Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99 (Jalapa)
Binder: Nicaraguan (Jalapa)
Filler: Nicaraguan (Jalapa)
Size: 6.5 x 48 “Toro”
Today we take a look at a vanishing cigar: HVC Black Friday.
Thanks to Johnny Piette of Prime Cigar, Brookfield, Wisconsin for the cigar.
The cigars are sold in a handled box that contains 10 bundles of five cigars.
Limited to 5,000 cigars
Release date: November 9, 2015
From the Jack Schwartz Importer web site:
“Reinier Lorenzo and HVC Cigars made these special limited edition cigars to celebrate Black Friday. You don’t have to wait in any long lines. You don’t need to get your face smashed in by someone trying to grab the very last 25 inch television no one will ever use. Simply place your order in the comfort of your own home and we’ll ship these amazing cigars right to you.
“The HVC Black Friday is made entirely with Aganorsa Nicaraguan Jalapa tobaccos. The gorgeous, silky wrapper leaf on the cigars is Corojo ’99. They have a rich, well balanced flavor to them; a bit more spicy and full bodied than most of their other offerings.”
A very nice looking cigar. Seams are tight. Lots of veins. The wrapper is an oily, medium brown color that is smooth as silk.
The triple cap is perfect. The cigar does not have a cigar band.
AROMAS AND COLD DRAW NOTES:
From the shaft, I smell sweet milk chocolate, cream, spice, caramel, floral notes, coffee, cedar, and fruit notes.
From the clipped cap and the foot, I smell graham cracker, spice, chocolate, and cedar.
The cold draw presents flavors of graham cracker, red pepper, chocolate, caramel, coffee, and cedar.
This was a doozy. I couldn’t find the cigar. I laid it out to dry box for 24 hours in the same place I put every cigar for dry boxing. On top of our four drawer metal filing cabinet next to where I type. It was gone. I spent 15 minutes looking for it.
And then I found it. I had put it where I always take my photos on top of that huge Cult humidor waiting for me to take the photo. Shit. I’m losing my mind. LOL.
The draw is super.
Massive spice bomb to start with.
And then the flavors begin to pour out: Chocolate, malts, creaminess, graham cracker, cedar, and caramel.
Shit. This tastes like an $11.00 cigar..or at least how an $11.00 cigar should taste. But then this only cost Johnny around $6.00. But then he is in the cigar biz so who knows?
Strength is a medium/full from the get go.
I want to thank all those readers that have been so kind and generous to me. I’ve never seen such an outpouring of love.
And then I thought I’d join this cigar forum because they were talking about me and I saw it on my blog’s Site Stats. And they were kind to me. Usually, the forums are pretty brutal when talking about me. I see all their comments because my Site Stats pick them all up.
So, I eased in slowly. And eventually told them my story about my experiences with other cigar forums. They always ended badly with me being labeled a mooch. Back in 2010, I was working for a big online cigar store and they knew I was out of work and broke. They suggested I join the forums, tell them my story, and beg for cigars. Wrong. The forums hate moochers. And in a blink of an eye, I was giant asshole. Nothing was held back. The dumb asses at Famous never warned me. I guess they didn’t know a damn thing about the forums. So, at their behest, I ended up being a pariah. And since most forum members belong to the other forums, word spread. Now this was 5 years ago, mind you.
So this time, I never asked for a godamm thing. But then I forgot I was a member and sort of faded away for a month. Until I received an email yesterday telling me someone commented on my thread. I thought, “Oh shit. I had completely forgotten about the forum. Damn. I should get back and talk a little.”
And then I got a few more emails. They were piling up on me calling me a mooch. Questioning whether I was telling the truth about having Alzheimer’s. So, I went back. I said what I needed to say. Some things never change. No forgiveness after 5 years. But to be honest, some members came to my aid and defended me. But this is why I stay away from the forums. There is always a group of assholes that ruin everything about the experience. This whole thing upset me greatly.
OK. Back to the HVC Black Friday.
Absolutely delicious cigar!!
Flavors spread out. Complexity settles in. The balance is spot on. And the finish is a mile long with the checkered flag waving in the wind.
The spiciness is still very strong. But it doesn’t cover up the other flavors. Lip smackin’ good.
The chocolate and creaminess tastes exactly like exquisite chocolate mousse. Or my favorite candy bar as a kid: U-NO.
I’ve smoked a few HVC blends but so far, this is the best. It has a high premium quality to it. I still have the HVC Edicion Especial 2015 to review that Carter Tinsley gave me.
Construction and the char line are impeccable.
I prepper this review about 7-10 days ago and I just checked Jack Schwartz Importer and they are still selling the cigar for $27.00 in a 5 pack or $5.65 for a single. I cannot find any other online store that still has them.
This is a very slow going smoke. Fine with me.
Now, I’m having real problems in my head over the price point. How the hell can this quality be sold for only $6.00? Or less? Impossible. The HVC Edicion Especial 2015, I mentioned earlier, goes for $9.00.
