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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Kaplowitz Media Cigar of the Year 2017-18

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The month of September, or Shemptember 'round this way, is a month-long Aniversario Celebracion, yes. There's more to it than 'just' that, tho. It's also the month where Kaplowitz Media picks up its pace in financially securing another Aniversario in 365. That's right -- I'm begging for money. Well, busking really & to be further apt. I mean I am performing somewhat here.

So...

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STEPS TOWARD NAMING THE 2017-18 CIGAR OF THE YEAR
  1. All Cigars of the Month shall be listed (9/26)
  2. A best of each month shall be announced (9/27)
  3. List shall then be whittled down to ten (9/28)
  4. Ten-six announced (9/29)
  5. Five-one announced (9/30)
Please note that whilst all offerings herein scored a grade twixt A- and A+, that is not automatically heeded to whilst compiling. I do this because I am looking for 'memorable' aspects of each cigar. How I think of it now, as much as then. Thusly, I am purposefully blinding myself to partial-grade minutia particulars. Also: the offerings here were smoked by me, not released by whomever, during the given span a' time.

Check back here every-day listed above (@ 12:01am PT or after) for the step-by-step slow unfurling of the Kaplowitz Media Cigar of the Year.


September 26th.
List of Cigars of the Month
[remember these are all links to full reviews]

Oct. 2017
Gilberto Oliva Reserva
My Father La Opulencia
Macanudo Inspirado Black (Original Blend)
Drew Estate Undercrown Sungrown
CAO Flathead V554 Camshaft
Pappy Van Winkle Tradition
AVO Syncro Ritmo

Nov. 2017
Herrera Esteli by Drew Estate Miami Edition
La Gloria Cubana EPC Coleccion Reserva
Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andres
Graycliff Silver
Espinosa Murcielago

Dec. 2017
La Palina Lp01
Hoyo La Amistad Silver by AJ Fernandez
Joya de Nicaragua Cuenca y Blanco (CyB)
Curivari Achilles Legendario Heroicos
La Flor Dominicana La Volcada
Gilberto Oliva Reserva Blanc
Henry Clay Stalk Cut

Jan. 2018
Alec Bradley Post-Embargo
San Cristobal
Isabela StarDust
Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon
MBombay Classic Torpedo

Feb/March. 2018
Illusione Cigars ~MJ12~ Maduro
Don Pepin Garcia Serie JJ (bonus content)
Archetype Axis Mundi
Ceron Sumatra
Padron 1964 Anniversary (Natural) No. 4
Bespoke Cigars Gran Mareva
Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic
MBombay Mora

April 2018
Illusione Cigars ~ultra~ op. no. 3
Illusione Cigars ~2~ & Crowned Thorns

May 2018
Illusione Cigars Cigares Prive
Tatuaje Tattoo
Gran Habano Cigars Persian King

June 2018 
Casa Cuevas Habano
Casa Cuevas Maduro
La Barba Red
Surrogates Satin Glove
Caldwell Cigars Eastern Standard Dos Firmas

July 2018
Cornelius & Anthony Daddy Mac
The Griffin's Classic by Davidoff
Oliva Serie V Melanio
601 Blue Label Maduro
La Barba Red
Caldwell Blind Man's Bluff CT
My Father Flor De Las Antillas

August 2018
DAV Cigars Habana Clasico
Edition One Cloud Hopper No. 53
Crowned Heads Jericho Hill

September 2018
Asylum 13 Cigars Medulla [Oblongata]
Tabac Cigar Co. Muestra de Tabac
Caldwell Cigars Long Live the King
Illusione Cigars Garagiste
Illusione Haut 10



September 27th.
List: Best Cigar of each Month
[remember these are all links to full reviews]

Oct. 2017: My Father La Opulencia
Nov. 2017 Herrera Esteli by Drew Estate Miami Edition
Dec. 2017: La Flor Dominicana La Volcada
Jan. 2018: MBombay Classic Torpedo
Feb. 2018: Bespoke Cigars Gran Mareva
March 2018: Padron 1964 Anniversary (Natural) No. 4
April 2018: Illusione Cigars ~2~ & Crowned Thorns
May 2018: Gran Habano Cigars Persian King
June 2018: La Barba Red
July 2018: Caldwell Blind Man's Bluff CT
August 2018: DAV Cigars Habana Clasico
Sept. 2018: Illusione Cigars Garagiste

NOTE: listed jointly as Feb./March up-top, each month gets its own representative here. The joint filing is due to my taking the last 2wks off in Feb.



