Friday, February 16, 2024

1st & 15th Podcast | Constant Craving

1st & 15th Podcast | Constant Craving

"In this episode of the 1st & 15th, Kap and Phil pretty much figure out which Super Bowl is taking place, and Kap names boxing leagues and goes on about craving Chinese food. They also discuss chiropractic. Not sure why." Phil Kurut, co-host, show producer, and leading grammarian.

To listen to this episode and also 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.

Anyways, back to hiatus.

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Friday, February 9, 2024

Kaplowitz Media. Will Be Right Back

Kaplowitz Media. Will Be Right Back

Hiatus 2024 is now. I'll pop back in here periodically a time or three during. Will be back to regularly on Friday, March 1. If for some reason you need more information as to my yearly vacay, please read my recently posted: Kaplowitz Media. Hiatus 2024.

Please, if you see me on some white sand beach somewhere, respect my privacy. Please, if you see me at some Michelin-star establishment somewhere, respect my privacy. I must warn you that I can indeed be quite catty in those and similar situations. Just last Thursday, while picking up challah at a local market, a gentleman approached me with a question pertaining to humidor care. I nearly scratched his eyes out.

In my mind, my toes were already dug into warm sand; a bib was already tucked into my expandable top-button collar.

I will say that an excellent pairing for most cigars is a 50/50 mix of coffee/tea. Black tea. Instant coffee. I put a tea bag in a mason jar, sprinkle in the proper amount of said instant coffee, and add boiling water. Maybe a little sweetener, although I often find myself to be sweet enough. Also, an excellent palate cleanser is vodka. I prefer potato vodka. Swish well and swallow if you like. However, time is the best cleanser.

Have a day, everyone.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Leaf by Oscar Cigars 10th Anniversary Criollo in Review

BRAND: Leaf by Oscar
BLEND: 10th Anniversary Criollo

WRAPPER: Honduran
BINDER: Honduran
FILLER: Honduran

FORMAT: Toro (652)
ORIGIN: Honduras
INTENSITY: Medium

NOTES:
Leathery white peppercorn | Cinnamon sugar toast | Cashew/Macadamia

Dry-not-parched consistency. Nuanced minglings. Leathery-savoriness boosted by oats. Cinnamon sugar toast, no butter. Nuts: shelled, raw, lightly salted. Harmonious. Earthen-forward underpinnings of lumber, discarded nutshell. 

[pressed flowers, book]

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

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

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Monday, February 5, 2024

Seattle Pipe Club Plum Pudding Special Reserve Pipe Tobacco in Review | Two Grandfathers (A Kaplowitz Media. Original Work of Fiction)

Seattle Pipe Club Plum Pudding Special Reserve Pipe Tobacco in Review | Two Grandfathers (A Kaplowitz Media. Original Work of Fiction)

CATEGORY: Balkan Blend
BLEND: Black Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
FLAVORING: none

BLENDER: Joe Lankford
MANUFACTURER: Sutliff Tobacco Company

CUT: Plug
PIPE: Broken stem clay pipe [unknown]
INTENSITY: Medium

NOTES:
Figs/raisins | Honey-spiced oranges | Fatburger hauntings

Of course, anything's 'Special Reserve' will be held up against its original. This is handy because I wrote a review of that original a bit back, which you can read at: Seattle Pipe Club Plum Pudding Pipe Tobacco in Review. Here the blend displays more easily and is sorta linear in a not-bad manner. On a line, but a thick and heavy line. Wide 'nuff for many a corralled slowly-meandering nuance.

A little story comes to mind.

TWO GRANDFATHERS
(A Kaplowitz Media. Original Work of Fiction)

Two grandfathers. One thick, one thin. The thick one older and the thin one younger, but by no means young. It's early Fall and they find themselves on a short hike back to camp. They had walked off far enough to enjoy a smoke away from the grandkids and the mothers both regular and grand.

The thick one became very tired and the thin one chided him by loping ahead and loping is most likely a gross overstatement but here we weave in comparrisons. The smell of campfires and grills swirls in the crisp air. "Hold your horses," huffs older Clyde to which younger Earl comments back behind him, "Keep up, Clyde."

And they reach the little clearing with the fifth-wheel parked and the grandkids and the mothers both grand and otherwise. A 17-year-old member of the clan in Airpods looks at a smart device on a tree stump under a beanie. A tuft of reddish-auburn hair shows from out-under. Clyde tiredly rocks back his own cap and caresses his own bald head. "He could barely keep up," Earl tells Clyde's wife and there is nowhere to sit but that stump, and Clyde needs a sit.

An old green cooler, a metal-looking thing with a sturdy top is alongside the cooling-down grill. Clyde has a sit. "Hey!" yells Earl, "Not on my damned cooler, Clyde." A crack sounds like the breaking of a tree limb but is not. "Dammit," sounds Earl. "I needed a sit," puffs Clyde. He's pale and sweaty. His wife comes over, kisses his forehead. "Clammy," she mutters and hands him a can of cold cola. "He okay?" asks Earl. "Oh, he's fine," says Clyde's wife. "He's fine," says Earl's wife (in a less enthused echo). "I'm fine," says Clyde.

"You scared me." Says Earl to Clyde.
"I'm not getting younger." Says Clyde to Earl.
"Neither of us is." Says Earl to Clyde.
"Ain't that the truth."

Clyde smacks Earl's thigh and slowly stands.
"My damned cooler is busted. My favorite old Coleman."
"I needed a sit real quick."
"You old fool!"
"At least I ain't an old prancing fool!"

And they bicker back and forth until Clyde needs a sit again and by then the stump is vacant. 

TASTE: A-
AROMA: A-
BURN: A-

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

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