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Rocky Patel XEN by Nish Patel, Robusto

Rocky Patel, XEN by Nish Patel

Robusto, 5 x 50
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

REVIEW INFORMATION

Review date 1/29/2012
Reviewer Jeremy (Greenville, SC)
84.0
Look and feel 90.0
Flavor and aroma 85.0
Burn and construction 80.0
Overall 84.0

REVIEW NOTES

The XEN by Nish Patel is a new one for me that I recently grabbed at random from my local B&M. Pre-Light Observations The wrapper is very smooth. Examining it in the sunlight reveals it to be slight mottled. There are a couple of tears and pin-holes as well as a couple of hard spots. The wrapper smells like hay and alfalfa, and the pre-light draw is very easy and tastes like liquorice. Tasting Notes The first thing I noticed after lighting up was the prodigious smoke volume produced by the cigar. The second thing I noticed was the searing pepper in the back of my throat and nose when I retrohaled! In fact, my eyes began to water at one point. The flavor profile of the cigar was roasted nuts with some spice and liquorice. Occasionally a the flavor would take on a metallic edge though. One thing that I did enjoy about this cigar was the pleasant spicy vanilla after-taste that it left in my mouth. Conclusions The burn was okay, but it occasionally went a bit wavy and I had to jump-start the cigar once or twice past the half-way (near one of the hard spots I believe). As a I mentioned, this was first time smoke for me. The flavors were fairly standard Nicaraguan, but were good enough that I plan to try this cigar again. Not a bad smoke at all!
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ADDITIONAL REVIEW NOTES
Smoke time 70 minutes
Cigar age 10 yr. 4 mo.
Price per stick $7.25

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Review created: 1/29/2012Last modified: 1/29/2012

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