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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

5 Vegas Gold - Cigar Review

B"H
THE CIGAR
5 Vegas Gold
6 x 52 Toro
w. Ecuadorian Connecticut
b. Nicaraguan
f. Dominican & Nicaraguan
Plasencia Factory, Danli, Honduras
K A P L O W I T Z SCALE
Construction.
k a p L o w i t z
Bit light of hand-feel. Even yet un-tight seams, and goodly amount of -medium-sized veins. Top-leaf seams less than snug against binder, like ruffled bedsheets. Draw is an even mediumbarely+ tension. Packing softens throughout the experience to a spongy nub, but isn't a hamperin' upon the aforementioned burn nor seams. Smoke doth heat up at end, and shoulder loosens.

Combustion.
k a p l O w i t z
Nicely behaved even burn on a sometimes thick line. Seems to pace itself a bit quickly, particularly in first 2/3, and be prone to over-smoking as exhibited by a conical burn even whenst sipped slowly. Ash is quite dark and holds to a nigh inch -- greasy and rather aerated tooth. Excellent loads of white thick smoky-smoke. Rather a simple toasty room-note. Toked into my Dollar Store hand mirror, wrapper/binder/fillers ignite evenly -- but a lack of density can be seen.

Flavors.
k a P l o w i t z
Pine nuts, needles, and wood. A blonde-roast coffee with a more than its share tang of acidity. White pepper. Toasty to charred profile. Sweet oiled suede. Fireweed honey, with its notes of tea and almost fruitiness. Notes all mellow via progression, lest a chemical sweetness which ends a bit coarsely. Table sugar with a light sea-salted caramel attachment. Dainty grains. Tobacco presents itself as a bit raw but mainly smooth, and seems to want to set toward my throat. Finely ground black pepper hits retro-hale at the mid-point. White bread made with egg -- challah? Heavy on the crust.

Body.
k a P l o w i t z
Finish is a short sulfur-laced oddly sweet lemon. As mentioned, a note or two plays on or near yer throat. Thin oily mouth-feel with a bitey flirtation under the tongue. Salt hits lips some; lines cheeks, mainly. Post-finish is a tick chemical, as well. Moisture level in ye olde smoke-hole is kindeth.

Strength.
k a p L o w i t z
A bit more zetz than expected... somewhat unsettling in glimpses, actually. Nicotine, not leaf-barrage manner. Still mainly low on scale.

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FINAL GRADE
****B****
(BOXING) Ward - Kovalev sold 160K PPVs. This bit o' lackluster surprises whom? Ward can't sell out a phone-booth in his living-room and Krusher sees all his potential push going to GGG.

Gentlepersons, unrelated tho related...
"DIRTY FIGHTER:
This is what he really means, he doesn't want that inside work!! It's amazing to me that the same guy who said he would kick me in the ring if he had to, the same guy who said he wanted a street fight, is the same guy calling me a dirty fighter & the same guy crying foul because things didn't go his way. The reality is when a guy likes to fight one way, on the outside, and is very uncomfortable fighting inside, they call you a dirty fighter. It's called insidework [sic]!! That's the way I was taught, you have to be able to adapt and have more than one style at the highest level. Outside, Mid Range, and Inside, if your going to survive for a long time in this game. Kov is a good fighter, but has one style. He fought the best fight he could fight and that's the best shape he could possible be in and he got tired!! Say what you may, the worst mistake he made was knocking me down. It woke me up, and from there we went to work. We bullied the bully.
If there is a rematch, we are going to pick up where we left off!!"
- Mr. Ward via his Facebook page.
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B"H
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November 2016 Pound for Pound Boxing Rankings

B"H
PUGILISTS
1. Roman Gonzalez 46-0-0 (38)
WBC Junior Bantamweight Champion

2. Gennady Golovkin 36-0-0 (33)
IBF, WBA, WBC Middleweight Champion

3. Andre Ward 31-0-0 (15)
WBO, IBF, WBA Light Heavyweight

FIGHTS OF THE MONTH
1. Andre Ward v Sergey Kovalev
November 19th Las Vegas
Ward via UD 12
IBF, WBA, WBO Light Heavyweight title fight.

