Thursday, July 30, 2020

Kaplowitz Radio. ETC. for EP186

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A bit about Kaplowitz Media. Wine. Something about poetry & readings. A nod to crosswords. For more Kaplowitz Radio. open a window & YELL YELL YELL out into the night streets.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Kaplowitz Media. Wine | King Estate Pinot Gris 2018 in Review "My Favorite Tom Petty Album"

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King Estate Pinot Gris 2018

APPELLATION: Willamette Valley
VINEYARD: King Estate (et al)

VARIETAL: Pinot Gris
WINERY: King Estate
ALCOHOL: 13.5%

NOTES:
Pear | Wildflowers | Elderberry

Juicy w/ an effervescent acidity & well-structured complexity. Crisp on the palate & to the eye. An aroma of quince freshly plucked; a hint of lime. Somewhat flowery, pale & wild stuffs. B I G notes of pear on the refreshing sip. More wildflowers than my favorite Tom Petty album. White peach, elderberry, tangerine. On the back-end is a mineral led lightly saline addition/evolution.

Here & there is sweet hay, white peppercorn, pale honey. Delicate but deliberate. Attainable. Well balanced, albeit on a slight tart wobble. Staunch 'nuff tannins. Darn near invigorating. Bright & hella-high but also tethered nicely. Would pair well w/ a bagel & lox, a BLT slathered in mayo, and not returning to work after lunch. Heck, we all Zoom in now, anyways. Gentle edges carry thru to a lengthy & quite elegant finish.

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

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Gold Feather Coffee Roasters Night Flight Blend in Review "A Smarter Generation"

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Gold Feather 
Night Flight Blend

ORIGIN: Various
VARIETAL: Arabica

PROCESS: Various
BREW METHOD: French Press

INTENSITY: Medium

WEBSITE: www.goldfeathercoffee.com

NOTES:
Hardwood | Smoky | Minerals

Tastes like landing gears & tarmac. I'll try again... watery. I correspond w/ a pal: "Tastes like water boiling in a cast iron pan," I say. We then compare/contrast Meg Ryan & Jennifer Aniston. A blend more of note adjectives than note notes. Metallic. Smoky. Flinty. Cools into a very cereal grain forward manner, toasted & sinewy. Oak is there, structuring. Simply-so. A bit baggy in its midsection.

More cereal, a bit of velvety-smooth diesel. Maybe some dark chocolate in waxy shavings. Maybe a spice-rack all made of paper, careful origami. Not enough available weight to weigh-in on balance. Body flits off & yonder. No nuance. I will say this: Jennifer Aniston is the Meg Ryan of her generation, which was a smarter generation. Oh & Adam Sandler is a finer dramatic actor than was Robin Williams.

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

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Gold Feather Coffee Roasters Wheels Up Blend in Review "Abe Probably Called it a Plug Hat"

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Gold Feather 
Wheels Up Blend

ORIGIN: Various
VARIETAL: Arabica

PROCESS: Various
BREW METHOD: Moka Pot

INTENSITY: Medium-Full/Full

WEBSITE: www.goldfeathercoffee.com

NOTES:
Dark chocolate | Savory earth | Trail mix

Big dark sweet-savory. Hey, thanks for coming out. Ok, ok. More. Hm... Dark is smokily-so & earthen around a tight leather core. There's your savory, too. Sweet is a dark chocolate shaving thing that evolves into a dark chocolate velvety Dove bar. More savory, then. Excellent counter-balance along-side of progression. Nutty (salted/roasted) alongside fruits (dried) = trail mix, say?

Black peppery undertones. Some buttered pumpernickle toast. A vague Worcestershire sauce. More earth, top-soil & compost. Lip-smacking manure, in a very good & not gross at all way. Not lacking in character but definitely in humor -- a melancholy brew. The Abe Lincoln of brews. Sinewy, stong, & cloaked in dark heavy fabrics. Its aplomb all gathered under a stovepipe hat. Abe probably called it a plug hat, tho. 

