Xikar HC 6×60 Series First Impressions

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Hello fellow cigar smokers. This week I have something very different for you. I am going to do a short blurb on each of the Xikar HC 6×60 size cigars. I was sent one of each of these cigars right after Cigar Expo to give a try and with only having one of each, I figured this would be a good way to take a look at them.

Now for the funny story of how there is no video because I am an idiot.

I saved the Connecticut to do an on camera review with comments on each cigar as I was smoking the Connecticut. As you know, I just got a new Kodak Zi8 camcorder and to make a long story short, I recorded the wrong parts. I recorded while I was not talking about the cigar. For some idiotic reason, I thought it was recording when the light was off rather than when it was on. I know, it’s been a long week and now you may have a blast with how dumb I am (HAH). I also forgot to take pictures except for them all together. Like I said, a long week!

Lets start off by saying these are the first of these I have smoked in the 6×60 but i have had I think the robusto in each already.

HC Criollo

Starting off the trio with the criollo which started out a bit milder than I thought it would. I got the “bite” right off the bat but it was not too bad. Most predominate flavor I tasted throughout this cigar was a woody taste along with the “bite”. This one got a bit stronger towards the end but never left the medium range.

HC Habano Colorado

Next up I gave the habano colorado a go. First thing I noticed was the pungent barnyard wrapper smell, which was something I did not get from the other two. When lighting this one up I was met with spice right off the bat. Most predominate flavor was earthiness but I did get a little sweetness and of course the spice while taking puffs. I would say this cigar started off in the medium range and ended up a full bodied stick as I went into the final third.

HC Connecticut

Now for the final cigar in this trio, the connecticut shade. I lit it up and was met with a mild creamy smoke that had a woody taste along with a very slight spice in the background. While smoking this one, I would notice the spice going away and then coming back again. It was always very slight though and made the cigar enjoyable. I believe it may have built in body to the medium range but not a very high medium.

Wrap Up

Well there you have it, the new 6×60 sizes by Xikar in a short concise format based on a single cigar of each.

I know someone will ask which I enjoyed the most so here is the order for my flavor profile.

Connecticut
Habano Colorado
Criollo

I am not one that likes that bitey taste of the criollo so that is the main reason I put that one last. Like i said, this is my flavor profile, so your may differ.

Now to give a bit of a comparison to the robusto size which I smoked before in each of the flavors. I have to say the most noticeable difference is the size. I really had a nice flavor component to each of them even with the extra filler. I do believe the body may be slightly lessened compared to the smaller sizes but not very much.

I never had draw issues with any of the sticks either.

Personally, I like the 60 ring gauge cigars and I can see the connecticut easily being in my rotation of smokes in the future and the other two for when I am in the mood for that type of smoke.

Since Xikar was nice enough to have the brochure they handed me in pdf format online, take a look for all the information on each cigar.