Crowned Heads has finally filled a void in their lineup. The Luminosa adds a "milder" Connecticut wrapped cigar to their already healthy lineup of cigars. This is not a mild cigar though, and is touted as being mild-medium. Let's see how it stacks up.
Crowned Heads Luminosa
Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Factory: Tabacalera La Alianza S.A
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Cigars for review provided by: Purchased From CigFed Store
Note: For this review I used Cigar Federation's rating system
Prelight: The first thing that I notice about the Luminosa is that it is quite dark for a Connecticut. The wrapper is a dark tan/light brown shade, with a matte finish and minimal tooth. The aromas from the wrapper are a decadent mix of caramel, cedar, vanilla and a hint of chocolate. The foot smells of cedar, chocolate and black & white pepper, while the cold draw is mostly cedar with a spicy blast of white pepper.
Beginning: The first thing I notice in the first third of the Luminosa? The blast of a mix of black and white pepper. After the pepper notes subside, a mix of caramel, cedar and watered down coffee flavors are present. A sweet, fruit note comes through on the finish, which is very dry and long. The burn is sharp, with a tight ash and plumes of thick, white smoke.
Middle: It is in the second third that I really notice something about the profile. It has a caramel creaminess, but it has more of a smokey, gritty mouth-feel. Similar to that of a homemade, smokey caramel/dulce-de-leche candy, with it’s gritty, sugar sweetness. There are flavors of caramel, cedar and a muted chocolate and the dryness has developed into a nuttiness.
End: To end, the Luminosa really shows its strength. Definitely right up to the medium range, just above mild. Lots of black and white pepper spice, mixed with a smooth cedar note. The caramel notes are still present, but they are muted and smokey. This finish shows a slight flavor of espresso and dry, nutty finish.
Final Thoughts: This is definitely a different Connecticut. Instead of a smooth, mild and creamy body, the Luminosa is fuller and loaded with lots of spice. The sweet caramel and coffee notes are about as close to a tradition Connie that I got from the Luminosa. This cigar is perfect for a morning smoke, especially if you prefer a bit more strength. But I put this right in between a mild, morning smoke and a medium-full bodied afternoon Habano. And as I always find from Crowned Heads, the construction was spot on with no need to touch-up or relight.
Rating: 90 “AKA” Box-split