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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

HVC Serie A Canones Double Robusto
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Don Miller (DonM)
90
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by one of our members StogieDad (Michael).  The cigar provided for this round is the HVC Serie A Canones Double Robusto.

At the 2019 IPCPR Trade Show, HVC announced a new offering known as Serie A. The “A” refers to the grade of tobacco used in the cigar, in this case sourced from AGANORSA’s Nicaraguan farms. The blend features a Corojo 99 wrapper around Nicaraguan binder and filler. The regular production of this cigar is offered in two vitolas, the 5 5/8 x 46 Perlas and the 5 ½ x 54 Cañones. Touted as a full-bodied smoke, they are packed in plain boxes of ten with a simple band, proving high-end blends don’t necessarily have to come with all of the fluff and flash.


Length:
5.5
Ring Gauge:
54
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Corojo
Nicaragua
Color:
Colorado Claro
Strength:
Full
Shape:
Robusto

This cigar was enjoyed with Dark roast coffee, French pressed

Pre-Light: 10 Points of 10 Possible

A smooth wrapper with slight oily feel and small veins.  The cap is very well done and cut clean.  The cigar is firm in touch from the head to the foot. The aroma prior to lighting is slight barnyard with typical tobacco aroma.

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

The initial burn line on this cigar is straight with a slow burn.  The burn got jagged into 2/3 and eventually evened out on its own.  Initial smoke volume could have been a bit more, but this cigar is firm and packed so to be expected.  The smoke volume increased some after an inch into the cigar.  The ash color was salt and pepper; a bit loose and flaky.  This cigar lasted well over an hour, close to 1.5 hours.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

This is a well constructed cigar and firm throughout.  The cap is very well constructed and cut clean.  It was evident the rolling of this cigar was done by one with skill, the wrapper was seamless. The pre-draw had a slight resistance to it as it did with the initial lighting.  The draw did loosen up a bit after a bit.

Flavor: 40 Points of 45 Possible

1st Third:  Pepper and spicy initially and strong bold flavors which mellowed some about a ½ inch in.  The flavor also had a very slight earthy, woody taste to it.  After the initial lighting, I found this cigar to be more in the medium range in strength.

2nd Third: A slight transition with the pepper and spice lightening up some, and I picked up on some baking spices and a slight hint of coffee.  The flavors started mixing well later into 2/3 giving the cigar a more complex flavor profile.  I had to switch to water at this point which enhanced the flavors.  The strength was more medium full at this point.

Final Third:  At this point the mix of baking spices had backed off a bit along with the pepper.  While the flavors were still enjoyable, it had a more woody tobacco flavor to it and I spent more time enjoying the cigar rather than reviewing it.

Summary

Overall, this was a very good cigar and enjoyable.  In the 2/3 point the flavors really kicked in and mixed well with some complexity. It was the best part of the cigar in my opinion.  It was very well constructed and worthy of smoking again.



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