September 28th.
List whittled down to 10.
(In no particular order.)
[remember these are all links to full reviews]

My Father La Opulencia
La Flor Dominicana La Volcada
MBombay Classic Torpedo
Bespoke Cigars Gran Mareva
Padron 1964 Anniversary (Natural) No. 4
Illusione Cigars ~2~ & Crowned Thorns
La Barba Red
Caldwell Blind Man's Bluff CT
DAV Cigars Habana Clasico
Illusione Cigars Garagiste


September 29th.
#s 10-6 announced
[remember these are all links to full reviews]

10. Caldwell Blind Man's Bluff CT
9. La Barba Red
8. DAV Cigars Habana Clasico
7. lllusione Cigars ~2~ & Crowned Thorns
6. Bespoke Cigars Gran Mareva


September 30th.
Five-one announced
[remember these are all links to full reviews]



KAPLOWITZ MEDIA CIGAR OF THE YEAR


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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Kaplowitz Media: Cigars of the Month (September 2018)

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[This is the FINAL Cigars of the month list whose entrants will be eligible for the Kaplowitz Media Cigar of the Year 2017-18. Find out all 'bout dat @ HERE.]

"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 (September 2018) cigar offerings I humbly found to be worthy of A (- to +) review ratings.

THE A-LIST


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Illusione OneOff +53 Super Robusto - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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OneOff +53
WRAPPER: Nope
BINDER: Nada
FILLER: Nah

FORMAT: 5.75x48 "Super Robusto"
ORIGIN: Nicaraguan
STRENGTH: Medium

NOTES: Notably tangy overtones of Orange Julius w/ white pepper kicker. Ginger, honey, graham, car-a-mel undertones. Draws well and burns nicely, slowly. Smooth as Billy Dee Williams hawking malt liquor. Cool as a cucumber placed on the other side of yer pillow. Lacks complexity but does have some bright nuance. Skittles finish (moderate length). Jaunty. Purposeful.

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


"ONEOFF +53 SUPER ROBUSTO

"The OneOff brand has a neat story. Here goes: 'twas created in 2001 by one Mr. Andrea Molinari, CEO of an eye-talian air-line and proprietor of a La Casa del Habano. Sir simply wanted his own brand. Plasencia obliged and the smokes were made at their Nicaraguan factory, Segovia Cigars S.A. Living up to their OneOff nom de tobacco, offerings were made scant and mainly-so for Asian and Euro markets. Much of the buzz 'round the original brand was, in fact, its branding. Its packaging, particularly. The logo employed to be emblazoned was the peace sign. Cigar smarks were shortly tripping over one-another to get their mitts on the curious things. Scarcely found plus curiously presented, equaled [to] a cult-like following that was somewhat the impetus behind Giolito's birthing of [his own brand] Illusione.

As to OneOff's re-introduction: expect that to occur sometime next year. Expect it too, to look and perchance even smoke the same. As Dion plans on keeping the cult-iconic branding in place and was attracted also to the blend's grand-father'd in status. That OG unicorn recipe, gentlepersons: Honduran top-leaf o'er Nicaraguan guts. They will be rolled outta the TABSA factory, much-like-much of Illusione's other offerings." - Me, Illusione Owner Dion Giolito Buys OneOff - Cigar News

Fine. OK. Alrighty. In June, Illusione sent to market 7/8 of the everything-old-is-new-again front. The lagging 1/8 being the +53 Super Robusto... & NOW, it's on its way to said market on the heels of the other little piggies. +53. The country code of Cuba. Was Cuban leaf used in the OG OO blend? Proly not. Speaking of the blend, Dion Giolito of Illusione has stated the +53 to be different than the rest. He's right, too, and away from its recipe, as well. See, it has a secondary band and a ~$30USD per MSRP. Those extra brands must be pricey propositions!

[note: Cuban Crafters picked up the name OneOff & they're whom Illusione did purchase it from.]" Me, from Kaplowitz Media Cigar News Weekly Report: OneOff (Illusione), Nomad, & Curivari Cigars.

