Size: 5 1/2 x 52 (Belicoso)
Binder and Filler: Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua
Price: Just over $9.00 a piece
Behind The Sick:
Xikar is not only a well known name, they are also well respected due to the great quality of their products, mainly their cigar accessories. When I first heard the name I got very excited but initially thought they were referencing a new cutter by the company rather than an actual cigar line. I knew the Xikar company was constantly producing new items for sale, from their cutters to knifes, containers and even humidification but had no idea they were producing these cigars. I was able to research a little background and although the direct ‘history’ of the line does not have the depth that some of the other (and more established) cigar manufactures have – but as we have seen this with other companies – you don’t have to be in the manufacturing business years and years to make a cigar, just hire people who have been – haha!
That is exactly what Xikar was able to do, they found a gentleman by the name of Jesus Fuego – president of Tabacos SA, former instructor of post-harvest tobacco at the University of Pinar Del Rio (Cuba), and rising star in the cigar industry- he is a 5th generation master blender from Cuba. Xikar has boasted on their website that the three blends ‘capture the very essence of his Cuban heritage and tell the story of his birth place, the cradle of the cigar world, El Corojo’ – now that sounds damn impressive. The three blends they have produced are the Connecticut shade, Crillo and Habano Colorado, the latter will be in this review. They also boast that these blends are made from tobaccos from 5 different countries which come together at the Tabacos de Oriente factory in Honduras and Segovia Cigars in Nicaragua to create this masterpiece.
A big thank you goes out to Tex Cigars, they were nice enough to send me a few cigars to smoke, one of which was the Habano Colorado. I was not able to locate any of these locally but was able to purchase another set which arrived within days of my order. Please give some time to check them out, but be sure to return!
I was only able to smoke two of these so I do apologize that I do not have a deeper writeup on the construction, but what I will say – If the rest of their cigars stand up like the two I had, I will be getting these more often. The Dark wrapper was accented by even darker veins giving a bit of a rustic appearance and although they were visible, I did not think they were going to cause any issues. The burn was perfect on each and the ash lasted just under an inch each time – all in all not bad so far.
This is one of those cigars that you really can sit back and enjoy, letting your mind wander through the day. When you start this one off, expect the classic ‘pepper punch’ that although medium in the sinus, creates a craving for more. Once this cigar had a chance to warm up, the pepper subsided and the natural dark tobacco flavors seeped through, an enjoyable wood flavor mixing very well together and keeping me interested. Towards the end, a nice chocolate flavor seeped through, a savory yet sweet combination of wood and coco. Did I say yes that this cigar was great?
As always, whenever I hear a cigar has reached the near $10.00 USD price point, I start to expect a bit more of a delivery. To add to this price point, the name behind it – Xikar – just the name (to me at least) begins to brew a sense of quality and consistency. Now, I know that I should not take the brand or the price into consideration, but lets be real, we all have expectations that we can not deny although we may try as hard as we can. With that being said, they actually delivered. Just because of the price point and because I am cheap, I do not think I would purchase a box although, this is a cigar that I would consider finding its way into a normal rotation. A three pack may not cut it, I would suggest a 5 pack, sneak one in right away and let the rest sit for a few months – a cigar well worth the wait.
Every Cigar Has A Story, Every Smoke A Memory