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Additional Thoughts on JD Howard Reserve

Last week Frank posted his review of the JD Howard Reserve by our friends over at Crowned Heads and I felt in necessary to add my thoughts on the cigar in addition to the full review.

When all the planets line up, on a rare day in Nashville I get a chance to spend a few hours talking to Jon and on an even more rare occasion, Mike as well. Shortly before Christmas I went and tried one of the proposed blends, for what at that time was dubbed Project 337. This was shortly after both Frank and I named the Headley Grange Cigar of the Year on our separate Top 10 Lists, and to be honest I was excited to hear what had been cooking at CHHQ over several months since I last saw the guys. The version of project 337 that I smoked that day was great, but I left telling Jon that I still preferred the Headley Grange. Fast forward a month and some change, another Mike-less visit to the HQ, and Jon fresh back from Tabacalera La Alianza in the Dominican Republic. When I arrived, Frank had already sparked up what was announced as the JD Howard Reserve earlier that day by CA. When Jon asked what I wanted to smoke, I originally told him I wanted one of the new sizes of Headley. I was, however, quickly convinced otherwise.

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The Crowned Heads J.D. Howard Reserve Pre-Release

Crowned Heads J.D. Howard Reserve

Probably one of the best things about living in Nashville is my easy access to Crowned Heads HQ!  Being friends with Jon and Mike is a plus too, but the best part…smoking the new lines before they are released!  Enter the J.D. Howard Reserve.

Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca

Binder: Ecuador Sumatra

Filler: Nicaraguan

Sizes: HR46 – 6″ x 46, HR48 – 5″ x 48, HR50 – 5 5/8″ x 50, HR52 – 6″ x 52, HR54 – 5″ x 54

Price: TBD

Release Date: July 2013

J.D. Howard Reserve, now you know there has to be a story behind the name right?  Well, there is, and it’s a pretty good one too.  Jesse James…yep, the outlaw Jesse James.  But wait, how does that relate to J.D. Howard.  Jesse James at one point in his life decided to settle down and changed his name to J.D. Howard.  Where did he settle down you might ask?  Nashville.

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Drew Estate Liga Privada Papas Fritas

  1. Drew Estate Liga Privada Papas FritasWrapper:  Connecticut Broadleaf

    Binder:  Brazilian Mata Fina

    Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran

    Size:  4.5×44

    Price: Pack of four for almost $24. Roughly $6 each.

    As most people know, I am a fan of smaller cigars.  My typical go to smoke is a corona sized cigar.  The new Papas Fritas from Drew Estate perked my interest when I learned that it was a 4.5 x 44 sized cigar, perfect for my hectic schedule.

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