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Friday, March 31, 2017

18 Sabbaths - Jas Sum Kral Red Knight - 18th Sabbath

B"H
THE CIGAR
Jas Sum Kral Red Knight
5 x 50 Robusto
Closed-foot, Pig-tailed
w. Ecuadorian Habano
b. Mexican San Andres & Jalapa Seco
f. Undisclosed
m. Tabacalera New Order of the Ages (NOA), Nicaragua

Check out my initial write-up and talkie re: this JSK offering HERE.
This is Serie II of my 18 Sabbaths project. Please read all about it HERE.

EDITOR'S NOTE
Couple/few things at play here, gentlepersons. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I can't taste a thing with this stufft schoz I got. Lemonade from lemons, humsoever -- consider this photo blogging of a Jas Sum Kral cigar offering as the foundation for a write up I have on my mind , a cigar primer: from pre-light to toothpick'd nub, what can appearance tell us? Disclaimer: I am no photographer, nor is this my attempt at being one. Each photo may be clicked to enlarge.

Also, as the title states, this is my last Sabbath with the JSK Red Knight. Another thing possibly slated for Kaplowitz Radio is a nice talk with Brand Owner, one Mr. Riste Riatevski. In short, it has been a very consistent stick which shows age well. Back-track upon my journey with this offering by clicking HERE and scrolling down to Serie II. I will say it is a medium-full nigh full offering with heady zetz after heady zetz of peppery spices and a trademarked cherry note appearing from maraschino, to candied, to black. Meaty. Smoked woodsy. Boozy malted grains. Yum. The strength gave me a run... uh... sit real still and schvitz... for my moolah.

& finally & as always:
Whilst posted on the Sabbath, this is an automatically generated thing, gentlepersons. These are not created during the Sabbath, but typically on a Friday noon-ish. Shabbot Shalom and Gut Shabbos -- and to the goyim: hey, have a heckuva Friday night/Saturday!
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March 2017 Pound for Pound Boxing Rankings

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Below are my boxing rankings for the month of March 2017. Hey, thanks for reading, gentlepersons. For yer doing-so, I shall try really hard to remember to include these posts in my Kaplowitz Radio audio endeavors. Lists such as these threaten to become as shallow and pedantic as Lois Griffin's meatloaf, lest some accompanying chat doth occur.

Now, without any further ado, adon't, or amaybe --

1. Gennady Golovkin 37-0-0, 33
IBF, WBA, WBC Middleweight Champion

2. Terence Crawford 30-0-0, 21
WBC, WBO Jr Welterweight Champion

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

4. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez 48-1-1, 34
WBO Jr. Middleweight Champion

5. Keith Thurman 27-0-1, 22
WBA Welterweight Champion

6. Roman Gonzalez 46-1-0, 38
WBC Junior Bantamweight Champion

7. Sergey Kovalev 30-1-1, 26

8. Guillermo Rigondeaux 17-0-0, 11
WBA, WBO Super Bantamweight Champion

9. Leo Santa Cruz 33-1-1, 18
WBA Super World Featherweight
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EDITOR'S NOTE
Compiled 3/30.
L'shalom

Thursday, March 30, 2017

INCH Natural by E.P. Carrillo - Cigar Review

B"H
THE CIGAR
E.P. Carrillo
INCH Natural
5 x 62 Gordo #62
w. Ecuadorian Sumatra
b. Nicarguan
f. Dominican, Nicaraguan
m. Dominican Republic
TEN FACTS
re: the INCH by E.P.Carrillo


  1. The INCH's construction features a smooth even draw, but too, some soft spots and top-leaf cracking.
  2. Main flavors of this E.P. Carrillo offering are coconut and cocoa butter meanderings braced with a sweet softwood middling note and sunlit earth under-belly. Medium spectrum insofar as profile.
  3. Transitions, no. Verily a smoothly delivered and consistent niceness.
  4. The combustion sees some flaking and light flowering of loose ash. Nicely paced tho. Zero re-touched off a slight ribbony burn.
  5. Body on this INCH is a medium+ via a mounting & sweet creaminess. 
  6. Pepper/spices present as finely ground and moderately heighted kind white pepper with pale spice attachments led by a soft ginger.
  7. Nuances run deep in this INCH and led to a complex 'nuff offering even sans transitions. Ne'er boring.
  8. Strength is a -medium+, with some schvitzing on the upper-lip catching me by surprise. Zilch swooniness.
  9. Finish is a sweet whispered spiciness of surprisingly -long leggedness. Really delightful, actually.
  10. All told, this E.P. Carrillo offering is quite nicely balanced. Attainable, comforting -- but not laborious nor, superficially straight-forward.