So nicely+ balanced, but not much complexity & lesser-nuanced than hoped for. There is that nifty evolution as mentioned but the upper-lip is simply too stiff here. A bit of smoked hickory comes in late and on the back-end. Nothing bad, all good but also mundane. Pedestrian. A solid cup that'll get you where you need to be but offer minimal entertainment en route.

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

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Kaplowitz Radio. EP186 "Herein Lives Wisdom"

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Good stuff. A very me-centric episode replete w/ a couple re-airings, one including my dramatic reading of The Gambler and the other of the 2019 Kaplowitz Media Cigar of the Year episode (In preparation for the 2020 rendition coming up in Sept.) New stuff? How about (not me) Phil Zanghi of Debonaire House? How about some (back to me) Kaplowitz Reads Kaplowitz? Hot dang & boy howdy. Oh, and another (new) Shakespeare reading!

The BEST cigar cigars coffee coffees wine podcast on the www today is Kaplowitz Media. available on:
& everywhere else

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READING LIST:

Kaplowitz Media. Cigars of the Month (July 2020)
https://kaplowitz.blogspot.com/2020/07/kaplowitz-media-cigars-of-month-july.html

Kaplowitz Media. Coffees of the Month (July 2020)
https://kmcoffee.blogspot.com/2020/07/kaplowitz-media-coffees-of-month-july.html

Charles Smith Wines The Velvet Devil Merlot 2017
https://kaplowitz.blogspot.com/2020/07/kaplowitz-media-wine-charles-smith.html

Ventura Cigar Slaughterhouse
https://kaplowitz.blogspot.com/2020/07/ventura-cigar-slaughterhouse-in-review.html

Nectar of Life Gourmet Organic Coffee French Roast
https://kmcoffee.blogspot.com/2020/07/nectar-of-life-gourmet-organic-coffee.html

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Kaplowitz Media. Coffees of the Month (July 2020)

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


Index of Coffees of the Month posts: https://bit.ly/2WZHgWh

A note: this is posting a day early due to scheduling conflicts. The 25th falls on a Saturday this month, the day of Weekly Recapitulation posting.

A reminder: each coffee entered into each of these monthly A-Grade lists is eligible for Kaplowitz Media. Cigar of the Year running.

Plans have been announced for the 5th Anniversario Celebracion of Kaplowitz Media. during the month of September. The full Slate of events feature:
  • 9/1. Kappy Awards
  • 9/15. Kaplowitz Guide 2020
  • 9/30. Coffee of the Year
More info to follow. Here's all the info thus far (in podcast form): https://bit.ly/2BYU2Mp

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Nectar of Life Gourmet Organic Coffee French Roast in Review "Is That Manure You're Wearing?"

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Nectar of Life 
Gourmet Organic Coffee 
French Roast

ORIGIN: Indonesia, South America
VARIETAL: Arabica

BREW METHOD: French Press
INTENSITY: Med. Full/Full

WEBSITE: www.nectar-of-life.com

NOTES:
Leather | Charred woods | Cocoa

Indonesian-forward in terms of characteristics. Smoky earthy musty. Bold & deep baking cocoa provides the carpet for this Magic Ride. [Reminder: "Fantasy will set you free." -Steppenwolf] Quite savory, dryly. Leather, weathered. Tastes like Clint Eastwood's face, in August (salted). Charred cedar has charred oak underpinnings resting on a charred Mexicali spice rack.

Cumin, clove, red pepper lay atop some bitter too darkly toasted almonds & a tobacco stalk -- that engulfed in the darkest earth ever-there-was. Dry composted black dirt stuffs. Some barnyard. "Pardon me, ma'am. Is that manure you're wearing?" She wipes clean a spot (yes, yes) Right Between The Sound Machine. Not complex, nicely nuanced but simply-so of savory cocoa.

