I recently smoked the Xikar HC Series Maduro, a great cigar at an even better price. I have provided my full review below. This content uses referral links.
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A recent shipment from Cigar of the Month included the Xikar HC Series Maduro. This was a great cigar at an even better price.
Xikar HC Series Maduro
A Nicaraguan cigar with a combination of Nicaraguan and Dominican long-fillers, an Ecuadorian Sumatran binder, and a Habano Connecticut Oscuro wrapper, this was a delicious cigar.
Cigar of the Month recommends pairing it with a pumpkin pie ale, which probably would have been good. The only beer I had on hand, however, was a Dos Equis, which was not a good combination.
In my grading system and review below, I have adopted the Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado method. It provides an excellent system for keeping track of my favorite smokes, and I recommend it to any cigar smoker.
Length of the Smoke
It took me about an hour-and-a-half to smoke through this cigar.
Look of the Label
As the picture indicates, the label was fine. If It doesn’t irritate me, I don’t take off points.
Xikar HC Series Maduro’s Condition
The Xikar HC Series Maduro was well constructed overall. It had an overall nice appearance, but it did appear somewhat dried out.
Feel of the Cigar
The cigar felt just right. It had the appropriate amount of give on the squeeze and was rolled consistently throughout.
Aroma of the Wrapper
The pre-lit cigar smelled of leather and coffee. It was quite appealing.
The cut was perfect. I was able to slice off the cap quickly and without issue, leaving the structure of the cigar completely intact.
Lighting the Xikar HC Series Maduro
The Xikar HC Series Maduro was a bit stubborn on the light, but it eventually caught and was ok.
The draw was perfect from beginning to end. It had just the right amount of resistance without causing any difficulty. It was the type of draw you don’t have to think about at all.
On the retrohale, I picked up pepper that was a bit too strong for my taste. As the smoke progressed, it mellowed a bit, and I was able to pick up coffee as well.
Xikar HC Series Maduro’s Flavor
On the cold draw, I picked up earth and coffee. After I lit up, the Xikar HC Series Maduro had hints of leather, pepper, and earth. It started a bit strong but mellowed out a bit as the smoke progressed.
Aroma of the Smoke
After the initial light, the cigar’s smoke smelled of leather and earth. It was a dark, deep aroma that was simultaneously smooth.
The burn was excellent from beginning to end.
The ash was fine. It was nothing impressive, but it didn’t cause any trouble, either.
Effect of the Smoke
I know that this is a bit of an odd category to consider. As the author of The Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado notes, however, if the best-tasting cigar in the world makes you sick, it’s not a great cigar for you.
This area is, therefore, very personal. Some low-quality cigars will make most people sick. Still, when you’re talking about premium cigars, different people will react differently to different cigars.
The Xikar HC Series Maduro left me feeling relaxed and mellow, precisely what I want.
Xikar HC Series Maduro’s Tobacco
The Xikar HC Series Maduro showed itself to be well-made here. No flakes of tobacco found their way into my mouth at any point during the smoke.
Xikar HC Series Maduro Bonus Points
I enjoyed this cigar and did not want it to end. I, therefore, smoked it down to the nub. +1
Xikar HC Series Maduro’s Final Grade
Overall, this was a great cigar at an even better price. At about $2.50 per stick, it’s a price that’s just hard to beat. I’ll probably be picking up a box.
Final Grade: 93 / A
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