Cigar Review: Xen by Nish Patel Robusto

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.

Rating: ??½

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Gary Korb

Gary Korb

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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