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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Caldwell Cigars Eastern Standard | Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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Caldwell Eastern Standard
WRAPPER: Connecticut Shade x Brazilian Mata Fina (hybrid seed)
BINDER: Habana Dominicano
FILLER: Dominican Criollo ’98, Dominicano Corojo Ligero, Nicaraguan Habano

FORMAT: Robusto (550) pig-tail cap "Corretto"
ORIGIN: Dominican Republic
STRENGTH: Medium

NOTES:
Satiny-smooth & syrupy-rich. Overtones >>> Marzipan. Cocoa butter. Caramelized citrus. Twirling twixt >>> Cardamom and an herbal something. Undertones >>> Rich coffee with half&half & sugar. Underbelly >>> Grains, chicken coop, and dirt. All over cream cream cream, pulling from & adding to all it touches, while still maintaining delineation.

So much. Smoke. Can't see. Key.board. Burns on a razor-line; stacks sheath-covered dimes to the tune of an EZ inch. Draws easy w/ the lightest of tugs - a slight tick more tension than 'open.'

Fantastically complex w/ notes banging around and into one another within its bulging flavorscape. Undertones influence overtones and vice-versa. Yet somehow, it's not a clamor nor cacophony. Maybe not rehearsed -- but a well-practiced bit of improv.

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


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Monday, April 29, 2019

Kaplowitz Radio Episode 128 | Herrera Esteli Norteno by Drew Estate

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In this ep. I smoke a Herrera Esteli Norteno by Drew Estate, read a Reader's Digest article on getting better sleep, & tell you how to cook rice. Hey, where are you going? Give a listen or three! thx

READING LIST:
Norteno by Drew Estate Cigars | Cigar Review by Kaplowitz ((( link )))


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Sunday, April 28, 2019

La Barba Cigars Ricochet | Cigar Review (Video) Redux by Kaplowitz | + How To Cook Rice

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La Barba Ricochet
WRAPPER: Mexican San Andres
BINDER: Indonesian
FILLER: Dominican, Nicaraguan, Pennsylvanian

FORMAT: Robusto
ORIGIN: Henderson Ventura, Dominican Republic
STRENGTH: Mild-Medium

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

READING LIST:
My original review of the Ricochet ((( link )))

LA BARBA PRIMITIVO | RICOCHET from Kaplowitz Media Cigar News Weekly Report: Oliva, Rocky Patel, Crowned Heads, La Barba Cigars ((( link )))

*Terry's Chocolate Orange Wikipedia post ((( link )))


HOW TO COOK RICE

Rice has a storied history. The history of rice is, in fact, a storied one. I could go on but I would have to have done any amount of research to do-so. I believe it was used as an early form of currency. In a wedding ceremony, it is used to pelt the newly married couple. That oughtta learn 'em.

There is short grain, medium grain, and long grain rice. There is Jasmine rice and... other varietals of rice. Brown rice makes me shit like mad. What I'll be addressing here is the plain old long grain rice I regularly purchase at WinCo. WinCo is my regional poor people bag-your-own-groceries grocery store.

What you'll need:
  • Rice
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Saucepan
1. Grab a couple of handfuls of rice from the ridiculous 2.5 gallon bucket your special lady friend bought to fill with the stuffs. That very well be my experience alone, your mileage may vary. Two handfuls. Three if you're hungry or obese or both. Toss handfuls into the saucepan.

2. Add water. Directly from tap, add hot water to the rice which is in the pan until the water-level rises to your first knuckle when fingertip lightly touches the rice. Be certain rice is evenly distributed at the pan's bottom while doing this. (Pointer finger.)

3. This should have been Step One but I am to leastmode to edit. Set stovetop to medium-high heat. Note: never use high heat on anything other than boiling water. Using high heat is going full retard. Never go full retard.


FACT: Rice was the dietary staple of the Chinese workers who built the Great Wall of China.

4. When the water gets going or begins to "boil" stir a bit. Like a few minutes later, do that again. A few minutes later, maybe the water is mostly absorbed. If that's the case, cut the heat and place a plate over top the saucepan. Not the case? Try again in a couple. Then have my special lady friend yell at you to use a proper lid.

