At this years IPCPR in Las Vegas, Crowned Heads debuted the Crowned Heads Court Reserve XVIII. The first blend to carry the brand name in blend name actually. This cigar is blended and crafted to pay homage to those that have supported them throughout the years. A group that is lovingly referred to as their 'Court'. The CHC Reserve XVIII is a one-time production run cigar of 150,000, and it will never be duplicated again. It is scheduled to be released Fall of 2018.
Crowned Heads Court Reserve XVIII
Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper: San Andres
Factory: Tabacalera la Alianza S.A.
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Cigars for review provided by: Crowned Heads
Prelight: The wrapper is pungent, yet not overly so. Aromas of fermented tobacco, molasses, oats, and manure are present, but there are also many other notes that I can’t put my finger on. The foot has a lot of natural tobacco sweetness, as well as molasses sweetness. Not surprisingly, the cold draw has flavors of molasses and grain, with no spice.
Beginning: The smoke pours out of this cigar in dense, white clouds, and the ash is crisp and tight behind a razor sharp burn line. Body and strength are a solid medium, with a long, dry finish. Lots of granola flavor with grain definitely dominating. The molasses and grain notes meld into a little bit of a dried fruit, mostly apple to me.
Middle: The profile is dry and has a nutty mouthfeel. Very similar to that from eating walnuts. The exact flavor is hard to place, but the best I can explain is that it is like a burnt molasses. More of a smokey reduction really. Suddenly, the flavors become very “dirty” with a very dry, bitter cocoa coating my mouth. A fair amount of black pepper makes an appearance here as well, wet black pepper on the tongue and a nice burn on the retro.
End: In the final third, all the sweetness has disappeared. The black pepper dominates but as a muted note, not as a spicy pepper bomb. At this point it is definitely a full strength and body cigar. As this cigars nears the end, the spice and dryness ramp up, creating a full smoke with a dry, spicy black pepper finish.
Final Thoughts: This is a good cigar. Great construction and an enjoyable smoke. There aren’t a ton of flavors, but the ones that are present are very interesting, meld well, and change-up fairly often. This isn't my favorite blend, but it is solid and I feel that it may grow on me after I smoke a few more. Which is how the Four Kicks was for me, so I will have to revisit at a later date. But for me personally, this cigar just didn't give me what I wanted.
Rating: 86 AKA "Couple"