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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Xiphos NR Maduro Robusto
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Kent (05Venturer)
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 Ice Water

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 20 Possible

Very slight sheen (satin finish) on this nice looking dark brown stick. Awesome looking double bands with silver accents and a black background with deep red lettering, looks great. No veins to speak of and the seams are only slightly noticeable. Zero soft spots on the fairly firm canon. Prelight aroma is very light tobacco with a touch of hay.Cap cut cleanly with my Xikar guillotine. Prelight draw is mostly light hay.

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

Foot toasted up evenly at took flame well from my Bugatti Triple Torch. Nice light colored ash is a bit flaky but holding on well over an inch when I tap it off to save a mess on my lap later. Towards the end of the first half the burn wandered just enough that I did give it a slight touch up, it was smooth sailing after that, not razor sharp but pretty even. Smoke volume is great throughout the cigar.


Construction: 30 Points of 30 Possible

Cap held on nicely when cut. Draw is spot on for me, just enough resistance. Cigar feels solid and well bunched and wrapped. Draw remains great throughout the cigar. Both bands remove quite easily with any damage to the cigar. I could find nothing wrong with the construction on this fine looking smoke.

Flavor: 30 Points of 35 Possible

1/3:First flavors I get are black pepper & spice with light tobacco in the background, getting a very slight  metallic flavor towards the end of the first third.
2/3: Metallic flavor has diminished 25 minutes in and I pull the small second band off and am finding myself enjoying this smoke quite a bit. Spiciness is coming in and out of play and I am getting more of the richness of the maduro wrapper as the metallic flavor is now non existent.
3/3: I am getting the aroma of dark cocoa and just a slight taste of it now. Just into the final third I retrohaled again and it was painfully spicy (wake up call). Feeling a slight burn in the back of my throat towards the end of the cigar. Getting a little bitter right towards the nub so I set it down with about 3/4 inch to go.

Summary

Overall this was an enjoyable medium-med/full smoke. I am looking forward to trying the rest of the Xiphos line that Brad was generous enough to throw my way with this critique cigar. Smoke time was just shy of an hour and I found it to be a great way to relax after a long day at work.



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