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Thursday, February 14, 2019

On Hiatus

New posts begin again 3/1/19.


In the interim, feel free to peruse the #KM archives. I'm sure there's something ya missed on its first go-around.

Also, keep tabs on my (the #KM) social media-ings over at Twitter & Instagram. I plan on being quite present there during this extremely well-earned hiatus.


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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

[dis]Illusione 02132019

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[dis]Illusione

A re-education programme
Illusione news, events, interviews
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This month's focus is on the Illusione portfolio in its entirety.

[dis]Illusione 02132019. The Official Illusione Cigars Podcast. A Kaplowitz Media Production recorded live at an undisclosed location. All things Illusione news, reviews, interviews, events, & more? The Society meets the 13th of each month. Listen in at www.IllusioneCigars.com or www.Kaplowitz.xyz.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Casa Cuevas Cigars Miami Warehouse Burglarized | Cigar News by Kaplowitz

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This via "Emergency Press Release" from Gabriel Alvarez, Casa Cuevas Director of Sales: "The Casa Cuevas warehouse in Miami was burglarized over the weekend." The Miami Dade Police have been notified and an investigation launched into the caper which sees the co.'s entire inventory housed at said warehouse *poof* gone. This includes not only the brand's core lines but LE editions, as well.


Luis Cuevas, owner of Casa Cuevas, assures all that there is enough inventory of CCC at its DR factory to restock this weekend's losses by next week's end. Back to the press release: "They ask the smoking community to please notify the Casa Cuevas team should they be approached by anyone, other than a reputable retailer, purporting to sell Casa Cuevas Cigars."

A local to them NBC affiliate is citing $70K in losses.


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DAV Cigars Caridad | Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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DAV Caridad
WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Connecticut
BINDER: Indonesian
FILLER: Dominican

FORMAT: Petite Corona (438)
ORIGIN: Dominican Republic
STRENGTH: Mild

NOTES: Subtle pale spices (a white ginger foremost) led from behind by sweet softwoods and cappuccino. Creamy slightly nutty undertones of earth and soft 'baccy with the slightest of citrus pith lilt. Through the nose is a white pepper addition which supplies some calm complexity and extends to a pleasantly clean, sweet, & mild finish.

Burns evenly and draws excellently. Ash builds more and smoke lasts longer than one might expect from this small format. Quite a good bit of sweet smoke out-put. Temp stays cool to the well-built nub.

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

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Monday, February 11, 2019

119. Kaplowitz Radio

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Wherein I read from the week that was at KAPLOWITZ MEDIA and smoke a Dapper Cigar Co. El Borracho Maduro. This episode was alphabetically brought to you by:

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Smoking Indoors vs Outdoors, My Take on a Cigar Aficionado Point/Counterpoint | Cigar View by Kaplowitz

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Before I begin, allow me to address the elephant in the room. "Hello-ooo, elephant!" With apologies to Ed Norton (Honeymooners not Fight Club) -- here goes. What exactly gives me the right to chime in on a point/counterpoint which ensued twixt contributors of and housed in the ivory towers of our industry's very-most vaulted of publications, Cigar Aficionado?

It happened on their blog. This KAPLOWITZ MEDIA is a blog. We are on obvious equal footing. Might I add that not just anyone can open a blog; most blogging platforms if not all require an email address. Ok, anyone can get an email address... but there is a gate to publication, goddammit.


I digress & begin anew.

Let's get David Savona's take first, as that played point to Andrew Nagy's eventual counter. He begins by positing that he actually smoked less on a recent Bermuda excursion. Then relates his misfortunes of trying to smoke while golfing. How some men forge so bravely ahead and through such trials is surely beyond me. Near as I can tell, it's Job and Savona atop the mountain of unfair despair. 

He (Savona, not Job) then does say something which will play a role in my own take on the matter, "Smoking on the deck is better, but still it’s not ideal." Then he goes on to write: "We test our cigars in the Cigar Aficionado smoking room, a controlled area. The lighting is the same every day, the temperature is constant, there is no breeze from the wind. It’s not a lab, but it does provide a consistent climate for accurate tastings."

