Tasting Notes: On the body I get a sour cheese and leather and on another sample I get more of a salted peanut. From the foot I get roasted fresh ground coffee and peanuts. The cold draw is roasted nuts, ground coffee and pepper. I get some toasted coconut note as well. Once lit, leather, cream, roasted peanuts and pepper come at me! Dried herbs are also in the mix. Woods, cream, more leather and an overall balance that is phenomenal! Espresso and peanuts are dominant. Further in there is still pepper, leather, herbs and some hint of tropical notes in a creamy delicious smoke. Further down I get roasted nuts, sharp cedar on the retrohale, toasted coconut along with leather and a white pepper zing. The cigar becomes more sweet like an agave syrup and coats the tongue. In the end I get agave syrup, white pepper, cream, dried thyme, leather and a citrus like tingle on my mouth and tongue. The last few puffs bring hints of vanilla and lemon. Exquisite.
Pairing notes: Dark roast coffee, roasted nuts, goobers, mounds, smores, anything with graham crackers- simple graham crackers or graham cracker crusted pies, after any Asian cuisine, with champagne, Belgian beers, Islay scotch, Hennessy VSOP or after any hearty meal of Latin influence. Send a special shout out to @hvccigars
Havana native Reinier Lorenzo (pronounced RAIN-EE-EHR), former science lab worker and currently a professional cigar maker, is on the rise. He’s a young guy with a voice of a dictator. He’s as nice as they come and more passionate than most. He rolls exclusively at Aganorsa Farm in Nicaragua. He likes full body cigars with beautiful aromatics. This is the 2nd revision of the blend he made for us. The first got to me and was potentially too full in body for some. I asked for something more balanced and this is what he sent. I could not be more proud to have this HVC PCC Exclusive cigar in our line up of club exclusives. The issue is, we ordered these 4 months ago when the club had less members. Apparently the tobacco he used in this is so rare he could not get more. The rare tobacco is a Maduro Ligero. Which is apparently hard to grow. So, some of you lucky members will get this in your box, others will have the option to purchase it on our website’s shop. Please show HVC cigars love on Instagram @hvccigars. Let Reinier know you loved this stick and appreciate his hard work. I love the secondary band he made for us. The primary band was something he used on his famed Black Friday cigar, which we had last year in the club of course!
I really enjoy this blend and I sure hope you do too.
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KEN ROBERTS (verified owner) –
A gorgeous Robusto (Toro maybe?)!
Firm, rich-dark-brown, very oily wrapper.
Barnyard aroma and cold draw.
It took to the flame perfectly and immediately produced a slightly sweet, flowery taste.
Plentiful smoke output with a sweet aftertaste right from the get-go.
Mild black pepper on the retrohale.
Slightly firm draw (which I prefer); and an even, razor-sharp burn.
Developing a woodsy taste and aroma and approaching full-body intensity.
Firm ash that flowers and falls off in nice solid chunks (see photo)!
A sweeter woodsy taste and greater intensity arrive in the second third.
This baby burns cool!
The intensity backed off to medium and the smoke continued to produce a very smooth, sweet aftertaste.
Cool, smooth, and tasty right to the toothpick!
PCC Review Scorecard: 77/100
Total smoking time: 1 hour
Enfuego42 (verified owner) –
Loved everything about this stick. I’m a huge fan of HVC and don’t think I’ve had one I didn’t enjoy. Do yourself a favor and explore this brand. I think you’ll be glad you did.