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Crowned Heads Wabash Cannonball

Crowned Heads Wabash Cannonball

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

Price: $10.70

Website: www.CrownedHeads.com

Made exclusively for CdM Nashville: 615-800-3397

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 pints.

Four Kicks Maduro From Crowned Heads

Four Kicks Maduro

Ten years ago, four former CAO employees started a little boutique brand known as Crowned Heads. With their roots in Nashville and lead by front man Jon Huber, the company pulls a lot of inspiration from the large music seen around them. Four Kicks and Four Kicks Maduro both derive their name from Nashville band Kings of Leon. (If you like them check out Quiet Oaks, also from Nashville.) While Crowned Heads had kept to a single blend for their core products we now have a variation with the Four Kicks Maduro.

The cigar is a dark chocolaty brown with a fair amount of oil and veins, but nothing that makes the cigar unappealing. The smell is earthy and leathery but light. From the cold draw I notice the taste of pepper, citrus and a sweetness that balances the other flavors.

In the first half the cigar is spicy and creamy. It smokes very smooth and easy giving off plenty of light weighted smoke. The burn is sharp and the ash holds for easily 1/4″ before breaking it free.

The second half brought a bit of earthiness to the table along with a slight increase in the pepper spice flavor but still remained a smooth smoking cigar. Smoke production was still large and there were no burn issues for the entirety of the cigar.

For a “younger” company Crowned Heads have been able to release several stand out cigars and the Four Kicks Maduro is another one. With a flavor profile that should suit anyones palate, solid construction and a more than reasonable price point, this cigar should be a go to when you’re having trouble deciding what to smoke. When you see them at the shop be sure to grab a handful or two.

Wrapper – Connecticut Habano Maduro

Binder – Nicaraguan

Filler – Nicaraguan

Price: $8.00 – $10.00 a stick depending on vitola.

Website: Crownedheads.com

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 pints

 

Drew Estate and Crowned Heads Collaborate On “La Coalicion”

La Coalicion

Miami, FL- Today Drew Estate and Crowned Heads announce their partnership in the release of “La Coalicion”, manufactured by La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate and sold through Crowned Heads. “La Coalicion” will be displayed in the Crowned Heads Booth at the IPCPR Convention and Tradeshow, held June 29-July 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“La Coalicion” is a spectacular collaboration brand for the premium cigar fanatic. The brand is wrapped in rich, dark Connecticut Broadleaf, with a spicy Sumatran binder and aged fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. “La Coalicion” is available in 4 sizes:  Corona Gorda (5” x 46), Gordito (5 1/2” x 50), Siglo (6” x 52) and Sublime (6 1/2” x 54). Each vitola brings a very specific and unique nuance and complexity, carefully blended by Willy Herrera and Jon Huber.From Little Havana in Miami, Willy Herrera Master Blender at Drew Estate highlights, “Huber and I have always had a similar palate for what notes we are looking for in our blends. Working together, we knew from the beginning we wanted to utilize the dense, oily Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper which is the inspiration for this killer smoke.  La Coalicion is a passion product that Huber and I are really proud of.”

From Crowned Heads HQ in Nashville, Jon Huber adds, “I’ve personally wanted to work with Willy for years now, as I feel that our aesthetic towards cigars are similar and we also share a common respect and passion towards the tradition of premium cigars.  Further, being able to tap into the creative juggernaut that is Drew Estate has been an amazing experience.  I’ve long respected what the DE brand has achieved, and I believe their personal brand extends far beyond just ‘cigars;’ they’re truly an innovator, disruptor, and a game changer within our industry.”

From the Wynwood Safehouse, Jonathan Drew President and Founder of Drew Estate notes, “I am proud to report that Drew Estate always remains “Boutique in the Heart” in everything we create. This collaboration with Crowned Heads has been gratifying, mostly because of their passion and intensity. Plus, their hat game is on point!”

“La Coalicion” is manufactured at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate and is sold through Crowned Heads. It will be shipping in October in the following vitolas:

  • Corona Gorda (5” x 46) MSRP $219.00/box of 20
  • Gordito (5 1/2” x 50) MSRP $245.00/box of 20
  • Siglo (6” x 52) MSRP $270.00/box of 20
  • Sublime (6 1/2” x 54) MSRP $299.00/box of 20