Monday, April 22, 2024

Big Sky Cigar Co. Bitterroot in Redux Review

BRAND: Big Sky
BLEND: Bitterroot

WRAPPER: Habano
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Toro (654)
ORIGIN: Nicaragua
INTENSITY: Medium

BITTER: .25/5 (blonde coffee)
SALTY: .25/5 (milk chocolate)
SAVORY: .25/5 (toasted oats)
SOUR: 1.5/5 (lemony cedar)
SPICE: 1.5/5 (spiced cider)
SWEET: 1.25 /5 (caramel)

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

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

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Link to my original review >>> Big Sky Cigar Co. Bitterroot in Review

Friday, April 19, 2024

ROOM101 Cigars Hit & Run Redux in 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

NOTES:
Walnut mocha torte | Paprika | Pumpernickel

Depth. Complex layers. Dense and weighty. Plush. Well-balanced. A dark unfurling of motion and stillness. Dappled sunlight exhibits traces of mulling spice, cola, black dahlia.

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

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

A word about dahlias (black and otherwise, I'd imagine) from The Perfume Society: "One thing's for sure: dahlias don't smell as blowsy as they look. It's the leaves and the stems which are used in fragrance, giving a slightly bitter note."

In the fullest of disclosures, this review was conducted nigh immediately upon receiving this sample. While I'm not normally as big on 'resting' cigars as some folk are, I will dully note this here. As well as promise a deeper (if not longer) redux review in fair time. thx

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Big Sky Cigar Co. Yellowstone in Redux Review

BRAND: Big Sky
BLEND: Yellowstone

WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Connecticut
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Robusto (550)
ORIGIN: Nicaragua
INTENSITY: Mild/Mild-medium
SPICE: 1/5

NOTES:
Lemonade | Cedar | White peppercorn

"Anything so innocent and built like that just gotta be named Lucille." Dragline, Cool Hand Luke. Classic scene. Sunshine, sundress, bit-of-soap. Rural. Stifled-frenzy. Builds intensity-focus.

... Sweetness. Not afraid of biting; don't. An old car. Tom Petty tune(now). "I call her Honey Bee." Must be Spring. Must be a Springtime smoke.

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

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

Original review link: Big Sky Cigar Co. Yellowstone in Review. 'Tween this and that, you'll grok the smoke.

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Monday, April 15, 2024

1st & 15th Podcast "Sucker Punch" NEW EPISODE

1st & 15th Podcast "Sucker Punch" NEW EPISODE

"In this episode of 1st & 15th, Phil and Kap discover parental volunteer traps of having student athletes, grapple with chess, and suppress bully tendencies. Kap also finds something else to collect along with his bread clips. Why are you listening?" - Phil Kurut, co-host, show producer, pollster.

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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