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Friday, September 11, 2020

HVC Cigars Hot Cake Laguito No. 4 in Review "Well Guided Experience"

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HVC Hot Cakes
Laguito No. 4

WRAPPER: Mexican San Andres
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Rothschild 4.5x52
ORIGIN: TABSA, Nicaragua
INTENSITY: Medium/Med.-Full


Chocolate | Spices | Cuban coffee

Rothschild is my favorite under-used vitola. This one features a quite round & nicely weighted profile. Easy & warm. Sweet & smooth. Chocolatey backed by red spices. Savory leather. A dark molasses then an added buckwheat honey. A Cuban coffee lilt. Calm & purposeful. Braced by a supple well-aged cedar note. A bit of black peppercorn on the tongue-tip.

Excellent delineation up-top. In the underneath, the structure gives a bit more, allowing for some mingling of notes while still enforcing boundaries. A potpourri note, some dark grains, a hint of red pepper. Quite nuanced. Stoically complex. Well-mannered to the point of being courteous. A (re)fine(d) look-see at San Andres top-leaf. A bit of toasted cream, a bit of graham. Sedate.

Burns on a dead-even line and from that grows hella dense ash. All that on lovely pacing which only adds to its meditative effect. A ::: very ::: well-guided experience. Becomes more savory, sweeter via progression, but not cloying. A roasted orange comes at the 1/2. Draws superbly well. Rolled w/ tight seams & zilch softening. Cool as a cuke smoke. Butterscotch. Oh, my.

A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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