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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Boycott Nat Sherman Cigars /// Altria - A Kaplowitz Media Special Cigar News Bulletin

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"Altria, NS's parent co. has come out against the premium cigar industry in order to secure their own spot in it. In other words, they are in favor of regulating out of existence, their smaller competition. This instead of deciding to make cigars which don't predominantly suck." - Me, via FB

It's just now making the rounds, this bit of breaking news courtesy of Cigar Aficionado: America’s Largest Cigarette Company Comes Out Against FDA Exemption For Handmade Cigars.

Now I'll expound some but mostly be repetitious:

You see, Altria, big boi daddy org. of Marlboro & Nat Sherman, etc. wrote the FfuckingDA, telling the feds to hold their ground and screw the premium cigar industry. Why? Because w/ Altria's deep pockets, they can afford to weather the over-regulatory'd storm and see a good deal of their competition fall away due to it. In other words, they put their best interests ahead of their industry's. It's brutally cowardly, ultimately short-sighted, & take my word for it -- they ain't gonna be the last big boy to do it.

Those that know me, I should include, know I don't tackle FDA shit insofar as coverage. I feel it's all or vastly-so a socially driven lost cause. But this is egregious. So I, as Kaplowitz Media, alongside an already growing others, call for an immediate boycott of Nat Sherman.

While I do not & have not furnished a blow-by-blow acc't of the FDA bullshit, William Cooper @ Cigar Coop has, and I recommend there as your one-stop shop on the www for the 411. HERE'S A LINK.

But what of B&Ms with Nat Sherman in their retail humis? Haven't we been instructed ad nauseam to "support our local B&M?" Tell ya what, since asking that question posits you worshipping in-front and below a B&M altar... I NEVER said to do anything other than not purchase NS. redirect funds elsewhere within that hallowed spot, huh? What Sherman via Altria has done is the equivalent of dealt a death blow to the premium cigar biz's puncher's chance. F U C K  T H E M. & I daresay fuck Michael Herklots, too -- unless he resigns from his position within the co., pronto.

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Avo Cigars XO Intermezzo Robusto - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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Avo XO Intermezzo
WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
BINDER: Dominican
FILLER: Dominican

FORMAT: Robusto
ORIGIN: Dominican

STRENGTH: Mild-Medium
PROFILE: Sweet
DELIVERY: Creamy/Toasted

COMBUSTION: ok
CONSTRUCTION: excellent

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"Avo’s legacy captured in every format, with tobacco aged for at least six years, artistically woven into each cigar. A masterpiece meant for special occasions. A remarkably smooth, yet richly complex, medium-bodied composition balanced with notes of wood, spice, and dry sweet fruit. 

"AVO XO has an easy draw that epitomizes the experience of lighting one up. With a lightly colored Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate, this is definitely one easygoing smoke. Complex, but not complicated. Sweet and creamy with hints of nut and pepper. XO’s place in AVO’s portfolio is as indelible as the moments it helps to make." www.Avo.com

"Packaged in a 5-Pack, this Robusto-sized cigar is crafted by the finest rollers in the Dominican Republic. It exclusively utilizes fermented premium Dominican long fillers, making it smooth and creamy. A Connecticut Shade wrapper is then added to bring out the earthy notes along with a mild hint of charred wood. This tasty little treat is a definite must have." - www.JRcigars.com

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Monday, July 30, 2018

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Sweetmorn Confusion 65th, YOLD 3184


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Sunday, July 29, 2018

A 1st Big Audio Look Ahead to September (Shemptember) - A Kaplowitz Media 30-Day Spectacular

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GET READY FOR THE K/M MONTH-LONG ANNIVERSARY SPECTACULAR IN SEPTEMBER (Shemptember)!!!

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Kaplowitz Media Cigar News Weekly Report: La Flor Dominicana, Alec Bradley, Caldwell Cigars

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Setting Orange Confusion 64th, YOLD 3184


LFD LIGERO

La Flor Dominicana has undergone a portfolio expansion via two new formats under its Ligero line-up -- the "A" & a Lancero vitola. The "A" is a lengthy if not girthy 9.5x47 and the pig-tail'd Lancero is, well, a fucking Lancero. Both deviate some from the typical Ligero profile/blend. They feature an Ecuadorian top-leaf not used by LFD prior. Another co. 1st here is the inclusion of Habana 2000 (DR, natch) seed filler.

These will cost ya a pretty penny, but not till the end of August. So start saving yer allowance and/or milk $$$ now.

ALEC BRADLEY MAGIC TOAST

AB made a splash at this year's IPCPR by intro-ing a new blend & by hyping it up to the show as a secret. Well, the cat's been outta the bag a while meow & I'm late to the game reporting. As per usual. So sue me.

