Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Vitola: Toro (6 x 52)
Purchase Link: HVC First Selection Limited Edition Broadleaf
HVC BROADLEAF REVIEW – CALIFORNIA
Summary: Some of the cap came undone when I cut it, but hopefully that doesn't affect the smoke. Warming up with pepper, chestnuts, coffee 'n' toffee. I'm not sure how to feel, but all the flavors took a back seat to popcorn. Dark chocolate and a hint of mint?
The second third gets a little grittier and dirtier, but there's still a coolness to it that keeps things balanced. The popcorn is back along with a new-car-smell. I don't feel like I've been ignoring it, but it just went out on me.
Had to relight it again heading into the final third. It's very BLTC-esque in that I'm getting earth with a hint of marshmallow. A tinge of caramel on the finish.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Walking through an empty stadium after gameday.
Pairing Suggestion: Bourbon n spicy bitters (not sure if that's actually a drink but it sounds good)
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Fiver.
HVC BROADLEAF REVIEW – WISCONSIN
Summary: Let's start with the good. Construction-wise, this cigar was flawless. The draw and burn were perfect, and there was a ton of smoke pouring from it. The first inch or so was delicious - the cigar brought a lot of cedar, oak, dry cocoa, hay, molasses, earth, cinnamon, gingerbread, and a wasabi-like kick near the end.
Now for the bad. After that great start, the majority of what I tasted was skunkiness. The combination of heavy cedar and abundant earth hit my tongue like a pile of weird skunkiness. It just wasn't a fit for my palate. The rest of the flavors could still be found occasionally, along with a bread dough and a long peanut finish. But mostly it was just skunkiness for most of the cigar. Which was unfortunate.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: If you're all about the combo of cedar and earth in your smokes.
Pairing Suggestion: Bourbon.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Single.
HVC BROADLEAF REVIEW – OREGON
Summary: This cigar was dark brown and firmly wrapped with raisins, cocoa, sweet tobacco and fresh haycoming from the wrapper.
The cold draw resistance was perfect and tasted like bran muffins with a little bit of sweetness on the finish.
Immediately it began producing a good amount of smoke with coffee, dark fruit and a mixture of red pepper spice and cinnamon on the palate. The retro hale carried some warm wood flavors and again, featured that mixture of cinnamon and red pepper spice, providing a decent amount of heat in the sinuses. I found an understated bit of sweetness in the retro-hale as well.
Halfway through the first third the flavors flattened out considerably. I imagined it tasted like a piece of toast with unsweetened orange marmalade on top. The profile just lost alot of its distinctiveness within the first third of the cigar.
As soon as the ash fell, the profile started to come back to life. There was a warm leather flavor mixed with just a little baking spice and black pepper. It was a nice attempted comeback from where it was headed. I noticed the appearance of a floral or citrus note in the finish as well.
Midway through the cigar it transitioned to warm cedar, leather, bitter coffee with a finish absent of any pepper spice. The retro-hale was smooth and warm but really only featured natural tobacco flavors.
The last part of the cigar continued with the natural tobacco flavors and dark dried fruit with a long leather finish providing just a hint of pepper spice as well.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Medium bodied cigars with a straightforward profile offering a maintenance free experience.
Pairing Suggestion: Something sweet like root beer or Bailey’s on ice
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Single stick.
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