JC Newman

September 19, 2020

HVC Hot Cake Laquito #5 (6 x 54)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

HVC Hot Cake features a San Andres wrapper with Jalapa Corojo ’99 with Esteli Corojo ’98 for the binder and filler. Both varietals are from the Aganorsa Farms. In addition, the fillers utilize three different varieties of a newer tobacco called Corojo 2006 Maduro. Production is handled at Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA) in Estelí, Nicaragua.

The cigars will be available in three sizes: Each is presented in 25-count boxes.

Blend and Origin

Wrapper: San Andres Maduro

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA)

Vitolas Offered

Corona Gorda: 46 x 5 5/8 (SRP $7.40)

Laguito #4: 52 x 4 1/2 (SRP $8.00)

Laguito #5: 54 x 6, SRP $9.00) REVIEWED TODAY

The cigar is not very dark for a maduro but it has a very dense feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was pretty good. The initial flavors at light up were cocoa, cedar, sour nutmeg, brown sugar, and a light black coffee base. There was a nice amount of black pepper rated at 7 1/2 to 8. 

At the first third (33 minutes) the cigar has changed. The cocoa is now dark chocolate. The sour nutmeg is now an orange peel which combines with nutmeg and light leather notes. I still had brown sugar and a black coffee base. The finish has orange peel, nutmeg, and dark chocolate with a nice amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar is a high grade medium bodied. This is a nice cigar. It has sweet notes, dark notes, and leather notes. I rated the first third 95.

As I moved through the second third (1 hour 9 minutes) the cigar seemed to improve. I now had defined citrus, citrus peel, brown sugar, a touch of cinnamon, dark chocolate, leathery nutmeg, and an earthy black coffee. The sweeter notes are much more pronounced. The orange peel seems to be combining with the leather and the black coffee. The cigar is now medium to full bodied, leaning toward full bodied. The finish is unchanged. I rated the second third 96.

The cigar lasted an impressive 1 hour 43 minutes. In the final third the cigar had more changes. The dark chocolate and black coffee notes really moved up. The sweeter notes declined a bit. This was a rather large change from the middle section. I like the dark chocolate notes. But the decline of the sweeter notes caused the score to drop a bit. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is a high grade medium to full bodied. I rated the final third 94. The cigar is still very good but darker at this point. Overall this is an excellent cigar.

Overall Score: 95

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