Aroma is a Harley peeling out of a southwest fat burger drive-thru joint. It also smells a little like how classic rock sounds. You know what I mean, yes? Good. Nicely balanced, juicy like dried candied fruit. Finishes on long earthy-sweet & smoked legs with notes of leather jackets worn under sleeveless denim jackets. Features a bandana used to clean a dipstick look in the cup[Aladdin's Lamp, say?]. 

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

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Kaplowitz Media. Wine | Charles Smith Wines The Velvet Devil Merlot 2017 in Review "What's it All Mean?"

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The Velvet Devil Merlot 2017

APPELLATION: Columbia Valley, Washington State
WINERY: Charles Smith Wines

VARIETAL: 89% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec
ALCOHOL: 13.5%

NOTES:
Black currant | Cedar | Smoky

Robust because bodacious seems laterally juvenile. Big & bold. Bombastic, say? Well-structured & Velvet Elvis smooth. Campy, see? Still -- fun not frivolous. Focused. The bouquet is of dark no darker fruitiness w/ smoky lilt. Bit of a black peppery kick to the boozy olfactory. Fruits go to the top of flavors led by black current w/ black cherry attachment.

Woods... seasoned humidor Spanish cedar & something of a stiff tobacco stem/stalk. O A K as it lives & breaths. All easy grasps, wanting to be grasped. Wanting drunk & to go down easy. Undertones are just as concentrated as their overs, dryly-so. Vanilla bean, plum. Crisp. Lively... oh, fine... Bodacious. Cocoa, clove. I get the feeling of little to no finagling, scant fingerprints. All grapes.

Locked & loaded for bang rn, not l8r. Drink by today. Finishes quite sweetly, darkly, nice oomph, never limp. Then tightly tidy. A rockstar who cleans the motel room he trashed. Not complex but driven af. I almost forgot looks, kinda did. I drank it all. Close my eyes and my memory is of burgundy shag carpet. paneled walls. Paisley. What's it all mean? Who knows. A seriously fun pour, this. Altho also a bit of a faux dive, really.

ADDENDUM: pair with Hawaiian pizza.

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

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Gold Feather Coffee Roasters Bravo Zulu Blend in Review "Cool Trick"

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ORIGIN: Various
VARIETAL: Arabica

PROCESS: Washed, natural
BREW METHOD: Pour-over

INTENSITY: Medium

WEBSITE: www.goldfeathercoffee.com

NOTES:
Hardwood | Ripe fruits | Tobacco

Juicy & crisp w/ a neat-O smoky attachment thru-out. Bright but also well-toasty. Quite wooden, mainly an oaken wine cask sorta thing, scorched. A bit of orange zest is there, complex. The smoky tendencies find some tobacco leaves laying over-top composted earth. Fruits are dark and dried, slightly candied. Finishes noticeably brighter than it sips, a bit of a sweet lemony tea. Whisks away cleanly but not abruptly-so.

That composted earth, it dips down to the middlings where undertones of anise seed, dark chocolate shavings, thin molasses exist. Dark notes, delivered brighter than expected. As the cup cools, the oak portion seems to resurrect all the way back to tree-form, lively & full of life. Cool trick. The bouquet here is a tick lackluster, lending not much more than cereal grains to the olfactory experience.

All told, excellently complex & dazzlingly if not-quite deeply 'nuff nuanced... a half-bit fleeting. Somewhat astringent at times. Smooth & smoothly balanced. Well-fleshed out for being scant in flesh, proper (savoriness). Prune delineates itself late in the cup, chocolate rises with it. ::: very ::: transitional. Not excitable, but rather calmly exciting. A well-directed edge-of-your-seat performance.

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

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Black Acres Coffee Papa New Guinea in REDUX Review [steadying, assuring]

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Black Acres Roastery
Papa New Guinea

ORIGIN: Papua New Guinea
PROCESS: Fully washed

BREW METHOD: Pour-over
INTENSITY: Mild

The reasoning behind this redux is a switch from French Press to Pour-over brewing. The original FP review can be read HERE. This 2d will not reference that 1t. You should read it anyway. It is superbly written. [On 2d thought & further sips, this is ::: very ::: much the same cuppa. Maybe just a couple/few edits here & there.]

