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Stogie Reviews: Xikar HC Habano Colorado Robusto

28 Dec 2010

Xikar entered the cigar-making business in 2009 when it partnered with Jesus Fuego to launch the HC Series. Before then, the Kansas City-based company was solely a purveyor of cigar accessories like cutters, lighters, and cases.

So far the HC Series has been met with positive reviews. Named for Xikar’s Havana Collection, the line boasts three blends: Connecticut Shade, Criollo, and Habano Colorado. Each is handmade at one of Nestor Plasencia’s factories.

The six-vitola Habano Colorado line features a filler blend of tobaccos from Honduras, Jalapa, and Costa Rica along with a binder leaf from Estelí and a dark, Jalapa-grown wrapper. The Robusto (5 x 50) is a rustic, sweet-smelling cigar with a firm feel and a clear pre-light draw. It sells for $8.50.

Touching fire to the foot, the Robusto’s fragrance of chocolate and peanut butter turns into espresso. The flavor is even heartier than the resting smoke smells. It tastes of spicy pepper, damp earth, and black licorice. Each puff is voluminous, making the smoke oily and dense.

Molasses comes to the forefront as the cigar progresses. Here, around the midway point, the spice recedes significantly and a creamy sweetness develops. All this is a nice setup for the final third, which features hints of graham cracker and nuts.

The Habano Colorado Robusto also displays terrific combustion qualities. Look for a straight burn, a smooth draw, and an ash that holds well for at least one inch—characteristics that are consistent with my previous two experiences with the HC Series.

True, I’m not surprised by how much I enjoy this cigar. And I’m certainly not surprised that the partnership between Fuego and Plasencia has resulted is such a fine specimen. While not the most exciting cigar on the market, this one has an interesting interplay between spice and sweetness that renders it worthy of four stogies out of five.

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Patrick A

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4 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Xikar HC Habano Colorado Robusto”

  1. dmjones1009 Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 6:32 am #

    J. Fuego actually started making the Defiance for Xikar in 2008, but it wasn't the market success they hoped. It was re-named HC Criollo when the HC line was begun in 2009.

  2. Patrick A Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 6:43 am #

    You're absolutely right, thanks for catching my oversight.I had forgotten all about the Defiance — and that's probably what Xikar intended when they renamed it.

  3. mighty Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 8:37 am #

    I really like the HC Colorado. It reminds me of a sweeter version of the Origen, as a very simple comparison between these two.

    I also enjoy the HC criollo when I want a cigar just a touch above mild with some great flavor.

  4. Bob Moreno Monday, January 3, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    Stogie Guys, very nice review and thank you for being candid, honest and true critics. If your interested in other cigars or accessories please let me know. Take care and thanks again. Bob Moreno, Dir Marketing XIKAR