5. Sometime during Step Four, salt to taste.

6. Check back in a couple/few ticks. Stir again. Serve.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

What's wrong w/ plain? It's quite noble. I once had a neighbor who put ketchup on her pancakes. Maybe stir in some meat and veg. Peas are good for an Asian flair, corn for a real fiesta. In Japan, they break a raw egg overtop a bowl of hot rice, swirl & eat. Don't fucking do that. You could die.

thx


NOTE: since this is a cigar infotainment blog, you could totally do this while smoking a cigar. Maybe even a Viva la Vida by Artesano Tobacco ((( link ))) I once worked under a chef who'd smoke cigarettes while preparing sauces. "They'll think it's pepper." He said of the ashes.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Kaplowitz Television: Episode 18 | "Belicoso, Torpedo, Pyramid"

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I talk Figurado cigar formats. In particular, the Belicoso, Torpedo, and Pyramid. While I smoke a DAV & slightly review a DAV Habana Clasico in Torpedo. I also discuss some beef I'm having with Cigar Media Federation (CMF) I also chime in on tea & other forms of cross-dressing (male-to-female).

In short:
  • Pyramid starts tapering at the foot
  • Torpedo is a gradual tapering beginning around the 3/3
  • Belicoso is more abrupt & later-tapering than is Torpedo
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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Kaplowitz Media: Cigars of the Month (April 2019)

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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 (again, 4/19) cigar offerings I humbly found to be worthy of A (- to +) review ratings.


THE A-TEAM/LIST

You can take a gander @ last month's Grade A smokes ((( here )))


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Felix Assouline Cigars II SaintS - (Video) Cigar Review Redux by Kaplowitz

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Felix Assouline II SaintS
WRAPPER: Jamastran Criollo 98
BINDER: Jamastran
FILLER: Jamastran, Jalapa

FORMAT: 552 Perfecto "La Petite Mort"
ORIGIN: Nicaragua
STRENGTH:

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

READING LIST:

Felix Assouline II SaintS - Cigar Review ((( link ))) 

Felix Assouline II SaintS L'ange Noir | Cigar Review Redux by Kaplowitz ((( link )))


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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

"Seed to Cigar" Episode Four: The Fermentation Process | A Kaplowitz Media Production

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Kaplowitz Media Presents "Seed to Cigar" a cigar primer series. In this fourth episode, Myself & Felix Assouline of Felix Assouline Cigars discuss the fermentation process re: tobacco leaves.

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By series end, it is our hope that you have all the information you require to enjoy your smoking pleasure to a vastly greater an deeper extent. Be certain to subscribe to this channel ((( link ))) for future episodes & assorted other low-fi premium cigars infotainment. 

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Guardian of the Farm by Aganorsa Leaf & Warped Cigars | Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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Guardian of the Farm
WRAPPER: Nicaraguan Corojo 99
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: 4.5x48 closed foot "Rambo"
ORIGIN: TABSA, Nicaraguan
STRENGTH: Medium-Full

NOTES: Warm lively natural baccy overtones of cedar, dark chocolate, butterscotch push ahead a sweet spice cinnamon sugar cumin & black to red pepper. Further dessert spices & separate semisweet chocolate bolster from the high-riding undertones with a roasted umami-rich underbelly. Rich Corinthian leather (to be read in the voice of Ricardo Montalban), manure, compost. After the mid-point, the profile slowly turns ass over teakettle in a controlled manner. Pretty neat trick, that.

Burn operates on a straight line, and toward the quick-side of moderate. Fugly ash. Substantial softening of pack doesn't hamper a smoothly ready draw. Somewhat warm in hand and mouth. A spicy room-note grows off of steady smoke out-put both passively & actively.

Lively is the operative word. The finish is where complexities go, a dusty smattering of bittersweet warmth remains the focus there even as the profile turns. Very interesting. A heckuva ride.

