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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

HVC Serie A Canones Double Robusto
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: junglepete
91
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 Club Soda & Lime

Pre-Light: 10 Points of 10 Possible

Lovely looking stick. The corojo wrapper was practically orange. Smelled of dried fruits, honey, and mild barnyard. Looked like a quadruple cap was applied but maybe just a triple. Easy to cut and a good cold draw with just the right amount of resistance.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

Lights up easily and evenly and pumps out oodles of smoke. No re-lights were required. The burn was steady and even all the way through. The wrapper did split upon lighting for one inch from the foot but this did not interfere with smoke production or burn and self corrected once the one inch burned up.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

The draw was perfect throughout the entire smoke. The canon was well filled with a heavy hand weight to it. The bunching was even. The cap was solid and held up well. The wrapper seams were tight and there was minimal veins. This was a well constructed stick aside from the small crack in the wrapper upon lighting.

Flavor: 40 Points of 45 Possible

First third: Starts off medium bodied with a good amount of salt and pepper right up front. Very smooth with some grass and wood notes.

Second third: The body becomes stronger with some earth and leather kicking in. The pepper tones down a bit but does not disappear entirely. A slight bit of bitterness comes through but not in a bad way.

Last third: The pepper transforms into something a little spicier, and the body moves up once again reaching a high medium to full for me. The leather tastes become richer and the earth notes remained the same.

Summary

This was a good cigar and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I liked the slow building of flavors and intensity. I thought the flavor and strength remained in good balance throughout the entire smoke. I will keep and eye out for these in the future. A big thanks to Michael for including me in this review and to Bruce for coordinating it.



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