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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Felix Assouline Cigars EGO Black "Dark Lord" - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

"BOO!!!"


Felix Assouline Cigars Ego Black
WRAPPER: Honduran Ligero
BINDER: Honduran
FILLER: Honduran

FORMAT: 6.5x56 double perfecto,box pressed
ORIGIN: Nicaragua
STRENGTH: Full

NOTES: Dark is right. Powerful as all get-out, too. Yet somehow smooth. Roasted bittersweet notes of espresso and dark chocolate. Stiff spine of pepper-spice woods eventually softening some via leathery oils. Beef jerky savory and is that manure I detect? Dense composted earthen core. Straight-forward but with superb depth & nuance. Performs exceptionally.

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

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Kaplowitz Media (un)Happy Halloween (or, Just Trick No Treat, or "Worst of" List, or Positively SCARY Cigars)

"Have you Kaplowitz'd to-day?"


& fuck if the title of the post don't say it all.

& sure I can offer the disclaimer of "hand-made/natural product" or "pulled a bad one," or "personal preference/wheelhouse," but BOO!!! ...

[in no particular order]

[titles are links to full reviews, as the below are merely excerpts. thx]

KAP: The nicotine hurts. Hold me?
AW: ...

Black Ops Rubicon She leans across me to fluff a pillow for under my arm and her plump pale ample bosom peaks out...

Flor de Gonzalez (FDG) 20th Aniversario Maduro
#leastmode
  • Thin notes
  • Tight draw
  • Strength outweighs body
  • Zero discernable-delineated notes
  • liquidy notes wash away fast
  • Alkaline, ashy
Pier 28 Maduro "Dark but not somber overtones of a roasted bittersweet varietal. Pepper-spice is a rather simplistic bit which cycles up&down hither&thither throughout the profile. Not much by way of sour entrants and lesser in terms of savoriness, which is led along by a toasted salted note. Not too terribly balanced and rather lacking in complexities. Very straight-forward. Nuance is lacking as well, in a failure to "stick to the ribs" manner and entrench itself in the palate."

"Fifty-One" Kaplowitz Radio I smoke a shitty ***Serrano*** offering whilst discussing: ...

Victor Sinclair Connecticut Yankee [bonus content] (LINK)


House of Chaliceg-d CG13 Entertainment purposes only. Wager responsibly. Brush teeth twice daily. Take vitamins. Say prayers. Void where prohibited.

CAO Extreme Bourbon was never topshelf stuff, but now it's a well drink and prominent in the profile. Top-leaf cracks off of a loosened seam about a half inch from burn-line. Astringent note is there. Witch hazel and cheap bourbon are big players.

Cubanacan Cigars (2016) Habano (LINK)

Drew Estate Kentucky Fire Cured There is a pungent cold-nosing of vulcanized rubber-sole leather boots being set afire over seasoned woods. Said fire is then doused by liquid smoke flavoring, which caramelizes in the heat. Interesting!
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WEDNESDAY: A list. Because bitches love lists
SATURDAY: your Kaplowitz Media Weekly Recapitulation.
SUNDAY: your Kaplowitz Media Cigar News Weekly Report.
25th of the MONTH: Kaplowitz Media Cigars of the Month.


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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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

La Aurora Cigars ADN Dominicano in Robusto - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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La Aurora ADN Dominicano
WRAPPER: Dominican
BINDER: Cameroon
FILLER: Dominican Republic, Pennsylvania & Nicaragua

FORMAT: Robusto
ORIGIN: La Aurora Cigar Factory, DR
STRENGTH: Medium

NOTES: Sweet via ZERO bar* with a tangy warmly spiced kicker which balances well. Some sharp white pepper extends from there to growing finish. Cream. Vanilla bean. Savory oils mount. Coffee dark roasted but still more sweet than bitter w/ a bunch of raw sugar additions. Could be smoother, could be rounder. Performance is excellent, particularly draw & burn-line.

*"The ZERO candy bar, introduced in 1920, is a candy bar composed of a combination of caramel, peanut and almond nougat covered with a layer of white fudge (a.k.a. white chocolate fudge). Its outwardly white color, an unusual color for a candy bar, has become its trademark." - Wikipedia

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


"During this year’s Procigar, La Aurora showed off a brand new line named ADN Dominicano, which translates into Dominican DNA from Spanish.