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

READING LIST:
2017 Cigar of the Year Countdown: #7: Guardian of the Farm Rambo ((( link ))) (2018, Cigar-Coop, William Cooper) [reads Casa Fernandez, would now read: Aganorsa]


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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Artesano del Tobacco Viva la Vida | Cigar Review by Andrew Perelson for Kaplowitz Media

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Viva La Vida 5 x 54 Habano Robusto 
by Andrew Perelson

When brothers Billy and Gus Fakih made the decision to sell their preeminent Cigar Inn, in NYC to Casa De Montecristo -- they knew they were not going to leave the industry. As a matter of fact, they decided to go big and create a cigar company and work with one of the hottest blenders, A.J. Fernandez. Their new company is called Artesano Del Tobacco and their line of cigars is Viva la Vida (Live the Life). 

Viva la Vida is the first brand of the company and is a total collaboration with A.J. (Abdel) with all the personal touches you would expect from that relationship. Their efforts included blend selection and manufacturing. 

One would think that for how many times Abdel Fernandez has been tapped for his expertise and tobaccos that there would be swings in the quality of the endeavors. His magic is that one after another he is able to replicate high standards and creativity in each of his blends regardless if it is for his own brands or others. To use a music metaphor: his prolific nature is the Burt Bacharach of cigars versus other efforts which are more like Phil Collins which is to say "not so hot." 


Here is my view of the cigar: 

Having spoken to Billy and Gus about their goals I am cheating a bit but it is clear that the blend accentuated flavor over strength. In my eyes, this direction brings the most nuanced cigars to market and the Viva La Vida hits that mark. 

1st third: 

The smell of the foot is earthy and fruity. Toast is smooth and easy followed by an equally delightful light. There is a touch of pepper, some cocoa, and cedar. The burn stays even as the ash builds. It goes all the way to the 2nd third and tumbles effortlessly into my dish. Nine out of 10 times, this is on my lap so a rare treat! The cherry is nice and warm and we continue on. 

2nd third: 

We start to see the Fernandez magic in which he brings out just the right amount of sweetness and woodiness, and a little more chocolate while losing the light pepper. For me, this is my favorite part of a cigar. That part where the blend is clearly well planned and dictated. I get another inch and a half of ash and I choose to knock it gently into the tray. The cigar is perfectly firm without soft spots and the draw is right on. 

Final third: 

The light pepper returns and the complexity includes some earthiness and more woods. The sweetness tones down but no bitterness comes to the table. I have not had to relight and the burn has still been even and crisp. I hear angels sing, I tell you! 

As the cigar ends I realize the feeling I am having: a remembrance of the best cigars that left me feeling perfectly satisfied. The smoke gave me time to think without worry. I get down to the nub with reasonable disappointment that the meditation and fun are over. 

Rating: 93.5 

Epilogue: 

Now with my ear to the rail, I hear the train of awards coming. Not because I think it but because I am shocked at how many people are getting their paws on this fantastic cigar and are singing its praises. I always hold back because it’s not as cut and dry as the best cigar. However, my gut is Top 10 on most lists and their smart collaboration with the Tabacalera Fernandez will not hurt this.


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Aganorsa Leaf Ground N Pound (Serious Cigars Exclusive) | Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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Aganorsa Ground N Pound
WRAPPER: Nicaraguan Corojo
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Robusto "Elbow Candy"
ORIGIN: Nicaragua
STRENGTH: Medium

NOTES: Fusty malty milk chocolate crisped-some by citrus bits via an orange pith. White & black pepper. Interesting overtones, those. Complex and well choreographed. Although at the mid-point, they do settle into the undertones some. Undertones? Glad ya asked... they are somewhat less than delineated. A melange of dusty sunlit earth & wood attachments to a simple 'baccy core. Finish is of a -moderate length; tingly remnants of top-notes. 

Burn puckers here & there yet the Ground N Pound requires no re-touching. Pace is nice & slow. Draw is smooth, even. Ash doesn't build much, dumping in half-inch increments. Smoke out-put is a tick less than ideal, 'nuff to satiate palate but falls shy of cumulating into any notable room-note.

