“This is a company making some excellent cigars, and without a doubt, the HVC First Selection Broadleaf Toro is one of the best the company has done. This is a case where the HVC not only ventured out of its comfort zone, but hits a grand slam home run in the process”
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacos de Valle Jalapa S.A. (TABSA)
Toro: 6 x 52
Review: HVC First Selection (Limited Edition) Broadleaf Toro (2/12/19)
Appearances on Countdown (By Year/Brand): 1 (2019)
Coming in at #11 is the HVC First Selection Broadleaf Toro. HVC is a smaller company founded by Reinier Lorenzo. Lorenzo works with Aganorsa Leaf to produce his blends – mostly out of the Tabacos de Valle Jalapa S.A. (TABSA) in Estelí, Nicaragua. Aganorsa Leaf is well known for producing cigars for many leading brands. Aganorsa Leaf is also known for working on blends featuring its signature Nicaraguan grown tobacco and in particular its Corojo and Criollo wrapper offerings. The company also works with San Andres tobacco for its Maduros, and to a lesser extent also works with Habano and Connecticut Shade offerings. One wrapper that hadn’t been seen coming out of that factory was the Broadleaf wrapper. That changed in 2018 when the HVC First Selection Limited Edition Broadleaf was revealed. As the name indicates it’s the first offering out of TABSA to showcase the Broadleaf wrapper. Earlier this year Lorenzo took the line regular production where it became known as the HVC First Selection Broadleaf.
In addition to the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, the HVC First Selection Broadleaf features Nicaraguan tobaccos from the Aganorsa farms. The HVC First Selection Limited Edition Broadleaf is available in two sizes. Currently, both sizes are packaged together in 20-count boxes consisting of ten Toro (6 x 52) as well as ten Short Robusto (4 1/2 x 50) cigars.
This is the first year that HVC has landed on a Cigar Coop Countdown. This is also the first new company to be featured on the 2019 Countdown. Finally, it also gives the TABSA factory its first slot on the 2019 Countdown.
The HVC First Selection Broadleaf Toro delivers notes of coffee, chocolate, earth, black pepper, and cedar. The flavors produced are medium-bodied countered by medium strength.
If the question was whether TABSA could deliver a broadleaf cigar, the answer is yes. HVC’s First Selection Broadleaf Toro is a home run, and it has earned its place on this year’s Countdown.
For details of the 2019 Cigar of the Year Countdown, see our 2019 criteria.
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