Magic Toast features a Honduran top-leaf and double-binder via Nicaragua & Honduras. Ditto geographically re: guts. Rolled at Fabrica de Tabacos Raices Cubanas S. de R.L. in Danli, MT comes in three formats: Robusto, Toro, & Gordo.

CALDWELL PACIFIC STANDARD

Caldwell is set to intro its new Pacific Standard offering in locales where fireflies ain't. The nom de tobacco is of course in reference to the co.'s Eastern Standard smoke. Retailers in California, Oregon, and Washington will be shelving these babies soon. More than just a nod to a name, the PS is price-pointed toward the reality of these state's hella-high taxes. As such, it is designed to be quite affordable even after giving Uncle Sam his kick-back. (Taxation is theft, pass it on.)

The blend sees an Ecuadorian Corojo binder laid twixt DR filler & Ecuadoran Corojo wrapper. Three formats will be released for now: Short Corona, Double Robusto, & Gordo. The SC is a fav of mine and an excellent choice for someone w/ ADHD such as myself.


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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Kaplowitz Media Weekly Recapitulation Volume LXI

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Prickle-Prickle Confusion 63rd, YOLD 3184



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Friday, July 27, 2018

67. Kaplowitz Radio Friday

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Pungenday Confusion 62nd, YOLD 3184


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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Villiger La Flor de Ynclan Special LE Lancero - Cigar Review Redux by Kaplowitz

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Sweetmorn Confusion 60th, YOLD 3184


Previously, I have reviewed this blend in its Robusto & Churchill iterations. Currently, we'll be giving it a looksie in its new Lancero format.

"Villiger Cigars has announced that their Villiger La Flor De Ynclan blend will be offered in a Lancero Especial size; this at the 2018 IPCPR. An SE offering, 500 25 count boxes will be sent to market yearly. The Villiger La Flor De Ynclan is roundly vaulted and ballyhooed by many a reviewer. It missed my wheel-house, lettuce say. Also, I don't drink hooch, so the gift bottle supplied alongside the samples sent -- very well may have fallen on deaf ears." Me, Kaplowitz Media Cigar News Weekly Report (7/1/18)

EDITOR'S NOTE: No hooch in this sampling shipment.

Villiger La Flor de Ynclan
WRAPPER: Ecuadorian
BINDER: Indonesian
FILLER: Nicaraguan & Dominican

FORMAT: Lancero (pig-tail)
ORIGIN: ABAM factory, Dominican Republic
BLENDER: Jose Matias Maragoto



STRENGTH: Mild-Medium
PROFILE: Sweet/Sour
DELIVERY: Creamy/Tangy

COMBUSTION: ok
CONSTRUCTION: excellent

NOTES: Performs at a moderate level or ribboning burn-line and occasional wispy pull. For the most, the draw is quite nice for a Lancero format, albeit a shorter/wider one. Notes are bright and tangy sweetnesses of raw to lightly toasted varietals; dominated by sour bits that are not unpleasantly delivered as in this blend's baby aspirin tasting brethren, but still a distraction from any perceivable complexities. Delivered smooth and calorie-restricted rich.

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

"This vitola has been over a year in the making and is said by Heinrich Villiger and Master Blender Matias Maragoto to be the best in the line...

"La Flor De Ynclan is made by Heinrich Villiger and master blender Jose Matias Maragoto at the ABAM Cigar Factory in the Dominican Republic. The blend was 10 years in the making. Villiger Cigars made a few of La Flor De Ynclan over a decade ago but were not happy with the cigar so they stopped production. The tobacco was set aside and aged, while Matias changed the blend. Last year the La Flor De Ynclan became what they wanted it to be." - www.blindmanspuff.com

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Kaplowitz Media: Cigars of the Month (July 2018)

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"Sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit, these men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem. If no one else can help. And if you can find them -- maybe you can hire the A-Team."

Gentlepersons below is a list as shallow and pedantic as Lois Griffin's meatloaf. It is a list of recent (July 2018) cigar offerings I humbly found to be worthy of A (- to +) review ratings.

THE A-LIST


HONORABLE MENTION

LFD Ligero


s/o: Bob

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

God of Fire (2014) Cigars by Carlito Fuente in Double Robusto - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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WRAPPER: Cameroon
BINDER: ?
FILLER: Dominican

FORMAT: Double Robusto
ORIGIN: Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia, Dominican Republic

STRENGTH: Medium
PROFILE: Sweet/Sour
DELIVERY: Creamy/Smoky

COMBUSTION: ok
CONSTRUCTION: excellent

Sweet (cocoa butter & cream) & sour (lightly roasted coffee bean) overtones are bright, soft, and increasingly smoky with an underlying toastiness.  Savoriness is smoky twixt the top/bottom notes and cycles 'tween a vegetal (grain) and leather (suede) delivery. Undertones consist mainly of a less bright but far from dark pepper (white with a lingering red on the finish)-spice (paprika, cinnamon). Some fruity things circle around up and down in papaya manners, mostly. Pale grapes, maybe. A distinct floral (hibiscus) note is on the aroma of the draw and in the retro-hale's tail-end. Some tangy bits surface at mid-point when the flavors and strength of the stick rise.