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

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Room101 Cigars Farce | Cigar Review Redux by Kaplowitz (Video)

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Room101 Farce
WRAPPER: Ecuador
BINDER: Indonesia
FILLER: Dominican, Nicaragua, Pennsylvania, & Undisclosed

FORMAT: Lonsdale 6.5x42
ORIGIN: Tabacalera William Ventura, Dominican Republic
STRENGTH: Medium/Medium-Full

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

READING LIST:
Room101 Cigars Farce | Cigar Review by Kaplowitz ((( link )))
Cigar News Weekly Report: Villiger, Room 101, Caldwell, Gran Habano ((( link )))
Kaplowitz Radio | Episode 124 | Room101 Farce ((( link )))


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Kaplowitz Radio | Episode 127 | Viva La Vida

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In this ep. I smoke an absolutely delectable Artesano del Tobacco Viva la Vida & go on about: I dunno. KM stuff & my Crocs? I forget now but I'm sure it's great. Give a listen or three! thx

READING LIST:
Artesano del Tobacco Cigars Viva la Vida | Cigar Review by Kaplowitz ((( link )))


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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Indian Motorcycle Cigars Connecticut Shade (Canadian Exclusive) | Cigar Preview by Kaplowitz

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Indian Motorcycle Connecticut Shade
WRAPPER: Ecuadorian CT Shade
BINDER: Dominican
FILLER: Dominican, Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Toro
ORIGIN: Dominican
STRENGTH: Medium

READING LIST:

Debonaire House and Indian Motorcycle Announce Connecticut Shade Canadian Exclusive ((( link ))) (2019, Tobacco Business)


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Friday, April 19, 2019

Illusione Cigars ~ultra~ MK - (Video) Cigar Review Redux by Kaplowitz

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Illusione Cigars ~ultra~ MK
WRAPPER: Nicaraguan Corojo
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

STRENGTH: Full
FORMAT: 5 1/8x42 MK
ORIGIN: Tabacos Valle De Jalapa S.A. (TABSA)

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

READING LIST:

Illusione Cigars ~ultra~ op. no. 3 - Cigar Review Redux ((( link )))  (2018, Me)

Illusione Ultra op. no. 9 - Cigar Review ((( link ))) (2017, Me)


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Kaplowitz Television Episode 17: "Kaplowitz Reviews Kaplowitz" & a DAV Cigars Prima Natural

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I talk about the past & future of #KM and myself, Kaplowitz.
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

La Barba Cigars Ricochet | Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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La Barba Ricochet
WRAPPER: Mexican San Andres
BINDER: Indonesian
FILLER: Dominican, Nicaraguan, Pennsylvanian

FORMAT: Robusto
ORIGIN: Henderson Ventura, Dominican Republic
STRENGTH: Mild-Medium

NOTES: You take a Terry's Chocolate Orange*, put it on a cedar block, smash it with a cedar mallet. White peppercorn joins in & fleshes out the primaries. Undertones are a helter-skelter shuffling of butterscotch, oats, turkey jerky, diner joe, & cinnamon sugar that feel a lot like Jazz sounds. There's a sort of jitteriness to the profile's delivery. Finish is thin and sweet like I like my wominz.

Adding to the nervous energy here is a faster than moderate burn; altho it operates on a straight line gate-to-wire. Ash is somewhat aerated but does stack dimes well around an oily core. Very-much a smoke-bomb yet doesn't yield any more complexities to its room-note than to its finish. Draw is on the open side of town.

Simple, satisfying, and very smokeable. Attainability with the slightest of easy twists.

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

READING LIST

LA BARBA PRIMITIVO | RICOCHET from Kaplowitz Media Cigar News Weekly Report: Oliva, Rocky Patel, Crowned Heads, La Barba Cigars ((( link )))

*Terry's Chocolate Orange Wikipedia post ((( link )))


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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

"Seed to Cigar" Episode Three: Primings & The Tobacco House | A Kaplowitz Media Production

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Kaplowitz Media Presents "Seed to Cigar" a cigar primer series. In this third episode, Myself & Felix Assouline of Felix Assouline Cigars discuss primings (cuttings) & the tobacco house. Previous ep: Seeds ((( link )))

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By series end, it is our hope that you have all the information you require to enjoy your smoking pleasure to a vastly greater an deeper extent. Be certain to subscribe to this channel ((( link ))) for future episodes & assorted other low-fi premium cigars infotainment. thx


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Who, What, When, Where, Why? | Terence Reilly, AGANORSA Leaf | Interview by Kaplowitz

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Who has mentored you and who have you mentored?

