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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Xiphos NR Maduro Robusto
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Chuck (Cfickter)
86
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 Coffe

Pre-Light: 17 Points of 20 Possible

Overall appearance of a well-made cigar.  Slight oily wrapper, darker brown, evenly colored wrapper, slight veining with one predominate vein.  Cigar was very firm with little, if any, give.  Well-constructed cap that cut very nicely, with not fraying.  Cut with a Xikar X2 guillotine, Initial aroma of woody with a slight hint of chocolate.  Cold draw showed many of the traditional Maduro flavors.  Very nice looking double band.  The overall presentation would catch my eye on the shelf of a B&M.

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

Burn was initially slight wobbly but caught up on its own.  About halfway thru it became slightly wobbly again for a short period, again it straighten out on its own.  Now touch ups were required for the entire smoke.  Plenty of smoke on the draw, very light wispy smoke while resting.  Ash as mostly white with some slight gray streaks.  The ash held very well, was somewhat flaky, but very solid.  Didn’t lose the ash till I tried to remove the secondary band, even then it fell into the ashtray as a solid ash.  Burn rate seemed quick early but paced well after that.  Entire smoke was 55 minutes, not bad for a robusto.

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

Overall construction was very good, the firmness of the cigar didn’t affect the draw.  The draw was free and clear for the complete smoke.  The cap held up excellently, it seemed to handle the moisture really well and there was not loss of shape or softness.  No issues with the wrapper for the most part.  A very small separation occurred going into the final third, about the same place where the secondary band was removed.  That may have caused the very small separation that never entirely separated from the wrapper

Flavor: 28 Points of 35 Possible

First third: The initial draw was very woody with a strong peppery taste, with a very slight hint of chocolate.  The pepper really hit the back of the mouth and throat.  A retorhale really strongly exposed the pepper with a slight hotness to it.  About an inch in the pepper backs down, sort of Pepin-esque initial profile.  Overall there was a nice complexity in the first third.  Towards the end of this third a slight creaminess appears

Second third: begins where the first third leaves off, but quickly the woody flavors steps forward along with a leathery flavor, retaining some of the creaminess also.  Very traditional Maduro profile.  Pretty much keeps this profile thru the remaining third.  Retorhale will bring back some of the peppery flavor.

Final third: early it pretty much follows the profile of the second third.  Still retains it woody and leathery flavors, but slight smoother.  The retorhale continues to show a slight pepper taste, but a little more subdued from the second third.  Towards the end of the third the woody flavor really picks up along with a reappearance of the pepper, albeit still subdued.  Final third never tasted hot and some of the same spice on the back of the mouth.


Summary

Overall I found this a very enjoyable smoke and certainly worth keeping a few in the humidor.  I found this version had more flavors than the first releases from Costa Rica.  The early complexity lead to a nice, smooth smoke over the final two thirds.  While later flavors didn’t really jump out, I found it difficult to let it sit very long between draws.



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