“Have you Kaplowitz’d to-day?”
WRAPPER: Connecticut Havana Seed Sun Grown
FORMAT: 4.5x54 "Radiant" ~Rothschild
ORIGIN: Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia, Dominican Republic
Charges out of the gate with dense dark chocolate & molasses. A distant potpourri. Then via progression comes a deep, full spice. Allspice & anise seed. Black then red pepper then cayenne, smoothly. Very complex via addition & nuance of each note.
Undertones are a bracing cedar which stiffens via toasting, leather, raisin/prune. Underbelly is topsoil & compost. Finish is of moderate length & all muddles there a tick, with a lingering tannin quality. Aroma is very-much a floral fruity showcase of just beautiful oily tobacco.
Burns on an even line just shy of being a razor. No retouches are close to considered. Draws a bit toward stiffly but still in the quite acceptable spectrum. Ash stacks dimes in thirds. No hard/soft spots.
An offering which is stoic and special, all at once. Both dependable and luxurious. Nice.
FINAL GRADE: A-
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59