Never acidic even at its Dominican tangiest. Balanced excellently, almost to a trance-inducing effect. Not complex but there is some interest in the depthy-depths of its nuanced notes.

Smooth, rich, and chewy in a heavy whipping cream manner. Heavily & softly bodied. The finish is maybe shorter than one may expect from the weight of draw and body, but what's there shows some fine ticks of floral fruity peeks. Ends cleanly with maybe a slight orange pith ghosting. Temp of smoke to smoke-hole: cool, Daddy-O. Strength? Maybe a hair more than the typical Fuente, maybe not.

Combustion is a disappointment, I'm afraid. A constant wobble of a ribbony burn exists. While the ash does grow in a tight sheath, underneath the burn takes on a cone something fierce. Smoke out-put is light on the passive side and takes a toke to warm up actively. The need to double & triple puff my way thru proly added to that conical char, but was unavoidable... hence "need." Room-note is very nice and shows a sweet buttery 'baccy. Another plus here is the pacing is quite nice, even with a handful of re-touches to the wayward mascara-line.

Insofar as construction: the Cameroon top-leaf is crackly and delicate -- to be expected -- but still. No hard/soft spots in an even and tight roll, here. Lots of tobacco, Gentlepersons and that tobacco is quite good. Seams stay firm gate-to-wire. The draw has been made mention of prior and is of a medium+ tension. Cap/shoulder starts & stays well-built.

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


"Carlos Fuente, Sr. (aka Don Carlos) and his son, Carlito Fuente, blended the God of Fire cigars. God of Fire by Don Carlos uses an Ecuadorian wrapper while God of Fire by Carlito has a Cameroon wrapper. Don Carlos and Carlito Fuente have adjusted their blends to suit each size and shape of cigar offered. All God of Fire cigars can be considered medium-bodied, and all deliver a smooth, refined character and a satisfying, full flavor. Beyond those common traits, though, no further generalizations can be made. One must sample all of the God of Fire cigars to experience the wealth of flavors this line offers.

"God of Fire by Carlito, Double Robusto (52 x 5 3/4) The extraordinary Carlito Double Robusto is the ideal host cigar-perfect for enjoying on your own or sharing with guests. It begins gently enough for even a novice smoker to enjoy, and gradually introduces more intense flavors in a way that is never intimidating or overwhelming. The cigar opens with a mild, buttery taste reminiscent of a fresh-baked Parisian croissant. About a third of the way through, it grows gradually and subtly more potent, introducing the smoky, earthy flavor of a peaty Islay single-malt scotch." - Brent Butterworth, www.godoffire.com

"God of Fire is made annually, in extremely limited quantities, making it a hard to come by super-premium. These choice cigars come in two blends: one by Carlito Fuente, the other by Don Carlos. Either way, you're in for a full-flavored treat ... Carlito Fuente: Stronger still is the Carlito blend. Chock full of Dominican long-fillers, this handmade utilizes a toothy Cameroon wrapper to deliver a full-bodied, spicy smoke similar to the Casa Fuente brand." - www.cigarsinternational.com

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Kaplowitz Media Summer Schedule Update

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Kaplowitz Media's Stick Men podcast will be on a summer-long hiatus.

"Oh, snap! Kap went right into it1" - You
"Yes. Yes, I did." - Me

"Fridays are for Stick Men," true -- but through the hazy crazy Dog Days of summer -- Kaplowitz Radio will book-end yer week-end, Gentlepersons.

Mondays K/R will remain the feature & Flagship presentation & continue to offer popular segments such as: Lifestyle Tip of the Week, Cigar of the Week, Cigar News of the Week, Question of the Week, and What the Fuck is in my Belly Button of the Week. (That last one was just to make sure you are paying attn.)

Friday's K/R will be a more free-wheeling affair. Perhaps I'll bring back my ever-unpopular Joke of the Week thingy. One thing for sure is that Fridays will be the most Kaplowitz of the twice-weekly Kaplowitz Media podcast presentations. Tune in to REALLY learn what makes me tick. Sure you don't like me, but now find out exactly WHY.

