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Monday, December 31, 2018

109. Kaplowitz Radio Monday

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I spotlighted/smoked a Dapper Cigar Co. La Madrina & THE KAPPY AWARDS happened! #Kappys2018 Best in the Cigar Industry Award Show.


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Kaplowitz Media & The Cigar Media Federation Present: The 2018 Kappy Awards, Best of the Cigar Industry

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The Cigar Media Federation:
"Let us do the thinking for you."

What began a year ago as: "It's the last day of the year and a Sunday. Sundays are for Cigar News Weekly Report posts. Alas, there ain't much news. So I decided to cobble together a new tradition instead. Gentlepersons, The Kappys..." - me, at last year's inaugural Kaplowitz Media Presents: The 2017 Kappy Awards, Best of the Cigar Industry --- is now #Kappys2018 and filling out into a very big deal indeed.

Therefore -- without any further ado, adon't, or amaybe...


CIGAR OF THE YEAR

SMALL CIGAR BRAND OF THE YEAR

BRAND OF THE YEAR

CIGAR FACTORY OF THE YEAR
Tabacalera La Alianza S.A.

SMALL CIGAR FACTORY OF THE YEAR
Omega Tabacos, Esteli, Nicaragua

CIGAR BLENDER OF THE YEAR
Steve Saka (Dunbarton T&T)

BEST IN CIGAR MEDIA

CIGAR CRITIC OF THE YEAR
Tim Rollins (Tiny Tim's Cigar World)

BEST DESIGN (ART)

BEST MARKETING 

GENTLEPERSON OF THE YEAR
Rocky Patel

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Carlos P. Fuente, Jr.

IN MEMORIAM

Richard Overton
Felix Menendez
Arsenio Ramos
Gary Laden

May their memories be for blessings.


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108. Kaplowitz Radio Friday 

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Kaplowitz Media Cigar News Weekly Report: Davidoff Year of the Dragon, Kafie 1901 Anniversary Sampler, Altadis USA Price Hike, & Richard Overton Dead at 112

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


DAVIDOFF YEAR OF ThE DRAGON

Back in the days-gone-by tail-end of 2011, Davidoff released its Year of the Dragon blend under the Cuvee Selection 2012 umbrella.  Now (12/27) the blend will reincarnate under the Vault Series. Twixt '11 & now, select retailers have carried this in a scarce fashion.

The Davidoff Cuvee Selection 2012 Year of the Dragon features an Ecuadorian Habano top-leaf over-top a ditto binder and DR (San Vicente Seco, San Vicente Volado, Olor Seco) innards. This in the singular format of a 652 Toro. Pricey -- very pricey -- bundles of 10 will be small-batch produced at the Cigars Davidoff Dominican facility.


KAFIE 1901 ANNIVERSARY SAMPLER

As of this year, it's been five a' them since Kafie 1901 Cigars was birthed. Now, or days/weeks (1/10, precisely) from now, the co. celebrates its own self via a sampler of blends rolled at its own factory -- the still new car-smelling Tabacalera G. Kafie y Cia in fab-u-lous Honduras.

This sampler is set to feature (alphabetically):
  • Don Fernando Maduro Kafie 
  • 1901 Connecticut Kafie 
  • 1901 Sumatra Kafie 
  • 1901 San Andres San Jeronimo 
  • Connecticut San Jeronimo 
  • Habano Natural San Jeronimo 
  • Habano Maduro 
Each offering will be offered in a 652 Toro iteration.


ALTADIS USA PRICE HIKE

Happy New Year! Altadis USA will be upping its prices across at least the majority of its portfolio! The slight smattering of brands sans hike are (alphabetically):
  • Aging Room  
  • Casa de Garcia  
  • Don Mateo bundles
  • Honduran bundles 
  • Montecristo White Vintage Connecticut 
  • Montecristo Epic Craft Cured 
  • Onyx

IN MEMORIAM
Richard Overton
1906-2018
WWII Vet, cigar smoker, whiskey drinker, ice cream lover.
May his memory be for a blessing.


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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Kaplowitz Media Weekly Recapitulation Volume LXXXI

"Have you Kaplowitz'd to-day?"


