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

Vitola: Robusto

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Undisclosed

Filler: Undisclosed

Factory: Tabacalera La Alianza S.A

MSRP: $7.55

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

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Comment by Cigar Surgeon on January 25, 2017 at 2:24pm

Sounds delicious. I ordered a 5-er to try em out.

Comment by HardlyClerkin® on January 25, 2017 at 2:27pm

Great review, is on my must try list. 

Comment by Doug on January 25, 2017 at 4:11pm

I had one of these a few weeks ago.  Definitely worth checking out.  I may pick some more up myself.

Comment by 007MI6 on January 27, 2017 at 4:08pm

Thanks guys. Crowned Heads just makes some great cigars. :)


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