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  • MONDAY: Kaplowitz Radio (podcast)
  • TUESDAY: Cigar Review (blog post)
  • WEDNESDAY: Lifestyle by Kaplowitz (blog post)
  • THURSDAY: Cigar Review (blog post)
  • FRIDAY: Kaplowitz Radio (podcast)
  • SATURDAY: Weekly Recapitulation (blog post)
  • SUNDAY: Cigar News of the Week (blog post)

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66. Kaplowitz Radio Monday

"Why not Kaplowitz?"
Prickle-Prickle Confusion 58th, YOLD 3184


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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Kaplowitz Media Cigar News Weekly Report: Macanudo, CAO, La Gloria Cubana, & Casa Cuevas

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Pungenday Confusion 57th, YOLD 3184


MACANUDO M

During this YOLD 3184 in which Macanudo is celebrating their 50th anniversary, they are proving silly the old adage involving old dogs and new tricks -- and doing-so in a particularly silly way. With General Cigar Co. @ its helm, Macanudo is later this month sending to retailers the M. & it's the first infused Macanudo. Coffee. It's coffee infused. & a Macanudo. I can just imagine the waiting line lengths. But that's not all! THERE'S EVEN MORE WTF: an Indonesian Besuki top-leaf? A Philipino binder? I need me an anchor. I'm adrift a sea of "huh?"

Ah, Nicaraguan filler. Whew. "and other fine tobaccos" - Macanudo. "Fuck you, Macanudo." - Me. This weirdness is set to come in three formats: Corona, Toro, & Belicoso.

CAO NICARAGUA

A bit a' time ago CAO released the Esteli. Now say hello to the Nicaragua, which actually wears a Honduran wrapper & binder. The guts are straight Nica, though, & contain leaf from the Condega, Esteli, and Jalapa growing regions.

This NINO (Nicaraguan in name only) is being released in a triad of sizes, each named after a Nicaraguan city: Tipitapa (Petite Robusto), Matagalpa (~Corona), & Granada (Toro).

LA GLORIA CUBANA ESTELI

Speaking of Nicaraguan cityholes, La Gloria Cubana is going to Esteli. At IPCPR 2018 General showed-off the new La Gloria Cubana Esteli. Geographical correctness aside & asunder, there is natch a Honduran binder employed here as well as some gut-leaf. The wrapper is Nica as is the remainder of filler.

This La Gloria is set to ship in August from STG Esteli, unlike the per usual General factory in the DR. The Esteli is rolled into 3 sizes: Robusto, Toro, Gigante.


CASA CUEVAS

Casa Cuevas Cigars has announced an extension of their core line with the intro of their Clasico Prensado. Available in: Habano & Maduro iterations, box-pressed format, a single ~Toro size, and end of August.

Habano:
W: Habano
B: Nicaraguan
F: Pennsylvania, Colombian, Nicaraguan, Dominican

Maduro:
W: Mexican San Andres
B: Nicaraguan
F: Pennsylvania, Colombian, Nicaraguan, Dominican

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Kaplowitz Media Weekly Recapitulation Volume LX

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Boomtime Confusion 56th, YOLD 3184


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Friday, July 20, 2018

"Sixty-Five" Kaplowitz Radio

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Setting Orange Confusion 54th, YOLD 3184


s/o:
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Cornelius & Anthony Cigars Daddy Mac in Corona Gorda - Cigar Review Redux by Kaplowitz

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Setting Orange Confusion 54th, YOLD 3184


I originally wrote about this blend in its Robusto iteration HERE.
That Robusto finished #2 in my Cigar of the Year 2016-17.

Cornelius & Anthony Daddy Mac
WRAPPER: Brazilian
BINDER: Ecuadorian
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Corona Gorda
ORIGIN: La Zona Factory, Esteli, Nicaragua

STRENGTH: Medium
PROFILE: Sweet-spice/Sour
DELIVERY: Bright/Savory

COMBUSTION: ok
CONSTRUCTION: excellent
  • Pepper (white & red)
  • Spice (ginger, clove, wasabi)
  • Chocolate (cocoa butter & white)
  • Citrus (Tang)
  • Wood (oak & cedar)
  • Coffee (cream & sugar)
  • Fruit (papaya, pineapple)
  • Earth (bright dirt, natty 'baccy)
FINAL GRADE: A-
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59


s/o: Bob.