He does go on to make a couple somewhat superfluous points to the context of this editorial. However, he does notably offer at closing the famed blogger ending of "So let me know in the comments below if you agree or disagree. Do you prefer smoking your cigar indoors, or outdoors?" I would welcome my readers to do this as well -- if I'd not had the wherewithal and common decency to disable all comments. 


Andrew Nagy, yer up. OK. Pretty much he begins by making Savona's point: "The open air literally sucks some of the enjoyment from a cigar, as it allows the aroma to escape. And, of course, any sort of wind will wreak havoc on the burn." I haven't seen that strong a counter since Tyson laid on his back in Tokyo. Then, while we are all rightly lulled -- "Counter to what my boss says, though, there is one outdoor location that I believe is perfect for lighting up: the campfire." 

He then goes on to wax poetic re: a recent camping trip with friends and really to me, it all sounds just terrible. Why would I work hard all year-long to stave off homelessness, to then recreate it on my break from doing-so? Feh. More Nagy: "Soon other members of the group caught a whiff of our cigars and began asking us for a puff or two, especially of the Cubans. Some even asked to light up their own smoke and joined in on the fun."

This begs a working definition of "enjoyment" in our time here, prior to moving on; offering counters, counters to counters, and positing my own positions perfectly. 


Enjoyment here will be given the definition of getting the most from the cigar -- not the moment. Thereby I will very likely fall more on the Savona side of the fence than the Nagy side. While the moment is important, it relies barely on the cigar's quality, all told. One more mention here: much hullabaloo is given to pairings. The perfect hooch, coffee, etc. It would behoove us all to pay more attn to what I call 'atmospheric pairings.' The company, entertainment, decor, lighting -- see? I think that's where Nagy is attempting to steer. 

I'll now go on, and I do go on, don't I? Undoubtedly, the way to enjoy a cigar to its fullest, as even Nagy states -- is to enjoy it inside. But I would too, elevate a deck to near indoor status... dependant natch, on the 'deck.' Here's how I personally see this all because I lack any empathy and see the world only through my own hubris. I mean eyes. Totes meant eyes lol. Anyways, here's some spots I've recently smoked and my quick-take on each locale. 


My carport. Long the official KAPLOWITZ MEDIA smoking lounge. It sits on concrete and has overhead and double-sided protection. Not bad. Sadly no heat. Perfect in summer and mostly dry but quite cold in the winter (PNW rainy-season). I am not opposed to performing cigar reviews in it, on days of still winds & when it's not cold nuff to crack a top-leaf or catch the pneumonia. On said still days, the aroma is still eviscerated in all but the most pungent of offerings. I have blown into my hat and/or empty coffee mug for hints as to what I've missed, with varying mostly [sad emoji] results.

My office is where I go to do office-y stuff, I guess? Not sure yet -- it's new. I do have an excellent air filtration system which looks a lot like an open window and oscillating fan I forget to put on -- as well as to take out of my closet. Also also, this is my boudoir recording studio which doubles (triples?) as my plain ol' boudoir (bedroom). It's nice and I'm generally alone (big+) because I don't often host parties in my bedroom. Sans for my special lady friend, natch. She does not, for the record, typically note much if any lingering odor. From the room, at least. I do eat a lot of onions and am prone to flatulence. 

The bar. Ain't been there in a minute. (See 'banned' in the segment below.) I'm just not a bar person. I don't drink. I don't mingle. I attended weekly (weakly?) cigar nights there as an extension of [banned]. I don't miss the noise, the hot air being forced onto the tables till everyone's phones warned of being over-heated. (Radiant heat is better/best.) My carport is simply and subjectively and objectively... a superior place for a semi out-of-doors smoke. Except & again for on the coldest/wettest of days.