"While the majority of La Aurora cigars are produced with tobacco that is grown using traditional techniques, the ADN Dominicano is quite different, as it incorporates andullo tobacco which refers to a unique way of processing the leaves. Instead of being harvested and placed in pilones—basically extremely large piles of tobacco that are rotated in and out as the leaves process—as is the case for most cigars, andullo tobacco is wrapped into large pods known as yaguas after being harvested. These pods are then rooted into the ground while the tobacco processes." - www.Halfwheel.com (2017)

"A year ago, at the 2017 Procigar festival, La Aurora debuted what was to be a Dominican exclusive cigar called ADN Dominicana. Luckily for us, these became available to the U.S. last September, and enthusiasts can discover a new/old style of tobacco called Andullo. 

'La Aurora ADN Dominicano is the latest release of La Aurora, a cigar with an exceptional blend whose soul is the Andullo. Using this type of tobacco, La Aurora pays tribute to the oldest Dominican tobacco process and although little known today is deeply ingrained as an essential part of the Dominican Republic’s tobacco culture and its processing practices for hundreds of years.'" - www.CigarDojo.com (2018)
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Monday, October 29, 2018

91. Kaplowitz Radio Monday

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"Historically, lectors (known as lectores in Cuba) or readers in a cigar factory entertained workers by reading books or newspapers aloud, often left-wing publications, paid for by unions or by workers pooling their money. In the United States, the custom was brought to an end in the Tampa cigar makers' strike of 1931. The practice apparently originated in Cuba, and is still known there today, where there are about 200 lectores. Lectores were introduced in 1865 to educate and relieve boredom among cigar workers. Lectores, and their reading material, are chosen by the workers of the cigar factory. Lectores often take on extra-official roles and formerly acted as “spurs to dissent.” As of 2017, UNESCO is considering designating the profession a form of “intangible cultural heritage” - Wikipedia

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ty for yer attns., Gentlepersons.

s/o Miami Cigar & Co. | La Aurora

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www.GHcigars.com
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KAPLOWITZ RADIO Friday
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New episodes every Friday
Unedited. Unscripted. Unformatted. Changeable. Off the cuff & the top of my head both @ once. My playground. My. Me. Tune in to REALLY learn what makes me tick. Sure you don't like me, but now find out exactly WHY. If I have a guest, it'll be on here. Guess what? I smoke a cigar on here, too #BreadAndButter

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Kaplowitz Media Cigar News Weekly Report: Tatuaje Escasos, Gran Habano Cigars Blue in Green, Drew Estate Pappy Van Winkle Tradition

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TATUAJE ESCASOS COLLECTION

Escasos means "scarce" or "rare" in "Spanish." Like a non-crazy woman riding shotgun to a tall sober leprechaun atop a Skittles rainbow farting unicorn while eating a bag of Doritos & not being a fatty. I mean a BBW. My apologies. But this ain't about that, this is about NEW My Father Miami-made Tatuaje. & they'll live up to their name, lemme tell ya. Although in all fairness, not a lot is known as of yet re: them.

Tatuajes Escasos Collection is a thing teased/unreleased by Pete "My Name is Dick Said Twice" Johnson via a pic of a 2ndary band & 5 cigars. Nothing is writ in stone, tho some have been alluded to prior. Only one (earlier this year) has seen an official announcement of sorts, the Gran Tatuaje, a B I G 955 perfecto. PJ has said that three of the five will be a United States Series with red, white, and blue splashes on their packaging. Oh, he also said "we" should be prepped for a per stick MSRP which falls in the $50 realm.

Two other offerings don familiar nom de tobaccos, Petite Église, and Clos L’Église. The first was talked about as far back as 2013 when I could crank out a hundy push-ups w/out blinking an eye. JK. Did that this AM. Anyways, Pete banged that drum a year-or-so back and too dropped "Clos L’Église" in doing so. Something about Robustos for the Euro market, Ecuadorian top-leaves. All Havana seed.

At the end of the day, although I am not sure which day, Escasos will be a means for Pete to release teeny production, Miami produced offerings. Which is pretty dang cool.

GRAN HABANO BLUE IN GREEN

"... Nevertheless, at next month's IPCPR trade-show, GH will unveil a new Connie wrapped cigar offering under the nom de tobacco Blue in Green. Slated to fit into the medium spectrum of the brand's portfolio, its recipe is a Connecticut top-leaf (duh) over Nicaraguan guts. Three sizes will be rolled at G.R. Tabacaleras Co. in Honduras... those being Robusto, a Toro labeled a Gran Robusto, and a Churchill." Me (6/4/18)

Now, GH is set to ship these pigs to market (US retailers). Stay GLUED to #KM for a full review.