2. Tommy Langford v Sam Sheedy
November 26th Cardiff, Wales
Langford SD 12
BBBofC British Middleweight title fight.

3. Vasyl Lomachenko v Nicholas Walters
November 26th Las Vegas
Lomachenko via TKO 7
WBO Junior Lightweight title fight.
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Kaplowitz Reads Kaplowitz 11/29/16

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Dunbarton T&T Sobremesa - Cigar Review

B"H
THE CIGAR
Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust
Sobremesa
4 3/4 x 48 Short Churchill
w. Ecuadorian Habano Dark Rosado
b. San Andrean Negro
f. Nicaraguan and Pennsylvanian

"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it." Winston Churchill
"Hey, can you pass me that step-ladder?" Short Churchill

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K A P L O W I T Z SCALE
Construction.
k a p l o w I t z
There's a zaftik vein vertically aligned on thy oily shaft. It shoots off some bit of spider-web varietal. No burn impediment foreseen, tho. Firm pack density softens a bissell against lighting, then re-firms prior to 1/3's end. Seams are not invisible, but even and tight. Cap and shoulder wear admirably well. Draw is a silky smooth and even medium tension with a quarter-tick resistance. In the final half, another three-quarters is found as we look at a new medium+ grading therein. Satiation is unaltered. Saturation is yes. Shaft begins well 'nuff oiled and grows more-so throughout. The nub doth heat a tick.

Combustion.
k a p l o W i t z
Off a porch'd match lighting, there is a wobble of line which self-corrects before the onset of 2/3. Ash is a nigh sheath of tight pale grey ladder-rungs. A tick curved of runging, but corrects as line doth. Rolls off with a fight into my $0.99 Walmart ashtray. My Timex watch tells me the pacing is slow sans lumbering. A pull into a Dollar Store hand mirror shows the fillers/binder/top-leaf igniting evenly. I am writing this on an old Chromebook that keeps freezing up. Please send funds. Thank-you in advance.

C'mon, daddy needs a new pair of everything.

Flavors.
k a p l o W i t z
Cedar, sweet and creamy yet braced with a dash of clove-led red spice rack rides up-top with a complex chocolate including malt flirtations within its baking chocolate to cocoa butter nuances. There's a latte note barely below that, which helps to carry the profile quite high. A latte is creamier than a cappuccino, gentlepersons. Spices from above sprinkle into said espresso drink. Retro-hale exhibits some white to black peppers, in a definite but not assaulting manner. A light then heavier orange blossom honey. Graham cracker. Was that key lime pie I just tasted? White grapes and an apple vibe. Anise. A delicate bit of white tea leaf is on the end of finish. Some light cereal grains, toasted. Leather presents itself solely as oils, wherein there is a vibe'd attachment of floral nigh perfume traces. The tobacco seems to have an inherent sunny yeastiness in its earthen core. Hazelnut flesh ebbs and flows. Verily complex. Verily nuanced. Supremely balanced.

"It's called crack. It's great! All you need to make it is some cocaine, baking powder, and I think I tasted egg and cinnamon." Tyrone Biggums

Body.
k a p l o W i t z
Cream. Leathery oils. A very satisfying saturation of smoke-hole. Clove hauntings tingle the tongue in a pleasant almost playful sorta way. Luscious. Voluptuous. Blonde. Where was I? Ah. I forget. Legs are long and end cleanly via a sweet coffee driven finish with a thinning light sugary citrus bit. A certain roasted saltiness is on my cheeks and extends to my lips where it meets said sugariness. Pleasant, to say the least, gentlepersons. Smoke-hole is treated to a moisture level par excellence.

Strength.
k a p l o W i t z
Quite the heady lil thing, lo a gentlemanly sort. Not just robust 'nuff of nicotine, but a very sturdy stage is needed for all these players, no?
Here we see a Mi Querida and Sobremesa side by side (left to right).
FINAL GRADE
****A****
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Man O' War Virtue - Cigar Review

B"H
***CYBER MONDAY SALE***

Kaplowitz presents Akordyan Tabik
which in turn presents the 1876 Reserva.
A Cigars City exclusive cigar:
w. Candela
b. Cameroon
f. Dominican, Jamaican, & Brazilian Mata Fina

Available in three formats:
Corona 5 1/2 x 42 "The Boychik"
Lonsdale 6 1/2 x 42 "The Shayna Punim"
Churchill 7 x 47 "The Mensch"

***UPDATE***
Out of stock. Thank-you for yer orders, and Happy Holidays!!!

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THE CIGAR
Man O' War Virtue
5 x 50 Robusto
w. Ecuadorian Connecticut
b./f. Nicaraguan
Tabacalera, Nicaragua
(AJ Fernandez)
Construction
k a p l o w I t z
Tight seams and minimal veins. Sturdy cap. Shoulder holds. Not packed hard, but is still dense with a hefty lil hand-feel which holds fast as doth shoulder. Smooth shaft, oils work up as smoke progresses. Smooth draw with just a tick of on-par tension.

