The Crowned Heads Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2014 Pre-Release

The Crowned Heads Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2014

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Wrapper: Ecuador Habano Oscuro (8th priming)

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Sizes: LC550 (5×50), LC652 (6×52), and LC754 (7×54).

Price: TBD

Release Date: May 2014

Acquired: Sample courtesy of The Crowned Heads

It is not uncommon for a cigar company to wow you, what is uncommon is for that same company to wow you over and over again.  That can be said for a company that I am proud to say is our own Nashville cigar company, The Crowned Heads.  New release after new release has always been an exciting and highly enjoyable time.  That being said, I introduce the Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2014.

The Las Calaveras is The Crowned Heads first project with cigar legend Don Pepin.  The cigars are being made at the My Father Cigars factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.  The  Las Calaveras is a limited production stick with a total of 3,000 boxes in three sizes.  Production sizes will be: LC550 (5×50), LC652 (6×52), and LC754 (7×54).  The cigar I smoked for this review was the LC652.  Las Calaveras will be a yearly release with a differing blend and packaging each year.

The cigar I smoked with Jon is a pre release sample that did not have the final band or packaging with it.  So, we will describe the cigar, which is the important part anyways.  This cigar sports a medium to dark brown colored wrapper that is excellently rolled.  The wrapper leaf is both oily and toothy and is very appealing to the eye.  The artwork for the production cigar takes inspiration from Mexican printmaker and illustrator, José Guadalupe Posada work,  “La Calavera Catrina.

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 The following description of the symbolism behind Las Calaveras was provided courtesy of The Crowned Heads.

 “Beginning with the Edición 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 rememberance, rather than a mourning or a symbol of sadness and death.  Each year, we all lose a friend or loved one, or know of someone who has endured that same loss.  In todays fast-paced world, it is all too easy to forget the fragile nature that is life.  Often, in the race to gain material success, we lose sight that our true legacy are the lives we touch and the love we leave behind once we pass on.  It is in this spirit that Las Calaveras pays tribute to those who have touched our lives and shared their love.”

My favorite part of cigar reviews is always when we come to the flavor.  The Las Calaveras hits the nail on the head when it comes to an excellent blend of flavor.  This cigar has a very pleasant balance of sweet and spicy.  The cigar opens with a slight bit of red pepper on the tip of your tongue, as you continue on into the first quarter of the cigar there are some definite cedar notes present.  About a quarter of the way in your palate is greeted with hints of cocoa, as well and a pretty noticeable nuttiness that has developed.  The red pepper notes remain present throughout this cigar.  The last quarter of this cigar is what I can only describe as amazing.  The mixing of the flavors comes together so well that I was truly sad to see it end.

The Las Calaveras is a cigar that has notable body to it.  So often people confuse body for strength, but for me, body is more of sense of density.  This cigar is meaty, not in flavor, but meaty as in it leaves you with that satisfied feeling when you smoke it.  Strength wise I would rate this cigar as a high medium to mid full strength cigar.

The burn of this cigar was perfect.  One light and it burned straight and even throughout the entire smoke.  The smoke was pleasant and not overbearing.

Buy it?  I already have a box pre-ordered at one of my local cigar shops.  So the simple answer to that is yes.   As I stated in the beginning of this review, The Crowned Heads consistently knock it out of the park with every cigar release.  Thankfully with them being a local company I have the privilege of talking about and smoking these cigars with brand owners Jon Huber and Mike Conder.  You can see the passion and dedication that is put into the making of their cigars when you speak with them.  So should you try it, definitely!

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