"Cornelius & Anthony Premium Cigars has released its second regular production line of cigars, Daddy Mac, which is a tribute to Steven Bailey’s father Mac Bailey ... The release of the Daddy Mac will give Cornelius & Anthony two new cigars on retailers shelves this month, as it released its first line, Cornelius, last week." - www.halfwheel.com (2016)

"Cornelius & Anthony is a subsidiary of the Bailey family's S&M Brands Inc., which produces Bailey, Tahoe and Riverside cigarettes, as well as smaller machine-made cigars. The family also grows and brokers tobacco under the company name Golden Leaf Tobacco." - www.cigaraficionado.com (2016)

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Griffin's Classic by Davidoff Cigars in Robusto - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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Pungenday Confusion 52nd, YOLD 3184


The Griffin's Classic
WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
BINDER: Dominican
FILLER: Dominican

FORMAT: Robusto
ORIGIN: Tabadom (Davidoff), Dominican Republic

STRENGTH: Mild-Medium
PROFILE: Sweet/Spice
DELIVERY: Smooth/Creamy

COMBUSTION: ok
CONSTRUCTION: excellent

Bright pillowy sweet overtones with cushioned pale spices. Raw but not green... perhaps so far as lightly toasted by the second-half. Creamy af throughout profile. Undertones are a salted & toasted grain savoriness with a sour underbelly. Bright in unders as in overs. Balanced supremely well & that's no easy feat; given a plethora of subtle complexities and deep note depths. Nuanced. This is why I adore DR leaf, right here. 
  • Pepper (white)
  • Spices (cardamom, white ginger)
  • Creamer
  • Nuts (pine, macadamia) 
  • Wood (cedar)
  • Chocolate (white)
  • Citrus (orange pith)
  • Coffee (blonde roast latte)
  • Grains (oat)
  • Earth (silky)
Pillowy. Billowy. Smoother than a newborn's tushie. Creamier than... I can't keep this analogy thing going. Soft. The finish offers a pleasantly cleansing & slight tanginess at its end -- after a long look at lightly spiced sweetnesses. Builds a vegetal chewiness, then builds it more. Saturates palate but never to the point of being burdensome. Stays cool in the smoke-hole. As cool as... as... what did I already tell ya about analogies?

Strength? This Griffin's ain't about strength. It's about sweet luxury. Ease up on yer #BEASTMODE, #alphaman. Chill.

Combustion sees this experience's only knock, via a quick-ish burn on a bit of a self-correcting wobble. Big smoky-smoke clouds both passive & active showcase a sweet aroma with a floral lilt. Ash stacks loosely.

Construction softens some via progression but that don't hamper a smooth even draw. Medium-tension'd. Seams remain nigh hidden from the eye. Cap/shoulder stay well-formed to the toothpick'd nub.


Beginner's stick? Sure, it's mellow 'nuff. But there is more than enough here for an experienced smoker -- as long as one ain't caught up on the juvenile thought that a cigar should be any type of "bomb."

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

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Monday, July 16, 2018

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Boomtime Confusion 51st, YOLD 3184


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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Kaplowitz Media: Odds & Ends at the Ides

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Sweetmorn Confusion 50th, YOLD 3184


Kaplowitz Media IPCPR plans canceled
La Barba Cigars sponsoring July & K/M FB Group

Gentlepersons,

I bring you this light load of Odds & Ends w/ quite the heavy heart. Due to circumstances beyond my/our control, Stick Men were not able to attend IPCPR 2018. I can speak for my SM partner, Tony Crac(k), in again extending our apologies to Dion Giolito & Illusione for our canceling, as well as our thankfulness for the opportunity. Fuck, it was an invite made to me, and I'm the one who screwed the pooch. Mia Culpa.

On a much brighter note, 'cause ain't they all, I love working with brands I admire. When some La Barba were laid on me not too long ago, I was impressed as a hillbilly in a cee-ment pond. I look forward to smoking the brand, and maybe even working with it in the future. Gee, it'd be great to cancel last minute on Tony Bellato. #lifegoals

I'm gonna keep it short because I'm writing this not long at all after bowing out from my IPCPR obligations and really can't even.

Till the Ides next,

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Kaplowitz Media Cigar News Weekly Report: Drew Estate, Hamlet, Hit & Run, JC Newman, & Cohiba Spectre

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Sweetmorn Confusion 50th, YOLD 3184


DREW ESTATE LIGA PRIVADA H99 CT COROJO

There hasn't been a reg. production add-on to the DE Liga Privada line since the year Obama took office. #ThanksObama Until that is/was, at this weekend+'s IPCPR -- when the flat-brimmed & chain-wallet'd gang unveil the new Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo. The blend employs Corojo leaf via the CT River Valley. Guts are Honduran & Nica. Twixt that, a Mexican San Andres negro binder.

The stick will come Toro, only & in 24ct. boxes. No word yet on a shipping date.

LIBERATION BY HAMLET

Here, have another line extension! This one within the Hamlet Paredes portfolio. The blend is a Nicaraguan binder laid tween Honduran, Nica guts & Ecuadorian Habano top-leaf. The format is a 6.5x55 shaggy-foot but that ain't even the liberating part... All these Liberation offerings are rolled free-hand, sans molds. Shipping occurs in August. They sure sound fugly.