NOTES:
Caramel | Jicama | Apple butter
Apple Butter | Peach | Jicama

You'll first notice the p/lush body, full af w/ peach fuzz tick. It's all about the feels, really. A happily sedate profile. Primaries: a slightly salted caramel toffee [PEACH] is out-front. Jicama [fogged a tick by cereal grain] moistens in that caramel & apple butter interim. The apple butter, the whispered of the three [heightened some here], its autumn spices [lowered] find rest on the long[moderate]-legged finish. You'll get [a] things here you won't get just any/everywhere.

Undertones are quite grainy with a talc feel rounded into smooth cushion. Farina cereal cooked in milk [Cheerios crumbs, say?] A bit of orange blossom honey brings sweet citrus pith on-board. Aroma showcases bigly that honey [pushed up & ahead by grains-covered peach]. Somewhere between the smell & the taste is a [hinted] buttery cedar. Complex, nuanced, & all that while being broad and still. This apparent juxtaposition leads to very attainable easily enjoyed intricacies. [steadying, assuring]

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

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Kaplowitz Radio EP185 "Beauteous Roof to Ruinate"


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A real Kaplowitz Media. Cigars & friends episode. Ian Reith of Dapper Cigars & Lee Marsh of Stolen Throne Cigars come on each other… I mean come on together & the three of us flick feces all over one another as well as elsewhere. Then Mike Weinstein swings thru and we chat about actual topics; like Sam Leccia & my run as a pro wrestler. All that plus some Kaplowitz Reads Kaplowitz & a classic ep of the disILLUSIONE dePROGRAM podcast. For more Kaplowitz Radio., who's asking? Are you a cop? You have to tell me if you're a cop.



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READING LIST:

Jas Sum Kral Cigars Red Knight in REDUX Review "Voluminous Cumulus"
https://kaplowitz.blogspot.com/2020/07/jas-sum-kral-cigars-red-knight-in-redux.html

Indian Motorcycle Premium Cigars Maduro in REDUX Review "Plush & I Daresay Posh"
https://kaplowitz.blogspot.com/2020/07/indian-motorcycle-premium-cigars-maduro.html

Tostado Coffee Palenque in REDUX Review "Mild & Mesmerizing"
https://kmcoffee.blogspot.com/2020/07/tostado-coffee-palenque-in-redux-review.html

Black Acres Coffee Rwanda in REDUX Review "Turtles All the Way Down"
https://kmcoffee.blogspot.com/2020/07/black-acres-coffee-rwanda-in-redux.html

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Tostado Coffee Palenque in REDUX Review "Mild & Mesmerizing"

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Tostado Palenque - Light Roast

ORIGIN: ​Chiapas, Mexico
PROCESS: Fully washed, sun-dried

BREW METHOD: Pour-over
INTENSITY: Mild

WEBSITE: www.tostadocoffeeroasters.com

The reasoning behind this redux is a switch from French Press to Pour-over brewing. The original FP review can be read HERE. This 2d will not reference that 1t. You should read it anyway. It is superbly written.

NOTES:
Maple syrup | Sandalwood | Hazelnut

Softly crisp; sparkling not glaring. Smooth & sweet of rigid structure & citrus pith cleanse. It's darn good. Subtly understated primaries of thin maple syrup, no gunk. Sandalwood w/ a tobacco lilt, lightly. Hazle(nut-ty), as in cuckoo amounts -- still, balanced. Wildflowers & tall grasses. Complex. Nuanced. Undertones: Toffee, orange blossom honey (the citrus shines as note attachments)...

... A bit of black tea replete w/ its lip-smacking astringent tannin stuffs. Finishes sweet and pale-spicy on the back-end, exotic & humble... a spice rack in a small home in a foreign land. Underbelly sees some of that sprinkled over sunny earth along with cornmeal. White chocolate sidles up to the cooling cup's midsection. It's hard to be both mild & mesmerizing. I can pull it off & thankfully so does this cuppa goodness. 