BONUS FACT: You should be getting all yer cigars at www.CigarsCity.com

FINAL GRADE
****B+****
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Boxing City Podcast - How to Score a Boxing Match

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... plus Mr. Darren Harris and I talk: Lomachenko vs Sosa, Linares vs Crolla, and will there be a Kovalev/Ward II? 

Please press play below.
Thank-you, gentlepersons.


I smoked a Brentley's 10th Anniversary cigar offering in Robusto, during the show. 
You can find a quick review of that HERE.

You can find a growing index of my boxing articles HERE,
as well as an index of these Boxing City Podcast installments HERE.
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Brentley's Limited 10th Anniversary - Cigar Review

B"H
THE CIGAR
Brentley's Limited
10th Anniversary
5 x 52(?) Robusto
w. Sumata Maduro
b. Criollo 98
f. Honduran, Nicaraguan

I smoked another of this offering HERE in a Kaplowitz Reads Kaplowitz installment.
And again HERE (link soon) during a Boxing City Podcast.
K A P L O W I T Z  SCALE
construction: W
combustion: O
flavors: W
body: O
strength: L

complexity: P
nuance: P
transition: L
balance: L

FINAL GRADE
****B****
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Barthelemy vs Blanco: A Boxing Retrospective

B"H
Leduan Barthelemy (12-0-0, 6KO)
vs
Reynaldo Blanco ((14-3-0, 8KO)
Tuesday March 28th
Nice, California
Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino
Dominican by way of Puerto Rico, Mr. Reynaldo Blanco was fighting here on FS1 on short notice. Too, at a lighter weight class which he had no mere breezy ease in making -- having to drop twelve pounds in five days. Transversely, the six foot Cuban Mr. Leduan Barthelemy was coming up in long and lanky weight to Super Featherweight; with three gears a' jabs and a sneaky uppercut. Barthelemy, one of three pugilism practitioner brothers and patiently pawing southpaw with circus-like feints too aggressively purposeful of movement to bite on in comparison of his flashy yet subtle style.

In the third stanza and in the last third of the fourth off a counter, Blanco took it to his man via successful creation of a brawl. Other times, the tough Blanco looked good whenst the sniper Barthelemy distanced himself too far out, juking fromst too far to see sans scope. Essentially being more than tastefully, a Cuban fighter. Lawdy tho, how I doth love 'em fellas.

The end began whenst Blanco was cut in the eighth after kissing canvas off a left. It was was ruled a non-knock-down by third man in the ring Mr. Edward Colllantes... but still coulda been scored a 10-8 stanza. Weary twixt the eighth and ninth then down in the ninth, after answering the bell against his corner's advice -- a towel is thrown in defense of their pug. I admire that. Hats off too, to the brave Mr. Blanco. TKO 1:30 seconds of round 9. Barthelemy receives kudos here as well, and is knocking on the door of world class. All told, a nice bit of all-roundness in the evening's main event. Even made me mostly forget about my toothache.

Barthelemy 10 10 09 09 10 09 10 10 x
Blanco         09 09 10 10 09 10 09 09 x
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Monday, March 27, 2017

Stogie Stink: Dealing with it, A Cigar Primer

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I get asked questions. Most are an unmitigated annoyance, and only a scant some are worthy of answering. Direct yours to me HERE, I shall decide upon their proper category. A popular and perchance necessary to answer query is some form of: "How do I get the smell of cigar out of a house/apartment/office?" Lettuce venture there, but first --

I should preface this how-to article thusly: I like cigar odor. I adore cigar odor. Current and residual cigar odor. I find great comfort in them. Why, I used to carry a burnt nub in my pants pocket whenst I went to synagogue. It was a Reconstructonist congregation and I wanted Hashem to know, by odor, I was no faygala. I kid of course. Though since then I've become friendly with a local Chabad Rabbi -- with whom I share an occasional cigar.

Second preface? My wife hates cigar smoke. Residual more-so than smoke-smoke... although the smoke-smoke doth occur on the porch-porch as mandated by our particular holy matrimony. So I have learnt a balance. I have learned a spectrum of tolerance and acceptability on the non-smoker's behalf. Thusly, whenst doth I delve, as I am 'bout to, into the topic of cigar deodorizing -- there shall be levels. You shall see.