Combustion
k a p l o W i t z
Plenty of even-keeled smoke out-put off each end. Ash is dense heather-grey ladder-rungs with a surprise bit of tooth unseen on top-leaf. Sans flaking. Dumps a tick more freely in second half, darkens a shade therein. Burn-line is even, but shy of being so in a razor-manner. Excellently paced. Evenly lit twixt filler/binder/wrapper. Heats up a tick at nub.

Flavors
k a p l O w i t z
Peanut brittle. Primarily white pepper with a buttery pale spice accompaniment and oak. Close under sweetly acidic earth and oily sweet natural tobacco. Put yer toaster on low, insert Texas toast, slather with oleo. Sweet driving under-belly of caramel, light then thickening honey, yellow flowers. Hint of cardamon, dash of cinnamon sugar, and underneath that, a stewed green apple.

Body
k a p l O w i t z
Cream and suede, salted and with a gooey caramel lilt to the surprisingly robust medium-legged finish. Cream mounts throughout. Mouth-feel is rich and moisture level is damp side of average, but well nice. Delivered smoothly; ends cleanly.

Strength
k a p L o w i t z
A light-sided medium. A bit more of a zetz than the usual CT.

FINAL GRADE
****B+****
(HORSE RACING) Midnight Storm Dominates on Dirt Return. By 7 3/4 lengths, to be exact, in the GrIII Native Diver Stakes. Gate-to-wire, gentlepersons. I did sayeth "dominate," no? The five year-old from Pioneerof the Nile covered nine Del Mar furlongs in 1:51.59 -- off his recent turf setting wherest last out was an impressive show finish in the Breeders' Cup Mile, following a win at the GrII Del Mar Hcp.

“Phil (trainer, D'Amato) didn't tell me anything,” Smith said. “He just said if he likes it (off track), you'll have some fun. He looked to be the only speed and I caught a flyer coming away from there. He was going so easy; I never moved my hands. He was looking around, so I knew he was happy. Then when I asked him to do some running, he did it. Very impressive.”

Mike Smith, HOF jock, was a late replacement for MS's scheduled rider of Flavien Prat, who was escorted to the hospital earlier in the card coming off a spill.
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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Cigars City Podcast - 5 Vegas Cask Strength

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Has anyone been able to get Anthony on the phone?
Last I heard he was driving through the Midwest in a Honda Accord, with his poodle riding shot-gun. It's like a road flick, but performed by a Broadway cast.

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The Cigar Mile and an Ave Maria - A Review

B"H
THE RACE
The Cigar Mile Hcp
d. 8 furlongs (1 mile)
s. Dirt
q. Horses aged 3+
p. $670,000
Aqueduct Racetrack, NYC

Ran since 1988 as the NYRA Mile, renamed in '97.

THE HORSE
Cigar
s. Palace Music
d. Solar Slew
s. Stallion
f. 1990
r. 33: 19 - 4 - 5
e. $9, 999, 815

Not actually named after the tobacco product we do-so adore. Cigar's damshire was Seattle Slew. (Unrelated tid-bits.)

THE CIGAR
Ave Maria Reconquista
7 x 54 Belicoso
w. Brazilian Habano Oscuro
b. Nicaragua Habano Ligero
f. Esteli Habano/Condega Habano/Jalapa Habano
Tabacalera Fernandez, Nicaragua

“This is a cigar you could easily pay $8 apiece for.” - Nestor Plasencia
"I see what you did there." Me
THE CIGAR(s) RETROSPECTIVE
Connect hits by a head over Divining Rod, I clip the cap off maybe my favorite AJ Fernandez blend. I had Connect, I did. No big whoop, he went off as the 3/2 favorite in a field of ponies none of which had yet to garner their first GrI win. Cold pull is straight zetz, but less spice, per se, and more just flavor. Waxy green vegetal/bell pepper, espresso, cocoa, a sharp oak, sweet and warm spice rack, leather, and prune. Draw resistance is an in-my-wheelhouse medium+. Cold finish is quite vegetal on my palate.

