Known from their cutters and other accessories, Xikar has jumped onboard the cigar business by introducing the Defiance Cigars line. They seem to be doing something right, atleast according to the Cigar Aficionado magazine, as the Guardian was awarded as the 18th best cigar of 2008.
My acquintance with the Defiance came through the Instigator, kindly provided by Jarrod from TexCigars. And if the Instigator is anything alike the Guardian, i unfortunately have to disagree with CA to some extent.
Do not get me wrong, the Instigator is a good cigar. It has a shiny brown wrapper with a veiny touch and a firm feel... The rolling and the cap seem to be made with skill and, all in all, it is a treat for the eye.
Flavourwise, it offers a medium body full of leather. Later on, it opens up to an exciting variety of nuts and maybe even a whisp of vanilla. The finish also intorduces some spice. The main "problem" with the Instigator is, that in spite of all these different characteristics described above, it lacks depth and does not succeed in developing along the way. This makes the overall experience somewhat shallow and uninteresting.
Anyway, the Instigator is a decent cigar with some good qualities. An interesting purchase, if you want to find out if the makers of great accessories can make great cigars, but not among my first choices for multiple box buy.
Filler: Honduras, Nigaragua
POINTS: 87/100 points