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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

HVC Serie A Canones Double Robusto
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Barry (benchjockey)
92
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 Ice Water

Pre-Light: 9 Points of 10 Possible

The brown wrapper was smooth to the touch with a number of visible veins. There weren’t any soft spots, but neither did it feel over-filled.
A straight cut of the triple cap went smoothly while the pre-light draw revealed a pleasant sweet taste.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

The stick lit easily. The burn wandered once, requiring a touch up. This was the lone incident and the cigar never tunneled.

The charcoal grey ash was flaky so I made sure to knock it off about every inch. This was a slow burning cigar.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

Construction was near flawless with only that one touch up needed.

The draw was perfect with a generous smoke output. The wrapper never caused a problem and neither did the cap.  I had to walk away a couple of times and the cigar remained lit.

Flavor: 42 Points of 45 Possible

Once lit the stick duplicated the pre-light draw with a rich sweet taste.

Vanilla took over then with cocoa in the background. The stick was mild to medium in both strength and flavor at this point. The first evidence of spice then appeared but only briefly.

The second third began with the return of the rich sweetness with pepper appearing on the retrohale. The sweetness now had a tartness to it with an added subtle bit of pepper.

The final third saw a woodsy sweetness with a little more spice.

Summary

I have smoked a number of the HVC blends and enjoyed them all. This was no exception. If this wasn’t an overly complex stick, the flavor was right in my wheelhouse.

For me this was a medium strength and flavor stick. I thoroughly enjoyed this stick and would definitely like to smoke more of them.

Smoking time was two hours.



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