KM? Simply put, Kaplowitz Media has become somewhat of a trusted source w/ a growing cult following. K/M is steak. K/M is sizzle. Yet strangely, K/M is raw. #DIY & yet again & strangely too, quite beautiful and technically sound.

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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Cigar News Weekly Report (written)
DAV Cigars Mestizo - Cigar Review Redux (written)
2. Kaplowitz Television (video)

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Friday, December 28, 2018

108. Kaplowitz Radio Friday

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


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ty for yer attns., Gentlepersons.

I smoke/spotlight a DAV Aristocrat whilst reading the cigar-related poetry of Rudyard Kipling & Thomas Hood. Plus a lil sumthin' 'bout the poets, themselves. Hey! Where'd everyone go???

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


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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Gran Habano Cigars Blue in Green - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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Gran Habano Blue in Green
WRAPPER: Nicaraguan Connecticut
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan & Costa Rican

FORMAT: Gran Robusto (654)
ORIGIN: G.R. Tabacalera Unidas, Honduras
STRENGTH: Medium

NOTES: Classic Connie -- begins a bit grassy but only the first few pulls. Heats and matures to sweet citrus with buttery white pepper kicker up-top. Underneath is white chocolate & sweet cream which continue to flesh out via progression. There's a white toast comfy note sammiched twixt with traces of nougat & pale nuts. Underbelly is sunny-bright earth. Performs excellently in a very smoky manner which smells sweetly floral.

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


I smoked this offering (& talked about that) on 106. Kaplowitz Radio Friday.

"For a company best known for its red packaging, Gran Habano is tapping two other colors for its newest line, called Blue In Green.

"It’s a Connecticut wrapper cigar with a binder and filler of Nicaraguan tobacco, with the company calling it a medium-bodied blend that is designed to embody “the rich nuances of its fillers.” The company also notes it is a “limited/seasonal release,” though declined to go into any specifics about production, which is being handled by the company’s G.R. Tabacalera Unidas factory in Honduras." - www.Halfwheel.com (2018)


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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

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


THE A-LIST


You can take a gander @ last month's Grade A smokes HERE.

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107. Kaplowitz Radio Monday

DAV Cigars Mestizo in Corona - Cigar Review Redux by Kaplowitz

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DAV Mestizo
WRAPPER: San Andres
BINDER: Dominican
FILLER: Dominican

FORMAT: Corona
ORIGIN: Dominican
STRENGTH: Full

NOTES:  Persuasive notes that bend your palate's will. Too much? Not really. Hardwood with heavy pepper-spice additions. Dark chocolate shavings. Creme Brulee. A Red Eye or Shot in the Dark, whichever yer geographical linguistics demand. Salted molasses compacted compost under-belly. Straight-forward but not dull. Deeply nuanced. Strong but not abrasively-so. Performs sans complaint & offers a long smoke time for its format.

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


Original review: DAV Cigars Mestizo in Robusto (LINK)

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107. Kaplowitz Radio Monday 

Monday, December 24, 2018

107. Kaplowitz Radio Monday

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


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ty for yer attns., Gentlepersons.

I spotlighted/smoked a Felix Assouline Ringo.

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, December 23, 2018

Kaplowitz Media Cigar News Weekly Report: Cigar Aficionado Top 25 2018, Oliva Cigars, Dunbarton T&T Red Meat Lovers Club, & Felix Menendez Dead at 74

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


CIGAR AFICIONADO TOP 25 2018

Firstly, listen to me talk about the CA Top Ten on 106. Kaplowitz Radio Friday (LINK)