DREW ESTATE PAPPY VAN WINKLE TRADITION

The yearly DE Pappy Van Winkle release is shipping right meow to Drew Diplomat Retailers. The 2018 iteration is an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapped thing with Indonesian Binder; Nicaraguan and Dominican filler. Plus it's aged a whole other add'l year from last year's... which seems about right if my math holds.

Drew Estate calls the "expressions." I call them "formats" Thems vitolas are: Coronita, Robusto Grande, Toro, Belicoso Fino, and Churchill. This shipping off to market is concurrent with the Old Rip Van Winkle annual dose of Bourbon and Rye


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WEDNESDAY: A list. Because bitches love lists
SATURDAY: your Kaplowitz Media Weekly Recapitulation.
SUNDAY: your Kaplowitz Media Cigar News Weekly Report.
25th of the MONTH: Kaplowitz Media Cigars of the Month.

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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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Kaplowitz Media Weekly Recapitulation Volume LXXIII

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Cigar News Weekly Report
La Aurora Preferidos Diamond - Cigar Review 
Best of the B Grades
Cigars of the Month (October 2018)
Felix Assouline IISaints Platinum - Cigar Review


PODCAST
(spoken/audio)

89. Kaplowitz Radio Monday
90. Kaplowitz Radio Friday

Read last week's recap HERE.


"Have you Kaplowitz'd to-day?" Well, you can. Why? Because I do.
That's right at least once and sometimes twice (but ne'er thrice) a day, you can Kaplowitz.

Daily posts, is what I'm trying to say.

"Monday & Friday. Book-end yer week-end with K/M."

Sure, that's yer weekly dose of ear candy but what of the written word?
Of blogging, proper? K/M got ya fo' sho. Furthermore, K/M got a...

SCHEDULE

TUESDAY & THURSDAY: cigar review/redux
WEDNESDAY: A list. Because bitches love lists
SATURDAY: your Kaplowitz Media Weekly Recapitulation.
SUNDAY: your Kaplowitz Media Cigar News Weekly Report.
25th of the MONTH: Kaplowitz Media Cigars of the Month.

"Historically, lectors (known as lectores in Cuba) or readers in a cigar factory entertained workers by reading books or newspapers aloud, often left-wing publications, paid for by unions or by workers pooling their money. In the United States, the custom was brought to an end in the Tampa cigar makers' strike of 1931. The practice apparently originated in Cuba, and is still known there today, where there are about 200 lectores. Lectores were introduced in 1865 to educate and relieve boredom among cigar workers. Lectores, and their reading material, are chosen by the workers of the cigar factory. Lectores often take on extra-official roles and formerly acted as “spurs to dissent.” As of 2017, UNESCO is considering designating the profession a form of “intangible cultural heritage” - Wikipedia

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.

"The world beats world-beaters."


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Friday, October 26, 2018

90. Kaplowitz Radio Friday

"Book-end yer week-end w/ Kaplowitz Radio"


Please to press play below:



ty for yer attns., Gentlepersons.

s/o

This episode was alphabetically brought to you by:
www.CaldwellCigars.com
www.FelixAssouline.com
www.GHcigars.com
www.IllusioneCigars.com

Kaplowitz Media (K/M) programming is an Internet Archive Exclusive.

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KAPLOWITZ RADIO Monday
[K/M flagship show]
An audio extension of www.Kaplowitz.xyz
New episodes every Monday.
Flagship show. Unedited. Vaguely scripted. Formatted-some (Only insofar as being more closely tied to blog happenings). Mainly meaning: style, fashion, foodie, pop culture stuffs -- CIGARS -- because I record while smoking something good. Tune in, gentlepersons.

