Team Cigar Review: HVC Hot Cake Golden Line Corona Gorda

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Cigar Details: HVC Hot Cake Golden Line Corona Gorda

  • Vitola: Corona Gorda
  • Length: 5.62″
  • Ring Gauge: 46
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Fabrica de Tabacos HVC
  • Blender: Reinier Lorenzo
  • Price: $8.30
  • Release Date: July 2023
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the HVC Hot Cake Golden Line Corona Gorda is medium tan with some green to it and there is a network of veins with some decently raised. The seams are a bit raised, with the caps very well applied. There are two bands, with the primary being the traditional design for the line. The foot band is black and gold and denotes the sub-line. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of hay and earth while the foot brings earth and wood with light hay. The pre-light draw brings cedar, hay and light cardboard along with a mild spiciness on my lips.
Seth: I really wish this HVC Hot Cake Golden Line Corona Gorda was called Golden Cake. A nicely constructed corona gorda, the cigar is firm throughout and finished with a great triple cap. The wrapper has a coloring between Claro and Natural. Not the prettiest Connecticut, but still solid. Small veins throughout and silky in texture. Aromas of hay, tobacco, spices, earth and stone fruit.
John: The HVC Hot Cake Golden Line Corona Gorda comes cellophaned with a UPC sticker that has an integrated tear space to remain intact when opened. There is a primary white letter on red on gold primary band, with a ‘Golden Line’ foot band. I weighed the cigar at 10.1 grams, and the humidity as measured by the HumidiMeter Pro came in at 62.7%. Aromas off the wrapper included vegetal, moss, earth and bread. From the foot, I was getting sweet raisin, tobacco and dry hay.
Jiunn: The HVC Hot Cake Golden Line Corona Gorda has a light mustard brown wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the head is well wrapped and capped. Aromas from the wrapper give a mixture of barnyard funk and cedar. Cold draw reveals toasted nuts, red pepper and hay.

HVC Hot Cake Golden Line Corona Gorda

HVC Hot Cake Golden Line Corona Gorda

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar and hay, with light amounts of baking spice and creaminess. At a half inch in, a very mild earth joins the profile. The retrohale is a mix of toasted cedar, hay, earth and baking spice. At an inch and a quarter, the earth picks up a bit. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is up front with hay, earth and baking spice a bit behind and a very light creaminess in the background. The strength was right at medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with some cedar, earth, leather and cream qualities. Bits of spice present as well with tobacco on the finish. Just under medium in strength and body.
John: My first few puffs were flavors of spices at medium-full strength, bread and wood trailing after. Dry wood and hay combine through the post draw. The spices rapidly calm down to medium as it marches to the halfway point, with the profile otherwise remaining consistent.
Jiunn: The first third gives a medium strength and body profile with flavors consisting of toasted cedar, hay, baking spices and a hint of creaminess. Interestingly, the cigar focuses more on the (milder) spicier side of things as compared to the traditional softer notes.

HVC Hot Cake Golden Line Corona Gorda

HVC Hot Cake Golden Line Corona Gorda

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the creaminess has departed and the baking spice has transitioned to black pepper and lightened up a bit. At a half inch in, the toasted cedar and earth are now even up front, with the hay backing off and becoming even with the black pepper. The retrohale is now toasted cedar and earth with a lightly zingy black pepper. At an inch in, the black pepper increases and is now right behind the toasted cedar and earth. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar and earth are even up front, with black pepper right behind and light hay in the background. The strength bumped up to slightly above medium.
Seth: The second third continues with those cedar, earth, leather and cream qualities. Bits of spice still present as well with tobacco. Still right under medium for strength and body.
John: Sweet tobacco leads the second third off, with a mild hay and wood in the center. That mild hay and wood pops into the post draw, with delayed lingering spices at light-plus strength. As the cigar continues, the hay also starts to linger between each puff at light-plus.
Jiunn: The second third is more focused on baking spices and toasted cedar. What is lacking is the softer notes (cream, sweetness specially). Strength and body remains medium.

HVC Hot Cake Golden Line Corona Gorda

HVC Hot Cake Golden Line Corona Gorda

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the toast level increases a bit. At a half inch in, the hay increases to become even with the black pepper. The retrohale remains toasted cedar, earth and lightly zingy black pepper. At three quarters of an inch in, the black pepper drops back a bit. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted cedar and earth are even up front, with the hay right behind and the black pepper a bit further behind. The strength remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The final third continues with those second third qualities. Right around medium for strength and body. A little bit more pepper on the finish.
John: Sweet tobacco starts the last third with mild hay, wood and bread to follow. A sweet wood makes up the retrohale, with dry wood finishing as the cigar settles in. Hay with some mild dryness is leading the profile by the halfway point.
Jiunn: The final third follows the same trend as the second third. Still shifted towards the mineral and spice side of things, being primarily baking spices and toasted cedar driven. And yes, still lacking the softer notes. Strength and body finishes the same medium.

HVC Hot Cake Golden Line Corona Gorda

HVC Hot Cake Golden Line Corona Gorda

Burn

Aaron: The burn line was straight throughout and the ash held on in one inch increments.
Seth: Great burn throughout.
John: The burn was straight through the entire review process with no interventions required.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

HVC Hot Cake Golden Line Corona Gorda

HVC Hot Cake Golden Line Corona Gorda

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Perfect draw.
John: The draw was slightly towards the open spectrum at one notch, which puts it in the ideal range for a perfect draw.
Jiunn: Draw performance was on point, providing the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar and hay, with light amounts of baking spice and creaminess. Some earth joined in a bit later. The second third saw the creaminess depart and the baking spice transition to black pepper. The final third saw the hay increase and the black pepper drop back. Construction was absolutely perfect. The HVC Hot Cake Golden Line Corona Gorda had a nice start, with an enjoyable combination of flavors. From the second third on, it took a step down as the creaminess left and the earth had joined the cedar up front. The Hot Cake line has never really been a favorite of mine and this iteration was in line with my previous experiences. I’d be open to trying this in a slightly thicker ring gauge to see if it provides a better flavor profile for longer, but as it sits, I don’t really see myself coming back to this one.
Seth: Hot Cake Golden Line is a hit on many levels. I would not say it is overly complex, but a great value Connecticut that can be enjoyed by any level of smoker. Constructed perfectly, the HVC Hot Cake Golden Line Corona Gorda smoked cool with core flavors from start to finish. Yes, I will come back to this cigar. Yes, I can see this cigar becoming a regular in my rotation. Nice morning beach cigar.
John: The HVC Hot Cake Golden Line Corona Gorda was a pleasant smoking experience with the overall profile averaging out to just over light-plus strength. The first third was the most engaging part of the review for me, with the second and last thirds being pleasant but lacking the same dynamic character. Draw and burn were both flawless. There wasn’t much here that stood out for me from a wide range of great HVC offerings, but the price point is attractive which might entice me to try it again or possibly one of the other three vitola offerings. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 52 minutes.
Jiunn: I always welcome a Connecticut shade cigar because the vast majority of the time, I don’t prefer a heavy cigar that will either get me light headed or gut punched with nicotine. So when a new one comes into the market, especially a brand in which I overall enjoy, I look forward to it. In the case of the HVC Hot Cake Golden Line Corona Gorda, although the price point is highly attractive, it doesn’t pull together enough of the softer tones (sweetness, creaminess). That alone makes the cigar not up to par and one that I’d come back to.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.36

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$1.22

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.36

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.36

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