How do you drive a person to a new cigar company? What must a company do to make their products known to the public? Is it getting a major magazine to feature their smoke, a celebrity endorsement or something more modest?
Each company must decide how much time, money and effort it will take to make the cigar denizens to notice and smoke a cigar they are unfamiliar with.
Several weeks ago, I “discovered” Xurvivor cigars on-line and reached out to them about their brand. They were very cordial to my request to receive press releases and send cigars for review.
I also had several questions to ask them about their brand, what drives the company and why they are different. These questions and responses will be part of this article after my review. My questions are not softballs but direct , thought-provoking and the answers received were well thought out.
As stated, I received the cigar for review gratis from Xurvivor Cigars but as always how and where I receive the cigars does not impact my subjective opinion. Please smoke the cigar yourself and make up your own mind.
For information about this cigar and company here is their link: Xurvivorcigars.com
Brand/Name of Cigar: Xurvivor/Americano 2018
Country of Origin: United States, Ybor City, Florida
Size: 6.5 x 54
Filler: Nicaragua/Dominican Republic
Price: $15.50 Single
Where and When Smoked: Los Angeles, Ca. 6/24/18
Appearance/Construction: I wanted to stand up and salute this cigar. The construction is strong and powerful with a dark brown wrapper, generally smooth with small veins present. No obvious construction issues. Cigar band is attractive and large to make a point.
This cigar is hand rolled in the United States with all the bands, sleeves etc. sourced here too. This is worth a mention.
Flavor/Taste and Aroma:
First third: Was eye opening in a good way. Very nice combo of cashews, mint and chocolate. Nothing overwhelming but all the flavors seem to complement each other very well.
Second third: All three flavors were enhanced as we smoked further. Not a spicy cigar but a smooth presence was how it tasted. A little taste of vanilla hit the palate but not a strong contender to the other three.
Final third: Give me this blend all day. No surprises thrown at you as you smoked. Consistent and smooth. Not a spicy cigar for those who want a blast.
Smoking Characteristics: No complaints about the burn as it was true , stayed lit and created no ill will towards the cigar.
This is a humdinger of a cigar ( can I use that word ? ) with a totally enjoyable smoking experience. A very well crafted smoke and clicking on all cyclinders. If you are looking for a spicy blend this is not it. Price point might be steep for some, but reach in your pocket and make the purchase.
Final Thoughts and the Numbers:
You are hereby commanded to try this cigar immediately for a great smoking experience. As many of you know, maduro cigars are not always on my list of cigars to smoke but the Xurvivor Americano 2018 is.
Appearance/Construction: 4 out of 5
Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 4.2 out 5
Smoking Characteristics: 4 out 5
Conclusion/Overall Impression: 4.1 out of 5
Inteview coming up with the Xurvivor Cigar team
Q. What makes your cigars different from other boutique cigar companies in this crowded market?