"Illusione Cigars is proud to present ONEOFF. A breakout cigar at the turn of the 21st century that gained an immediate cult status. We felt like we had the opportunity and duty to recreate the fire and essence that was the impetus of the brand. We achieved it." - www.IllusioneCigars.com

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Kaplowitz Media Programming Update

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Birthdays & aniversarios are times for reflection. Shemptember, the month-long K/M aniversario celebracion offered me just that. Mid-month, I went public w/ plans to intro coffee culture as a co-focus of cigar lifestyle.

Just a couple/few days ago, an opportunity presented itself (one I won't discuss quite yet) which exists w/in the cigar industry. I JUMPED AT/ON it. Did-so sans thought as to coffee, whatsoever. What this proved to me, is that nothing gets to me like cigars.

As K/M is a 1-man show (me) I cannot burn a candle at three-ends. So on Oct. 1st, instead of a "hello" to a coffee extension co-focus here -- it'll be, well -- not one. I did procure some samples of java which I will review. Heck, I may even do occasional etc. reviews. Maybe on Wednesdays.

Regardless, the takeaway from this for you Gentlepersons is that K/M will continue on its cigar-centric path. For me, my aniversario takeaway is a renewed appreciation of the leaf. Fuck, that was a flowery sentiment Apt, tho. Hey!

& bdays can be more than one thing...

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83. Kaplowitz Radio Monday

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Illusione Cigars Haut 10 - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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Illusione Haut 10
WRAPPER: Nicaraguan Corojo
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: SUPER Robusto, fan-tail cap
ORIGIN: Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA), Nicaragua
STRENGTH: Medium

NOTES: Amazingly complex and quite brightly delivered. That combo makes for a cacophony of potentially unsettled flavors on account of lacking depth | nuance. Lotsa what's called "character" plays bandleader and well, this is maybe the jazziest smoke I've ever smoked. Every note but wet fence post is played in an improv fashion. Highlights: creamsicle, cocoa butter, pine nuts, Boston Creme donut, cardamom-laced apple pie, white peppercorn, buttered popcorn, gingerbread cookies, shortbread, cinnamon rolls. Oy, w/ the pastries & a vanilla latte.

Burn-line gets a slight blister here&there but the pace is Good, man (Benny Goodman reference, Jazz Bandleader). Offers lots of smoke off a perfect draw. Long and slow and happy. Maybe it's a Phish concert -- fuck I hope not. It's just I hate the people who go to those.

A brilliant experience. A tick tiringly-so. Pairs well w/ a nap afterward.

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


"When I asked Giolito to explain the imagery on the box, he simply sent me this link." & "For the 10th anniversary of Illusione, Giolito created Haut 10, a 5 1/2 x 52 robusto extra that uses a Nicaraguan cafe claro AAA grade wrapper that sits on a blend of Nicaraguan criollo 98 and corojo 99 tobaccos that is “seco dominant.” He noted that the blend came as the result of three sortings to get the best materials from AGANORSA." - Patrick Lagreid, www.Halfwheel.com

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Kaplowitz Media Cigar News Weekly Report: Oliva, Rocky Patel, Crowned Heads, La Barba Cigars

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OLIVA | DORTMUND

As Dortmund, Germany plays host to the int'l cigar biz via InterTabac -- Oliva is there -- with two new Euro exclusives. The pair includes: The Serie V Melanio Limitada 2018, a rounded version of the Serie V Melanio in a Robusto vitola. It is Limitada'd to a production of 1K 10ct. boxes. The other is a 770-sized Cain Daytona Limitada, in turn Limitada'd to 1.5K 10ct. boxes.

I can only afford the Cain offering but I also don't buy cigars.

ROCKY PATEL GRAND RESERVE

More InterTabac news! RP's Grand Reserve is an outside the US market only release w/ an undisclosed blend coming out of EstelĂ­, Nicaragua via the TAVICUSA factory. It'll be available in countries I cannot locate on any map in the formats of: Robusto, Toro, Gordo. All in 10ct. boxes sliding into retailer humidors mid next month.

CROWNED HEADS / DREW ESTATE OHIO EXCLUSIVE

By all accounts, Ohio sucks. Maybe this'll help. Drew Estate has made a Buckeye exclusive cigar for the Crowned Heads hat company. Available there next month will be the Toro-sized & aptly titled "Buckeye Land." That's right Gentlepersons, OH joins HI, TX, & TN as states with CH homages.  The blend features a MX SA wrapper, CT binder, and guts from NI & PA. Look for it late next month.

