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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

HVC Serie A Canones Double Robusto
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brian (bstessl)
88
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 nothing

Pre-Light: 9 Points of 10 Possible

At first glance, this is a dry looking cigar with seamless wrapper and cap.  It cut well with a guillotine.  The cigar felt pretty firm, but the cold draw was smooth.  A sweet black pepper aroma pre-light.

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

It lit easily with a torch and burned evenly throughout the smoke.  Plenty of smoke coming from this one.  The ash was solid and a medium grey with almost no flaking.  No re-lighting necessary and an average smoke time for me.

Construction: 29 Points of 30 Possible

The construction was very nice.  A smooth draw all the way through and the wrapper never peeled or anything. The cap held throughout the smoke.  No burn issues at all.  It was a very well-made cigar. Top marks to the rollers!

Flavor: 36 Points of 45 Possible

The initial light and retro was a blast of black pepper.  I was expecting this be pretty powerful after the start of this one, but the first third was a pretty smooth medium to me, with an oak wood flavor up front with some sweetness behind it.  The pepper was only prominent on the retro.  The ash fell after about an inch and a half.

Second third mellowed out a bit to a mild-mild/med.  The retro kept the pepper and a little bit of cinnamon crept in there for a bit.  The oak stuck around, but the sweetness didn't.  

Final third I had a little bit of hay join the oak.  with about 2" to go it got rather bitter and the draw tightened a bit but that was brief.  At 1.5" the bitterness and a metallic taste caused me to put this one down.

Summary

Thanks to Stogiedad for sponsoring this month!  Overall this was a pretty enjoyable smoke that performed well.  Although I'm not going to be nubbing this one out, I would definitely pick one up in the future.  It's not overly complex but a couple of changes to keep you interested and would be good for someone who is a beginner looking to expand their strength and flavor options.



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