This premium cigar company is committed to creating artisanal quality, boutique cigars distinguished by their excellent flavor, balance, and consistency. Crowned Heads Cigars was founded by former CAO International, Inc. executive, Jon Huber, the company's rapid success is built on the belief that quality, pride, and integrity still matter. As Huber says, "We are not here to do it like everyone else. When the rules don't make sense to us, we carve our own path."
Inspired by the Kings of Leon song of the same name, Four Kicks by Crowned Heads cigars use a Nicaraguan leaf core rolled in a flawless Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. The medium-bodied smoke opens big, bold, and in your face, then takes you on a ride of complexity, richness, and finesse, and finishes bright and clean. Like listening to a great rock band's first album, if you want to experience the "quintessential" Crowned Heads cigar, start with Four Kicks.
If you characterize really good cigars as, "big, bold, and gutsy," say hello to Headley Grange cigars. This unique, medium-bodied blend rolled in an earthy Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper is a real stunner that earned a spot in Cigar Aficionado Magazine's "25 Best Cigars of The Year 2012." Named for the 1795 poorhouse in Headley, East Hampshire, England, where bands like Led Zeppelin, among others, recorded during the 1960s and '70s, the Headley Grange flavor profile was actually inspired by the heavy, plodding, and ominous drums heard on Led Zep's "When The Levee Breaks." Incredibly smooth, sweet, and dominated by a rich woody flavors, these well-balanced and complex cigars offer an all-access pass, whatever your experience.
If you're a fan of the best full-bodied cigars, J.D. Howard Reserve cigars offer you a stunning smoke that's both simple, yet complex. Named for Jesse James, who, after retiring from a life of thievery, moved to Nashville and changed his name to J.D. Howard, it is in this spirit of the "social rebel" that inspired the line's name. Well-constructed with a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper, the smoke is rugged, yet refined and well-balanced, hitting the palate with a spicy pepper rush, while leaving subtle notes of sweet cocoa in its wake.
In another music-inspired blend based on Johnny Cash's version of "Cocaine Blues," Jericho Hill cigars are named for the sheriff from Jericho Hill who captures the outlaw, Willy Lee, in Juarez, Mexico. It's also no coincidence that the dark and flavorful Mexican San Andres leaf used for Jericho Hill is a nod to the song's lyrics. Made at My Father Cigars in Estelí, Nicaragua, this hedonistic blend of the best Nicaraguan tobaccos, results in a rich, robust taste profile that's focused, potent, and complex, making Jericho Hill one of the best boutique cigars in its class.
Mason Dixon Project cigars are made in a limited edition of 25,000 cigars and presented in two different wrappers: a Connecticut Broadleaf maduro for the North, and a milder Ecuadorian wrapper for the South. Ideal for cigar smokers who love that perfect balance of medium-full flavor, the Northern blend is cool, yet gritty, and full of character, driven by spice and hay-like flavors with a rich, woodsy aroma. The Southern project is both subtle, yet full-flavored, opening with plenty of sweetness, as notes of nuts, cinnamon, pumpkin and vanilla are revealed down to the nub.