LA BARBA PRIMITIVO | RICOCHET

"La Barba's splash into IPCPR 2018 waters consists of a new/3rd core brand in Primitivo. Company head honcho, Tony Bellato, a WSET level 3 Sommelier has tied this project into the wine world via its very name. Beyond that, somehow the palate is at play -- I am flippantly unsure as to how but am a BIG fan of Belatto's work thus far.

"Primitivo, La Barba's first foray into Maduro (San Andres) will be rolled in the DR @ Henderson Ventura into 25ct. boxes. Guts are an Indonesian binder and Dominican; Nicaraguan; Pennsylvanian filler leaves. Four sizes will be in the offering, a Corona, a Robusto, a toro, and a very phallic if yer #blessed, Gordo. They'll be distributed alongside Caldwell Cigars and Room 101 Cigars, by Down and Back LLC."  - Me, in the July 1 Cigar News Weekly Report.

Well, make that Ricochet, thanks to TM issues (JR Cigars/Santa Clara, Inc. owns the rights to Primitivo). "Ricochet" is what La Barba owner Belato sites as a "return" to his roots, a la the previous Primitivo nom de tobacco. "Boomerang" HAS to already be taken, as well. Plus "Roots" is "too ethnic."

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Ten Most Memorable Box Pressed Cigars 2017-18 (Shemptember/Kaplowitz Media 3rd Aniversario Celebracion)

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The month of September, or Shemptember 'round this way, is a month-long Aniversario Celebracion, yes. There's more to it than 'just' that, tho. It's also the month where Kaplowitz Media picks up its pace in financially securing another Aniversario in 365. That's right -- I'm begging for money. Well, busking really & to be further apt. I mean I am performing somewhat here.

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Also throughout the month, I will be 'penning' these "10" lists. Because bitches love lists and they also love my ten" personality. Said lists will be of the year's most MEMORABLE cigars in different groups according to format, top-leaf, origin country, etc. Note: MEMORABLE, and not to be confused with my Cigars of the Year or "best of," coming Sept. 26-30. Although I am certain there will be overlapping. k.

Box Pressing. Does it factor into the taste of a blend? Does the same blend taste different once "pressed?" Depends on who you ask. Asking me? The flavor of any cigar is impacted upon when burn issues arise in any format/blend. BPs seem to have more burn issues than their rounded brethren. The format does feel different in mitt & mouth -- some like that, some don't. I don't really care.

Let's roll.



10 MOST MEMORABLE BP Cigars 2017-18
[listed items are links to full review]



SHEMPTEMBER 2018 LIST OF EVENTS:
September 1st (time TBD) KAPATHON 2018 (LINK)
September 15th Kaplowitz Media Festival
September 30th CIGAR OF THE YEAR Announced

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Kaplowitz Media Weekly Recapitulation Volume LXIX

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Odds & Ends at the Ides (Sept.)
Cigar News Weekly Report
La Aurora Serie Aniversario 107 Maduro - Cigar Review
Cigar of the Year 2017-18 [Scheduling Information & Process]
Ten Most Memorable Figurado Cigars 2017-18
Asylum Cigars [Medulla] Oblongata Maduro - Cigar Review
La Aurora Cigars 1987 Connecticut - Cigar Review
Caldwell Cigars Long Live the King - Cigar Review
Illusione Cigars Garagiste - Cigar Review Redux



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Friday, September 21, 2018

Illusione Cigars Garagiste in Robusto - Cigar Review Redux by Kaplowitz

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Illusione Garagiste
WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Habano
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Robusto
ORIGIN: Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A., Nicaragua
STRENGTH: Medium-Full

NOTES: Tightly-rolled w/ a draw to only somewhat match -- pulls satiate, nonetheless. Chocolate. Buttered cinnamon toast. That's there on the aroma, as well. Deep dark baccy core with spices displaying more sweet-brightly. Peppery up-front. Merlot addition finish. Burns on a line with a slow-stacking ash.

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


I first looked at this blend: Illusione Cigars Garagiste in Gordo - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz & What a difference a vitola makes! From the B- Gordo to this A- Robusto. Illusione is a sponsor of K/M but was too, back then.

