Monday, July 22, 2024

Sans Pareil Cigars Red Line Torpedo in Review

BRAND: Sans Pareil
BLEND: Red Line

WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Corojo
BINDER: Dominican
FILLER: Dominican

FORMAT: Torpoedo (6 1/8x52)
ORIGIN: Dominican Republic
(Tabacalera Palma)
INTENSITY: Medium
SPICE: 3/5

NOTES:
Mulling spice | Caramel | Buttery cedar

Lots all at once, and churning. Italics+ roasted orange, salty-herbaceousness, Hawaiian bread, pine nuts, milk chocolate. Do-si-do! Heated, squishy, gruffer [only-slightly] in final-third. Still-rather phenomenal.

TASTE: A-
DRAW: A-
BURN: B+
BUILD: B

FINAL GRADE: A-
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79

::: very ::: 

Friday, July 19, 2024

Southern Draw Cigars Jacobs Ladder in Review

BRAND: Southern Draw
BLEND: Jacobs Ladder

WRAPPER: USA Broadleaf
BINDER: USA Maduro
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Toro
ORIGIN: Nicaragua
INTENSITY: Full
SPICE: 4.5/5

NOTES:
Black Pepper | Sarsparrilla | Patent leather

Deliberately raucous, maintaining a top-rung balancing act. Bold black peppercorn, surprising sarsaparilla rizz. Cock-diesel adrenaline. Patent leather boots run brashly through black coffee-dirt obstacle course.

TASTE: B+
DRAW: B
BURN: B
BUILD: B+

FINAL GRADE: B+
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79

::: very :::

Kaplowitz Media.
Part tobacco blog. Part literary blog.
One-horse town. Two-trick pony.

The jury remains out as to that second trick. Regardless, The one-horse holds. As such, I have admittingly been remiss in taking so long to review this rather popular blend. Glad I got to rectify. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Sans Pareil Cigars Blue Line Piramide in Review

BRAND: Sans Pareil
BLEND: Blue Line

WRAPPER: Criollo
BINDER: Dominican
FILLER: Dominican

FORMAT: 6 1/8x52
ORIGIN: Dominican Republic
(Tabacalera Palma)
INTENSITY: Medium
SPICE: 2/5

NOTES:
Dessert spice | Cedar | Suede

Silky-smooth with a sweet-spicy fascinator hat of a retro-hale. A true pirimide vitola that nonetheless balances well in-hand. Balance is this thing's groove, and it hugs them cedar scales-rails tight. Dessert spice, melon sweetness, suede enveloped and tucked into a chicken coop. Hens are laying chocolate caramel eggs. A separate white chocolate. Honey malt unfurls.

Also unfurling is a weightily building mouth-feel dropping from the olfactory on-down.

Draw is effortless. Burn is quite productive insofar as voluminous out-put. [Imagine the aroma of a frosted devil's food cake being pulled out of an oven in a humidor.] Ash grows well. Burn-line does snag hither-thither but self-corrects. A languid burn-rate is appropriate for all else experienced. There is a light crimped vein and seams loosen a tick, seemingly do readjust.

I hope I've described well, a supreme smoke. In the past, I've been no stranger to calling my shots. This is a mid-year contender for my cigar of the year.

TASTE: A
DRAW: A
BURN: A-
BUILD: A-

FINAL GRADE: A
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79

::: very ::: 

Monday, July 15, 2024

1st & 15th "Frozen Coffee" NEW EPISODE

1st & 15th "Frozen Coffee" NEW EPISODE

In this episode of the 1st & 15th, Phil & Kap discuss pairing sandals with cigars, finding a furever home, and John Cougar Mellencamp et al. Kap fondly recalls having once sprinted while Phil sips tepid ice water. Two out of three Shawns recommend this episode.

To listen to this NEW EPISODE and to find out more about other exciting Kaplowitz Media. listening and/or watching opportunities, please visit this link: Audio/Video.

About the 1st & 15th Podcast: Twice a month (see show name for dates), Phil Kurut and I chat too long about nothing of consequence. A pure waste of time. Cool.

::: very :::