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"I was concerned because he hadn't had a recent race under his belt, but I know how much heart this horse has and how competitive he is, and he really showed a lot of heart today," said trainer Chad Brown. "It's very rewarding to see a horse that shows you so much promise since they're an unraced 2-year-old really turn out to be what you thought they could be. A 3-year-old beating olders in a race like this is a very high mark on his resume."

Toasting the foot is a woodsy and leathery aroma'd affair. Backed closely by peppery spices. First hot pull showcases those spices, in an interesting manner: black pepper, sure. But the driving force is green pepper. What I just mentioned is the heightened middling. Up-top is espresso and cocoa. Underneath, and also high, is a quite interesting earthy note. Second hottie is a retro-hale of warm and sweet spice rack and pepper-play. Once it falls to the palate, there is a healthy dose on oak and plum-to-prune. Leather mingles with earth and is sorta a barnyard replete with saddle. Third hottie is on a bit less draw resistance, I'll say medium. Delivered is a reinforcement of flavors and a tick more cream.

What made Mr. Brown point Connect thisaway was two-fold: he felt the boy needed his rest after a rough Pennsylvania Derby, and was wry of the similarly scheduled Clark Handicap's two turns. Flavor-wise, oak is a complex note -- at once seasoned and green, as in alive. Perhaps it's a loaned vibe from the green pepper. No new flavors to mention, but some new occurrences within. At times, the flavors, such as oak, are nearly too complex, and take a moment to sit with. A bit of a puzzle, really. The plum-to-prune too has a bit of raisin which gets to the oak and voila!: wine cask. There are paler fruit vibes, as well. Black pepper is interesting, as it is never a solo act, instead a duo with green peppers and perhaps a dash of red. Red and black are finely ground and green is fresh produce -- it takes a bit to cue in yer palate here.

A new fruit-based sweetness hits the cream. It does so after I place the stick to burn in my $0.99 Walmart tray for a good two minutes and it remains ready with a smooth pull. Great construction/combustion: check. Espresso gets a tick of caramelized sugar and somewhat mimics Cuban coffee. Cocoa is a semi-sweet thing with a bit of new and toasted cream. Red pepper dalliance subdues. Retro-hale is a must here. Oak is on full display there. Down the backstretch, Connect, son of Curlin, settled toward forward mid-pack as Threefiveindia and Anchor Down went out-front. A bit behind were Realm and Divining Rod.

Connect and the newly blinker'd Diving Rod fired at the same time. Connect on the outside. Turning for home, D-Rod had a brief lead. By the 3/16th pole the two were neck-and-neck. "You have to ride a little bit, you have to be focused and ride aggressive, and I tried to pass the other horse," Connect's jock Javier Castellano said. "He fought all the way to the end." His ride covered the mile in 1:34.34 and paid unimaginative handicappers like myself a fiver. 

Some still toasty vegetal in the form of a waxy green bell pepper gets under my tongue. No big whoop -- swish. Retro-hale adds a smoky toast to the profile, and also keeps the moisture level quite nice on the mouth. Ash seems to be rebuilding now in a sheath of pale grey. Smoke is pure white again. finish is long and clean and of creamy complexities of the sweeter draw notes (as it ever was). I purge to not miss a curtsy -- and I don't. Very Werther's Original is the final bow.

The remaining order of finish featured Realm in faraway show over War Story. Anchor Down, Threefiveindia, Tale of S'avall, Economic Model, Mylute, and last and least (on Saturday) Ocean Knight. This write-up featured my own previously published words, used with my express written permission, from a March 29, 2016 review of this Reconquista. I smoked it again as I wrote this entry. It holds its consistency well, doth this blend. Too, I have smoked one or two in-between. If you'd like to read the review in its entirety, ya can find the whole megillah HERE.
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Friday, November 25, 2016

18 Sabbaths - My Father Le Bijou 1922 - 18th Sabbath

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Welcome, gentlepersons, to the big wrap-up of 18 Sabbaths Serie I replete with a look on ahead to the looming nigh Serie II. Please to note this is a two-part recording, which shant be too hard to note, since there are two players. I recommend playing the first one, first.
THE CIGAR
My Father Cigars
Le Bijou 1922
6 1/8 x 52 torpedo box-press
w. Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro (Pelo De Oro)
b./f. Nicaraguan

A full review of this offering can be read HERE.
A K A P L O W I T Z Scale review can be read HERE.
All 18 Sabbaths (& more re: the project) can be read HERE.
This offering and the remaining are courtesy of Cigars City and my mad March Madness skills.