"The new line is named Garagiste, which is the name given to a group of winemakers in the Bordeaux region of France who emerged in the mid-1990s that produce “garage wines” in reaction to the traditional style that had been prevalent in the past." www.Halfwheel.com

"One of multiple new Illusione cigars made available for the first time at last year’s IPCPR Trade Show (in addition to a looming FDA deadline, it was also Illusione’s 10th Anniversary), Garagiste is the first Illusione cigar to feature an Ecuadorian wrapper." www.StogieGuys.com

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82. Kaplowitz Radio Friday

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Caldwell Cigars Long Live the King in Petite Corona "Manzanita" - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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Caldwell Long Live the King
WRAPPER: Dominican Corojo
BINDER: Dominican Corojo 
FILLER: Peruvian Pelo de Oro, Nicaraguan Habana Ligero

FORMAT: Petite Corona "Manzanita"
ORIGIN: Caldwell Cigar Factory, DR
STRENGTH: Full

NOTES: Well-rolled & easily pulled. Burn needs a single re-direct. Smoky af. Dense but sweet lively leathery-oil'd earthen overtones. Roasted red-peppery-cinnamon attachments. Chocolate kicker kicked w/ jalapeno bits & some fruity undertones which extend into a stiff wooden finish.

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


"Back in 2014, Caldwell Cigar Co debuted with three lines: Long Live The King, The King is Dead and Eastern Standard. Since then, the company’s releases have expanded to include new lines and new sizes for the existing lines. Long Live The King was released in four sizes initially, with a fifth regular production size added in 2015." - www.Halfwheel.com

"LONG LIVE THE KING
“Richer Than Warren Buffet”
This blend uses very small batch, rare, and all A grade tobaccos."

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La Aurora Cigars 1987 Connecticut in Robusto - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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La Aurora Connecticut
WRAPPER: Connecticut shade
BINDER: Dominican
FILLER: Dominican, Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Robusto
ORIGIN: Dominican Republic

STRENGTH: Mild-Medium

NOTES:
Sweet(butterscotch)-creamy earthen-tobacco core. Tangy-forward soft spices whispered peppers. Leather-grains-nuts savoriness. Smoov af. Musty/dusty nuances, zero complexities... the intent here isn't a roller-coaster but a teacup ride. Nice. Burns even 'nuff and draws quite well.

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


"The La Aurora 1987 Connecticut is part of the time capsule series from the first cigar factory of the Dominican Republic. The cigar joins the 1903 Cameroon and 1962 Corojo and each year represents when La Aurora first used the wrapper in their storied history." - www.TheCigarAuthority.com

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Asylum 13 Cigars [Medulla] Oblongata Maduro in Robusto - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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Asylum [Madulla] Oblongata Maduro
WRAPPER: Mexican San Andres
BINDER: Honduran Corojo
FILLER: Honduran Corojo

FORMAT: Robusto
ORIGIN: Honduras
STRENGTH: Medium-Full

NOTES:
Peppery savory dark tobacco with an inherent sweet whole grain backing. Meaty & substantial. Heats and softens in 3/3, where it experiences some charring.

I smoked this offering: 79. Kaplowitz Radio Monday.

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


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81. Kaplowitz Radio Monday

Ten Most Memorable Figurado Cigars 2017-18 (Shemptember/Kaplowitz Media 3rd Aniversario Celebracion)

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Each & every Wednesday K/M will bring you a column to-do with cigars &/or the cigar lifestyle. (penned by Kap, natch.) Perhaps you can enjoy it while smoking something good, Gentlepersons. Tho that ain't mandated. Smoke something bad if ya like. See if I care. I begin...

But I do not. Instead, I pre-empt the regularly scheduled bit of lifestyle post in favor of the Shemptember especial of #bestOf lists. Because bitches love lists. A point which I'll reiterate later.

The month of September, or Shemptember 'round this way, is a month-long Aniversario Celebracion, yes. There's more to it than 'just' that, tho. It's also the month where Kaplowitz Media picks up its pace in financially securing another Aniversario in 365. That's right -- I'm begging for money. Well, busking really & to be further apt. I mean I am performing somewhat here.

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Also throughout the month, I will be 'penning' these "10" lists. Because bitches love lists and they also love my ten" personality. Said lists will be of the year's most MEMORABLE cigars in different groups according to format, top-leaf, origin country, etc. Note: MEMORABLE, and not to be confused with my Cigars of the Year or "best of," coming Sept. 26-30. Although I am certain there will be overlapping. k.

