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Crowned Heads Jericho Hill


This marks the first full regular production cigar produced from the My Father factories for The Crowned Heads. A partnership that is producing fantastic results. The Jericho Hill is molded from the concept of Johnny Cash. Wrapper, design, and names all derive from his song “The Man in Black” which mention Juarez Mexico where Willy Lee is brought to justice. As a nod to the legend himself, this cigar is born out of respect and honor. The deep Chocolate brown toothy San Andres wrapper matches the songs title. With a cocoa and citrus scent it just pulls you right in. The band is amazingly sharp looking on this cigar. Creamy gold borders with a black background and a crest in the middle. The cold draw has soft pepper note to it.

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Crowned Heads Las Calaveras


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.


To find out more about Crowned Heads and tweet @thecrownedheads

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.

To find out more about Crowned Heads and tweet @thecrownedheads

IPCPR 2013 Review


I didn’t get a chance to head to IPCPR 2013 as I am new to the cigar news and reviews industry, I just did not have time to get a trip together. But I did follow my twitter feed and other blogs feverishly looking for the new cigars that I would be reviewing in the coming months. I have highlighted some of the upcoming releases that I am excited about and hope to be reviewing once released.


Drew Estate– Oh how great the future looks for Drew Estate. They are coming out with some fantastic additions this year. Along with a redesigned site, they are teaming up with Joya de Nicaragua again and continuing the MUWAT line with KFC (Kentucky Fire Cured). These are going to be amazing as they are fire cured with hickory, oak, and maple. It will come in 3 sizes. There is also the Nica Rustica “El Brujito” which looks to be a great robust smoke as well.


My Father Cigars– Reaching their 10th year in the cigar industry, My Father Cigars is producing the Don Pepín Garcia 10th Anniversary. This is only available as a 6.5 x 52 Vitola and is a limited release of 2500 boxes. Expected single cigar prices are $22, which is a bit high, but im guessing this will be well worth it. After winning cigar of the year honors, I am sure that this will be a highly sought after stogie.

La Palina– Besides the goldie No.2 and No.5 which I still need to try, the upcoming Mr. Sam should be a hit as well. This is a limited production run of 850 boxes in a Robusto 4.75 x 54 Vitola. Expect this to come into stores and leave very fast as La Palina Cigars  is a really hot cigar company right now.

LP MrSam

La Flor Dominicana– This is a company that I have heard a ton about but haven’t had the chance to try yet. Besides their previous releases I will be on the lookout for the new release Chapter One. Limited to 10,000 boxes of a 6.5 x 58 box press vitola. Should be a great smoke based off of early reports on it.

LFD Chapter 1

Nomad– Owner Fred Rewey took a trip to Nicaragua and came back with the Estelí Lot 1386 and is super excited about it. So I am going to be excited about it to. Per the Nomad website “Very limited run that can not be repeated.” I will for sure be hunting this one down.

J Fuego– The Connoisseur is the new cigar for J Fuego this year. I have already had and reviewed this and it was great. But they are releasing new Origen vitolas which I would like to get my hands on.

Oliva– There is only one new release and its the Serie V Melanio Maduro. Ive had the Melanio and loved it. So I am really excited for the Maduro which comes in a Torpedo Vitola and I know will be super tasty.

Crowned Heads– I recently smoked the Headley Grange and absolutely loved it. So I am beyond stoked about the upcoming release of J.D. Howard Reserve. It will come in 5 sizes and should be a very good smoke. This cigar will also be included in a sampler pack called a 6 shooter. It will contain 2 Four Kicks, 2 Headley Grange, and 2 J.D. Howard Reserve. This looks to be the way to go, at $49 MSRP your getting a hell of a great deal.

GurkhaGurkha came out swinging this year. They normally have a lot of releases throughout the year but they have some great updates this IPCPR. First is the Cellar Reserve Limitada, which a bit of a different blend but expect it to be just as great. Prize Fighter which is going to be a $2 cigar, I repeat A $2 GURKHA, holy hell that’s cheap and I know it will be above good for sure.

 Prize Fighter Band

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