Full 25 of 2018
1. EP Carrillo Encore Majestic
2. My Father La Opulencia Toro
3. The Wise Man Maduro Robusto
4. Padron Family Reserve No. 44 (Natural)
5. H Upmann Sir Winston
6. Arturo Fuente Hemmingway Work of Art
7. JFR Lunatic Habano Short Robusto
8. Oliva Serie V Melanio Churchill
9. Alec Bradley Black Market Esteli Torpedo
10. Montecristo Nicaragua Series Robusto
11. Quai d'Orsay No. 54
12. Punch After Dinner
13. La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Chisel
14. Tatuaje Fausto FT153 Toro
15. Villiger San'Doro Colorado Churchill
16. Joya de Nicaragua Antano Gran Reserva Robusto Grande
17. Micallef Reserva Limitada Privada
18. Nat Cicco Aniversario 1965 Liga No. 4 Churchill
19. Cohibo Siglo VI Tubo
20. Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary Toro Tubo
21. San Cristobal Quintessence Corona Gorda
22. Trinidad Santiago Belicoso
23. OneOff +53 Super Robusto
24. Plasencia Cosecha 146 San Luis
25. Ramon Allones by AJ Fernandez Churchill


TABACALERA OLIVA DE ESTELI II

The Oliva Cigar Co. owned Tabacalera Oliva de EstelĂ­ II factory is now open for biz. That's two new Oliva facilities in as many years. Well -- last year's was a box factory. This 'un is for cigar rolling proper and to the tune of some 25K daily. Flor de Oliva Gold, Oliva Connecticut Reserve, and NUb are set to be now coming from the new digs.

But that's not all. The company has also announced that their original factory will be getting a face-lift that'll boost production there by some 40%.


DUNBARTON TOBACCO & TRUST
RED MEAT LOVERS CLUB

Smoke Inn has a new addition to their Microblend Series -- & for the first time in 3+ years. Enter Steve Saka's Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust along with their Red Meat Lovers Club offering... named so after a S. Fla. organization WHICH ACTUALLY FUCKING EXISTS. The cigar is purportedly blended to pair well w/ veggie patties... that's not right... Steak. It's meant to go nicely with steak.

The recipe sees Nicaragua and Pennsylvania guts under a Mexican San Andres Negro Oscuro top-leaf. It's set to come in a single Toro format w/ a production run of 500 10ct bundles. 


IN MEMORIAM
Felix Menendez
1946 - 2018
Brazilian tobacco legend.
May his memory be for a blessing.

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106. Kaplowitz Radio Friday 

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Kaplowitz Media Weekly Recapitulation Volume LXXX

"Just Kaplowitz.'


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.

KM? Simply put, Kaplowitz Media has become somewhat of a trusted source w/ a growing cult following. K/M is steak. K/M is sizzle. Yet strangely, K/M is raw. #DIY & yet again & strangely too, quite beautiful and technically sound.


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KAPLOWITZ MEDIA (K/M) is extraordinarily proud to have earned the Cigar Media Federation (CMF) official Seal of Approval. Find out more HERE.

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Friday, December 21, 2018

106. Kaplowitz Radio Friday

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


Please to press play below:



ty for yer attns., Gentlepersons.

Oh, I smoke/spotlight a Gran Habano Blue in Green whilst reading about the Cigar Aficionado Top Ten Cigars of 2018.

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

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Kaplowitz Media Needs Your Help!!!

"Have you Kaplowitz'd to-day?"

  1. Kind
  2. Caring
  3. Compassionate
  4. Helpful
  5. Friendly
  6. Fair
  7. Hard-working
  8. Generous
  9. Honest
According to an article I just vaguely skimmed: "9 Words That Tap Into the Psychology of Giving" I should be emphasizing the above words in this fundraising effort. 

FUNDRAISING EFFORT?


Yes. I humbly ask that you Gentlepersons add to the crippling burden of your holiday shopping debt by helping me and Kaplowitz Media keep going & G R O W I N G. Don't hate, donate!

Why? Why would you worry about essentially 'paying' for a free to read blog and listen to/watch webcasts? Think of it as insurance that the K/M cigar-centric infotainment you do-so love will continue to be there as you require. Or, maybe it’s just nice to say to me, "thanks." Any amount is welcome and will be graciously employed to keep the bills from being sent to K/M HQ on the super-scary pink paper.

PLEASE DONATE VIA PAYPAL 

Another way to help is to make a purchase, perchance at the Official Kaplowitz Media Shop. There are t-shirts and mugs and hoodies and tote bags, oh my! A portion of each buck goes to yours truly. 

VISIT THE #KM SHOPPE

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