Quick Hitter: The Crowned Heads Headley Grange
Posted by dabyrdman33 on July 15, 2012
Once again, I’ve managed to pull myself away from the cares of life long enough to bring you a quick first take on the new Headley Grange from Jon Huber and The Crowned Heads. Let me start by saying this is not what I would consider a full-blown review since this cigar has not officially hit the market. This size is what’s being called the “Estupendos” and it is cloaked in a silky Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. The cigar originates from the Dominican Republic, but that is where story ends with what I know. Let’s get into the smoke.
Pre-light: The cigar is firmly packed and has a clean appearance with a wrapper that is smooth, silky, and free of blemishes. Overall, this is a great looking cigar. Upon removing the cap, the draw is firm but not tight and yields a flavor of tobacco with a hint of sweetness.
1st third: After lighting the cigar, the first couple of puffs yield clouds of flavorful smoke with notes of sweet tobacco and a tinge of citrus with a peppery spice on the retrohale. The body and strength are both medium. The ash is mostly light gray and holds pretty firmly for the 3/4 of an inch. The resting smoke is delightful with a nice floral aroma. Just smelling it will make you want to keep puffing.
2nd third: The burn line thus far has been flawless while the ash continues to hold for almost an inch at a time before falling gently in the ashtray. The citrus note begins to dissipate at this point and is replaced with a heavier note of tobacco minus the sweetness. The retrohale has also mellowed and is very smooth through the nostrils. The body is now medium to medium-full, but there’s not much of an uptick in the strength beyond medium.
Final third: Nearing the end of the cigar, the dominant flavors are now tobacco and toast. The cigar continues to build in body and strength, but never approaches what feels like full to me. The burn has been immaculate throughout and the ash has been consistently firm.
Final thoughts: I can’t wait to get a hold of this cigar when it hits the market. I’m always curious to see how pre-release samples differ from the final product that hits the shelves. The cigar started with a flavorful bang that got my attention right away; however, after the halfway point it seemed to flatten. I can’t honestly say if it was the tobacco or just my palate adjusting to the cigar. Since I only smoked one for this first take, I’ll reserve any judgment until later. The cigar shows great complexity with the transitions between flavors throughout. I also loved the transition in body and strength as the cigar progressed. Overall, I would say this cigar is a definite buy considering I liked what I got out of the cigar and I want more of it. Expect a full blown review once I get my hands on the official release. If you’re lucky enough to get a pre-release sample, smoke it. I promise you won’t regret it. Special thanks to Jon Huber & my homie LOD for providing the sample.
Until next time,