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 ::: 

Friday, July 12, 2024

What Your Summer Sandals Say About the Cigars You Smoke

What Your Summer Sandals Say About the Cigars You Smoke

Flip-Flops: You smoke whatever anyone gives you for free. Anything. Anyone. Dude! You really don't taste much but it helps you chill and keeps your non-Keystone Light hand busy. People like having you around, and you like to be around. You are someone's emotional support human, as long as they keep picking up the tab. Man, I wish I didn't like you. Sure, it's on me.

Slides: Flavored cigars. Heavily, heavily flavored cigars. You also only smoke cigars in situations where you'd be made fun of for vaping. You pair everything with your favorite energy drink. UNLESS there's no swoosh present and the slides aren't plastic but plain brown or black leather. In that case, you're an ass-kicking older guy who drives a small 30-year-old pickup truck and has allegiance to that Connecticut you can't recall the name of. In the case of the latter, you're renting out a house to the case of the former.

Birkenstocks: You love big, brash, and bold smokes high in nic-kick dizzying and what you mistake as black pepper. You have this weird thing where you generally and genuinely confuse discomfort and comfort. You also like the smell of gasoline but prefer electric. You're pretty granola but exceptionally efficient and all your granola labels have words like POWER on their packaging. Quit sizing people up, huh?

Teva: You like a small-ish and rather potent spicy smoke. You also smoke the occasional cigarette. Likely, you keep a stress pack. You have a lot of stress. It's imaginary. You like EDM for some reason and correct people often... "They're actually pronounced Teh-Veh. It's Hebrew" You are a member of a Reform Synagogue. You will smoke a 'lesser' cigar if you can connect the brand to a real mensch. Mine are black with a little blue and grey.

Crocs: Look. If you don't care, I don't care.

Closed Toe: You are a legacy brand status smoker and English is your perhaps third language. You never turn down a hookah or bidi and no one should. You're also wearing shorts and a polo shirt. You take no BS but sure like giving it. Not enough people realize you're the funniest person they met that day. If you're wearing slides with crossing leather straps, this is also you.

Hiking Sandals: Maybe you're ex-military. Definitely, your wife picked out your sandals, likely for a particular family vacation. She thought they were enough like shoes that sorta look like boots, tactically speaking of course; that you wouldn't complain too much. You complain a lot--even though you really like them a lot. You dig boutique smokes but she keeps buying you popular brands and spends way too much.

::: very :::