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A Review of Recent Grade A Cigar Offerings

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"You're simply the best.
Better than all the rest.
Better than anyone --
Anyone I've ever met."
- Tina Turner, The Best
I am compiling this monthly list of grade A smokes on a verily fitting Thanksgiving morn, as I wait for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to come on my television screen. The shiksa I married is in our kitchen frying bacon. My six year old is rolling bones, Cee-lo, solo -- in preparation for our showdown later. My tooth hurts but the gatlic fights infection, vampires, and female advances. I'm okay, gentlepersons. I awoke in a Leonard Cohen sorta mood, listening to his tunes.

Please forgive my ramblings and sans any further ado, adon't, or amaybe -- 
THE A-LIST
EDITOR'S NOTE
I am thankful for yous, dearest gentlepersons.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Kaplowitz Reads Kaplowitz Playlist

B"H

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Xiphos NR Maduro & Cigar Mile - Review & Preview

B"H
THE CIGAR
Xiphos Cigars
NR Maduro
6 x 52 Toro
w. Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
b. Indonesian
f. Nicraguan (Esteli & Jalapa)
Nicaraguan-made

I reviewed the Robusto offering HERE.
*spoiler alert*
This 'un is a more roasty/smoky affair.
THE KVELL
Draw is a spot-on even medium tension.
Dark chocolate shavings and chocolate sprinkles.
Toasted buttered Pumpernickel and Fruitcake? Okay!
Smoky walnut retro-hale with black pepper.
Cedar is quite nuanced and transitional.
Smooth delivery of rather intense notes...
... humsover, less intense than the Robusto offering.
Richly brewed French roast coffee.
Verily earth. Manure*, compost, barnyard, top-soil.
Grows increasingly meaty in a jerky manner.

THE KVETCH
Line is a tick or two wavy in 1/3 and 3/3. Self-corrects; never perfects.
Ash is somewhat loose.
Some mottling of flavors in the roasty/smoky thickness.
*Manure has a tick a' tang. 

THE KIBBITZ
Transitions appear herein the Xiphos NR Maduro mainly as alternating heady nuances of notes. Nuanced heavily, complexities are deep depths of them nuances intermingling. Cedar/earth/coffee are of great interest. As is Fruitcake/black bread. Less spicy than I had expected on the heels of the blend in Robusto. Medium+ profile with a tick below re: strength. Finish is a long earthen bittersweet, which at times ends a bit less than cleanly via a slight charcoal vibe.

As stated in my kvetch category, burn-line ne'er finds an elusive perfection, but no re-touch is nigh mandated. Ash starts prettier than it ends. Pacing is mayhaps quick-ish, but more than acceptable. Pack density is dense, yes -- stays so throughout with only very minimal softening. Seems don't budge an iota. Draw is smooth and even gate-to-wire, ending in a cool nubbin'. Xiphos, gentlepersons, is a brand worthy of getting to know.

FINAL GRADE
****B+****
2016 CIGAR MILE
(Horse Racing) For a cigar-centric blog with an interest in the ponies (and if ya like this sorta thing, welcome to www.kaplowitz.xyz: yer home for this sorta thing), the Grade I Cigar Mile at the big A is like the Super Bowl, epis. Here are the probables for the Nov. 26th festivities:

CONNECT Last go was a win at GII Pennsylvania Derby. Prior to that, finished 6th at the GI Travers. Seems like here could be home.

ANCHOR DOWN Won the GII Kelso his last run, Came in 6th at the GI Vanderbilt Hcp before that. A susceptible favorite.

DIVING ROD Finished 2nd most recently at GrII Fayette, 5th at the Gr II Smarty Jones 'fore dat. Look elsewhere here. Trust me.

WAR STORY An 8th place BC finish preceded by a 7th finish at GrI Pacific. Must be the cool name that keeps this pony garnering parimutuel action.

