Monday, July 15, 2019

Cigar review: Crowned Heads Las Calaveras 2019

Recently I had a little time off and as it has been some time since I had been to the old farm site where I grew up, I decided to take a drive. I grew up on a small farm that was typical of the time, we had cows, chickens, horses, etc., and fields and a large garden. There was always work to be done but even with the hard work, it was a great way to grow up. After my parents passed years ago, we had moved off due to work. As I drove into the yard, old emotions and memories started pouring in, both good and bad. As I sat there in my truck for a moment, I reached into my travel humidor and selected a Crowned Heads Las Calaveras 2019 to enjoy during my visit. The Las Calaveras began in 2014 with each years blend being unique and always complex and abundantly packed with complex flavors.
Absolutely stunning in appearance and that red band sets it off. The wrapper is smooth with few veins and once clipped, I made fast work with the torch. A very succulent spice greeted me with the first draws but not overbearing, along with touches of dark earth and smoky black oak. Shortly in, the smoke is velvety smooth, and the spice mentioned before was showing more of a dried cayenne affair but again not overdone but just the right touch. Into the first third, the dark earth and black oak were in unison being joined by a very mild but noticeable hint of fruit, much like fruit from the dehydrator, which ebbed its way among the main flavors. Wrapping these together was nuances of dark roasted coffee bean. This cigar is pouring on the flavor and is showing how good it is. 
Walking around the farm is like a trip in time. In the old pump house is still tools we used for small repairs, cans and drawers full of screws, bolts, nails, etc. Articles hang on the walls that were there when I was a child. I walked along one of the old fence lines, barbed wire rusted, and some fallen, I think back to those hot summers of digging post holes and stretching barbed wire and hoping it didn’t snap. 
As I walked the cigar was getting into the second third and shining brightly. The smoke coming from this cigar is buttery smooth, the oak and earth are morphing, still present but the roasted coffee bean was more as coffee and chicory in flavor, add into this bountiful blend a lightly sweet cane syrup sweetness flowing among the favors and you have got a cigar that is filling all your cigar expectation. 
I walked down to the creek in back of the property, the bank being about seven feet above the water on our side and gazed at the sandbar and that clear running water. As far back as I can remember, this is where you went to cool off, have fun and relax. 
As I made it back to my truck the cigar was into the final third. The flavors have become more pronounced but matching each other perfectly. The oak had now started to lessen with the now coffee and chicory rounding it out. The mild sweetness worming and twisting its way among the tastes flowing abundantly causing this cigar to have a kaleidoscopic dance of sublime intoxication. 
A truck pulled in behind me and I recognized one of our old neighbors. We talk for a few minutes before he left and shook hands, I promised to come for a visit. Getting in my truck I finished this amazing cigar that at the close gave a ramped-up spice with an abundance of wood, dark coffee and chicory with a touch of rawhide leather. This cigar is bar none the best yet of the Las Calaveras line, and gets a 5 out of 5 score, hitting every bell and whistle. If you enjoy a very complex and exquisite cigar, do not pass this up.

Peace and Smoke,

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Torpedo size 6.125x52
LC54 size 5.5x54
LC50 size 5x50
LC46 size 6x46

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