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#NowSmoking: HVC Serie A Exclusivo Toro

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#NowSmoking: HVC Serie A Exclusivo Toro Cigar Review

HVC Serie A Exclusivo Toro Cigars 

Factory: Aganorsa Leaf TABSA – Estelí, Nicaragua
Size: 6 ½” x 50
Strength: Full
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo 99
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler
: Nicaragua

Presented in boxes of 10

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HVC Serie A Exclusivo Backstory

HVC Serie A is a boutique blend that’s been a big hit around the office, especially with me. So…when I heard that Famous was getting an exclusive size, I rushed down to receiving to see what was what. The blend is the same as the core Serie A line – the only difference being it’s a popular Toro size rolled to a 6 ½ x 50. I prefer smaller ring gauges, but I’m curious to see if the Toro has the same magic as the HVC Serie A Perlas I reviewed with Gary two years ago.

I caught up with Famous Purchasing Director, Jim Charnley, who gave me the skinny on how this Famous Smoke Shop exclusive blend came to be.

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“We reached out to Reinier about making Famous an exclusive [cigar]. He already knew what blend he wanted to use,” said Charnley.

The Reinier he’s talking about is Reinier Lorenzo, founder and master blender of HVC Cigars.

“The HVC Serie A Toro Exclusivo for Famous Smoke Shop has everything I look for in a cigar,” said Lorenzo. “Great flavor, balance, construction, and a clean finish.”

If you smoke Serie A Toro, make sure to drop us a line in the comments about what you thought of it.

 

The Basics at-a-Glance

Construction: Seamless roll, triple-wrap cap, and uniform earthen brown color.
Cold Draw: Cookie and raisin.
Base flavors: Wood, earth, spices, and pepper.
Aroma: Barnyard aroma unlit, with a nutty appeal while it burns.
Burn & Ash: Whitish grey ash that doesn’t end up on your pants, burns mostly straight.

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#nowsmoking @famoussmokeshop: these days, it’s hard to find a cigar that can knock your socks off and deliver world-class flavor. You usually get one or the other, but HVC Serie A does both extremely well. It’s a cigar you can smoke just about anywhere. Your porch, your basement, hell…even your car. And the best part – it’s priced far below what you’d expect to pay for the enjoyment factor.

 

HVC Serie A Exclusivo Toro – Act I

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Lots of wood, earth, and warm spices up front. After the Serie A Toro settles in, its flavors evolve to be a bit more buttery, with an addition of a Corojo natural sweetness, which has been the hallmark of the blend to date. My sample is less intense than Serie A Perlas (5 5/8” x 46) – more intense than the Serie A Canones (5 ½” x 54) which is worth noting if you’ve tried the core sizes previously. All on par with what you’d expect. I’m getting a preview of the second third a bit early, and it’s already building in strength – with a nicotine buzz I feel in my chest.

 

HVC Serie A Exclusivo Toro – Act II

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There isn’t any drastic complexity change by the halfway mark, but along with the added strength is a boost to the cigar’s sweetness. There’s also a new note of peanuts and a perfume-like flavor on the finish that reminds me of a well-aged Cuban cigar if the potency was still in the game. My takeaway from Act II is twofold. It’s not going to replace the smaller ring gauge Perlas in my humidor, but it’s a far better Toro than I expected.

 

HVC Serie A Exclusivo Toro – Act III

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By the final third, Serie A Toro has lost some of its sweetness, but it’s made room for some tangy citrus that made the tradeoff worth it. It kind of reminds me of some type of fruit peel, but I couldn’t put my finger on any definitive flavor. Kind of like when you drink a citrus beer and get that zesty finish. As for the retrohale, there was plenty of pepper in it throughout the cigar, but it was most pleasant toward the end, so if you’re newer to the technique, you’ll likely be better served by waiting for the finale.

 

What beverage pairs well with the HVC Serie A Exclusivo Toro?

Anything with citrus will be a good fit. Like those beers I talked about, an orange vodka, or something in that vein will get you lots of mileage. Try orange juice and vodka with it!

For more pairing combinations, see our Cigar & Spirit pairing guide.

 

Is HVC Serie A Exclusivo Toro Worth Smoking?

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Even though I said I prefer the smaller ring size of HVC Serie A Perlas, the Exclusivo Toro is admittedly more accessible. Of all of Famous’ exclusive blends, this is high on my list, and I already have a few tucked away in my humidor for ‘further research’ ;). If you’re a full-bodied fan who likes their cigars to be a thrill ride, Serie A delivers a solid A-game. 

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Jared Gulick

Jared Gulick

Features Editor, Jared Gulick, is a Certified Tobacconist, nerd of all things science, musician and serial abuser of the Oxford comma. He made his way to the Famous Smoke Shop retail store in 2018 and joined the Advisors when it was discovered that he could locate the shift key. Prior to his work in the cigar industry, he was a recording studio engineer, songwriter, and a journalism major at Northampton Community College.

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