I am banned from my local B&M. Long story I'll perhaps editorialize in a coming week. Have been for months. Prior to said ban, I hadn't been there for months. I received word of ban via text, due to something I wrote/said re: B&Ms which was offered up then taken out of context. This was much akin to getting a letter from Wyoming, telling me not to come. Gotcha Wyoming -- had no plans, anyways. 

When I did smoke there, it had the worst of the worst scenarios for enjoying a cigar. Outside, yes. No smoking inside was allowed. Open to elements? Mostly. A narrow porch with narrower overhang. Worst of all? Standing. Standing room only, save for two (2) folding chairs. It felt a lot like there should have been a burning barrel full of scrap papers aflame in the middle of our gatherings -- as we smoked the butts of bummed cigarettes, passed the 20/20 bottle around, and sang doo-wop tunes in oddly excellent harmony.

The take away from all this prattle? Get a chair, no matter where and what you burn. It is of paramount import. It is the root of all else insofar as any type of pairing. Whether all that happens indoors (best) or out (lettuce make 'not best' suffice). But it can't be just any chair. It must be made to be yours. I, for one, had no idea I felt this strongly about that. I do. For chrissakes cigars are not made for lunting. 


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The Case For Smoking Outdoors, Andrew Nagy ((( link )))

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Saturday, February 09, 2019

Drew Estate ACID & Tabak Especial Frenchies to Launch at TPE 2019 | Cigar News by Kaplowitz

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If yer gonna smoke a cigar that doesn't much taste like a cigar -- might as well make it quick, huh? To that end, Drew Estate will be unveiling tiny-formatted "Frenchies' extensions to their ACID & Tabak Especial lines. This is set to occur at the rapidly-approaching (2/11) TPE in LV, NV. There, orders will be taken for a projected June shipment. Full release to market will wait till IPCPR 2019.

ACID Frenchies see a Sumatra top-leaf over-top Nicaraguan guts. Tabak Especial Frenchies see an Ecuadorian CT Shade top-leaf over-top Nicaraguan fillers. Both are of course infused beyond recognition & both too are 3 1/4 x 20 & will be packed into 5 & 10cts. Each pack replete with Boveda humidification.

"Why Frenchies you ask? Well, French is the language of romance and people are going to LOVE these sticks.” Al Goldstein -- I mean Jonathon Drew -- stated. I always seem to get those guys confused.


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Kaplowitz Media Weekly Recapitulation Volume LXXXVII

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ARTICLES

Miami Cigar & Company ... Barrel Aged by Karl Malone
An Open Letter to Ezra Zion re: Nomad Cigar Co.
Drew Estate to Offer Undercrown Shade Perfecto
Kaplowitz Radio Postponed & Upcoming Hiatus
Felix Assouline CSB Black Habano | Cigar Review
Davidoff to Take Illusione to European Market
Micallef Cigars Adding Sizes to Three Lines
Dapper Cigar Co. Siempre Sungrown | Cigar Review
Dunbarton T&T ... Dave Lafferty New VP of Sales
Cohiba Connecticut Coming in March | Cigar News


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Friday, February 08, 2019

Cohiba Connecticut Coming in March | Cigar News by Kaplowitz

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Cohiba is set to release their first-ever Connecticut (seed) offering and CONGRATS! -- you won't have to spend a c-note to s-moke it*. General Cigar Co. has, after some teasing, finally made official its pending March arrival to market. The top-leaf is via Ecuador, the guts are Brazilian, Dominican, & Nicaraguan; and a Mexican San Andres binder is doth laid twixt dat/dem.


The thing will be rolled (almost natch) in the General Cigar Dominicana factory into four sizes: a pair of Robustos (one a tubo), a Toro, & Gigante (a Gordo).

If I might editorialize a moment: this salami sammich I'm eating is delicious.

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


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I smoke/spotlight a Bombay Tobak Vintage Reserve MQBA whilst reading from the Cigar Aficionado & Cigar Journal websites -- so you don't have to.