CALDWELL & BOOTH, HIT & RUN, RIP & DIP

Move over Lewis & Martin, Cheech & Chong, PB&J. Robert Caldwell & Matt Booth are back with a dos to their uno Hit & Run. It's called Part Deux Rip & Dip. Wrapper: Habano Binder/Filler: US, DR, and Nica.

It's rolled at Tabacalera Wiliam Ventura in the Dominican Republic into fo(u)rmats: 1. Short Corona, 2. Petite Robusto, 3. Toro Gordo, 4. Short Churchill, Look for it at this year's IPCPR -- but don't look for me there -- as I continue to perform "regular people shit" like dwarves dunk basketballs.


JC NEWMAN 4TH GENERATION THE AMERICAN

JC N. announced the first offering of their new brand/sister co., Fourth Generation, just last year. Now, the news is the thing is almost ready. At this rate I'll be smoking it mid-way thru Trump's second-term. Wait -- I was purposefully incorrect for the purpose of a shitty joke. Word is they may be selling it at the right now IPCPR.

As the name would indicate, the American is a Honduran Puro jk again. A Florida Sun Grown (FSG) wrapper (first usage as thus) is over-top CT Broadleaf binder and guts from CT & PA. Even the bands are from Bklyn. The boxes, Miami. Rolled at? Tampa, in Newman’s El Reloj factory. This is entirely unheard of except for that it was once quite commonplace. The name, too, is recycled.

They'll be in the following vitolas: Churchill, Toro Gordo, Petite Robusto, another largess Toro, and Torpedo. What's with this newness of potentially hyphenated sizes?

COHIBA SPECTRE

At the going-on-now IPCPR show, Cohiba has unveiled perhaps the priciest stick in the Convention Center. The Spectre is also one of the more expensive Cohiba offerings, as well. Ninety bucks per. The five-country recipe consists of an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper & guts of tercio barrel aged Dominican Piloto Cubano circa '95. There's also some Nicaraguan 'baccy aged in Spanish wine barrels. I attempted to conduct an interview w/ one of these barrels, alas the language barrier could not be overcome. Honduran leaf? Sure, there's some of that, too.

The Cohiba Spectre comes in a single 7 1/4x54 format. There are 180 10ct. boxes only, earning them unicorn status outta the gate. One team in the DR is rolling them: Xirolma CĂ©spedes and Ruben Dario Perez. My guess is they aren't new guys.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Kaplowitz Media Weekly Recapitulation Volume LIX

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Setting Orange Confusion 49th, YOLD 3184



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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Oliva Cigars Serie V Melanio in Robusto - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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Oliva Serie V Melanio
WRAPPER: Ecuadorian
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Robusto, box-press
ORIGIN: Tabacalera Oliva S.A., Nicaragua

STRENGTH: Medium-Full
PROFILE: Spice/Bitter-Sweet
DELIVERY: Meaty/Toasted

COMBUSTION: ok
CONSTRUCTION: excellent

Dark overtones of a toasted bitter-sweet nature, steered by a savory & oft dusty spice. Undertones are a brighter and slightly roasted salted sourness with a healthy dose of its own spiced & smoked meatiness. Non-acidic and exceptionally balanced. Supremely complex & nuanced.
  • Pepper (black, cayenne)
  • Spice (cumin, smoked paprika, clove)
  • Wood (cedar)
  • Chocolate (dark & fudge)
  • Meat (smoked)
  • Grain (dark rye)
  • Nuts (almond)
  • Earth (smoked)
The body is a chewy beefy smoothness cut-some kindly by a nifty tingle. Heavy, rich & soft as a fat cat robber baron. Finish is a smoky view of the under/overtones flip-flopping positions. Ends clean & stay cool of temp.

Strength builds slowly but surely to a bit of a sweaty upper lip crescendo. Sits nicely warm in the chest.

Combustion bears the slightest of self-correcting waves. Mucho smoky both passive & actively-so. Aroma is a somewhat sharp beefy spiced bitterness. Ash grows a bit looser than tight but makes an inch of growth twixt my compulsive tappings. A tick of coning happens under there. Some fluting at char happens as the press rounds-some.

A smooth even medium tension'd draw highlights the construction and an even roll sans hard/soft spots co-stars well. Seams hold tight There is a tick of sponginess to the 3/3.

