Last week I reviewed the Mason Dixon Northern by Crowned Heads. This week I am going to tackle the Mason Dixon Southern. Tomorrow we have Jay aka “Black/White List” doing a head to head review of the Northern and Southern.
For those nerds out there this is the first cigar produced by Crowned Heads which uses a Connecticut wrapper. #funfact
If you want to read more specifics about the Mason Dixon Project, you can so here.
Mason Dixon Project “Southern” by Crowned Heads
Size: 6 x 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Cigars Smoked for this Review: Five
Price Point: $9.85
Smoking Time: 105 Minutes
Cigar Purchased: Purchased by Logan
Quick Note: For this review we used my rating system. You can view it in detail here.
Off the bat there is WAY more black pepper than expected. For me this isn’t a bad thing, for many it will be a wakeup call. There is almost a bready like quality to the cigar. It isn’t really my cup of tea, but it is enjoyable.
The Southern has some pronounced notes of sweetness. Honestly, it might be one of the sweetest Connecticut cigars I have smoked, period. There were notes of hay, cinnamon, and salt.
I can easily say the Southern is “creamy” and I am sure Rob would say the same J
There is a heavy cedar which sets in around the midway point of the Southern. There is some very faint black pepper which is also present. There is no doubt this is pretty mild in terms of strength and body, at least for me.
The first half of the Southern was solid; the second half wasn’t as good. The core flavors remains pretty much the same but the final third got a little bitter on all the five I smoked. Also, the construction seemed to come undone at the very end.
Conclusion: Is this a good Connecticut? I would say yes but I would also say there is only a handful of Connecticut’s I can even stomach smoking, so my opinion doesn’t mean much. I would be very interested in what Catfish would have to say about the Southern. I think Northern and the Southern did a great job being solid compliments to each other. I would have liked to see more complexity and depth, considering the price point, but wasn’t completely butt hurt I paid almost $10 per cigar. Which is better the Northern or the Southern? Hands down the Northern IMHO.
Overall Rating: No Rating due to my relationship with Crowned Heads