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

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Kaplowitz Media. Wine | Erath Winery Pinot Noir 2017 in Review "I Miss Bob Eucker"

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21+

APPELLATION: Oregon
VARIETAL: Pinot Noir

WINERY: Erath
ALCOHOL: 13%


NOTES:
Oak | Bing cherry | Vanilla cream

A robustly juicy aroma & body. Driven by an earthiness in a savory lush vegetal manner. Somewhat fungal; a lot of woodsiness. Fruits, loud reds. Let's pretend I haven't begun drinking the stuff yet & am just gazing into it lovingly. Looks moderately thick with goldenrod >>> bronze rim. Nice clear depths. Moving from sniff to sip...

...those big out-ahead fruit notes are bing cherry & a bracing that closely cranberry. The vegetation is a pile of leaves, dry atop & composting underneath. Twigs. Oak twigs... why not? Oak everywhere, really. Lively-so. Excellent structuring to taste. As to body, a good bit lacking in tannins. A table wine to pair well w/ the fat boy salad choices (Cobb, Chef). Nice alcohol warmth in the chest, comfortably.

Blue-collar elegant night out comes to mind. 6pm at a Midwest Olive Garden. Undertones are a neat-O vanilla cream soda, some baking spices, cacao bean. More oak. I did say "Oak," yes? Yes. Warm & attainable with moderate complexities and soft nuances. Calmly reassuring even where its most vibrant (oak). Even where it's silly (vanilla cream soda). Does its screw cap roots proud. I miss Bob Eucker. Wait, he's STILL alive???

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

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Black Acres Coffee Rwanda in REDUX Review "Turtles All the Way Down"

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Black Acres Roastery Rwanda

ORIGIN: Cafe De Gisagara, Rwanda
PROCESS: Washed

BREW METHOD: Pour-over
INTENSITY: Medium

WEBSITE: www.blackacrescoffee.com

The reasoning behind this redux is a switch from French Press to Pour-over brewing. The original FP review can be read HERE. This 2d will not reference that 1t. You should read it anyway. It is superbly written.

NOTES:
Cranberry | Stone fruit | Chocolate bread

Polished glass smoothness (body). Cranberry driven sweet almost-ripe fruits (aroma >then> palate). Remainder of fruits is/are stone varietals with an apricot rising above & out of the light syrupy melange. The corners are rounded & spots filled in the primary by a chocolate sour cream bread sorta jam. Reduced-fat sour cream. Sifted flour then sifted again. Smooth, see. Clear. Brisk. Pristine, say.

Undertones are an astringent to the tongue raw balsa wood which offers neat structure. Very neat. Meticulously neat. Earth is in the middling, too. Potting soil bought in a bag. Clean. It's all so tidy and sparse but not vacuumous nor lacking. Something like thin blueberry honey seeps thru & down into the underbelly which is rather more middling, just lower. 

The infinite regress of "Turtles all the way down." Finishes smoothly, tasting of infinity for a moderately finite amount of time. "Turtles are a candy made with pecans and caramel dipped in chocolate, with a shape resembling a turtle. The name is trademarked by [redacted]." - Wikipedia. Add this bit of knowledge to undertones upon the cup cooling. 

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

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Split Rail Coffee Awarded One Star | A Kaplowitz Guide Update

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[For more about The Kaplowitz Guide & how its star rating system works, please visit: https://bit.ly/2SGvfCD]

One Kaplowitz Media. Star is awarded to Split Rail Coffee.

Split Rail is the passion project of coffee roaster Tim Raney. Not 'just' a coffee roaster, Tim is a curator of very fine single-origin coffees, whose roasting is simply a means to allow regions their particular expression. With a vintner's sense of terroir & a mechanic's precision, he achieves this. While also achieving an apparent goal of not allowing his direction to be seen. His fingerprints appear nowhere on the beans nor roasts.

