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Xikar HC Series Criollo Lonsdale Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, April 14, 2010
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Xikar HC Series Criollo Cigar Review

This 6×46 stick offers a dark tan very slightly toothy wrapper with minimal veins, invisible seams, a double cap and small pigstail twist, with a slight barnyard aroma. First light reveals a very good draw and smoke production, a slight sweetness, lots of smooth oily peppery tobacco. Body is a nice medium-full giving very flavorful draws every time. Reaching the 1/2 way point 30 min in, flavors transitioned to a smooth, dry tobacco with a slightly sweet licorice quickly fading to a black pepper flavor without any of the spice. The last third ended at just over 1 hour, transitioning to a creamy and smooth mocha – soft coffee and a hint of chocolate, very silky. Thank you very much to Xikar for sending this sample for review!

  • Bricpeter

    Really looking forward to this one! Another great review!!

  • Wes

    Nice touch using the Xikar cutter & lighter! Way to keep it all in the family.

  • Greg

    Nice review. Since you’re already reviewed the original Man O’ War and the MOW Ruination, any plans to review the new MOW Virtue?

  • Thanka guys 🙂

    Yes, if I happen to see one, I’ll pick it up.

  • spockwannabe

    Wow! I purchased the Xikar HC Criollo via the Hidden Treasures Sampler at Smoke Inn. Big Thanks to Bryan and Smoke Inn! What a fantastic cigar! I picked up on a lot of different flavors that weren’t mentioned in this review but I’m a cigar noob so I haven’t smoked more than about 30 different brands. Still have to develop my palate. LOVED IT! Can’t wait to smoke the rest of them.

  • SLCigarClassy101

    Gotta say this was a real treat in the Hidden Treasure sampler! I really enjoyed the flavors the wrapper was giving off though the blend was also complex. Definitely had a great smooth taste with a subtle touch of spice. A solid 8 in my book, a cigar I would recommend for those looking for a good and flavorful daily smoke.

  • eric.hanson

    I tried this one when I got your hidden trasure sampler, I was really impressed! I never would have thought that a company like Xikar would make great sticks too, but that one has made me want to go out and try some other stuff in their line.

    • garlar10

      I also tried this one via the hidden treasures sampler. I gotta say this is the one I have been most impressed with of the ones I have tried in the sampler. If anybody is thinking about getting the sampler I would highly recommend it.

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