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10/16/16

Xiphos CR - Cigar Review

THE CIGAR
CR Connecticut Robusto
w. Ecuadorian Connecticut
b. Peruvian
F. Dominican with Peruvian Seco & Viso
K A P L O W I T Z SCALE
K least, Z most
Construction I
Combustion W
Flavors O
Body O
Strength O
&
Sweet W
Sour W
Salty L
Bitter W
Umami A
&
Complexity O
Nuance W
Transition L
Balance I
Smoothness I
&
Animal K
Spicy L
Woody O
Vegetal L
Earthy W
Chemical K
SUMMATION
Mildly acidic particularly in the 3/3, but within a neat balance with sweetnesses. Some good salty bits on cheeks. Decent bitters from -medium roasted java notes. Vastly a sweet profile, but not in a dessert manner. Zilch bite. Sour notes ditto the acidity of previous mention. Very smooth texture, with a nice weighty cream and fairly leggy finish. Well-rounded body in a medium rich, well-balanced delivery.

Pepper, white. Toast. Butter. Cocoa butter. Coffee and cream. Sugar. Butterscotch. Suede. Woods, oak and buttery cedar. Hay, cream. Dirt, sweet. Spices, white, ginger an a smattering of horseradish root. Nougat. Salt. Tea. Grains, cornmeal, fine. Molasses, light. Peanuts, boiled. Vanilla. Lemonde. 

Combustion is even and well-aced, though a bit squirrely (no re-touch) in the 1/3. Ash is pale gray and builds in a nice ladder-rung, easily to an inch. Never heats up on shaft nor in smoke-hole. Construction softens a half-tick in 3/3 but seams and draw (medium tension) hold fast firm and even. Nub softens the remainder of said tick, but smoke stays cool. Excellent smoky out-put off each end throughout. Room-note is light and sweet, kind.
SMOKE TIME
65mins.

FINAL GRADE
****B+****