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Friday, September 25, 2020

Kaplowitz Media. Cigars of the Month (September 2020)

"Have you Kaplowitz'd to-day?"

A reminder: each cigar entered into each of these monthly A-Grade lists is eligible for Kaplowitz Media. Cigar of the Year running. THIS IS THE FINAL GROUP GAINING ENTRY INTO THE 2019-20 RUNNING WHICH BEGINS TOMORROW. sorry I yelled. quite excited. thx

Kaplowitz Media.
CIGARS of the MONTH: SEPTEMBER 2020
[Names are links to full reviews] 



Index of cigars of the month posts: https://bit.ly/3gfalEB

A(nother) reminder: each cigar entered into each of these monthly A-Grade lists is eligible for Kaplowitz Media. Cigar of the Year running. THIS IS THE FINAL GROUP GAINING ENTRY INTO THE 2019-20 RUNNING WHICH BEGINS TOMORROW. sorry I yelled. quite excited. thx

Kaplowitz Media. Cigar of the Year process:
  • All Cigars of the Month listed (9/26)
  • Best of each month announced (9/27)
  • List will be whittled down to ten (9/28)
  • Ten-six announced (9/29)
  • Five-one announced (9/30)
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Thursday, September 24, 2020

HVC Cigars Edicion Especial 2015 in Review "Tasty All the Live-long"

“Have you Kaplowitz’d to-day?”

HVC Cigars Edicion Especial 2015

WRAPPER: Mexican San Andres Maduro
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Toro
ORIGIN: TABSA, Nicaragua
INTENSITY: Medium-full/Full

WEBSITE: www.hvccigars.com

NOTES:
Molasses | Cuban coffee | Chocolate

Oh, & the spices. Cinnamon, clove, smoked paprika. Cumin. All thems. Black peppercorn smoothly, & cayenne kicker to keep it all honest. A little chin music to keep you off the plate. Rich, heavy, full, robust. Molasses steers. Cuban coffee bulges. Chicory structures and toasted sweet cedar lends to delineation. The chocolate, we'll get to that.

All that, pushed up by an excelsior-led leathery midsection. Beefy in weight & flavor. Stew, then. Then a separate but equal pepper-spice. Dark chocolate becomes Death by Chocolate at the 1/3's end then big, bigger. Plum, blackberry. Undertones of umami-riddled earthiness. Barnyard, manure. Yum. Fantastic balance. Supremely well-rounded. Complex via chocolatey transition & deeply-deep nuanced depths. Finish is fudgy dessert savoriness on long, long legs.

While the seams are tight & cap assemblage holds admirably, as well as no hard/soft spots being visible -- performance does dip a tick or two. A fluctuating draw tension, at times stiffened at times hesitant, hampers-some. Burn-line is a self-correcting erratic thing. Ash is just fugly-flaky. There's a point where molasses & choc. merge and lessen each's effect (3/3). Nevertheless, tasty all the live-long w/ an on-par aroma.

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

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

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Kaplowitz Radio. ETC. for EP194

 lo-fi & lovely



Courtesy of Illusione Cigars, this week's ETC is a fun one, for sure. I hype the days-away Kaplowitz Media. Cigar of the Year naming. Then I quick-review a GTO Cigars offering. Then you get to relive a classic bit of audio from the Kaplowitz Radio. archives; a vintage disILLUSIONE dePROGRAM podcast. yw

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

ADVentura Cigars The Royal Return Kings Gold in Review "Weighty but not Plodding"

“Have you Kaplowitz’d to-day?”

ADVentura Cigars 
The Royal Return
Kings Gold

WRAPPER: USA Connecticut Broadleaf
BINDER: Mexican San Andres
FILLER: Dominican Republic, USA, Nicaragua

FORMAT: Toro (664)
ORIGIN: Tabacalera William Ventura, DR
INTENSITY: Medium/Medium-Full

WEBSITE: www.adventuracigars.com

NOTES:
Chocolate soda | Coffee | Cedar

Bittersweet w/ a hint of meat. Sinewy. Juicy. Well-structured via seasoned cedar. Nice coffee look, excellent crema, a stovetop espresso say. A chocolate soda replete with creaminess & maraschino cherry topper. Cedar carries a tick of butterscotch. Spices are Midwest kitchen. A nice black pepper kick, softly. Not super complex but well-nuanced.

Undertones are driven by supple leather, a bit wetly-so. Mainly earthen in the midsection. Buckwheat, barnyard. [Chocolate] Babka flits in along the way. Finishes sweet-bittter style on moderate stiff legs. Smells a bit like American scones being served up at a cafe. Balanced nicely & well-rounded sans edges. Weighty but not plodding.

Burns a tick & self-correctingly-so jagged -- no big whoop. Combusts all told well, with nice smoke out-put and excellent languid pacing. Stong oily ash. Packing softens some during progression and not always evenly; nothing egregious nor hampening to draw. Fans of the fuller-side of the Caldwell portfolio should greatly appreciate this offering. 

HERE is a great chocolate soda recipe.

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

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

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