The Mason Dixon Project by The Crowned Heads

The Mason Dixon Project

Mason Dixon Project

 

The Mason Dixon Project Southern Edition:

Mason Dixon Project Southern

Edition: Southern

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: 6×52

Price: $10

 

Acquired: Purchased at Stogies in Franklin, TN

The Mason Dixon Project is the newest creation to come out of The Crowned Heads in Nashville, TN. Made at the My Father factory, The Mason Dixon Project is a two blend limited edition release of 1,250 boxes of 20 cigars in each edition/blend. Brick and mortar shops in the North will receive the Northern edition, while shops in the South will receive the Southern edition. As with their prior releases, the guys at Crowned Heads turned to history for the name and came up with The Mason Dixon Project.

Looks: The first thing your eyes are drawn to on The Mason Dixon Project Southern Edition is the bold and prominent band. The band is black and trimmed with gold and features gold lettering that reads, “The Mason Dixon Project” across the middle. The words “Mason” and “Dixon” are split by a gold stripe with black stars in it. The cigar itself features a very light colored Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper leaf that looks like it is almost one continuous and perfect piece of wrapper leaf. There are some very minimal veins to the wrapper leaf on this cigar and it is finished off at the top by a perfectly executed triple cap.

Taste: Upon first light you are greeted with a very mild spice and a somewhat heavy creaminess. The creaminess found in this cigar is one of the prominent flavors throughout the smoke. A few puffs in and a bit of a charred oak barrel taste begins to develop along with some pleasant cedar notes. A quarter of the way through and I notice the creaminess is complimented by some very mild but amazing cocoa notes. About half way into this cigar I noticed that the spice notes have bumped up slightly in intensity as well as the cedar and charred oak flavors. This cigar finishes excellently with a great combination of the aforementioned flavors playing part in the finish.

Strength: Mild to light medium.

Burn: Perfect one light burn throughout the entire smoke. The ash of The Mason Dixon Project held firm even on a somewhat windy day and only fell when ashed. Something I did notice about this cigar was the abundance of thick white smoke that it produced, as I sometimes like to say, “it was smoking like a freight train.”

Buy it? Here is what I have learned about anything that comes out of the Crowned Heads brand, it is going to be damn delicious. Being a local Nashvillian and having the privilege of being friends with these guys, I often get to try their new blends before they hit the shelves. I didn’t have that opportunity with The Mason Dixon Project, that being said, I did not hesitate to purchase a box before having tried it. The company has proven itself time and time again to me, I like their stuff and The Mason Dixon Project Southern Edition was no different. The cigar is perfectly constructed which results in a great burn and the flavor profile is great when you are looking for a mild to light medium cigar. This cigar has easily taken one of the top spots as my go to breakfast cigar.

 

Welcome to part 2. Part 2? You didn’t think we would review just one cigar in a two cigar limited edition would you?

 

The Mason Dixon Project Northern Edition:

Mason Dixon Project Northern

Edition: Northern

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: 6×52

Price: $10

 

Acquired: Sample courtesy of Crowned Heads

The Northern edition of The Mason Dixon Project is a complete one eighty from the Southern edition.

Looks: The Northern edition of The Mason Dixon Project features a gold band with black trim and lettering that once again reads, “The Mason Dixon Project.” The middle stripe of the band is black with gold stars dividing the words “Mason” and “Dixon.” So basically we just could have said the colors are reversed, but we like to be a little bit more thorough than that here at KYMC. The wrapper leaf again is the complete opposite of the Southern Edition. The Northern Edition features a dark brown Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. This wrapper is toothy and gritty with some medium veins running through it. Similar to its friend to the South, it has an excellently applied triple cap.

Taste: This is Connecticut Broadleaf with balls! Upon first light I am hit with spice, pepper, and grit. A faint taste of citrus begins to develop about a third of the way into this cigar. At the half way mark I notice that there is a nuttiness as well as a deep smoky flavor developing. The nuttiness becomes one of the stronger flavors as this cigar winds down with the spice somewhat mellowing out.

Strength: Full body and full strength. The Mason Dixon Project Northern Edition is strong but not overbearing.

Burn: I could just copy and paste the burn from the Southern Edition because like it, the burn is spot on and even requiring no touch ups. Ash is firm and smoke is bountiful and full and rolling on like a freight train.

Buy it? If you live in the North jump on a box of these. If you live in the South, well that is what shipping was designed for. If you are looking for a fuller cigar that is loaded with flavor, this is it. The Northern Edition is a great after dinner smoke, I recommend a good steak before and a nice glass of scotch to enjoy with it.

Two limited edition cigars, one great company. The Crowned Heads hits it out of the park again with The Mason Dixon Project Southern and Northern Editions.

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