Perhaps some might view this as a short-coming. Perhaps I can even side with those hypothesized critics at times. Nevertheless, his intent of allowing the brew its own character is met successfully & that is what matters most. Much more than if you'd personally rather see Spike Lee's or Quentin Terrantino's ham-fisted hands atop their cinema. Split Rail is more truly than most all about the sourcing, collecting, & again -- curating -- then protecting those specimen worthy of that dang effort.

Another star & maybe two could be awarded on the grounds of a blended offering addition to their portfolio. A one-time peek at Mr. Raney's hand if you will. In the interim, try grabbing onto the swirling chocolatey nuances the Finca El Rincon, Then walk right up to the prettiest belle at the ball & say "hey, toots!" to Hana Asrat Tilhun. Lastly but not leastly, allow a cup of Kenya Kiaga to show you what citrus could & should do.

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Kaplowitz Radio. EP184 "No Love Toward Others"

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Cigar reviews. Coffee reviews. A wine review. all read from & by Kaplowitz Media. Oh, and throw in some Shakespeare & linguistic fun bits! yw For more Kaplowitz Media. cook a metal fork in a microwave for 30 seconds & just wait...



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SHOW NOTES[links]

DEBONAIRE DAYBREAK
http://kaplowitz.blogspot.com/2018/06/debonaire-cigars-daybreak-in-corona.html
https://kaplowitz.blogspot.com/2020/05/debonaire-cigars-daybreak-in-redux.html

GORONGOSA ELEPHANTS NEVER FORGET
https://kmcoffee.blogspot.com/2020/05/gorongosa-coffee-elephants-never-forget.html

Principle Cigars Aviator:
https://kaplowitz.blogspot.com/2020/07/principle-cigars-aviator-series.html

Sweet Cheeks Winery Pinot Noir:
https://kaplowitz.blogspot.com/2020/07/kaplowitz-media-wine-sweet-cheeks.html

Dark Horse Coffee Colombia:
https://kmcoffee.blogspot.com/2020/07/dark-horse-coffee-roasters-los-canelos.html

ADVentura Navigator:
https://kaplowitz.blogspot.com/2020/07/adventura-cigars-navigator-in-redux.html

Killer Beans Brazilian Bombshell:
https://kmcoffee.blogspot.com/2020/07/killer-beans-coffee-brazilian-bombshell.html
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Friday, July 10, 2020

Kaplowitz Media. Coffee | Special Report: Mmm Mmm Mmm, for the Smell of it: A Handful of Coffees w/ Aromas That Make Me Wanna Shoop

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I could go on about how impactful scent is on experiencing a brew. I could delve for the nth time into smell-tastes & how your sense of smell is most closely of all your senses, linked to memory. I could also equate the coffee drinker's slurp with the cigar smoker's retro-hale in triggering the olfactory.

Sure, I could even joke about how the ol' factory downtown has been closed for years, boarded up. obs lost over-seas (lol). Heck, I could even crack morbidly wise & somehow connect this aromatic list w/ emerging evidence of airborne COVID-19. [The air is poison, might as well make it smell nice.]

Alas, I'll do none of that. Making good, instead, with this list of coffees w/ gorgeous noses, wonderful bouquets, (& they smell damn good too). Here goes, in no particular order...

Sugar Creek Panama Gesha
German chocolate cake | Papaya | Hibiscus
Read the full review HERE.

Split Rail Hana Asrat Tilhun
Floral | Fruity | Honey
Read the full review HERE.

NxtWave Coffee Special Edition
Oak | Black walnut | Dark chocolate
Read the full review HERE.

Tostado Coffee Palenque
Maple syrup | Pinewood | Caramel
Read the full review HERE.

Black Acres Coffee Midnight Train
Molasses | Dark grains | Leather
Read the full review HERE.

& there ya go a list of enjoyably heady bouquets. I told you what I was gonna do, did it, then told you what I did. BOOM, BOOM, then BOOM. Plus, who doesn't like a good list? Before I click "publish" on this thing, I just wanted to note a certain something... 

