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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Xiphos NR Maduro Robusto
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brlesq
87
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 Water

Pre-Light: 16 Points of 20 Possible

This cigar sports a dark brown, oily maduro wrapper with minimal veins.  The cap/head is almost flat, not rounded.  Has a cool looking metallic double set of bands. Despite two weeks in the bag with a Boveda, it is hard as a rock, and that is initially concerning. Pre-light aroma and cold draw has some barnyard notes.


Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

The burn rate was slow and relatively cool.  The ash was a nice white contrast next to the dark wrapper, and the ash held on for long periods of time (even in 17-20 mph winds!) The burn line was a bit uneven, but always corrected itself without any touch-ups required.  Its draw had just the right amount of tug to it.


Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

This is a well constructed cigar as evidenced by the slow, cool burn rate and the near perfect draw.  The cap clipped off very cleanly.  The ash held on for long periods of time. My initial concern about the hardness of the cigar seems to be misplaced, as it didn’t seem to affect the smoking experience other than the odd tactile feel of the cigar in your hand.

Flavor: 29 Points of 35 Possible

Upon lighting, this cigar immediately hit me with dark roasted coffee, coupled with pepper blasts through the nose on any retrohale.  It is medium full right out of the gate!  The first ash lasted through the entire third before finally dropping.

As the cigar progressed, the pepper seemed to calm down a bit by the second third, the dark roast coffee notes were even stronger and a bit bitter (like when you get the last cup that has been sitting in the pot on the burner all day.) Some earthiness and metallic notes enter the scene.  A touch of creaminess develops.  The cigar remains at medium-full in body and strength.

Entering the final third, the bitterness is gone.  The dark coffee notes remain, but creamier and chalkier.  Still some earthiness, and the metallic notes come and go.  Black pepper can be felt on the front of the tongue, but no longer on the retrohales.  Ended at medium-full.

Summary

I was surprised by this cigar.  The unusual hardness of the sample that I smoked gave me reservations, but it turned out to be a really good cigar so it was an upside surprise! I don’t know if they are all rolled this way or if mine was a fluke, but in the end it really didn’t matter.  It is certainly a cigar that should be tried by any cigar enthusiast.  I want to thank Brad for giving me the opportunity to sample his cigar brand and for his generosity in the 9 count line-up that he sent each reviewer.



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