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Crowned Heads Las Calaveras

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Brand: Crowned Heads

Wrapper: Ecuador Habano Oscuro (8th priming)

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Strength: Medium

Size: LC550 (Robusto) 5.0 x 50

Price: $8.50

 

Crowned Heads decided that making awesome cigars in 2013 (See Headley Grange, amazing!) was so last year. So they decided to continue that tradition in 2014 with a Limited Edition run of cigars. They explain on their site “Beginning with the Edicion Limitada 2014, Las Calaveras will be an annual release that is a respectful homage to those who have passed away in the year before, and is intended to be a celebration of their lives and remembrances, rather than a mourning or a symbol of sadness and death.” Even bigger news is the team up between them and the Garcia family. A total of 3,000 boxes (72,000 cigars) of Las Calaveras EL 2014 were produced at the My Father Cigars S.A. factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.

The wrapper on this cigar has a sweet chocolate scent and is a deep oily brown. The band is incredible, with its classic design and fantastic color choices of pink and gold. I get a nice sweet pepper from the cold draw.

First puffs– There is a medium strength spice that tastes like a mix of pepper and chili powder. Along with this I also get traces of earth and cocoa. I had to puff pretty hard to get the smoke going.

Crowned Heads Las Calaveras smoked

First third– It really begins to open up the flavor doors now. There are touches of orange zest that tingle the tip of your taste buds subtly. This is backed by a creamy smooth milky cocoa. There are hay, earth, and salty notes mixed in as well. Meaty is the best way to describe the the thickness of the draw. I do get a nice smoke production and the burn is great, creating a strong ash.
Second third– Continuing with the theme of awesome flavors, they begin to couple up nicely. Earth is now coming through with cedar and a hint of red pepper. Citrus with a creamy cocoa follow behind. The draw has slowed down a tad, but the burn is still great.

Crowned Heads Las Calaveras smoked final

Final third– The final transition brings some strong flavors. The hay and cedar are really hitting hard. There is only a slight sweetness of cocoa in the back. The draw has tightened up, lowering the smoke production.

 

Overall an amazingly flavorful cigar that will suprise you with the choices that were made, but in a good way. Crowned Heads seem to be comfortable with make flavor choices that most would mix into a cigar. Good thing for them they are able to pull this off perfectly. I loved this cigar and this is easily one of my top cigars so far for 2014. I suggest buying up a bunch of these cigars and storing them as they are a limited run.

 

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