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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Xiphos NR Maduro Robusto
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Neal (ntanner)
91
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Vendor sponsored Geek Critique.  Up for review this time is the Xiphos NR Maduro Robusto.  This critique has been generously sponsored by Brad Longanecker of Xiphos Cigars.  Special thanks goes out to Brad (Vroomp) for coordinating and providing these cigars!

The Xiphos NR Maduro uses a well aged blend of Nicaraguan Viso, Seco, and Ligero fillers from Esteli and Jalapa with an Indonesian Binder and a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper for a more Medium/Full bodied  enjoyment.


Length:
5
Ring Gauge:
52
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Corojo
Criollo
Nicaragua
Binder:
Indonesia
Wrapper:
Connecticut Broadleaf
Nicaragua
Color:
Colorado Maduro
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Robusto

This cigar was enjoyed with coffee

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 20 Possible

Wrapper has a nice dark color to it and has a dry appearance with a slightly toothy feel to it. The cannon is very solid and I only notice a couple of vein lines. The wrapper is not giving off a detectable aroma but the foot has a deep earthy tobacco aroma to it. The cap's are well applied and take a v-cut very well revealing a nice open draw.

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

This took a flame well and there were no noticeable issues at the foot but the first half inch tried to tunnel and the ash flowered pretty good revealing a void that must have caused the issue because from that point on the cigar burned well. The ash held on easily to the half way mark even with the flower at the foot and was a whitish grey and fairly solid. It did drop a flake from time to time but I find the thicker maduro leaf wrappers tend to do this. The burn rate was slow and cool and smoke production was good and aside from the initial correction in the beginning the burn was good

Construction: 29 Points of 30 Possible

The draw on this cigar was very good. I was concerned it would be a fast burner with my initial test draw after I cut it because the draw seemed so easy. The wrapper is a nice looking leaf that look's like it has had a couple of fermentation's. It isn't oily in appearance but it has a slightly toothy feel to it and look's like it should be quite flavorful. I only notice a couple of vein lines and the cap's are well applied. Over all a well constructed cigar. I did find removing the band's to require a bit of caution as the glue point was thoroughly glued and the excess had managed to attach itself to the wrapper but since I waited till my burn line was at the bottom of each wrapper and peeled with care the wrapper remained undamaged.

Flavor: 32 Points of 35 Possible

My wife described the room aromatics from this cigar as a combination of brownies and toasted walnut shells. I got a nice hit of spice right off with some bakers chocolate, toasted malt and tobacco. There is just a hint of sweetness at the end of each puff and it really enhances the chocolate character. Very smooth so far.
     It transitions into the second third with a wood note moving into the lead flavor position and the chocolate pairing up with a java note and cream to become more of a mocha flavor. the spice is still present but has mellowed a touch and there is a nice balance in this third.
     Going into the last third I notice a nice tobacco sort of dominating the flavors initially before trading back and forth with the mocha a few times before giving in and letting the mocha finish out this smoke.

Summary

A nice complex and smooth flavor profile kept this one scoring hi for me. I really liked the mocha flavors and there was enough variation of background flavors to keep it interesting but not so much as to not be able to keep track.It was a solid medium bodied smoke and took about a hour and 20 minutes to smoke, and I did smoke it to a small nub.



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