HC Series White Shade Grown – Cigar Review

HC Series White Shade Grown

Manufacturer – Xikar

Size – Robusto

Wrapper – Connecticut 

Tobacco Blend – Nicaraguan

Pricing – $3.50

Body – Mild


This HC Series White Shade Grown is a nice walnut in color with a few visible veins and seems. 


Aroma – Cedar

Type of Cut – Straight

Cold Draw – Nuts

After Toast:

First Third – This cigar is a creamy vanilla and nutty delight to start off the experience. Some cedar kicks in on the finish and lingers long between puffs. Once the flavors blend a bit on the palate the nice caramel coffee or toffee note come forth. Superb. The burn is sharp and ash holds through the third. 

Second Third – Creamy caramel is the pure note in this third. Like putting a caramel cube in your mouth and savoring it. Really nice simple experience. The burn remains sharp.

Final Third – Nutty notes and an earthy note on the finish polish this cigar off. The burn remains sharp. 

Suggested Pairing:


Wine – Chandon Etoile Brut

Scotch – Glenmorangie

Overall Experience:

This HC Series White Shade Grown is a simple cigar with some really nice notes in the flavor profile. The caramel, nuts and vanilla really are the show stoppers here. There is not a whole lot of complexity, but that’s not what you go into this smoke looking for. This is a simple mellow experience perfect for that morning coffee.