As soon as Kurt Van Keppel and Scott Almsberger (the founders of Xikar) ventured out to develop the Habano squared, nothing but the best would suffice. Everything from hand-selected leaves, down to the box-press were carefully thought out and executed. And the end result is extraordinary, because what awaits is a medium to full-bodied creation that is complex, uber-smooth and highly satisfying. Carefully crafted in Nicaragua, the blend starts with a hearty dose of patiently aged Honduran and Nicaraguan long-fillers. This rich core is hugged by an Ecuadorian Sumatra binder, smoothing out and complementing these bold leaves. Finally, an Ecuadorian Habano 2000 wrapper is carefully draped over the outside, boasting ample oils and a seamless appearance. Together these tobaccos wrangle up an impressive display of white billowy smoke. Predominant notes of roasted nuts and pepper mingle with nutmeg, coffee, and cedar before a creamy finish. Impressive from beginning to end, the Habano squared is no doubt the shining star of the HC Series.