November 29, 2015

Tarazona XTC Robusto (5 x 50)

Video review HERE.

I picked up this cigar at a local cigar shop. While there I met Eddie Tarazona, owner of Tarazona Cigars. The Tarazona website describes this cigar like this:

The XTC is a medium to full-bodied cigar that is very complex. It has subtle, spicy overtones that are followed by a rich toastiness.

Let's see my thoughts on the cigar.

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun-Grown Corojo
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

Packaged in boxes of 25.

It is well made and is a dark brown. Here is a shot of the foot.

The test draw after cutting the cap was a bit firm. I decided to roll the cigar in my fingers while gently squeezing it to loosen up the draw. It became pretty good. The initial flavors were sweet boysenberry and dry wood with coffee at the base. There was white pepper rated at a 7. There is some sweetness in the boysenberry notes but the dry wood holds down the sweetness.

About 3/4 inch in there is another sweet flavor that has appeared and I find it is a sweet cedar, combining with the boysenberry notes. These flavors combined to give a marshmallow type flavor. The finish has a lot of influence of the dry wood and some sweet cream with some lingering pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at this point.

At the midpoint the flavors are sweet cedar with subtle boysenberry notes, subtle dry wood with prominent raw pecan notes, coffee, and white pepper. The split on the sweet notes is 70/30 sweet cedar to boysenberry. The finish is by and large unchanged. The cigar is now medium to full bodied.

The cigar continued on track from the last segment to the end. The raw pecan notes were interesting. The cigar ended medium to full bodied. The finish was unchanged. This was a pretty good cigar. It may be new to you and it was new to me a month ago. The price point for these is around $6-$7 range. You should find these at your local shop. I purchased this locally.

Score: 90

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