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Crowned Heads JD Howard Reserve


Crowned Heads JD Howard

Brand: Crowned Heads

Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca

Binder: Ecuadoran Sumatra

Filler: Nicaraguan

Strength: Medium-Full

Size: HR54 5.0 x 54

Price: $9.50


I have been looking forward to this cigar since it’s IPCPR debut. I picked this up at Churchills Fine Cigars in AZ. Right away you will notice the awesome band. Great color combo of red wine and a creamy off white. There is a gold foiled border along with some numbers embossed on each side 337 and 711, (337 is the time (3:37am) Jon was inspire to create the JDH. 711 is the street number of the house Jessie James (J.D.Howard) lived in east Nashville). The aroma of this cigar is fantastic. A soft sweetness with a light tobacco as well. The wrapper is a medium leathery brown with visible leaf lines and veins. There is a mix of sweet and spice in the cold draw.

First puffs– Boom! A blast of pepper and cayenne hit the palette. It hits very hard and fast. There also seems to be a bit of burnt wood beneath its very hearty. The draw is fantastic to start.

First third– The spices have settled down a bit and are merging well with the wood flavors. There is a taste of smoked meat, this may sound odd, but it’s the best way to describe it. The ash is great on this, light grey with white specs. The draw is still fantastic.

Crowned Heads JD Howard ash

Second third– The pepper is moving to the front of the flavors, leaving behind that smoky taste. Its not overpower at all and is really enjoyable. The construction is top notch, excellent burn lines and ash since the start of the cigar. Very creamy and smooth now.

Crowned Heads JD Howard smoked

Final third– Besides the pepper I pick up a little coffee note as well, giving it a dash of sweetness. The cigar is still smoking nicely and producing a tight ash. Draw has dwindled just a bit.


Fantastic smoke. Superb construction and tobacco choices make this an enjoyable smoke right from the start. The crowned heads are doing it right. Producing amazing quality cigars that ooze sophistication and flavor. This is a must smoke and will surely become a favorite. I can’t wait to see what’s next.

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  • brian@crownedheads.com'
    Brian McGee

    337 is the time (3:37am) Jon was inspire to create the JDH. 711 is the street number of the house Jessie James (J.D.Howard) lived in east Nashville

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