Prefaces now noted and aside, lettuce a caveat. I will touch on smoke-smoke only once and here: always ask permission to light. Unless yer in a smoking lounge. Or alone and expected to be-so for the duration of stogie. Ventilate, don't blow smoke toward a non-smoker; be an overall gentleperson, gentleperson. You are not a cigar smoker even in to company of a close pal -- you are instead an ambassador of premium cigars. Always offer a cigar to company before you light. You offer it in silent gesture, as etiquette dictates, after you ask their permission to light. Think thusly: "Do you tolerate?" Then, "Do ya imbibe?"
"But Kap, how do we deal with the smell?"
"I'm getting there."

Another popular question I get is some variation of "How many cigars do you smoke in a day?" I take this as an incognito asking of "How many cigars can I smoke without getting cancer?" Therefore, within that, my mindset -- I take this whole topic truly as: "How can I smoke wherest-ever I wish, sans repercussions?"

Irving was a simple fella. A nice enough sort with a small life of menial job and mostly affordable mortgage. When not working, he frequented a neighborhood pub, where he hid from his wife of some 30 years. One night, a skunk followed him home from said pub. Now at first, Irving was quite on-his-toes concerned about the potential odor. In short time, this was assuaged by the cuddly nature of the skunk. It followed Irving into his mud-room where it nuzzled into his lap as Irving sat to remove his shoes.
Irving decided to keep his new friend in the garage; away from the nagging eyes of his Mrs. The bond they formed was seemingly strengthened each day. Irving stopped going to the pub and began hanging out with his smelly pal. Then winter set in. It was cold in the unheated and uninsulated garage. Irving had to do the last thing he ever wanted to do -- speak to his wife. Ask that his pet skunk find sanctuary from winter in their home.
That night over a supper of three-day-old meatloaf, Irving carefully related the story of his skunk friend to Gladys. After several moments of looking at him in a dumbstruck manner, she said,
"But what of the smell?"
"Oh Gladys, if I got used to it -- so will he."
LEVEL I
Maintaining General Cleanliness
Say ya live alone or with a someone whom allows smoking. Even in my preferred case, as I noted above, there are times whenst an airing-out cleaning is nice. Open a window, 'natch. Throw all launder-able fabrics into laundry. Spray upholstery with a 50/50 cleaning vinegar/water. Put that concoction aside and then clean all ammonia-friendly surfaces with, yes, ammonia. Half-cup per gallon of water. Non-ammonia-friendly hard surfaces get the vinegar treatment. All supplies will run ya a few bucks, total. Plus, you'll be cleaning sans stuffs that smell like a heavyset French whore stuffing handfuls of Skittles in her mouth... at this level, anyways.

LEVEL II
Company Comes Calling
What kinda company? Pals get the Level I treatment. Family members and the fairer sex (whichever that is now-a-days, but you get the gist) get that -- and scented candles. Think of incense, too... though that requires a certain audience lest Aunt Ida think yer smoking the marijuana cigarettes. Level I is harsh-smelling but fleeting. Level II additions come on slow and take time to build, particularly candles. Time appropriately. Chase that heavyset French whore stuffing handfuls of Skittles in her mouth... let her stay just outta reach.

LEVEL III
What The Wife Don't Know...
According to the Mrs. you are banned from in-door cigar smoking. You don't argue; because why? Humsover, winter is cold for you as 'tis for Irving's pet skunk. Or perhaps there was a poker game whenst wifey was away. What to do? Why, Levels I & II, soitenly and thoroughly. This, too: essential oils-based room spray. See, smoke rises, it's what it does. Oils are weighty 'nuff to bring it down. Down to wherest? Excellent query; to wherest you'll have carpet sprinkle waiting. Go to the store and get whatever vacuum-up-able stuffs say "Deodorizing" on them. Also some form of "Maximum" or "Pet" strength. Ya dog, ya.

You may even wanna leave the powder sprinkled out on the carpet --  a cue for the returning wifey to attend to house chores. Then again, you may also wanna poke a bear, go hang-gliding, or stick yer noggin in a gator's maw. None of these are advised nor endorsed by moi. Actually, none of Level III is...

A note: if Level II states, as it doth: "Chase that heavyset French whore stuffing handfuls of Skittles in her mouth... let her stay just outta reach." You tackle and bound the harlot here in Level III. I won't go into the psychology of whore/wife here, because I am not a complete and utter imbecile, gentlepersons. Neither are you, hopefully.

An important note: whilst I & II can be accomplished via treatment of the immediate area, III requires the entire residence get did -- or at least surrounding rooms.

