Headley Grange

5-23-13 been in humidor since 1-16-13

Headley Grange Estupendos (5.5 x 52)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Blender: Ernesto Perez-Carrillo

This is Crowned Heads sophomore release. Much like Crowned Heads first release, this cigar was inspired by a song. It seemed to work last time.

The success of the first blend probably had more to do with Ernesto Perez-Carrillo (E.P. Carrillo, La Gloria Cubana) than the cigar being the namesake of a song. On the other hand, I do enjoy a good story, I do enjoy good old rock and roll, and Led Zeppelin is one of my favorite bands.

The Headley Grange line was inspired by the distinctive drum beat of the song “When the Levee Breaks”.  The thought was to have the cigar be heavy, booming but slow overall. Since (it is rumored) that Ernesto Perez-Carrillo used to be a bit of a drummer himself, he would have a good shot of embodying this beat in a cigar. But clearly, “When the Levee breaks” is not the name of the cigar. The reference on this cigar is a bit less in your face. For those who don’t know “Headly Grange” is the name of the house where much of Led Zeppelin IV was recorded, including the drums for “When the Levee Breaks

When this cigar was introduced in the 2012 IPCPR and sold out one thousand boxes in just over two days. It caused a stir in the cigar community. The second line from Crowned Heads, within four months, was considered one of the best cigars of 2012 and made many “best of” lists.

This Headley Grange cigar has a rich almost reddish brown wrapper with a good sheen to it. There are few veins that stand out. The wrapper feels rougher than it appears. The triple cap looks a bit rough as well, but it doesn’t look to be something that will effect the experience. The band is a simple black, white, and gold with a fairly plain font and little extra adornment. It is simple in appearance.

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The smell of the cigar is on the side of hay with a bit of earth. The lick on the cap has a sweeter note with almost a clove taste. A clip with the trusty Xi2 and I have a draw that is on the firm side. The cold flavors are clove and a bit of licorice.

I light with my usual soft flame. The first few draws are sweet and woody that has a bit of a licorice feel. The clove that was tasted in the pre-light ritual is almost unnoticeable once lit. through the nose there is a hit of spice. The flavors are unique. As the cigar settles in the licorice feel fades and it becomes more woody than anything. There is a toasty sweet undertone to it all. The flavors are a bit hard to pin down because there is a rare combination of flavors. It is bold and flavorful. The finish has a bit of the woody spice I get from Nicaraguan tobacco but there is also a coffee grounds feel to it.

The middle third is smooth and cedar with a sweetness that is turning to caramel that keeps it very interesting and enjoyable. A floral note seems to creep in and out. However, it is slightly out of balance. The body is full and the sweeter flavors seem strange with this fullness. The finish is still woody and ever-so-slightly spicy. The finish is nothing to wright home about but the initial flavor is very interesting and unique.

The final third is a bit more powerful than the last third with the finish kicking it up in flavor, but not so much complexity. The initial flavors tame down a bit but are still the high point of the cigar. This has grown to a full bodied smoke. The body has grown but the flavors have not. It seems to have the flavors found in lighter cigars with the body of fuller cigars.

Burn to the nub.

Time: 1 hour 50 min

burn: 10

draw: 9

taste: 10

aftertaste: 8

construction: 9

balance: 7

feel: 8

overall: 8.7

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~ by kuzi16 on May 23, 2013.

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