Being founded by Reinier Lorenzo in 2011, HVC Cigars was among the first companies to fully embrace the now-burgeoning Aganorsa Leaf factory in Estelí. With an increasing number of respected brands now following suit, HVC has only recently begun to earn a name for itself, being a popular choice for those seeking alternative smoking profiles within the stable of Aganorsa-made brands.

In 2020, the company introduced Hot Cake, which is surprisingly not their first pancake-themed project (see: Pan Caliente). Like many HVC offerings, Hot Cake is affordably priced and centers on AGANORSA tobacco. This includes a Jalapa-grown Corojo ’99 binder and fillers of Criollo ’98 and three varieties of a special Corojo 2006 maduro selection. The latter brings the signature combination of richness and sweetness to the smoking profile. Combined with a San Andrés wrapper, the cigar shows a dark profile of black pepper, molasses, ginger, and bittersweet espresso.

Hot Cake Breakdown

  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder: Nicaragua (Jalapa Corojo ’99)
  • Filler: Nicaragua (Estelí Criollo ’98 | Corojo 2006)
  • Factory: Aganorsa Leaf (Nicaragua)
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Vitolas: 3
  • Price: $7.40–$9.00 (MSRP)

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