The Crowned Heads Headley Grange Drumstick. There is a list of words that have been bombarding everyone in the cigar world for quite a while now. First off, I am a huge Crowned Heads fan, and the Mule Kick was my #1 of 2012. They make a high quality, very tasty cigar. The Headley Grange is no slacker either, so when I heard there was a Lancero, I started working to get one. I wasn’t successful, but good ol’ Master Weasel Logan was, and in true Texas fashion he sent me one to review. Happy Days!
If this Headley Grange Drumstick weren’t so skinny, it would be quite an imposing cigar. At least to me it would, at seven inches long. At 7x38, it is still a large cigar, if only in terms of length. It won’t fit just anywhere. ;) Nice looking cigar, same band as the original Headley Grange, with no LE or denominating band to call it a Drumstick. Although, I am sure it is not necessary. You are not going to confuse this with anything else. The wrapper is a bit rough, and you can see some seems and where the wrapper leaf was stretched around the binder and filler. Not drawbacks, just visual notes.
The wrapper and foot of the Drumstick gave off an interesting note of slightly sweet grains. I have to compare it to the scent that I get when I open a box of raisin bran cereal. That bran, grain smell, sweetened by the fruity, sweetness of the raisins. Not surprisingly, the cold draw tasted as if you had taken a deep breath from that same box of cereal. Quite salivating actually.
A quick clip of the always visually appealing pigtail cap and a careful light on the tiny foot, and I’m ready! The Headley Grange Drumstick started off with strong notes of wood, mostly oak, nuttiness and a black pepper spice. The wood notes turns into a more smoked wood flavor as I continue into the cigar, with the nutty flavor hanging around. As I neared the end of this first third, I begin to notice that the peppery note is getting really spicy in the back of my throat and tongue. The smoke is plentiful and burn on this Drumstick are dead on!
The second third of the Headley Grange Drumstick keeps a similar profile, but with a few twists. There is a sweetness that joins in with the nutty flavors, that weaves in and out with the oak notes I am getting. Every now and then I got hit with some leather and, dare I say meaty, flavors. I noticed that there were a few really soft spots in this cigar, starting at this point, but they are not affecting flavor or burn at all. Still smoking and burning to perfection.
As I entered the final third of the Headley Grange Drumstick, I don’t notice any major deviations from the already tasty flavors I have detected thus far. The biggest thing I realize is that the smoke on the retrohale has developed a decent amount of sting. Really wakes you up. :)
Now, the only bad note I have, and honestly, I think this is my first construction issue with a CH. All of a sudden the cigar just quit. You can see by the ashes, that it has burned with ZERO issues or touchups, since I lit it. So, I cleaned off the ash and relit, to a strong bitterness. Purge & wait….and better. Tastes right again. But minutes later, it simply died again. So, I set it down, feeling I had done enough for the night anyway. I would still buy a box of these if I found them and I don’t feel this problem should deter anyone, or anything like that. Just wanted to be honest and report it, and explain why I didn’t have a picture of it nubbed. lol So, if you can find one, give it a try! Crowned Heads will always be in my humidor.