This is a review of the Xen by Nish Patel @NishPatelCigars. Rocky Patel is a well known name in the world of cigars and if you’ve ever heard him speak, you can tell how passionate he is. This obsession of the leaf apparently runs in the family, seeing as the Thunder was blended by Nimish Patel (Nish’s cousin), and the Xen was blended by Nish himself. The Xen by Nish Patel is designed to reinvent the Connecticut by taking the mild wrapper and give it stronger fillers and binders. This is done so that the Xen by Nish Patel will have a medium strength, rather than mild, like the classic Connecticut profile. Now, while it is stated that the fillers will be stronger, the blend used in the Xen is not disclosed. You can find Rocky Patel online at www.rockypatel.com on Facebook here and on Twitter (@RockyPatelCigar).
Size: 5 x 50
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The wrapper of the Xen by Nish Patel is a box pressed with a golden brown Connecticut wrapper. The wrapper is very attractive. It has very slight veins, a nice triple cap, and has no soft spots. I really can’t stress how attractive this cigar is. It looks fantastic and the band on it gives it a great splash of color.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper has a very clean crisp hay scent. The foot has notes of nuts, hazelnut, hay, and is very sweet smelling. The pre-draw has a sweet hazelnut, hay, and earth taste.
Smoking Characteristics: The box pressed vitola fits nicely when held in my mouth. The first draw has a very sweet hazelnut flavor, along with hay and a light cedar spice. The first third has the same sweet hazelnut flavor, along with the light cedar spice, and also notes of hay, and earth. The flavor is well blended and lingers on the palate lightly. The smoke is cool, creamy, and sweet. The draw produces a full body, and the burn is very even.
During the second third of the smoke the sweet hazelnut flavor increases slightly. The hay also becomes more notable as the cedar spice fades. The smoke is still very cool, sweet, rich, and creamy. The burn and draw is excellent and requires no attention. The strength is fairly light, to a mild medium. The flavor left on the palate is a delicious hazelnut and lingers for a while between draws.
In the final third of the Xen by Nish Patel the cedar spice starts to increase. The hazelnut flavor shifts slightly to the background, joining the hay, and earth flavors. The smoke warms slightly, but is still sweet, rich, and creamy. Each draw is producing a full body of the tasty smoke. The burn and draw both have still required no touch ups.
Conclusion: The Xen by Nish Patel is without a doubt an excellent medium strength cigar. The sweet hazelnut flavor was very enjoyable, and blended well with the notes of cedar, hay, and earth. This cigar proves that the Patel family has a knack for picking well blended cigars. In my opinion this would be a great introductory cigar for a new smoker, and a great go to for a medium smoker. This cigar really does live up to the hype of rethinking Connecticut. It is an great twist on the classic.