Smoke: Creamy, woody and very aromatic.
Burn & Ash: Burn started out a little uneven in the first third, but not enough to complain. It eventually righted itself. Ash was mostly gray with a marble-like grain, and was semi-firm.
Aroma: Really up there. Very redolent, which added a lot to the experience.
Retrohale: More pepper than flavor, but not overpowering.
General Observations: Smoke was primarily woody, earthy and semi-sweet. As the cigar reached the midpoint, more spice emerged with a hint of coffee bean. The cigar was closer to medium in body than full, but the flavors were consistent and well balanced.
Summary: For his debut blend, I think Nish did a really good job. I would like to try a larger size like the Toro or maybe the chunkier Short Robusto for comparison. To be perfectly honest, I had a little palate burnout at the time I lit it up, so I may have missed a few things in terms of flavor. I think cigar smokers who like good Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, a decent amount of strength, rich taste, and a marvelous aroma will appreciate the Xen selection.
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