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


"The Oliva Serie V Melanio is hand rolled using expertly fermented ligero fillers, leaves known for their robust and rich flavor. Five years in the making, this special cigar is sure to exceed a premium cigar smoker's highest expectations. The Serie V is full flavored yet smooth. The long filler tobaccos are a blend of Oliva Nicaraguan Habano that emphasizes tobacco from the Jalapa region, an area known for a more nuanced leaf than the Esteli or Condega regions. This carefully aged Jalapa blend produces a particularly flavored smoke." - www.OlivaCigar.com

"Many will remember that the Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado was named Cigar of the Year in 2014. The brand continues its trajectory of excellence with the Robusto. It’s a far more compact format, and perhaps more approachable, as not everyone is inclined to light up a large double figurado as their everyday smoke. The blend is centered around a Sumatra-seed wrapper grown in Ecuador paired with Nicaraguan tobacco. This combination isn’t terribly common in the premium cigar world, but the Oliva Cigar Co. seems to understand the tobaccos and how they fit together for harmony and balance. 

"Earlier in 2016, Oliva Cigar Co. was acquired by J. Cortez Cigars N.V., a Belgian tobacco company that wanted a premium cigar operation in its portfolio. Now they have one. Assurances have been made that nothing will change under the new ownership, and that J. Cortes will maintain Oliva’s high standards. We certainly hope so. With the Oliva Serie V Melanio, they now have an extraordinary cigar blend on their hands. The smoke is silky, sweet and, at times intense with toast and cedar. The brand name commemorates Melanio Oliva, who first grew tobacco in Cuba in the 1800s." - www.CigarAficionado.com (which ranked this vitola #8 of 2016)

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Espinosa Premium Cigars 601 Blue Label Maduro in Toro - Cigar Review Redux by Kaplowitz

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Boomtime Confusion 46th, YOLD 3184


Look! I once wrote this: 601 Blue Label Maduro - Cigar Review!

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601 Blue Maduro
WRAPPER: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Toro, box-press
ORIGIN: La Zona SA, Nicaragua

STRENGTH: Medium-Full
PROFILE: Bitter/Sweet
DELIVERY: Chewy/Spiced

COMBUSTION: ok
CONSTRUCTION: excellent
  • Pepper (black)
  • Chocolate (dark shavings) 
  • Spices (clove, nutmeg)
  • Nuts (almond butter)
  • Earth (compost/manure)
  • Meat (smoked)
  • Grains (barley)
  • Herbal (anise)
  • Cola
Chewy & smooth. Complex not in the manner of many notes, but in the manner of their myriad deliveries. Smoky, toasted, roasted, smoky. A boxer with a strong basic skill-set who works angles exceptionally well. Sits in the bread-basket heavy & warm, like a hearty meal. 

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


"The 601 Blue Label Maduro (better known as the 601 Blue) is a cigar that has been around for several years and has been through a lot of history, yet continues to hold the test of time. 601 was a line of cigars launched by EO Brands. There were a couple of banding changes. The first occurred in 2010 and caused quite a stir among 601 fans – so much that the banding was restored to something very similar to the original in 2011. In addition there have been a lot of business changes – EO Brands went through a couple of distribution changes (Miami Cigar, Rocky Patel), and then the company was dissolved. After EO Brands was dissolved, Erik Espinosa acquired the rights to the 601 brand and brought it into his new company Espinosa Premium Cigars. That’s quite a bit of upheaval for any cigar to go through. Yet through it all the 601 Blue has stood the test of time and remains a top-notch cigar." -www.Cigar-Coop.com

Created by Eric Espinoza and made by Jose Garcia, the 601 Blue Maduro has quite an impressive resume; including the number six spot on Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 Cigars of 2009 list and an impressive 93 rating." - www.CigarInspector.com

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Flor de Gonzalez (FDG) Cigars 20th Aniversario Maduro in Torpedo - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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Sweetmorn Confusion 45th, YOLD 3184


FDG 20th Aniverasario Maduro
WRAPPER: Connecticut Broadleaf
BINDER: Ecuador Havana
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Torpedo
ORIGIN: Agroindustrial Nicaraguense de Tabacos S.A. (Nicaragua)

STRENGTH: Medium
PROFILE: Savory/Bitter-Sweet
DELIVERY: Thin/Wet

#BEASTMODE
  • Well balanced
  • Burns straight, mainly
#leastmode
  • Thin notes
  • Tight draw
  • Strength outweighs body
  • Zero discernable-delineated notes
  • liquidy notes wash away fast
  • Alkaline, ashy
FINAL GRADE: C
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59


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Monday, July 09, 2018

"Sixty-Three" Kaplowitz Radio

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Setting Orange Confusion 44th, YOLD 3184


I smoked a Caldwell Savages & talked about a plethora of other cigar stuff.



