while this is a redux review, I will not post the links herein to previous reviews. Of which included a droning on of long-form, a format which did not catch on, & part of a video series (which I no longer do). This, then, becomes a redux review in name only & would best be labeled a final dare I say ULTIMATE review. thx
A NOTE AS TO THE PREVIOUS NOTE:
aforementioned reviews are searchable. They're simply not linked here. None were removed. thx agn
“Have you Kaplowitz’d to-day?”
Caldwell Cigar Co.
The King is Dead
WRAPPER: Dominican Negrito
BINDER: Dominican Corojo
FILLER: Dominican Corojo Ligero, Dominican Negrito, Dominican grown Habano Vuelta Abajo
FORMAT: "Premier" (5.5x50)
ORIGIN: Tabacalera Ventura, Dominican Republic
Black pepper, molasses, & licorice. Boom, boom, & boom. Definitive & delineated top-notes, those. Wrapped around a rich dense core of barnyard/manure/compost. Undertones are a list of savory bits both animal & vegetal: meat, leather, mushrooms, barley.
Deep notes purposefully delivered. Each character is introduced for good reason. Spillane wrote that if you intro a gun in act one, it better be fired by the third act. Or something to that effect. I count three booms straight away. Nuanced af. Lesser-so but still complex.
Burns straight on-down with the slightest loosening of seams at char here & there. Ash stacks dimes that I have to force off at each third. Smoke out-put is abundant, culminating in a dense 'baccy room-note of bittersweetness. Draw is smooth & easy. I just tasted plums (end of 2/3).
FINAL GRADE: A-
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59