Figurados. Parejo is the name given to any cigar-shaped cigar. Stright-rounded sides, flat on each end. Figurado is the term applied to every other offering of any other shape, including my personal fav of Perfecto... the vitola of choice for old-school cartoon tuffies.

Let's roll.

10 MOST MEMORABLE FIGURADOS 2017-18
[listed items are links to full review]


SHEMPTEMBER 2018 LIST OF EVENTS:
September 1st (time TBD) KAPATHON 2018 (LINK)
September 15th Kaplowitz Media Festival
September 30th CIGAR OF THE YEAR Announced


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81. Kaplowitz Radio Monday

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Kaplowitz Media Cigar of the Year 2017-18 [Scheduling Information & Process]

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September is K/M's month-long 3rd Aniversario Celebracion!
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STEPS TOWARD NAMING THE 2017-18 CIGAR OF THE YEAR
  1. All Cigars of the Month shall be listed (9/26)
  2. A best of each month shall be announced (9/27)
  3. List shall then be whittled down to ten (9/28)
  4. Ten-six announced (9/29)
  5. Five-one announced (9/30)
These steps will all be listed in a single & updated blog post. During this time, again, September 26-30th. During this time, no other postings will be made -- neither written nor spoken word (blog or podcast). 

Please note that while all offerings herein scored a grade twixt A- and A+, that is not automatically heeded to whilst compiling. I do this because I am looking for 'memorable' aspects of each cigar. How I think of it now, as much as then. Thusly, I am purposefully blinding myself to partial-grade minutia particulars. Also: the offerings here were smoked by me, not released by whomever, during the given span a' time.


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81. Kaplowitz Radio Monday

La Aurora Serie Aniversario 107 Maduro in Robusto - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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La Aurora 107 Maduro
WRAPPER: Connecticut Broadleaf
BINDER: Dominican Corojo
FILLER: Dominican & Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Robusto
ORIGIN: E. Leon Jimenes Tabacalera, Dominican Republic
STRENGTH: Medium-Full

NOTES:
Sloppily rolled but performs far better than it eye-balls. Black pepper & spiced dried meat forefront. Dark grain & manure undertones. Leather-led purple fruit & cocoa nuances twixt. Sharp notes subdue off the front-load and pick up some toasted cream.

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


"The La Aurora 107 Maduro has been a long awaited cigar by La Aurora Cigars. Back in 2010, the original La Aurora 107 was launched. This cigar was released to celebrate La Aurora’s 107th anniversary, thus the cigar was appropriately named. That cigar received a high amount of fanfare from cigar enthusiasts nationwide. It was shortly after the launch of that cigar where word came that there would be a maduro companion to that cigar. It’s taken a little bit of time, but the La Aurora 107 Maduro has finally launched. Recently I’ve had an opportunity to smoke the La Aurora 107 Maduro. I found this to be a very good cigar, and a great addition into the La Aurora portfolio." - www.Cigar-Coop.com (2013)

"While the La Aurora 107 blend commemorating the company’s 107th year in business had a fairly straight forward release in 2010, the Maduro version is another story altogether. Although the 107 Maduro was formally announced in 2010, there were no sightings of it on the market until late 2011 when Cigar King received 49 boxes of a prerelease version in a 7 x 58 Gran 107 vitola." - www.Halfwheel.com

s/o: La Aurora

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81. Kaplowitz Radio Monday

Monday, September 17, 2018

81. Kaplowitz Radio Monday

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ty for yer attns., Gentlepersons.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Kaplowitz Media Cigar News Weekly Report: Nomad | Ezra Zion, Providencia The Hostage & Meritage, & C.L.E. Wynwood

"All the news that's fit to poach."


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NOMAD | EZRA ZION

Fred Rewey has sold his Nomad Cigar Co. to micro beard oil and assorted bric-a-brac co. Ezra Zion. Near as I can tell, EZ is essentially in the label-making business, although I'd imagine they outsource printing. What I'm saying is, the co. slaps their stuff on lotsa stuff. I always get the feeling they're throwing pasta on the wall to see what of it sticks. Sadly, I'm unsure anything's stuck just yet. Much pasta. Too much pasta. Not 'nuff spicy meat'a'balls.