KAPLOWITZ RADIO Friday
A loosey-goosey free-wheelin' show
New episodes every Friday
Unedited. Unscripted. Unformatted. Changeable. Off the cuff & the top of my head both @ once. My playground. My. Me. Tune in to REALLY learn what makes me tick. Sure you don't like me, but now find out exactly WHY. If I have a guest, it'll be on here. Guess what? I smoke a cigar on here, too #BreadAndButter

"Historically, lectors (known as lectores in Cuba) or readers in a cigar factory entertained workers by reading books or newspapers aloud, often left-wing publications, paid for by unions or by workers pooling their money. In the United States, the custom was brought to an end in the Tampa cigar makers' strike of 1931. The practice apparently originated in Cuba, and is still known there today, where there are about 200 lectores. Lectores were introduced in 1865 to educate and relieve boredom among cigar workers. Lectores, and their reading material, are chosen by the workers of the cigar factory. Lectores often take on extra-official roles and formerly acted as “spurs to dissent.” As of 2017, UNESCO is considering designating the profession a form of “intangible cultural heritage” - Wikipedia

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Felix Assouline Cigars IISaints Platinum Joie De Vivre - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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Felix Assouline 2Saints Platinum
WRAPPER: Nicaraguan Habano Criollo '98
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Toro Gordo "Joie De Vivre"
ORIGIN: Nicaragua
STRENGTH: Full

NOTES: Black pepper'd wood & smoked meat overtones. Salted dark chocolate undertones. Dark and dry then oiled by stiff leather. Purposeful and powerful, yet nuanced & particularly complex on the long-legg'd umami finish. Burns even & draws smooth; smokes maybe a tick toward quick in first half, then slows as leather softens/richens even its very shaft. Even its very shaft. Its very shaft.

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


"Felix Assouline has had a longstanding relationship with the French jeweler and metalworker 2Saints, which has worked with a number of cigar accessory companies throughout the years. Following up on 2014’s II Saints line, the two have paired up again to create IISaints Platinum, a full-bodied Nicaraguan puro that comes in eight vitolas, all with French names." - www.Halfwheel.com

"I am affiliated w/ Felix Assouline Cigars." Me

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Kaplowitz Media: Cigars of the Month (October 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 (October 2018) cigar offerings I humbly found to be worthy of A (- to +) review ratings.

THE A-LIST
{Names are links to full review.}



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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Kaplowitz Media Best of the B Grades, or Cigars Which Fell Shy of an A Grade but that are Still Really Very Good & Well-Worth a Try

& fuck if the title of the post don't say it all.


[in no particular order]

[titles are links to full reviews, as the below are merely excerpts. thx]

Cala Cigars Gran Reserva A Robusto of jenky cosmetics, goodly mechanics, though dampening draw. Bright citrusy sour notes balanced cedar piquancy. A fusty natural tobacco drives as cocoa whispers.

San Lotano Oval The band brings to mind either a Vaquero’s belt buckle or a topshelf can of very authentically eye-talian tomato paste. I will give it a passing grade on this much: it is embossed and it is thick.

Caldwell Cigar Co. Murcias Especial Toasting the foot is a dance of leather and raisin led dried fruits. Some red pepper flakes. First hot pull is a stiff leather plate of raisins and dried cranberries.

Camacho Imperial Stout Barrel-Aged Veiny and not too tightly wound -- a lot like moi. It doth burn cleanly tough, and tightens up-on progression. Dense silvery ash. Retro-hale is a schnoz fulla wasps. Notes of Dark chocolate and fruit syrup with heavy peppercorn. 

Man O' War Virtue Put yer toaster on low, insert Texas toast, slather with oleo. Sweet driving under-belly of caramel, light then thickening honey, yellow flowers. Hint of cardamon, dash of cinnamon sugar, and underneath that, a stewed green apple.


Illusione Rothchildes A rematch hath already been mentioned and too, seems begged. I just don't see it ending differently, lest a puncher's chance which dwindles by the quickening tick.

Xiphos NR Maduro "... Curly’s interest in show business grew as he watched his brothers, Shemp and Moe perform as stooges in Ted Healy’s act. After Shemp left the Healy act, Moe suggested to Healy that his kid brother Jerome was available and would make an excellent replacement for Shemp."

Ave Maria Immaculata Pale nuts mount -- which, gentlepersons, is how white babies are made. <rim-shot> Green nigh bite is subsiding. Artisan white bread is toasting. Cedar is getting at once more creamy and more roasted.

DAV Cigars Mestizo Stiffly-purposeful notes: peppery hardwood, coffee beans 'round charred earthen core. Slightly salted/sweet dried-savory far-undertones.

Felix Assouline Ringo Bullet A beautifully constructed, nice 'nuff performing box-pressed Robusto, bulging of richly black peppered roasted dark earth. Rather on a line, nuanced slightly by espresso woodiness.


