Xing, an original cigar made by George Rico in Danli, Honduras is an exclusive for Two Guys Smoke Shop. It is available in 3 sizes. Ai (5 x 52); Katana (6 1/8 x 52) and Nunchuk (7 x 50). This cigar will not only share its medium bodied rich flavor with you. It will also share a bit of wisdom via the back of the band. Almost like a fortune cookie.
Size: Nunchuk (7 x 50)
Wrapper: San Andreas Maduro
Binder: San Andreas Maduro
Filler: Nicaragua & Panama
The Look: The Xing features a flawless San Andreas Maduro wrapper that has a nice sheen to it and some significant tooth. The wrapper recedes slightly off the foot which is a sign of some aging. The band denotes Xing in both English and Chinese and means “star, heavenly body”. In the hand, the cigar is firm with no soft spots and an above average weight”
The Notes: The cold draw of the Xing has a distinct sweetness that reminds me a little bit of blueberries, while off the foot of the cigar there are notes of subtle spices. The cigar is intriguing as I use my vertigo lighter to torch the foot. Once the cigar is lit the initial notes continues to serve up some blueberries with a touch of ginger.
Working into the original cigar to have a size called Nunchuck the 7 x 50 Churchill vitola of Xing continues its trend of berries with a hint of honey and earth with the slightest touch of tangerine thrown into the mix at the end of the first third.
In the second third of the cigar, Xing continues down its path of fruits but begins to take on a slightly floral aroma as well. The focal point remains a deliciously sweet blueberry.
In the last third the honey experienced in the first third of the smoke comes back front and center. There is the addition of some chocolate notes as well, and the nose remains floral.
The Burn: A dark gray ash with a hint of charcoal color it remains wickedly strong and holds on for close to 3.5″. The burn of the cigar featured a thin carbon line and razor-sharp burn with a slightly thick wrapper. The draw of the cigar served up a little bit of resistance which is ideal in my book. It remained lit until the end with no touch ups needed.
The Finish: A throwback to when a Maduro served up sweetness this medium body cigar embodies the orient and reminds me of the cherry blossoms blooming in the spring. The fortune on the inside of the band was a nice touch with mine reading, “It takes many nails to build crib, but one screw to fill it”. What that means I don’t know, but it could be a euphemism that your humidor might have many cigars, but it is not full until this one fills it.