OCEAN NIGHT 3rd place in the Kelso after placing at a Belmont allowance race. Makes such lil sense ya gotta wonder what his trainers might see. Don't drop sense on that kinda cents. Or something.

TALE OF S'AVAL Finished 7th at the GrI King's Bishop then won a Belmont allowance race. Trying to find level, might actually do-so in this field. Could use him for a good price.

ECONOMIC MODEL Finished 2nd in King's Bishop then 3rd in GrIII Bold Ruler. Tough to figure, so I won't. A potential 'if feces meets fan' beneficiary.

REALM Finished 2nd then most recently won in Belmont Allowance goes. Improving, but needs to jump ahead again here. Won't. But won't be shameful. 

THREEFIVEINDIA Finished in the moolah, sans winning in the GrIIIs Gallant Bob then Bold Ruler. Intriguing up until ya realize he ain't.

MYLUTE Ran 4th in both the Bold Ruler, prior to that the Seattle Slew. A 6 year-old with a solid if not stellar career. Never can tell, gentlepersons.

This trip around the sun's Cigar Mile don't feature the best field, but it doth do a dang interesting one. Tapit and Curlin see their kiddies running. Anchor Down and Diving Rod from Tapit. Ocean Knight and Connect from Tapit. Pletcher trained Anchor Down will be seen by many as a goodly safe bet. I'm looking at Connect/Anchor Down/Tale of S'aval. For entertainment purposes only, gentlepersons. Don't bet the dough dough.

I shall pair this fine 'nuff and  meaningful to me race with an Ave Maria Reconquista. An offering I previously reviewed HERE. Look for my race and cigar review to follow. It shall also include a Cigar write-up, great horse.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Kaplowitz Reads Kaplowitz 11/22/16

B"H
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A Moment of Silence, Gentlepersons

Samuel Horwitz
March 11, 1895 - November 22, 1955

Monday, November 21, 2016

Protocol Probable Cause - Cigar Review

B"H
THE CIGAR
Cubariqueno Cigar Company
Protocol Probable Cause
6 1/2 x 48 Churchill Box-press
w. Mexican San Andrean Maduro
b./f. Nicaraguan
La Zona SA, Nicaragua
Combustion.
k a p L o w i t z 
A retouch is mandated at thereabouts an inch in, and doesn't go very far in correcting somewhat of a runner-threat. Burn-line is not ever perfected, but no further finaglings are necessitated. Twice, a pin-hole of a tunnel threat looms, but retreats its advances. As with all Churchills, your pacing is important, perhaps more so than its own... this Probable Cause hath that in spades. Smoke slow, gentlepersons. Sip. Smoke out-put off each end grows throughout the experience. Ash errs towards flakiness, colored in heather-grey with medium grey up-ticks. The there burnt offerings show a good amount of the top-leaf's tooth.

Construction.
k a p l o W i t z
Box-press is of a softer varietal, but stays put throughout. Draw is silky smooth and evenly satiating of smoke-hole. Shoulder frays a tick, no big whoop. Density of pack stays a medium+ Charmin squeeze from gate to wire. Evenly packed leaf speak throuugh a slow and even burn. Seams don't budge an iota. Smoke doth remaineth cool to ye tooth-picked nubbeth.

Flavor.
k a p l o W i t z
Top-notes include black pepper, dark chocolate shavings, spiced (chili/cumin) cedar, and compost/barnyard/top-soil, richly so. Verily dark and toasted smoky. Tobacco is a nigh aromatic pipe thing. Driving the under-tones is an espresso/sarsaparilla melange (gets a molasses injection after 1/3), a toasted butter, some vibes of smoked nuttiness. Under-belly is a smooth leather influenced earthiness, wrapped around from up-top. Dalliances of purple fruits from dried to syrupy, lace the profile hither and tither. Darkly sweetly grains doth do too.

Body.
k a p l o W i t z
Smooth in a not overly butter cream'd manner. A calm earthy tobacco. Dense. Nice long bittersweet legs on a pleasantl clean mouth-feel. Not a lot of tingle, especially when bearing in mind the profile. Robust and kind. Ends exceptionally clean.

Strength.
k a p l O w i t z
Sinewy. A thin, narrow stage, tho too, very well reinforced. Not a nicotine blitz, but it's there in a kindly mannered half-buzz of sorts. Tobacco back-bone carries the load quite well.
FINAL GRADE
****B+****
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