This is the killer deal of the month. Only 5000 cigars produced and released a month ago. And yet one store still has them. The HVC Black Friday is definitely flying under the radar. Or smokers are too lazy to go out and hunt for them.
Smoke time is 25 minutes.
Once again, flavors: Creamy, chocolate, strong malts, graham cracker, caramel, strong vanilla, raw cashew, toasty, dried fruit, cedar, and a vegetal note.
Wow. I just went to the Jack Schwartz Importer site to see how much shipping is.
12 fucking dollars for 5 cigars!! No way dudes. That is the cheapest way you can go. Are these people nuts? No wonder they still have the HVC Black Friday for sale. And they are out of 5 packs but you can purchase as many singles as you like at the 25¢ more per stick price than the 5 pack price. Rip-off artists!
OK. I’m calm now. I use the method Moe did on Curly. Vigorously tapping his head while chanting: “Cheese, cheese, cheese, etc.”
I self-tap. But no hair on these palms.
I guess I should talk about the HVC Black Friday.
Transitions occur just like a great big expensive blend. Complexity ain’t goin’ nowhere son. Wonderful balance. A killer finish.
HVC did its customers a real solid by releasing these cigars at the crazy price of less than 6 bucks. Maybe, someday, they will bring them back.
Each puff produces enough smoke to trigger the smoke alarm. Really. Thank goodness the alarm is a good 20 feet away.
I cannot think of a single blend, at this price, that is anywhere as good. The only way to make buying from Jack Schwartz viable is to buy 20 cigars. $113.00. This makes me laugh out loud. If I had the dough, I wouldn’t hesitate. Even with shipping, it still makes the cigar only $6.25 each.
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No change to the flavor profile. As far as all the ingredients are in place and in the same order. The only change, though, is that the spiciness is on the wane. It will pop up again in the last third.
I’ve chucked my method of torching the cigar that I’ve written about ad nauseum.
Now I use my right angle single torch lighter to hit the center of the foot while rotating. And then I just leave it on the center of the foot until it glows. Somehow, this seems to have solved my burn issues. As soon as the foot is cherry red, I sit it down in the ashtray and wait a few minutes. And from that point forward, no burn issues. Unless, of course, the cigar was rolled for shit.
I’ve hit the halfway point.
Smoke time is 45 minutes. By the look of the cigar, I didn’t expect it to go over an hour at best. Fooled me.
Creaminess and milk chocolate are riding herd over the other flavors.
Strength is a very smooth medium/full.
It is 9:19am and the sun is out and so bright that even with my ball cap on, I am nearly blinded by the light. Oh shit. Close the curtain, you fuck nut.
Jeez. This is what a fucked up brain does. Never occurred to me til now to do this.
HVC Cigars doesn’t have a web site. Only a FB page. Strange.
I looked hoping to find their retailer page. So maybe you could find a B & M that carries them and give them a call. Or even better, they might have a web site. I try to message them and find that I contacted them in May to give them the link to the HVC Vieja Cosecha No.1 review. They didn’t even acknowledge me or put a link to my review on their timeline. So fuck ‘em. I think I will give the Edicion Especial 2015 a ratty review out of spite. LOL.
Meanwhile, the HVC Black Friday is doing just great. Not much to say as this blend ambles along its journey pumping out wonderful flavors both bold and nuanced.
The nuttiness rises to the surface. The spice has ratcheted up. The graham cracker makes me want a glass of milk.
There are other very delicate flavors I can’t put my finger on. All part of the complexity, I guess.
I don’t need to finish this cigar to tell you I highly recommend it. The hard part is finding them. If you want to give Jack Schwartz $12 for shipping, go for it.
Oh wait. I have a great idea. Call Johnny Piette at Prime Cigar here in the Milwaukee area. See if he still has them and tell him the Katman sent you. Their phone number: (262) 754-5220.
The HVC Black Friday is truly impressive.
The strength rescinds on medium/full and settles back into medium body.
I forget to eat now. Every day. I find that very strange. I depend on my Atkins Shakes to keep my blood sugar normal and give me some pep from all the protein in it. So I buy it en masse. I get a real deal from Amazon. But I buy a month’s worth at the start of every month when I get my social security. The UPS guy hates me because the boxes are extremely heavy. He yelled at Charlotte last month. Fucker.
The HVC Black Friday has only required one minor tune up on the burn line.
The blend seems similar to the Ezra Zion Bee’s Knees. Without the honey element.
Smoke time is one hour 10 minutes.
Feels like I’ve been sitting here all morning.
No significant changes to the flavor profile. I’m glad the spiciness has returned.
The creaminess is like drinking heavy cream right from the container.
And then Pow! The flavor profile breaks free of its chains and soars like a drone.
I can’t thank Johnny enough for sending me this cigar. What an unexpected treat.
I’d list the flavors but they haven’t changed. Just bolder.
The HVC Black Friday fades away without a hint of harshness or heat. Good to the last drop.
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