Monday, May 20, 2024

Sancho Panza Cigars Extra Chido in Review

BRAND: Sancho Panza
BLEND: Extra Chido

WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Sumatra
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan, Dominican

FORMAT: Robusto
ORIGIN: Dominican Republic
INTENSITY: Medium
SPICE: 1.5/5

NOTES:
Caramello | Clay | Allspice (dusty)

A very Booth blend (of which I'm a fan). This time with a brightly and somewhat out-of-stride (Ministry of Silly Walks) addition of dried papaya-apricot.

Draws a tick-tightly, a time or few hesitantly. Densely, evenly rolled. Slow burn, quickly-correcting slight-wobble. Moderate smoke output yields (trail mix aroma. Tiny yellow flowers.*)

(*smell-tastes.)

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

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

::: very ::: 

Friday, May 17, 2024

Macanudo Cigars Emissary Espana in Review

BRAND: Macanudo Emissary
BLEND:Espana

WRAPPER: Connecticut Broadleaf
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Spanish, Dominican, Nicaraguan, Colombian

FORMAT: Robusto (552)
ORIGIN: Honduras
INTENSITY: Medium
SPICE: 2/5

NOTES:
Mocha | Honey malt | Paprika

Smoothly focused with some calmly vibrating out-lines. Narrow scope but echoes its own sentiment well. Mocha latte, a fuzzy honey malt, a molasses-sweetened paprika. Black bread under-pinnings. A dry savory quality, an umami reduction. Nuts and shells offer a bend-not-break structuring.

Draws a bit tight a couple puffs, but corrects itself as do a couple brief lags of the line. Builds a nice sheath of ash. Gives off moderate+ plumes of white smoke, culminating in a gentle patisserie aroma. A slight roasted orange smell-taste hits on the lengthy finish. Seams and cap hold fast. Rolled evenly and well.

Not super-complex and quite consistent. Not delivered in a linear or boring manner. Languid and easy and a bit less attainable than attainable--which is a fine thing. Sit and ponder poetry, then sit and ponder prose. This ponders like the former. Not flowery but concise and not metaphysical but mundane in an Ordinary Madness vein. Pair it with Bukowski.

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

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

::: very ::: 

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

1st & 15th Podcast "When Ed Met Sally" NEW EPISODE

1st & 15th Podcast "When Ed Met Sally" NEW EPISODE

"In this episode of 1st & 15th, Phil and Kap break down social media platforms and somehow end up diving face first down the animal kingdom’s parental hierarchy rabbit hole. Penguin hole?" Phil Kurut, Show Producer, Co-Host, and zoology hobbyist. 

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 :::  

Monday, May 13, 2024

Statesman Cigars The Nightcap in Review

BRAND: Statesman
BLEND: The Nightcap

WRAPPER: Maduro
BINDER: undisclosed
FILLER: undisclosed

FORMAT: 5 3/8 x 52 Salomon
ORIGIN: Nicaragua
INTENSITY: Medium
SPICE: 2/5

NOTES:
Postum | Barnyard | Cumin

Postum--you know--the roasted grain coffee alternative? Slight chicory. Dances 'round java. Do-si-dos with cola, black pepper, chocolate malt whilst doing-so. Consistent and flatly-so at times.

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

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

::: very :::