[6/7/17 edit/addendum]
A NOTE RE: 
PERSONAL HYGIENE:
Brush yer teeth and use mouthwash. Too, wash yer clothes -- particularly after 'herfing.' Going so-far as disrobing before entering the wife's house. Too and also, I recommend the tact of wiping around yer smoke-hole's exterior with rubbing alcohol, and the rubbing some on yer mitts.
L'shalom

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Linares vs Crolla II: A Boxing Retrospective

B"H
March 25th 2017 | Manchester Arena 
12 Rd. WBA Lightweight Championship
Champion Jorge Linares (42-3-0, 27)
vs
Challenger Anthony Crolla (31-6-3, 13)

What begs a rematch?
The viable potentiality of a differing outcome.

Lest and simply, the gap doth spread.

Linares vs Crolla I September 24th, 2016
Judge John Keane: 115-114 for Mr. Linares
Judge Fernando Barbosa: 115-113 for Mr. Linares
Judge Guillermo Perez Pineda: 117-111 for Mr. Linares

Linares vs Crolla II March 25th 2017
Judge Philippe Verbeke: 118-109 for Mr. Linares
Judge Alejandro Rochin: 118-109 for Mr. Linares
Judge David Sutherland: 118-109 for Mr. Linares

I reserve the right, gentlepersons, to be an occasional stinker.
Particularly so, in the case of stink.

Hey, has anyone tried the Pistoff Kristoff?

The only bit of mystery here for me, is whom was in Mr. Crolla's ear, telling him a home-ring advantage against the Tokyo living Venezuelan would off-set "Styles make fights," and what I said at the top? Now their man is left with a two-loss streak. I mean, at least a tune-up twixt, no?
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Cigars City Podcast - CAO Colombia

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Gentlepersons, over a CAO Colombia offering, Mr. Anthony Welsch and I play: "Is it Coca-Cola, Pepsi, or Royal Crown?"

Please press play below to listen.
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Rocky Patel Prohibition Mexican San Andreas - Cigar Review

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THE CIGAR
Rocky Patel
Mexican
6 1/2 x 52 Toro
w. Mexican San Andres
b./f. Nicaraguan
m. TAVICUSA Esteli, Nicaragua

"The San Andreas version of Prohibition is a rich and flavorful medium to full bodied cigar. A sweet earthy flavor is dominant with undertones of light spice, cedar, clove and a light citrus note. A very complex smoke with a long full finish." www.RockyPatel.com
THE KVELL

  • Very nice sweet cinnamon-led spice note.
  • Kindly black pepper, even on retro-hale.
  • Leather and oak play well in an earthen core. Greater leather 2/3 on.
  • Ash builds to a sturdy inch, easily.
  • Nuttiness, but shell only, registers as mo' wood.
  • Toasted citrus cleans and delineates profile...
  • ...retains 'nuff marrying of nuances to be nicely complex 'nuff*.
  • A nice mocha transition in 2/3.
  • Burn-line is sans re-touch, tho ne'er quite perfected.
  • Body builds nicely with a cream addition to leather.
  • Top-leaf/binder/filler all burn in sync. Nice slow-moderate pacing.
  • Interesting apple-y potpourri addition to woods in 3/3.
  • Draw open goodly in 3/3***.
  • Stays cool to nub.

THE KVETCH

  • "Rustic" appearance, tho germane to plot -- loose seams/crimped veins...
  • ... lumpy shaft, gruffly dry or dryly gruff hand-feel.
  • Tight draw even after a couple snips... and toothpicking-out**.
  • Some surprisingly grassy bits.
  • Finish is nice (sweet spiced wood) but trails off a tick hollow.
  • Flavors seem to whisper if not whimper, but are clearly delivered.
  • Wispy+ smoke out-put, all told. Culminates in simple leathery room-note.
  • At just shy a' the 1/2, leather takes over and complexity is lost*.
  • Draw restricts further and a third snip don't do much to ease**.
  • Still fairly mute/muffled in flavor intensity***.
THE KIBBITZ

Flavors are a robust yet sinewy medium, mainly I feel, on account a' the too tight draw. Body is a medium which seems to aim for a medium-full. I need another RP Mexican with a draw which don't threaten to suck out the bridgework I need but don't have. Construction is rustic with well affixed cap and seams that tighten when smoked. Veiny. I already mentioned the tight draw. Combustion is nicely paced and burns evenly of wrapper/binder/filler -- somewhat less evenly insofar as line.

Leather and lessening woodsy earth with a sweetly spiced attachment. Complex 'nuff, but also flirts with being linear in spots... if not flat. A couple soft transitions. Quite nicely nuanced by deep notes of leather and earth mingling in their under-bellies. Not verily balanced in a leathery over-load; albeit nuanced with smidgens of stuffs. Succinctly? Bit of a conundrum, this Rocky Patel. I came in not expecting much -- had issues -- want another.

FINAL GRADE
****B****
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