My uncle Manuel Quesada was the biggest influence on me and brought me into the industry. I don't know if 'mentor' is the right word, but I've also had the opportunity to spend some time with lots of industry people such as Benji Menendez, Daniel Nunez, the Plasencia family, and, of course, my current employer Eduardo Fernandez and our team at Aganorsa have taught me quite a bit.

I try to learn from everyone. There are people I've never met or haven't spent much time with whom I’ve gained a great deal from simply by observation. In terms of mentoring others, I don't know if I’m qualified for that but I'm always happy to help anyone who thinks my experience can benefit them in some way. 

What have you compromised and what won’t you compromise? 

I think you can't compromise on what you ultimately wish to achieve but you need to compromise in terms of how you achieve it. Your own vision of how to accomplish something rarely can be successfully executed without countless adjustments.

For instance, my goal is to live a fulfilling, meaningful life. When I was younger I thought I would achieve that goal in the realm of academia. I wanted to be a professor. That didn't work out, so I changed directions and eventually got involved in the cigar industry which I have found very rewarding. My goal didn't change but my means of achieving had to.

When is it a failure? 

Failure is the moment when you blame others for your problems and don't take responsibility for your situation. There was a period in my life that I felt the problems I was facing were beyond my control and I was very unhappy.

When I finally stopped focusing on what I couldn’t control and instead began to work on what I could, not only did I feel better but I made changes that put me in a better place. Despite the fact I was never able to correct the initial problem I was facing. You always have a choice.

Where are you on your journey and where are you going? 

A journey implies to me a linear path. I try not to think of where I am in relation to the future as much as focus on the present and what I'm doing right now. Knowing where you want to go is crucial, of course, but it's equally important to focus on the present moment and what's going on around you.

I aim to bring value to those around me in one way or another, whether that be my family, my employer, our retail partners, my co-workers: basically anyone I come into contact with. The more I am able to do confirms to me I am on the right path 

Why do you succeed? 

If you love the process you always win even when you fail. Or perhaps I should say, if you love the process you always win even when you don't achieve what you set out to.

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READING LIST

Terence Reilly To Head Sales And Marketing For Casa Fernandez (2017 Blake Droesch, Cigar aficionado)

IPCPR 2018: AGANORSA Leaf (2018 Charlie Minato, Halfwheel)



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Artesano del Tobacco Cigars Viva la Vida | Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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Viva la Vida
WRAPPER: Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro 2000
BINDER: Nicaraguan Corojo 99
FILLER: Nicaraguan Criollo 98

FORMAT: Torpedo 6.5x54
ORIGIN: Esteli, Nicaragua
BLENDER: AJ Fernandez
STRENGTH: Full

NOTES: Pepper. Thick black over-top a thinner red/cayenne and lingering bit. Body is a match for that front-loaded pepper-spice which features cumin & smoked paprika attachments. Meaning it is not an onslaught, but a smoothly fashioned 'flavor bomb' fresh off the light. As that dials back some, a Death by Chocolate myriad of notes dial-up to meet in the braced-by-cedar overtones.

There is a roasted savory leathery, beefy & syrupy-sweet top to the undertones which steers the direction of this Viva la Vida. The rest is a bulging deep earthiness highlighted with glimpses of espresso, citrus, & tropical floral bits. Well-rounded and presented as an over-flowing plate of well-prepared dessert food. Decadent, really -- yet never a bombardment. Finishes quite cleanly given its height of flavor, in a spiced citrus manner w/ that sweet driving force chugging along.

Final-third is a circling-back replay of the pepper-spice opening.

Burns straight and at a moderate pace. Ash builds till I roll it off at 1-1 1/2" at a time. Draws smoothly, evenly. Smoke out-put slows quickly 'tween puffs but each puff explodes into cumulus clouds which culminate into a heavy room-note of sweetly spiced well-aged dark tobacco.

In short, a forceful and purposeful contender for Cigar of the Year.

