As we near the end of 2013, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community. The Cigar Federation team decided to attempt to do something a bit different. Each of the main reviewers on the site - Logan, Rob, Dustin, Jerad and John - has their own list, but we also wanted to see what a Cigar Federation Consolidated list would look like.
Over the next ten days (not including weekends), I will unveil another cigar in the Consolidated List. In the end, each of our reviewers will unveil their personal lists. How does your list match up? Without further adieu, I finally unveil #1 on our list!
#1 Crowned Heads Headley Grange Drumstick
The Crowned Heads immediately put a stamp on the cigar industry in 2012 with its Four Kicks, Headley Grange and Mule Kick releases that were all over Top 10 lists across the community, and many were eager to see what would come from the brand in 2013. We've already seen their new regular production line, the JD Howard Reserve, land at #5 on our Consolidated List, but The Crowned Heads weren't done there. As seems to be the pattern for the company, along with the release of the JD Howard Reserve, the company chose to produce a Limited Edition of one of their existing lines. In 2012, it was the Mule Kick - a Limited Edition tweak on the Four Kicks line with a different wrapper that ended up being critically acclaimed - and this year it is our #1 Cigar of 2013 - The Crowned Heads Headley Grange Drumstick.
In 2012, The Crowned Heads put out a small release of the Headley Grange in one vitola before expanding the line in 2013. The name represents the name of the actual building in London where Led Zeppelin recorded "When the Levee Breaks" amongst other tracks. Jon Huber has told us in the past that he wanted this cigar to taste like the drums sound in that song. So in September, when the company announced that its next Limited Edition (this has become an annual thing for the company and rumors of a 2014 LE, presumably for the JD Howard Reserve, already abound) would be a Lancero for the Headley Grange line, the name "Drumstick", a nod to John Bonham, was a given!
Unlike the Mule Kick which utilized a different wrapper, the Drumstick includes just a tweak to the blend to fit the Lancero vitola but it is still rolled at Tabacalera La Alianza in the Dominican Republic under the watchful eye of Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr. As an interesting aside, I believe this is the first Lancero rolled at that factory! Like the other sizes, the Headley Grange Drumstick utilizes an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper around binder and filler from Nicaragua. Only 1500 boxes of 10 are to be released.
You can read Jerad's review of the Crowned Heads Headley Grange Drumstick here.
You can see Matt's short review of the Crowned Heads Headley Grange Drumstick here.
You can see Robby's interview with Jon Huber at IPCPR '13 here.
You can see Jon Huber on CigarChat here.
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