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8/7/17

Viaje Skull and Bones "The Hulk" - Cigar Review

Viaje Skull & Bones
"The Hulk" 5 x 58 Robusto
NOTES:
Straight-forward and a tick-plus coarsely-so. Burns fercockt-some via a couple canoe-threats, blisters/puckers. Draws nicely 'nuff, wiggling 'round a medium+ tension. Flavors: a somewhat swampy cedar and sweet meat which push ahead a dark chocolate. Black pepper, scorched molasses, Oolong tea-leaves, coffee bean middlings. Under-belly is a charcoal'd dry compost.

FINAL GRADE: B
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

WRAPPER: Criollo '98
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

STRENGTH: Medium-Full
ORIGIN: Raices Cubanas, Honduras
IN ADDITION:
"[Viaje] Skull & Bones dubbed “The Hulk” was rolled for an event for R. Field Wine Co. on June 16th in Oahu. Criollo ’98 wrapper with Nicaraguan binders and fillers. Rolled at Raices Cubanas. 2 sizes, 50 bundles each total production." Toar Campbell, www.CigarSmoke.net -- whom too, I thank for this sampling.

I smoked this whilst recording "Charlie Hustle" Kaplowitz Radio: August 6, 2017. Spoke to it a tick, therein.
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IN (mainly unrelated) ADDITION:
HOW TO JUDGE A MAN BY HIS STICK
Salaciousness! You might decry. To which I might reply, I mean to say let's delve into what you can glean of a man from how he smokes a cigar.

Firstly, I covered the cigar cut HERE.

Now:
Let us remove from the equation, the cost of the cigar. Far too much of a crap-shoot here, unless you know the whys and hows of the matter. Variables such as: was it gifted? Did he get a deal, or ripped off? Is it his everyday or a special? There are others, but you get the gist. We look now toward how it is he smokes said whichever stick.

& agin I say now:
A cone-shaped cherry is a phenomenon which indicates a cigar is being over-smoked. That is, pulled from too rapidly. This shows impatience and nervousness.

Nervousness and impatience, transversely, can be seen via over-flicking. This could also be seen as nascent smoker behavior, since the ash should be viewed as a judgment of the cigar. Or perchance we are seeing a cigarette smoker, new to cigars. The longer the ash is able to be grown, generally speaking, the better quality of the cigar. Obviously, too, overly overt pandering to the length of an ash can be seen as a man who *ahem* lacks other lengths, and is a poseur. Too, and mechanically, some ash is built in a manner as to over-insulate char.

Opposite of the cone-effect is the concave cherry. This is a man who might be lazy, or thoughtful. Either way, he does not live in the moment. The concave cherry is symptomatic of not taking enough pulls. Has he made hisself sick via too strong a blend? Try a spoonful a' sugar.

A man who, between puffings, places his stogie in a tray is a calculating perfectionist with no small amount of neuroticism. A man who holds it in his hand continuously is of the rough and ready sort. A man who dangles his stogie from his mouth - well - sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and sometimes a cigar is a throbbing dark veiny erection (pardon my French).

A woman who smokes a cigar in any way, shape, or form, I should add -- should report to my porch poste-haste whilest wearing a floral dress. For love is in the air, gentlepersons.

Now we know a little more than we used to, don't we? Go forth and use it both on how you see others and on how others might see you.