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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

La Aurora Preferidos Diamond in Robusto - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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La Aurora Preferidos Diamond
WRAPPER: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
BINDER: Dominican
FILLER: Dominican

FORMAT: Robusto
ORIGIN: La Aurora Factory, DR
STRENGTH: Medium-Full
BLENDER: Guillermo Leon

NOTES: Earth, dark & roasted to the brink of charred. Mocha braced by scorched oak barrel. Finely ground black pepper in table syrup. That's it, top-to-bottom. Also, straight-thru. Burns on an even 'nuff line; plenty of smoke out-put. Draws silky smooth, building to a ditto-so texture w/ just the slightest of buzz on tongue. Stays stubbornly well-formed to the tepid nubberino.

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


"Announced in April and introduced at IPCPR 2012 in August, the La Aurora Preferidos Diamond is the latest expansion in the Preferidos line. Charlie posted the details of this back in July:

"La Aurora has confirmed its newest Preferido will be one with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. The cigar, which will be known as Preferidos Diamond, will come in a black tubo and the signature 5 x 54 Preferidos No. 2 vitola. Nestor Miranda, head of Miami Cigar & Co., the U.S. distributor for La Aurora, first announced the new extension in early April." - www.Halfwheel.com (2012)

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Monday, October 22, 2018

89. Kaplowitz Radio Monday

"Book-end yer week-end w/ Kaplowitz Radio"


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ty for yer attns., Gentlepersons.

s/o Illusione Cigars (888)

This episode was alphabetically brought to you by:
www.CaldwellCigars.com
www.FelixAssouline.com
www.GHcigars.com
www.IllusioneCigars.com


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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Kaplowitz Media Cigar News Weekly Report: Alec Bradley Fine & Rare, Davidoff Puro Dominicano, Balmoral + EPC Cigars, & #KM Store

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


ALEC BRADLEY FINE & RARE

Not one... not two. Not three... not four. Five? Six? Seven? Nah. Eight, nine??? Nope. Ten. Ten different 'baccys are rolled into the LE AB called Fine & Rare. Oh, and it's headed off back to market. For seven years now, Alec Bradley has done-so with this, their complicated Honduran/Nicaraguan blend. A varietal of regions and years make up the complexity culminating in the numerical value a' 10.

This year's release is named JRS10 and is a Gran Toro Parejo in format. Its top-leaf is Honduran (Trojes) then comes a Nica/Hondy double binder. Then the binder is ditto'd in its guts. I don't seem to recall Cigar Aficionado rating it very high, but hey -- whatta they know? Either a lot or a little, depending on who ya ask... (and what their cigars were rated and if).

DAVIDOFF PURO DOMINICANO VAULT SERIES

The Davidoff Vault Series is growing yet again. This time via the re-issue of a 2009 blend, the FDA grand-fathered in Puro Dominicano. Here. we are looking at a Belicoso of 5.75x48 stature which is, natch, a DR puro. Its wrapper leaf comes via the Yamasa region and its binder, San Vicente. Four
leaves fill the thing -- all Habano seeds -- criollo ligero, piloto seco, San Vicente ligero, and corojo ligero.

From Cigar Aficionado:
"The Vault Series was launched alongside Davidoff’s ACCESS program, described as a way for the company to release old stock of previous cigars and limited editions, as well as other select releases. The company will sell it through its own U.S. flagship stores and e-commerce website, as well as a few select retailers, mostly Davidoff lounges."

BALMORAL EPC COLLAB

Royal Agio Cigars has announced their shipping to retailers of their Balmoral brand collaboration with Ernesto Perez-Carrillo offering. My, what a terrible sentence that was. The cigar's nom de tobacco is Dueto, which of course is Hungarian for "Flower Pot."

It's part of the Balmoral Serie Signaturas and too of course, blended by Perez-Carrillo the EPC Cigar Co. head-honcho along w/ Royal Agio big-man Boris Wintermans. The predominantly Nica blend w/ a whisper of Brazilian [& I bet that Brazilian whisper says either "Shemale" or "Soccer star."] is rolled at the La Alianza factory in the Dominican Republic into five formats: Robusto, "Ovación" (5.5x50 Figurado), Gran Toro, Gordo, & Churchill. All come in 10ct. boxes.

