To everyone pre-slicing and drying your Black XX, I HIGHLY recommend smoking it straight off the rope. It's difficult, you will need about a dozen warning lights, and you'll be relighting frequently until you get the proper packing technique and cadence down, but in my opinion this blend loses what makes it so good if it's not smoked straight after slicing off a fresh rope. That oily, palate-coating texture isn't as pronounced when it's had time to air out, and it loses a few notches off of the depth and complexity.
About the bold bit: it's exactly that oily, palate-coating texture I want to tone down by airing out
You can argue, why the hell smoke Black XX then? I'd say because I really like it when the oil is not totally overwhelming. I'm having the biggest success with it cutting it into a fine shag and letting it dry as much as it can before smoking. It's still unmistakably Black XX, just not as oily.