Drink these or others, see how the aroma enhances (hopefully) the taste, see how it fleshes out the experience. Does it add to a thing somewhat lacking on the palate? Does it introduce a new something entirely? Do flavor notes swirl together there in your nasal cavity, building complexities? It's all quite possible. I mean stranger things have happened.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Killer Beans Coffee Brazilian Bombshell in REDUX Review "Now Cue Al Jolson, Circa 1913"

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Killer Beans
Brazilian Bombshell

ORIGIN: Brazil
BREW METHOD: Moka Pot
INTENSITY: Full

WEBSITE: www.facebook.com/Killer-Beans-Coffee

The reasoning behind this redux is a switch from French Press to Moka Pot brewing. The original FP review can be read HERE. This 2d will not reference that 1t. You should read it anyway. It is superbly written.

NOTES:
Chocolate | Black peppercorn | Leather

Chocolate is a dark shavings sorta thing, black peppercorn is black peppercorn, & Leather, leather. Simply, out ahead, & on a line. The tires grind up the miles underneath. "Ride the highway west, baby. Ride the snake, ride the snake." (The Doors, The End) Asphalt, rubber, a certain fleshiness... it's all there. Here. It's all here, in my cup. Smoky af in manner. A muscle car peeling out from a burger joint, circa 1967. I taste chrome.

Undertones are less romantic but most likely a lot more sensical. Anise led seasonings & earth, mostly. Really, it's all earth from navel to nethers, with a mineral metallic lilt, tick of salt. Puckering & sweaty & somehow really fucking good. Finish is long and savory darkly bittersweet. Deep depths, deeply. Well-balanced but also interfered w/ by all the smoke & mirrors of smoky minerals. Tar. I didn't want to love this cup but it made me love it. Now cue Al Jolson, circa 1913, "You know you made me love you."

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

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Kaplowitz Media. Wine | Sweet Cheeks Winery & Vineyard 2017 Pinot Noir in Review "Only Degenerates Gamble on Two-year-old Thoroughbreds"

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21+

Sweet Cheeks
2017 Pinot Noir

APPELLATION: Willamette Valley
VINEYARD:
Sweet Cheeks Vineyard, Davis Vineyard,
Chateau Bianca, Five Fourteen Vineyard

VARIETAL: Pinot Noir
WINERY: Sweet Cheeks
ALCOHOL: 12.3

WEBSITE: sweetcheekswinery.com

NOTES:
Black cherry | Raspberry | Exotic spice

Fruity, go figure. Dense silkiness, weightily. Bit of a wet blanket thud for slight lack of structure. An attainable rigid sweet wobble. Raspberry becomes pomegranate on its back-end. Then tannins arrive fully. Black cherry and exotic spice. Almost erratic, not erotic. No true-true delineation there. An underlying & stabilizing earthiness led by cocoa. Boozy. Indelicate, say. 

A quite-present alcohol dryness sinks into tongue-corners. A fruity-forward juicy then watery aroma, simply. Body, that (more soon*). A bossman emphasizing his words to an underling by poking his chest. Black. Cherry. Black. Cherry. See? *A full-ish body but too a bit vacant. Untethered. No nuances. Moderate complexities in earthiness, altho that's precisely where there is room for more.

Sweet without cloying. Fairly interesting. A bit aggressive or at the least overly eager. Bottled in 2018, drunk in 2020. Better drunk in 2025, perhaps fuller then, a bit more rounded & fleshy. "Eager," I believe that sums it well. This Pinot is why only degenerates gamble on two-year-old thoroughbreds. That said & in keeping with that which was said, this vintage does ultimately finish in the money, on-the-board, etc.

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

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Dark Horse Coffee Roasters Los Canelos Colombia in REDUX Review "I've Come Undone"

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Dark Horse Coffee Roasters
Los Canelos Colombia

ORIGIN: Colombia
PROCESS: Washed

BREW METHOD: Moka Pot
INTENSITY: Medium/Medium-Full

The reasoning behind this redux is a switch from French Press to Moka Pot brewing. The original FP review can be read at: https://bit.ly/3e1qECJ This 2d will not reference that 1t. You should read it anyway. It is superbly written.

