Team Cigar Review: Xhaxhi Bobi Black El Ingeniero

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Cigar Details: Xhaxhi Bobi Black El Ingeniero

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Dominican Republic
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Factory: Kelner Boutique Factory
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $8.00
  • Release Date: Jun 2021
  • Source: Xhaxhi Bobi

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Xhaxhi Bobi Black El Ingeniero is light brown and has some decently raised and knotty veins. The seams are a bit raised and the head is well finished with a tightly wound pigtail. The band is red, white, blue, orange and black and carries the brand name and the factory and country of origin. The aroma from the wrapper is cedar and sweet hay while the foot brings a much more concentrated version of the same combination along with a mild spice. The pre-light draw brings musty cedar.
Seth: Finished with a wrapper that is silky and leathery in texture, the Xhaxhi Bobi Black El Ingeniero has a dark Natural to Colorado color. Faded brown coloring. Small to medium sized veins throughout, it has this old school vibe to the cigar. Tight pigtail cap. Makes me think of an old Graycliff and Cuban. Aromas of wood, leather, hay and tobacco on the foot.
John: The Xhaxhi Bobi Black El Ingeniero comes in cellophane and does not have a UPC sticker. For artisanal complications, it has a curly head cap. Aromas from the wrapper included sweet bread and light wood. From the foot, I was getting sweet tobacco and hay.

Team Cigar Review: Xhaxhi Bobi Black El Ingeniero

Team Cigar Review: Xhaxhi Bobi Black El Ingeniero

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar and dry earth. At a half inch in, a light mustiness joins the profile. The retrohale is toasted cedar, dry earth and faint chalkiness. At an inch in, the light chalkiness makes its way to the mouth draws. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is just ahead of the dry earth with light amounts of mustiness and chalkiness in the background. The strength was slightly below medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with barnyard and salted wood notes. Burnt sugar and tobacco present as well with some black and white pepper on the finish. There is a mustiness with the cigar as well. Medium in strength and body.
John: The first third opens with sweet, mild baking spices, with a combination of creamy, fruit sweetness through the retrohale. As it settles, cocoa joins the retrohale and then a few retros later, graham cracker. The profile remains consistent until the halfway point. Some mild dryness is present on the finish by the bottom half.

Team Cigar Review: Xhaxhi Bobi Black El Ingeniero

Team Cigar Review: Xhaxhi Bobi Black El Ingeniero

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, a mild black pepper joins the profile. At three quarters of an inch in, there is a light char that spans both the cedar and the earth. The retrohale is now just toasted cedar and dry earth. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar and earth maintain the slightly charred note across them while light amounts of black pepper, mustiness and chalkiness are in the background. The strength remained at slightly below medium.
Seth: The second third delivers a continuation of the first. Changes in dominant flavors. Stronger mustiness in this third, but the burnt sugar has become sweeter. Caramel like. White pepper present with some wood and barnyard. Remains medium in strength and body.
John: The second third opens with creamy, mild spicy wood, graham cracker and a busy medley of tobacco, mild lime citrus and wood into the post draw. The profile again is consistent until it reaches the halfway point. Some dryness is sitting around the profile fringes in the bottom half.

Team Cigar Review: Xhaxhi Bobi Black El Ingeniero

Team Cigar Review: Xhaxhi Bobi Black El Ingeniero

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the toast level becomes a bit heavier. The retrohale is now toasted cedar, dry earth and mild black pepper. At three quarters of an inch in, a lightly minty vegetal note has become present. As the cigar wraps up, the lightly charred combination of cedar and earth is up front with the minty vegetal note in the middle and light chalkiness, black pepper and mustiness in the background. The strength bumped up to medium.
Seth: The final third delivers a more musty wood and peppery spice profile. It is followed by that caramel quality, some barnyard notes as well, but it is peppery, musty and woody in the end. Still medium in strength and body. Dryer cigar. Easy finish.
John: Creamy bread starts the last third as graham cracker combines with mild, spicy wood on the finish. Some delayed dryness joins the post draw as it settles in. Wood and hay move into the center of the profile as it progresses.

Team Cigar Review: Xhaxhi Bobi Black El Ingeniero

Team Cigar Review: Xhaxhi Bobi Black El Ingeniero

Burn

Aaron: The burn was straight the entire way. The ash initially held on to the the halfway point and then about an inch and a quarter after that.
Seth: It smoked like most Dominican puros with this profile. Not great, but that is due to the tobacco.
John: The burn was razor straight in the first third, uneven in the second third, eventually requiring a touch-up. No issues through the last third.

Team Cigar Review: Xhaxhi Bobi Black El Ingeniero

Team Cigar Review: Xhaxhi Bobi Black El Ingeniero

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Very good draw from start to finish.
John: The draw was perfect, right in the ideal zone between open and resistant.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar and dry earth. Some mustiness joined a bit later and then some chalkiness. The second third saw some black pepper join in and then a char component covering the cedar and earth. The final third saw a minty vegetal note join. The construction was absolutely perfect. The Xhaxhi Bobi Black El Ingeniero was pretty average in regards to the flavor experience as it was a bit dry and not very exciting. It’s a simple flavor profile with really good construction and an attractive price point. A good cigar for being on the go, but not something I’d sit down with to focus on.
Seth: If you enjoy KBF blends, you will really enjoy this Xhaxhi Bobi Black El Ingeniero. It has a great medium Dominican puro profile. Little bit dryer, but nice flavors throughout. Not rich, so it is an easy smoke. You can have it throughout the day, and it pairs with anything or stands out on its own. Nice profile of caramel, white pepper, must and barnyard.
John: The Xhaxhi Bobi Black El Ingeniero provided consistently good, albeit softer flavor combinations through the entire review experience. Each third offered different combinations which kept my palate interested and looking for the cigar to continue. The burn had an issue in the second third and required a touch-up to correct, while the draw was perfect. I enjoyed my review of the Xhaxhi Bobi Black El Ingeniero and was already looking forward to trying another when I saw the price point. At this price point, these are an absolute no brainer. Total smoking time was a leisurely 1 hour and 57 minutes.

Aaron
Seth
John
AveragePre
Light
GoodPre
Light
Good
AverageFirst
Third
GoodFirst
Third
Good
AverageSecond
Third
GoodSecond
Third
Good
AverageFinal
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GoodFinal
Third
Good
AmazingBurnGoodBurnVery Good
AmazingDrawVery GoodDrawAmazing
AverageOverallGoodOverallGood

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$1.39

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$1.17

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

7.07

Cost/Point

$1.13

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Xhaxhi Bobi Black El Ingeniero

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