Thanks for the ears, Gentlepersons!
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Sunday, July 08, 2018

Kaplowitz Media Cigar News Weekly Report: Joya de Nicaragua, La Barba, AJ Fernandez Hoyo La Amistad, & La Aurora

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Prickle-Prickle Confusion 43rd, YOLD 3184


JOYA DE NICARAGUA SILVER

Joya, the cool kid extension of mean old man Joya de Nicaragua, will see a new edition in the Silver. It'll join the Cabinetta, Red, & black in pushing the envelope of the industry and also the limits of age when it comes to wearing a flat-brimmed ballcap #de4l for as per usual, Drew Estate will be handling distribution here in the US.

The blend of the Silver consists of an Ecuadorian grown Oscuro upper-priming wrapper, Mexican binder, & Nica fillers... darned if that don't sound interesting, tbh. They'll be rolled into four formats: something like a Lonsdale and Toro, Corona, Robusto. Love the Corona & something like a Lonsdale.

LA BARBA ONE & ONLY 2018

There is a new One & Only. Huh? The first One & Only came to be in 2016 in the wake of Tony Bellato (brand owner) running into some well-aged tobaccos. They made a batch of some 10K stogies & sold out at that year's IPCPR.

Well, guess who went back looking for more? My wife did & it was weird as shit. Also Tony went back to searching for rare 'baccys. What he found became this current One & Only iteration, which really makes no sense when ya think about it. I mean how can you have a second One & Only? All that's been shared thus far is that the thing has an Ecuadorian Habano top-leaf for one and comes in a Toro format only.

GENERAL CIGAR + AJ FERNANDEZ = HOYO LA AMISTAD BLACK

1... 2... ready? ... 3. As in the third extension to the 2016 debuting Hoyo La Amistad line. Gold begat 2017 Silver, & now there's the newly begated Black. Blended by & rolled by/at AJ Fernandez/Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A. in EstelĂ­, Nicaragua. The name La Amistad roughly translates to "Don't come knockin' if this van is rockin'." Or "Friendship." -- dependant upon the chosen dialect.

The new line sees a Mexican SA binder laid twixt Nica Habano guts & Ecuadorian Sumatra Oscuro top-leaf. It'll be available at retailers in late July, in a trio of formats: Gigante (the lone box-press), Rothschild, & Toro.

LA AURORA HORS D'AGE 2017

Earlier this year at ProCigar in the DR, samples of the La Aurora Preferidos Hors D’Age 2017. If ya missed those particular festivities, fear not. For at the IPCPR trade-show, the blend will be formally unveiled to all. Get this: all leaf is circa 2006. Top-leaf is via Ecuador & binder/filler leaf is by way of Colombia, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic.

The size of this blend is Toro, only -- with only 6K boxes of 15 being available. Rolled in 2017 at the La Aurora S.A. factory in the Dominican Republic from the already mentioned 2K6 crop, there is a good deal of aging as well as marrying to the blend. Obviously, the name Hors d'Age refers to the popular Latin American pastime of guessing the age of a whore. Or a horse. My German is admittedly a tick rusty.


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Saturday, July 07, 2018

Kaplowitz Media Weekly Recapitulation Volume LVIII

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Pungenday Confusion 42nd, YOLD 3184


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Thursday, July 05, 2018

La Barba Cigars Red in Corona Gorda - Cigar Review Redux by Kaplowitz

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Sweetmorn Confusion 40th, YOLD 3184


I just recently wrote: La Barba Cigars Red in Robusto - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz. Below is a looksie at the blend's Corona Gorda iteration.

La Barba Red
WRAPPER: Dominican Corojo
BINDER: Dominican Corojo
FILLER: Dominican Habano/Corojo (50% ligero)

FORMAT: Corona Gorda
ORIGIN: Dominican Republic (Tabacalera William Ventura)

STRENGTH: Medium
PROFILE: Sweet/Spice
DELIVERY: Wet/Smooth

COMBUSTION: excellent
CONSTRUCTION: excellent

Moister in the smoke-hole than its blend brethren 'Busto. A tick cooler and more muted, as well. More-so and longer-so fruity (Juicy Fruit?!) & floral cedar backed by clove & nutmeg. Barely toasted notes both over & under. Smoother and a tick less tingle. Oh, so nice.

EDITOR'S INTERRUPTION:
Since this has become strictly comparative, do read the original review (link @ top).

Excellent construction and too, excellent combustion --
but a tick less of that second-thing than in the 550.

I realize all this flavor feeling flies in the face of a thinner vitola but there was just something more "sippin'" about this one. Less hearty, less delineated. I oft use the nip from a chef's spoon (this) vs. country buffet piled-high plate (that)... will again here. Still excellent; a whispered excellence lacking in the Robusto's sheer bravado. Not necessarily a bad thing, Gentlepersons. Complexity is here. Flavor country, there.


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

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