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


"They [Billy and Gus Fakih] started in the cigar business 25 years ago in New York as New York Cigar Inn which housed the only Cigar Aficionado humidor and lounge in the world. They eventually sold the lounge to Casa de Montecristo and reached out to A.J. Fernandez to form a collaboration to make their cigars. The result of that relationship was the creation of the Viva La Vida (Live the Life) cigar. I received a couple of pre-release samples of this cigar last month, which was described by the company as "Ready to smoke.""
- www.StogiePress.com

"Fast forward a few years, and Billy and Gus Fakih have reinvented themselves as the masterminds behind Artesano Del Tobacco, their new cigar brand. Their first blend: Viva La Vida, a Nicaraguan puro blended by AJ Fernandez. I had the privilege of helping to launch this cigar in New York City at The Carnegie Club, and was impressed by the early pre-release blends I smoked."
- www.FineTobaccoNYC.com


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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Illusione Cigars Fume D'Amour | Cigar Review Redux by Kaplowitz

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Illusione Fume D'Amour
WRAPPER: Nicaraguan
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: "Clementes" 6.5x48
ORIGIN: TABSA, Nicaragua
STRENGTH: Mild-Medium

NOTES: Honey roasted cashews out of the gate, As it settles a couple-puffs in, the roasted component dials back and the sweet nuttiness does paste. Cream. White pepper and cardamom and paprika. <<< Those are the overtones. Undertones are high-up & white chocolate, followed by a blonde-roasted cream and sugar'd dose of joe. Honey returns (& with it a car-a-mel note is intro'd) at nigh mid-point, in an orange blossom fashion. Underbelly is sunlit earth with a graham cracker/pale grain attachment.

Combustion occurs on an even line and at a slow pace. Ash builds to less than an inch at a time -- but not by much. The draw is a bit hesitant at times, but if double-puffed is fully satiating and saturating. Smoke and nub are Daddy-O cool. Density stays alright & tight. A moderate amount of smoke shows a fustiness in its room-note. Malted and sweet.

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


I originally reviewed the Fume D'Amour ((( here )))

I smoked THIS VERY REDUX stick ((( here ))) on a [dis]Illusione Podcast.

"A blend of Nicaraguan Criollo '98 and Corojo '99, with focus on lower priming tobaccos for influence. It is finished with AAA Grade Cafe Corojo Wrapper. Mild to medium bodied and very complex."

"At the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas, Illusione Cigars showcased a new regular production line called Fume D’Amour. The name Fume D’Amour translates to “smoke of love” The Illusione Fume D’Amour is a Nicaraguan puro being launched in four sizes. A key point about this blend is that it does not incorporate ligero into the blend. Instead brand owner Dion Giolito has opted to incorporate the lower priming viso and seco leaves. Earlier this year, Giolito told Cigar Insider that the tobaccos used for this blend are more robust as a result of more abundant sunshine." 

"Illusione cigars have been hot since their debut tasting in Cigar Insider in August 2007, when a vertical brand tasting delivered eight scores of 90 points or higher. The cigars were rich and delicious, created by Dion Giolito, a cigar retailer from Reno, Nevada, who knew what he wanted in a great cigar and wasn't afraid to push hard to get them just right. Giolito has an exacting palate and a vivid imagination. Many of his cigars have names that allude to conspiracies, or codes that reveal only part of his message. Despite the quirks, Illusiones have impressed our tasting panel again and again.This past summer Giolito released his first new Illusione brand in nearly three years, Fume d'Amour, which translates to "smoke of love." Armed with tobacco from a particularly strong crop year, Giolito had cigars made without ligero (the strongest component of tobacco) and focused on lower, milder primings. The result is a truly delicious cigar with balance and style, brimming with a rich, nutty cashew taste, hints of nougat sweetness and touches of baking spice. This marks the second time an Illusione cigar has earned the No. 3 spot on Cigar Aficionado's Top 25 list. This classic smoke is a memorable cigar."
- www.CigarAficionado.com (2014)



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Monday, April 15, 2019

Kaplowitz Radio | Episode 126 (Abbreviated)

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In this ep. I have yellow, green, and brown stuff leaking out of all my holes. Therefore, I keep it short but do hit on some important #KM news. What is the news? Click play, Gentlepersons!


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Sunday, April 14, 2019

On My Lack of FDA Regulations & Tobacco Legislation Coverage (Video) | Cigar View by Kaplowitz

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See title.

I'm smoking here a Viva La Vida from Artesano Del Tobacco while telling you why I don't cover FDA & legislature type stuffs.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

[dis]Illusione 04132019 | The Illusione Cigars Podcast | A Kaplowitz Media Production

Deep in flavor.
Deep in your mind.