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88. Kaplowitz Radio Friday 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Kaplowitz Media Weekly Recapitulation Volume LXXII

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Friday, October 19, 2018

88. Kaplowitz Radio Friday

"Book-end yer week-end w/ Kaplowitz Radio"


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s/o Felix Assouline #DarkLord #FACigars

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Felix Assouline Cigars EGO Ocean Blue "Monsoon" (Toro) - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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Felix Assouline EGO Ocean Blue
WRAPPER: Nicaraguan Habano 98
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Toro "Monsoon"
ORIGIN: Nicaragua
STRENGTH: Medium-Full

NOTES: Hits outta the gate like a bolder Padron. Wood and nuts but coarser and more black pepper. Edgy not sharp and well fleshed-out. Balanced. Black pepper pulls back then nigh out & in come leathery oils with a lavender/lilac lilt on their own white peppercorn undertone. Softens more, grows richer with well lit earthiness in an overall darkly roasted blend. Performs sans complaint.

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

I smoked (& spoke of) this EGO Ocean Blue offering on 85. Kaplowitz Radio Monday (LINK).


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87. Kaplowitz Radio Monday 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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

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Odds & Ends at the Ides. Think of it as a State of the Blog | Podcast Address. I sometimes do. I also think of it as a great way to stay aboob of blog and podcast happenings.

From Wikipedia: "Ides (calendar), a day in the Roman calendar that marked the approximate middle of the month. For March, May, July, and October it is the 15th day of the month. For other Roman calendar months it is on the 13th."
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.

Via the K/M FB page I said:
"Here's something to look forward to at www.Kaplowitz.xyz ...

A very special #podcast series with myself of #KM & Felix of Felix Assouline Cigars which will take you step-by-step through the cigar-making process.

Kaplowitz Media Presents: From Seed to Cigar.

Look for Episode One next week, wherein we'll take it back even a step further and discuss growing regions.

Do NOT miss this series, Gentlepersons."

I can now tell you that the inaugural ep will drop here at the .xyz on Wed. Oct. 24 12:01am Pacific time. Wowie-wow-wow.


What is ASMR? Take it away, Wikipedia!: "Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is an experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine. It has been compared with auditory-tactile synesthesia and may overlap with frisson."

Huh?

"The benefits of ASMR: Internet videos of individuals purposely simulating real-life ASMR triggers have grown widely popular in the last few years. Viewers find many of these videos as relaxing as real-life ASMR triggers and quite helpful for falling asleep, de-stressing, and providing comfort during a sad time. Some individuals with clinical diagnoses of medical disorders report that these videos are helpful to their insomnia, anxiety, panic disorders and/or depression. The evidence for the potential benefit of ASMR for stress disorders, sleep disorders, mood disorders and more is slowly growing. Unfortunately, there is still a lot to learn about the physiology of ASMR and the true effectiveness of ASMR for medical disorders. That is why the mission of this website is to promote the awareness, understanding, and research of ASMR." - www.ASMRuniversity.com

Right.

So a lot of feedback is sent my way re: the tone and pace of my voice. People tend to apologetically state that it helps them unwind, even sleep. This is accidental on my part (mostly) but not at all unwelcome. Look... cigars are about luxuriating. You can't luxuriate when yer sphincter is puckered tighter than a witch's cunt. Go ahead. Chillax. Sleep, even. Your plays, ultimately, count as well as awake ones tbh & anyways. 

Finally & w/ again thanks of the B I G varietal to my new sponsors named up-top, ENTER TO WIN THE CONTEST FOR FREE CIGARS AND HAT (link).

thx

Till the Ides next,

Kap


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87. Kaplowitz Radio Monday

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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

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

FORMAT: Robusto Box Press
ORIGIN: Honduras
STRENGTH: Medium-Full

NOTES: Peppery front yields to a molasses dark bread with a brightly-sweet fruity attachment. Meaty & substantial. Stays cool and well-formed to the nub. Excellent if not occasionally hesitant draw. Burns on an even line but a tick quick. Smoky, smoky both passively & actively. Some charring but too a balancing floral addition to ripening fruits come 3/3. Quite fruit cake-y.

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

Also [titles are links to full reviews]:
Asylum 13 Cigars [Medulla] Oblongata in Robusto
Asylum 13 Cigars [Medulla] Oblongata Maduro in Robusto


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87. Kaplowitz Radio Monday 

Monday, October 15, 2018

87. Kaplowitz Radio Monday

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