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BlendLab - XX-5552

Strength: Full
Wrapper:Ecuador Habano
Origin:Nicaragua
Shape:Torpedo
Flavored:No
Pressed:No
Machine Made:No
Has Tip:No
- Powerful, complex, balanced
- Notes of coffee, spices, leather, chocolate
- Thick, dense smoke
- Exotic and unique
- Pairs well with a dark, sweet rum
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Torpedo (5.5"x52)SINGLE Backordered $5.00
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Customer Reviews of “BlendLab - XX-5552”
I just started getting into the Blendlab the last few months and on a Buddy trip to the Hamburg store I took a guess on this smoke based solely on the fact I like torpedoes. I loved it. Drank two Guinness while enjoying the smoke. Full flavored but very light on the pepper. Very consistent, balanced and smooth. Great full flavor but not overbearing with a hint of cocoa. Very thick dense smoke, great draw and the ash remained very dense. Left with 10 sticks. This has become my favorite cigar.
JD of WYOMISSING, PA
Cigar was nice... Only "problem" I had with it was at first the draw was a little rough, but about half way through that really turned around.
Anonymous
I smoked this at th cigar guild meeting. It was flavorful, and burned well. I enjoyed the slightly exotic taste of the filler tobacco mixture. It was a nice, complex smoke. Keep 'em coming!
JG of Annandale, NJ
This cigar was beautiful. Great torpedo maduro. An incredible amount of smoke. The flavor was good and had a near perfect draw and burn. Notes of coffee and spice. I would purchase this one again, although it is on the high side of the scale for the other Blend Lab products.
TC of Dover, DE
This cigar was lite up after smoking a Puro Authentico and comparing the strenth the XX-5552 was less then 1/2 the strenth and flavor. There was some spice to this smoke but fell short on the claim as being a full body cigar. This is not a cigar for me. Sampled by Tim Novaczyk Minneaplis Minnesota
Anonymous
This torpedo is an attractive reddish-brown color. The cigar feels firm in the hand, with plenty of filler. The wrapper on mine showed good quality, no flaws. The draw was medium, and other than a couple of corrections, it burned evenly. The best thing about this cigar was the flavor. It had a full, rich taste, without being harsh or overly spicy. The flavor was unique, somewhere between a sumatra and a habano. I thought it was a great smoke-- I just ordered more for the humidor.
Anonymous
Tried this blend on a recommendation at Cigarfest 2011. The prelight aroma is rich and sweet. After the first third I would say this is more of medium-full bodied, not quite full bodied. The flavors are strong but not overpowering. In the second third I had to relight the stick twice. Flavors increased noticeably in strength in the last third. I'd like to try it again.
Anonymous
A powerhouse -- very strong, very peppery. Fantastic construction. Gorgeous wrapper, excellent draw and burn.
JD of Hoffman Estates, IL
Very well constructed, but lacked the flavor that i've come to enjoy in a nicaraguan cigar. Had a bit of an ashy finish. I wish the construction and draw of this cigar had been used on some of your other blends.
EK of Great Falls, VA
This was an excellent cigar. It burned evenly and well and was consistant all the way down. The flavor started before I even had it fully lit. after the first few draws, I felt that if this stays this way all the way through, we have a winner and we did. Similar to one ofmy favorite cigars, The Liga Privada #9, after it had aged a few months. It had a similar strength as an aged Liga Privada, more medium to full. Definitely would purchase again. A little pricy at $7.00 but acceptable.
AB of Philadelphia, PA
The XX-5552 is a decent cigar. Prelight aroma consists of some dry grass and tobacco aromas. Upon lighting, I got a nice light white pepper spice along with some rich leather. 1/3rd of the way though, the spice picks up, almost black pepper like. 2/3rds of the way though spice settles down again and I noted some earth and slight coffee. The last 1/3rd finished with leather and earth. Indeed tasty.
GR of Sterling, VA
This was an enjoyable cigar with hints of leather and mild spice. I would consider this maybe a medium bodied cigar versus anything close to the full range. Still worth a try and possibly a re-order depending on the price point
AR of Coconut Creek, FL
Excellent smoke from start to finish. Great even burn! Had nearly a 2 inch ash before falling. Nice flavor. Good taste. Could smoke this one every day.
TF of North Canton, OH
A nice looking torpedo, well rolled, the wrapper is a little veiny. The pre light draw was a little tight, but got much better after lighting. The ash was light grey with bits of black, stayed together thru the first inch. The burn was a little off in that it wasn't straight and took a little creative turning to fix. It started out burning hot, but cooled down after the first inch. Light notes of pepper, but it's only medium body at best.
RD of Dracut, MA
Smooth draw and nice smoke. Ash fell after an inch and a half. Ash on end of cigar becomes yellow after half inch is smoked. Decent flavor with hints of brazilian coffee. Enjoyment right off the light.
AF of North Canton, OH
Prelight reminded me of the smell of hay and cured tobacco. This stick starts out nice with leather and some sweet spice. In the first inch, the burn line is a little wavy but no major concern. The ash is hanging on for the first third of the stick. The second third continues with leather and a touch of coffee. Starting to pick up some peppercorn as well. The last third of the cigar continues with leather and earth. Would I buy this cigar again? Oh, yes....
DG of Lawrenceburg, IN
Picked up a couple of these in January. Well-constructed. Burn a little uneven at the start but settled down. Lots of pepper and leather/wood. Mocha fades in and out to add a bit of complexity. I give it a 9 out of 10. Worth buying more. I like this one.
BL of Fremont, CA
Great one gang.. Really enjoyed the coffees that came out about the middle of the cigar.. good full bodied leathery velvet taste to begin and got progressively more coffee tasting as it burnt. Draw was a bit tight and burned a little uneven but overall I thought it was wonderful
CM of Cross Junction, VA
This was a really good cigar! Construction, burn, draw, flavor; all excellent! Nice, long ash as others have said. It had a slightly tight draw at first, but not for long. Started out mild and I would say by the second third was a medium strength stick with definite hints of cocoa and coffee. This was a nice smooth smoke that I'd definitely buy again; even at seven bucks. You have to figure, at any cigar shop, most cigars will cost more, and most won't be as good! Not a bad value at all.
DP of Westfield, MA
This cigar's draw was perfect and the taste was amazing. I agree with the coffee, leather, and slight spices, with a hint of cocoa. It was very cool on the tongue throughout without bitterness. It did not burn even, but the ash remained dense. Smoke was thick and smooth with a wonder aroma. I give this cigar a solid 90 and was quite enjoyable.
PD of Palmer, AK
Not bad, but wrapper was too light and came off. A little bitter near half way.
JS of Traverse City, MI
I just started getting into the Blendlab the last few months and on a Buddy trip to the Hamburg store I took a guess on this smoke based solely on the fact I like torpedoes. I loved it. Drank two Guinness while enjoying the smoke. Full flavored but very light on the pepper. Very consistent, balanced and smooth. Great full flavor but not overbearing with a hint of cocoa. Very thick dense smoke, great draw and the ash remained very dense. Left with 10 sticks. This has become my favorite cigar.
JD of WYOMISSING, PA