[dis]Illusione

A re-education programme
Illusione news, events, interviews
Meet w/ The Society: 13th of every month

This month's focus is on the Fume d'Amour blend. I'm (Kap) flying solo here & fall back to my cigar review comfy-zone. I cobble together a redux look-see in real-time but before that, get more into the blend's history. I think I did OK.

[dis]Illusione 04132019. The Official Illusione Cigars Podcast. A Kaplowitz Media Production recorded live at an undisclosed location which is most likely my kitchen table. All things Illusione news, reviews, interviews, events, & more? The Society meets the 13th of each month.

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Kaplowitz Media Weekly Recapitulation Volume XCIV

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Kaplowitz Television: Episode 16 | DAV Habana Clasico + More Q&A

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I talk a lot about my wardrobe. #fashion But before that, I answer two (2) questions. 1. "Does the color of a wrapper always tell the strength?" & 2. "Will a cigar a week harm my health?" All while smoking a DAV Habana Clasico offering.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

"Seed to Cigar" Episode Two: Seeds | A Kaplowitz Media Production

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Kaplowitz Media Presents "Seed to Cigar" a cigar primer series. In this second episode, Myself & Felix Assouline of Felix Assouline Cigars discuss tobacco seeds-- their varietals & care -- and dip some into primings (which will be covered in the next installment). Previous ep: Soil & Growing Regions ((( link )))

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By series end, it is our hope that you have all the information you require to enjoy your smoking pleasure to a vastly greater an deeper extent. Be certain to subscribe to this channel ((( link ))) for future episodes & assorted other low-fi premium cigars infotainment. thx


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Herrera Esteli Norteno by Drew Estate Cigars | Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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Drew Estate Herrera Esteli Norteno
WRAPPER: Mexican San Andres Maduro
BINDER: Honduran
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Toro Box-press (rounded)
ORIGIN: Nicaragua
STRENGTH: Full

NOTES: Earth. Potting soil. It's the core and the overtone. Picture a woman laying on her side. Picture her breasts. Now just picture one. See the nipple? Earth. Potting soil. Undertones: black & cayenne pepper, sharp cedar, sarsparilla, Mr. Goodbar -- all of that -- mingling in the booby below. Somewhat lacking delineation. Very strong. Very. Strength is well on ahead of body & lesser-so, flavor.

Burns on a cruise-control razor-line. Draws superbly smooth. Smoke-bomb! Room-note is sweet dark 'baccy -- a heated maple syrup thing. Box-press is a soft one which holds its form gate-to-wire. Subjectively, this thing is just too damn strong for me. Objectively, I see its allure.

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

"Introducing “Norteño by Willy Herrera”: This full bodied, Maduro expression is the first blend released from the Drew Estate factory since Herrera was named Master Blender in June, 2014. The “Norteño” showcases extensively aged tobaccos from the Estelí and Jalapa growing regions of Nicaragua, coupled with a spicy Honduran binder and a rich, bold Mexican San Andrés maduro wrapper. The “Norteño by Willy Herrera” will be available in the following six vitolas at select Herrera Estelí retailers nationwide." - www.DrewEstate.com (2014)


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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Alan Rubin Acquires Lars Tetens Cigars | Cigar News by Kaplowitz

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The founder of Alec Bradley Cigars, Alan Rubin, just purchased Lars Tetens Brands. This transaction has birthed World 180, the nom de marketing push behind bringing back to prominence Lars Tetens Cigars. Another particular bit is that Alec Bradley Cigars will be the brand's sole worldwide distributor. A bit of minutia: World 180 is majority-owned by Rubin/minority owned by Tetens. I am unsure which actually is smaller/larger: a particular bit or minutia bit. Hmmm & nevertheless...

Lars Tetens has been known in varying degrees since the 1980s for his "conditioned" (flavored) cigars. While this rejuvenation of the brand will heavily feature that, there are apparently some offerings which will not be flavored. According to Tetens, look for ~six blends. I'm quite excited to see Lars perhaps regain his foothold in the industry. Artsy-fartsy floats my boat when, like all other things, done right.


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