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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!
This 6×47 perfecto stick offers a mottled dark brown cameroon wrapper with small veins, an even slightly spongy feel and this sample actually has a wrapper that’s slightly loose at points around the band. The perfecto tip is tight and firm. It has a slightly peppery faint tobacco aroma, barely noticeable. First light reveals (more…)
La Herencia De Cuba White Petite Torpedo Cigar Review
This 5×52 torpedo stick offers a dark chocolate wrapper with slight tooth, a firm even feel, minimal veins and smooth seams. The aroma is a beautiful peppery and caramel tobacco. First light reveals a mild dry tobacco with slight black pepper flavors, good smoke production and an easy draw. The first third goes in just 15 min and holds all the same flavors, adding a buttery finish with a slight pepper kick. 25 min in at the half way point the flavors change a bit coming up to a medium body, increasing in smoke production and adding a creamier mouth feel on the finish. Ending at 45 min where it began to get a bit warm for me, the flavors were still the same however the strength had built from a mild to a medium-full by the end!
This 6.1×52 cigar offers a velvet soft dark brown wrapper with a slight red hue, an even spongy give, invisible seams and minimal veins. The aroma is soft and rich smooth tobacco with chocolate notes while the first light reveals a medium-full peppery tobacco blast with a long finish. 15 min in to the first third the flavors hold steady but increase in power, going to a full body and near full strength. Draw is fantastic, burn is ok. 30 min in at the half way point flavors are still the same, which is fine by me! Smoke output has increased becoming more creamy. Ending at 50 min in with over an inch remaining the strength simply gre too much for me to finsih, making me light headed and sweaty! While not a bad thing, it’s just too much for this reviewer! For those of you that prefer full strength – this is a perfect example to try! Thank you very much to Canimao for sending this sample for review, I greatly appreciate it!
This 6×60 stick offers firm construction with minimal veins, tight seams, a double cap and a soft hay and tobacco aroma. First light reveals a very dry smoke with medium-full bodied flavors of earth, pepper and tobacco with a spicy finish. The first third develops along the same lines building the pepper on the finish. Smoke is rich and plentiful with a perfect easy draw. The experience stays the same through to the band point where it picks up a more smooth deep profile and kicking the spice way down. The ash held on for 1/2 the stick, and it ended at 1:45, very impressive! Thank you very much to Xikar for generously sending this for review!
This 6.5 x 50 torpedo stick offers a soft velvet dark brown wrapper with invisible seams, minimal veins, even firmess with just a slight give and a soft sweet peppery buttery tobacco aroma. First light revels a firm draw, minimal smoke production and a soft almost bitter dry tobacco flavor with a mild-medium body. The first third continues to be mild-medium with a slightly earthy licorice and smooth tobacco flavor and a very short finish. Draw is still firm and smoke production limited. The rest of the stick proved to be very consistent, ending at the hour mark. Construction was good with a great burn line, solid ash and draw improving at the end.