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Thursday, February 07, 2019

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Names Dave Lafferty New VP of Sales | Cigar News by Kaplowitz

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News from New Hampshire: Dave Lafferty was named Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Vice President of Sales by Founder and Co-Owner of DTT one Steve Saka. (Effective 3/1/19.) Doesn't "New Hampshire" sound like a village in a Tolkien novel which I can't read more than a couple pages of? Or does the "New" make is more dystopian future-y? I digress.

Here, have another paragraph. Lafferty's journey de tobacco has been: Drew Estate, NE Sales Rep ---> East Coast Regional Sales Manager ---> Director of National Accounts (2007-18). Nat Sherman, Executive Director of their premium cigar division (2018-19).

Those of you keeping even vague score at home can easily surmise that the two fellas go back a dozen years -- to Saka's magical mythical DE run. According to Lafferty: "I started my career working with Steve in 2007 and I am very excited to be back working with him again. ... I believe the future for all of us together is very bright."


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Dapper Cigar Co. Siempre Sungrown | Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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Dapper Cigars Siempre Sun Grown
WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Sun Grown Sumatra
BINDER: Connecticut Broadleaf USA
FILLER: Nicaraguan, Honduran

FORMAT: Robusto (measures as Petite)
ORIGIN: Nicaragua America Cigars, S.A. (NACSA)
STRENGTH: Medium-Full

NOTES: Sharp liquidy notes of a forward pepper-spice led by peppercorn & cumin. That's coupled by bitter almond and espresso then cola -- enveloped in scorched and separately nutty earth. Sweetness comes on further in a citrus manner on retro-hale and finish. Said finish is quite lengthy and complex, with each note taking a bow therein. Goodly+ nicotine zetz.

Ash cracks but don't dump. Pack density holds admirably. Burn-line wobbles but requires zilch insofar as re-touch. Draws smoothly, evenly. Looks just pretty.

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


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"Drawing on the Spanish word for always, the Siempre Sun Grown is said to be a prime example of Dapper Cigar Co.’s commitment to continually craft world-class cigars. The line uses an Ecaudorian sungrown Sumatra wrapper from the Oliva Tobacco Co., a Connecticut broadleaf binder from Lancaster Leaf Tobacco Co. and a quartet of filler tobaccos: Nicaraguan leaves from EstelĂ­, Ometepe and Jalapa, along with a Honduran leaf from the Jamastran valley. The fillers from Ometepe and Jalapa come from Oliva Tobacco Co. as well, while the EstelĂ­ and Jamastran Valley leaves’ growers are not being disclosed. In a press release, the company described it as medium plus in strength and full in flavor." - www.Halfwheel.com (2018)


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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Micallef Cigars Adding Sizes to Three Lines | Cigar News by Kaplowitz

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The Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) trade show will happen Feb. 11-13 at the Lost Wages (lol) Convention Center in "Nev-AD-a," not "Nev-AH-da." Lots of happenings will happen at that happening, most certainly -- but the focus of this bit of news is that Micallef Cigars will unveil six (6) new formats across three (3) lines. Exciting, I know.

Still reading? Weird. Well, The Experiencia La Crema line will add a Robusto, Toro, & Gordo. The Cream Experience (ew/sexy) features a Mexican San Andres top-leaf placed over an Ecuadorian Habano binder and guts via Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Panama. Panama??? Panama.

The second line is the Micallef Connecticut, which will see new Toro and Gordo additions. Wrapper: Ecuadorian. Binder; Nicaraguan Habano. Filler: Nicaraguan and the Dominican Republic. Thirdly, the Migdalia will get a new Toro iteration of its blend which sees a Sumatran binder laid twixt Nicaraguan and Dominican innards and Mexican SA skin.

Shipping is set to ship immediately following the Expo. Carpe diem! For you kids out there, that means YOLO. No kids say that anymore. Also, no kids read a cigar blog. [insert shoulder-shrug emoji]


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