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The Xikar Xi1 series of guillotine cutters offer exceptional performance in a well constructed lightweight package. Featuring dozens of colors and designs, these cutters are well machined to hold firmly in the hand offering easy one-handed operation via spring loaded side blades hinged at the bottom. A flick of the center lever open the blades and the stainless steel blades snip any cigar with precision. Xikar offers a lifetime warranty on this series, and I have used mine for year with trouble-free service. Check out the wide range of designs on their site: Xikar. Photography by BG Pictures.
EDIT: I mistakenly called these Xi3 in the video, they are the Xi1 series. The difference is primarily the lever detail from a bar to a knob.
This is a dual flame cigar lighter, with both a natural soft flame plus a jet torch for those days when you need the extra oomph to overcome the wind. The soft flame is actuated by a downward sliding thumb lever on the side, while the torch is ignited via tilting the top over the side. It features a metal capped case with solid plastic inserts, rubberized grips on the front and a fuel level sight window. A single adjustment screw on the bottom is joined by a fill nipple. Burn time for the natural flame was 4:42 while the torch gave 5:10. Thank you very much to BuyLighters.com for sending this sample for review! Photography by BG Pictures.
Don Kiki Red Label Limited Reserve Churchill Cigar Review
This 7×52 stick offers a dark brown, dry silky wrapper with quite a bit of spongy give, no veins and invisible seams. The aroma is a soft tobacco and slight black pepper. First light reveals an effortless draw with a ton of rich smoke production. Flavors are a slightly sweet dry tobacco medium-full bodied but very airy and light at the same time. The first third develops along the same lines with a soft dry tobacco and leather on the draw that changes to a pepper and sugar on the long finish. Construction is excellent with a flat burn although it’s very fast, going through the first third in 15 min. Just past the half way point the burn had slowed a bit and flavors have changed to a creamy butter on the draw, keeping the slight sweet and pepper on the finish. Finishing just under 1 hour where it began to get a bit warm and bitter, the ending flavors and performance was just as good from the last change! Overall an excellent bargain stick considering they are under a couple bucks!
This 5 5/8×46 cigar offers a dark chocolate wrapper, with a very firm and thick feel, minimal veins, tight seams and a slightly bumpy toothy surface. The aroma is rich tobacco with a hint of hay. First light reveals (more…)
This 5.5×42 stick comes in a dark chocolate wrapper with tight seams, medium veins, a lumpy hand rolled appearance and a double cap. The aroma is very potent milk chocolate and coffee. First light reveals a HUGE blast of pepper and spice, lighting up my mouth and making me salivate! The first third mellows a touch but still has a huge pepper and spice blast, with a deep earthy core and long finish. The draw is firm but smoke production is excellent both in volume and coat. 30 min in at the 1/2 way point, flavors on the draw get a little creamier with a bigger coffee taste, which quickly fades to the pepper and spice on the finish. The draw loosens up a bit to normal, and the ash falls every 1/2 inch. Ending just under 1 hour, the stick finishes with another huge pepper and spice blast much like the first light! Pushing full strength this is a powerhouse of a small cigar. Thank you very much to Thompson for sending this fine Padron sample for review!
This 6×50 stick offers a dark brown wrapper with an uneven but firm and dense pack, moderate tooth, minimal veins and tight seams with a double cap. The aroma is a slight barnyard and earth with a mild pepper. First light reveals a very deep, take your breath away kind of earthiness with a medium body, long finish and small pepper kick. The first third develops into an overwhelmingly dry, deep pepper nd earth, with a slight spice kick for a few seconds on the tounge after each draw. The burn and draw are both perfect, with plenty of rich smooth smoke. 45 min in just past the 1/2 way point the flavors are just about the same, just getting more mellow and smoothed together somewhat. 1 hour in at the band point, it transitions to a smooth deep earth with a bigger pepper and spice kick and medium bodied licorice just after the draw, keeping the earth finish. Finishing at 1:20 min, the last nub was just as tasty! Thank you very much to Alan May for generously sending this in for review!
This 4.3×40 maduro stick hails from Cuba. Thus this review is more of a free information look and comparison, since most of my viewers will not be able to buy these. The wrapper is dark brown with a firm thick feel, an uneven handmade roll, minimal veins and tight seams. The aroma is rich tobacco with a little pepper. First light reveals a tight draw with plenty of thick medium bodied smoke production and deep earthy flavor. The whole cigar is the same from start to finish as far as flavors go, ending at 45 min to the nub. Rich deep earth, a touch of coffee here and there and some black pepper on the long finish. It holds medium-full both in body and flavor with a perefct draw and burn all the way down. Thank you very much to Jeremie Plouffe for generously sending me this in for review, I greatly appreciate it!