Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Diesel Cigars Vintage Series Natural in Redux Review

BRAND: Diesel
BLEND: Vintage Series Natural

WRAPPER: Ecuadorian
BINDER: Nicaraguan Habano
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Robusto Gordo (556)
ORIGIN: Nicaragua
INTENSITY: Medium
SPICE: 2/5

NOTES:
Fruity-floral | Vanilla latte | Pink peppercorn

Previous italics read: Praline | Pink peppercorn | Suede. Book-end notes are still visible. Complex. Smooth. Lemon-mint jabs. Sunlight through sheer curtains. Dusty curio cabinet. Tea leaves.

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

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

Link to the original write-up: Diesel Cigars Vintage Series Natural in Review.

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Monday, June 17, 2024

1st & 15th Podcast "8 Pounds" NEW EPISODE

1st & 15th Podcast "8 Pounds" NEW EPISODE

"In this episode of the 1st & 15th, Phil and Kap compare BJJ practitioners and CrossFitters, talk about superheroes, contemplate whether groin strikes can ever be ineffective, and discuss other things they seem to almost understand. Kap also tries almond butter and falls in love with his new sandals." - Phil Kurut, Show Producer, Co-Host, and Pro-peanut activist.

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.

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Friday, June 14, 2024

Big Sky Cigar Co. Madison in Redux Review

BRAND: Big Sky
BLEND: Madison

WRAPPER: Habano
BINDER: Mexican San Andres
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Toro
ORIGIN: Nicaragua
INTENSITY: Medium
SPICE: 2/5

NOTES:
Spiced cider | Honey | Cashew

Smooth, confident. Nuanced all-the-live-long. Layered salted sweet creaminess, cashew, and I'm just mad about Saffron; so mellow yellow. Cardamom, daffodil. Honeyed golden earthiness. Autumnal spiced-cider.

TASTE: B+ then, A- now.
DRAW: A then, A- now.
BURN: A- then, A- now.
BUILD: A- then, A- now.

FINAL GRADE: A- then & now.
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79

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Original review: Big Sky Cigar Co. Madison in Review

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

ROOM101 Cigars Hit & Run Redux in Redux Review

BRAND: ROOM101
BLEND: Hit & Run Redux

WRAPPER: Mexican San Andres
BINDER: Ecuadorian Sumatra
FILLER: Nicaraguan, Pennsylvanian

FORMAT: Robusto
ORIGIN: Dominican Republic
INTENSITY: Medium-full
SPICE: 3/5 (3.5/5)

NOTES:
Below I will include, verbatim, what I wrote about this blend when I first wrote about this blend a couple of months ago. Now, I am again writing about this blend using another identical offering of this blend.

Here, let's explore this current offering. To do-so, let's explode the first write-up. It's pretty simple. Outside of the parenthetical is the original review. Parenthetically, is my now response to that.

Walnut mocha torte | Paprika | Pumpernickel
(Yup.)

Depth. (Still deep waters, but less still perhaps. A bit more surface ripples.) Complex layers. (Perhaps more-so now.) Dense and weighty. (Yes, and to the same measurements but more vibrancy.) Plush. (Lesser, with dare I say something approaching occasional edginess.)

Well-balanced. (Then, think of a juggler; think of a juggler juggling three bowling pins. Now, think of a juggler juggling three bowling pins, a butcher knife, and a stuffed teddy bear. Good show. More demanding of a performance and a more edge-of-the-seat audience.)

A dark unfurling of motion and stillness. (A tick brighter now via new components. The motion is as the motion was, the stillness is now that of the animated series Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist.) Dappled sunlight exhibits traces of mulling spice, cola, black dahlia. (Yup.)

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

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

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