I like Nomad. The brand had and has a special place in my heart as one of, if not the first companies to give me the time of day. That was a poorly constructed sentence. The editorial "we" here at K/M wish Mr. Rewey sugar, spice, & everything nice. As far as the Ezra Zion vision for the Nomad name, Chris Kelly of EZ said via PR: "... an outlet for our more edgy and experimental stuff -- both in terms of cigar making and also art concepts." Why a teeny brand needs an avant-garde extension would have to be explained to me, however.

I'd hate to see Nomad become just another poorly cooked strand of Ezra Zion spaghetti, but I'm braced for just that. Or maybe I should shut up & listen to Fred:

"I have known Chris and Kyle with Ezra Zion for several years. Worked side-by-side with them when we were together at Emilio Cigars [now Boutiques Unified]. Although there will be many more details coming out over the next several days, I can say that I feel confident not only in them taking Nomad Cigar Company to the next level, but also preserving what has brought it to this point." - (Via his own press release.)

PROVIDENCIA THE HOSTAGE / MERITAGE

Providencia Cigars has announced a pair of new releases in The Hostage & Meritage.

The Hostage is a nom de tobacco in homage to founder Jim Faber's experience of being kidnapped in Honduras. Is it "the" Honduras? Like The Bronx? I wanna say yeah. The cigar is to be offered in a singular box-pressed Toro format w/ San Andres top-leaf over Indonesian binder & Nicaraguan, Hondy guts. It's set to flesh out the full side of Providencia's portfolio spectrum, in terms of palate. it will be available in 10ct. boxes w/ a total production of 1,050 rolled.

The Meritage is an offering which promises to employ Providencia's proprietary "aromatic aging" process which in turn employs Honduran red wine. The thing'll come in a 5.5x52 BP Torpedo format again with San Andres wrapper, this go-'round with totes Nica guts. It's set to be an event special offering, and available only to select retailers.

Both these cigars are coming out of the La Pequena Vega Cigar Factory in Danli, Honduras.

CLE WYNWOOD

Hey everyone, it's the return of the Wynwood brand, courtesy of CLE! The plans are for a series of three (3) blends to form "Wynwood Hills." Parts of that parcel include: Unhinged (Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper), Mayhem (Corojo), & Deranged (US CT broadleaf). All three blends come in one vitola -- Petite Robusto. The things are packed into 50ct. boxes w/ follow-up refills of bundled 25s available for retailers. Every single one of those names annoys the hell out of me.

Christian Eiroa and Robert Caldwell launched Wynwood back in 2012, its name originating from an artsy-fartsy Miami district. Caldwell left Ww a year after its creation, and the name has been hibernating since. Plans are to shake it awake in November.


IN MEMORIAM

Arsenio Ramos
1935-2018

Master Blender


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80. Kaplowitz Radio Friday

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Kaplowitz Media: Odds & Ends at the Ides (Sept.)

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  • The new look 'round here
  • [dis]Illusione Podcast

Gentlepersons,

Them's above are the bullet-points. Lettuce now delve -- but first -- thanks for coming out to this, my State of the Kaplowitz.xyz Address.

I sure do hope ya've noticed by now but if ya've not... there's some new imagery around here. I am not a visual sorta guy so I am quite comforted by the fact that said imagery comes in the form of letters. I'm actually somewhat of a typography nerd & am elated to be employing both courier AND Courier New fonts. To think Mrs. Price, my 5th-grade teacher, said I wouldn't amount to much. Now lookit her... dead. While I'm Totes McGoats enjoying typeface. Also, I changed the page text to be in full compliance and accordance because OCD.

Now here's B I G news. Ep 1 of [dis]Illusione dropped! You can listen HERE. [dis]Illusione. All things Illusione Cigars News, events, interviews & conspiracy theories | weird news | alt. history. Posts 13th of every month (starting Sept.). W O W.

Hey! it's also Shemptember, lest we forget. Check in on: K/M 3rd Anniversario Events Guide/Index for all the info re: K/M's 3rd Aniversario Celebracion! (This will post midway through this year's Kaplowitz Media Festival; hope to see ya!!!)

OK now, Gentlepersons. Kindly head on out, huh?

thx

Till the Ides next,

Kap

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Me? I was once a chef and another time a professional wrestler. I am a published writer, both on-line and on-paper, of genres ranging from Pulp to Pome. My family's roots in podcasting go back to 1901. Blogging, 1898. This, back in the Old Country of The Nicanduras Republic. Feel free to look all this up. 

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80. Kaplowitz Radio Friday