NOTES:
Baking spices | Chocolate fudge | Prunes

Begins big, bold, well rounded/balanced. Viscous & lingering to the point of bittersweet haunting. Excellent structure braced & backed hella to hoist the heft at hand. All that said, rather a simple brew. Baking spices hit out front w/ a cinnamon lead that dissipates upon cooling. Then the choc-choc-chocolatiest fudge ever ya did meet. Followed by a trailing prune with enveloping pastry bit bringing hamantaschen to mind.

I was born on a Purim (in re to hamantaschen) BUT NOT LAST PURIM, dammit. There is steak & there is sizzle & there is no meat in these middlings. That along with the rather simplistic if not dull primaries, just make the whole once-promising affair one not to remember. With such vacancy up-top 'tween notes, it's even sadder when the house of cards, she blows over into a bloody mess. Mottled and then bitingly astringent.

The highpoint other than something akin to the entertainment value of a 1st round one-punch KO (jaw-dropping, then emptiness) is the cup's aroma. It's a bouquet of heady af Mexican chocolate & fruity afars. It's the fruity afars, man. They (prune) operate thru-out the profile in a ruining manner as the cup unravels, devolves. Lying on the floor, lying on the floor, I've come undone. Even the finish is astringently, tartly trashed then erased. Hold this thread as I walk away (As I walk away!)

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

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Kaplowitz Radio. EP183 "Sweets with Sweets"

lo-fi & lovely

Yet another SLAM DUNK of a HOME RUN show here. We got Lee Marsh of Stolen Throne Cigars, Mike of His Own Backyard, & a classic something from the audio archives: an interview w/ Lars Tetens of Lars Tetens. Holy smokes! yw For more Kaplowitz Media. start an innocuous conversation about the weather & just wait...



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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Gorongosa Coffee Speak for the Trees in REDUX Review "[Decadently]"

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Gorongosa Coffee
Speak for the Trees

ORIGIN: Africa
VARIETAL: Arabica

PROCESS: Natural, washed
BREW METHOD: French Press
INTENSITY: Medium/Med.-Full

WEBSITE: gorongosacoffee.com

The reasoning behind this redux is a switch from Moka Pot to French Press brewing. The original Moka Pot review can be read at: https://bit.ly/3irTgbN This 2d will not reference that 1t. You should read it anyway. It is superbly written.

OK. Scratch that. This is quite similar. Similar enough I'll just tweak the original text a tick...

NOTES:
Chocolate | Leather | Black walnut

Dark chocolate, silky-rich. There, gate-to-wire & unchanging [growing richer & more decadent as the cup cools]. Then leather, hidey-savory, thick & with its own [non-descript] baking spices attachment. Cinnamon-forward. Next is/are clove, smoked paprika. Black walnut is slightly candied [fleshy herbaceous plushness]. Undertones are woodsy earthiness -- charred hickory, compost, barnyard -- w/ purple fruit pungent lilting.

[Here we see an exchange of delineation & focus for a meatier more lush cup via different brew methods.] That earthiness is on-down to the underbelly w/ a Worcestershire sauce [half]sploosh. Quite nuanced via savory injections into woodsy & earthy depths. The remainder of the notes is fairly linear, superficial. Albeit [quite]well-rounded & balanced [although lazily-so]. A mainly still profile, [somewhat]dark & somber. A forest nymph napping in vegetation after a long day of doing sprite things?

Finishes bittersweet[sweetbitter] savory on lengthy legs, a bit charcoaly on far-end. Aroma is muted for such a robust profile, dusty spice array & earth. Flavors are bold, then body is bolder, then finish bumbles the baton [a slight]some. Lacking in structure to a [vast]degree, ultimately a serviceable cup with common notes done mainly well[decadently]. [An orangey citrus moistens the back corners of my tongue.]

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

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Kaplowitz Radio ETC. "Trailer"

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