Core of the profile is woody, with cedar and oak spinning out of a sunny leaf. Middling is nuttier than the front row of a Weird Al Yankovic concert. Seems lacking in under-belly (a thin supple leather) and is delivered more from that tobacco core. Finish is sweet and adds a floral honey to the blend. At the band, smoke stays cool and a purging holds delineation and waylays bite, still mouth-feel is a tick spitty there. A great daylight offering with 'nuff nuance and complexity to stave off boredom, but not demand distraction.

Pair it with Loganberry Manischewitz.
SMOKE TIME
90mins

FINAL GRADE
****B****

EDITOR'S NOTES
HERE is a flavor chart, via Stogie Fresh, I'll be and hath been, adhering to.
HERE is a further note as to my notes.