If you’re a fan of cigars then when you think of Nashville you think of Crowned Heads and how co-founder, Jon Huber, likes to celebrate everything Nashville. That theme was continued in the limited edition cigar made for the Casa de Montecristo store in Nashville, naming it the Wabash Cannonball. The Wabash Cannonball was a rollercoaster at the now closed Opryland USA theme park in Nashville from 1975 to 1997. The name originally came from an old folk song titled “The Great Rock Island Route.” In 1904, the song was rewritten and given the name “Wabash Cannon Ball,” referring to the train in the song. It has since been covered by many people including, The Carter Family, Johnny Cash, Bing Crosby, Woody Guthrie, Chuck Berry. Jon said “When we were approached to create an exclusive cigar for CdM Nashville, I immediately wanted to use the opportunity to pay tribute to a Nashville that is gone but not forgotten,” said Jon Huber, co-founder of Crowned Heads, in a press release. “Wabash Cannonball evokes that old Nashville vibe and the new world blend is one that will take the cigar enthusiast for a nice, long, flavorful ride.”
The wrapper is very dark with a matte finish. Some noticeable veins and seams, slight mottling and overall lumpy. I would describe the general look as being a bit on the rustic side. Given Jon’s comments on the idea of the cigar I feel like this look was intentional to give it that “old Nashville vibe” as he called it. The smell reminds me of cedar and chocolate, from the foot its more chocolate and some gram cracker. The cold draw has flavors of dried apricot and just some all around general sweetness but, the draw feels a bit on the tight side.
The first third is earthy with pepper on the back end and a finish that stays with you for a while. It’s smooth on the retrohale and has a good burn with a fair amount of light weighted smoke to fill the room. The draw is a little snug but not as tight as I thought it would be from the cold draw.
Moving into the second third the earthiness remains but a bit of cream and bread hop in making for a very smooth tasting smoke. The cigar really opens up at this point so much larger draws can be taken providing large amounts of smoke and flavor to the palate. The burn line stays sharp as well.
For the final third there is a slight spice that makes its way into the mix but that does not upset the balance of flavors that was created in the second third. Throughout the cigar the retrohale has stayed buttery smooth. The burn doesn’t waver and the smoke production stays on point.
This was an all around great cigar. The flavors were always full but not overpowering and the rustic look and feel made the experience even better. To me this fell into a medium category and could easily be smoked by anyone and paired with nearly anything. Of course my suggestion is going to be a nice whiskey out of Nashville like maybe something from Green Brier or Belle Meade. Being an exclusive just for CdM in Nashville it might be a touch tricky to get your hands on some. I was lucky enough to be out there for a work trip and swung by the shop to pick a few up. Being that these were released almost a year ago to the day and only 5,000 being made the numbers are probably dwindling so if you’re not in Nashville give the shop a call and see if you can order some before they are gone.
Wrapper – Mexican San Andres
Binder – Nicaragua
Filler – Nicaragua
Made exclusively for CdM Nashville: 615-800-3397
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 pints.