HVC 500 Limited Edition Short Robusto PCC Exclusive Aged 3+ Years

(6 customer reviews)


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I have to admit I feel like a boss for this one. According to some, this was the best or at least one of the best cigars of 2019. It won limited cigar of the year. It took home several positions in some of the top 25 lists as well. People went nuts over it. So when Reinier, the owner of HVC, asked if he could produce a short robust for the club, of course I said YES! If you have been in the club a while now you know about Reinier. He’s a Cuban born scientist turned cigar maker with the voice of a villain and a heart of gold. Truly the nicest person I’ve met in this business. He’s got a bunch of great cigars in his lineup. But this one? This one right here? This takes the cake. This cigar was developed to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Cuba. So it’s no wonder why this cigar is possibly the closest thing to a new world Cuban you could ever find. All the American smokers want this experience when they smoke a Cuban cigar. But most are left wanting more to say the least. It’s like a Cuban cigar on steroids. The draw ranges from good to firm but ironically the firmer draw samples I smoked were even more enjoyable. Not typical. Not for me at least. And this size? I mean if there is a top 3 list of sizes for me, the short robusto is on that list. It’s enough for a sitting but leaves you wanting more. It’s like a weekend getaway versus an entire vacation. Sometimes shorter is just better.  Also, the wrapper is extremely DELICATE!!! Only pull the band off when you absolutely have to.


Tasting Notes: Sweet hay and honey on the body. Toasted cereal on the foot. Dried apricots, hay, and saltiness on the cold draw. The cigar starts out with sweet cereal, toast, cream, honey, espresso, leather, and a perfect retro with just enough kick. Sweet cream, honey, cereal, herbs, leather, and pepper envelop the palate and create bliss. In the second third, it becomes even more creamy and the floral notes burst! I also start to get mesquite charcoal and more leather with espresso or black coffee and a faint citrus rhine as a phantom flavor. It’s salty, savory, woody, creamy, and floral. The leather is gorgeous. WOW WOW WOW. Toasted bread, salt wood, and spice, along with cream, and cereal finish this bad boy out. HVC is a threat. If they keep this up they may take over our industry.

Pairing Notes: Any bourbon. Almost any beer except IPA. Jack Daniels all the way. Cognac and Rum of course. There really is not much I would not try with this but you don’t want to kill any of this flavor, so stay away from tart, sour, or bitter things. Cafe con leche/coffee with cream and sugar all day! After steak, Mexican, or most Asian cuisines. After an ice cream sundae with vanilla ice cream and chocolate fudge with peanuts.

PLEASE show some love to @hvccigars for doing this for us. HVC is one of us. #weareprivada

6 reviews for HVC 500 Limited Edition Short Robusto PCC Exclusive Aged 3+ Years

  1. Jason Ylizarde (verified owner)

    Great smoke and up to the high standards we expect from HVC!

  2. Mario Castro (verified owner)

    I was happily surprised with the strength of this cigar! Began with a light dry grass, a espresso crema, and into a floral and light leather. Very delicate wrapper that needed a touch up but smoked constant. Ordered two so excited to try the second down the line.

  3. Sean Medlock (verified owner)

    Where to begin. Man oh man. This is hands down a top 3 cigar for me.

    Slight sweetness, cereal grain, creamy smoke, subtle honey jumping in and out. Retro is a touch floral.

    Perfect draw, perfect burn, absolutely zero complaints.

    Overall a killer value and a great experience. Instantly bought more before I finished my first.

  4. Ben Millgate (verified owner)

    For me this was a Top cigar! great little smoke. Was just what I like not too over the top but plenty of flavours and changes. Got one in my monthly box and just had to get more. :@)

  5. Averagecajunguy (verified owner)

    Good smoke. Didn’t get to finish it but the part I enjoyed was worth it

  6. Charles Gilbreath (verified owner)

    Fantastic cigar! Great burn, draw, and flavor. Reminded me a little of some Hoyo de Monterreys I have smoked. Very pleased with this cigar and will buy more.

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