Cigar Review: Angel’s Anvil TAA 2014 by Crowned Heads

Cigar Review: Angel’s Anvil TAA 2014 by Crowned Heads

Crowned Heads Cigars
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Havana)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 7 1/8” x 49
Strength: medium
Price: $10.50 MSRP

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Overall Rating: 9.2

Crowned Heads recently celebrated their two year anniversary, and in their short history they have built an impressive brand. In 2014, they received the Cigar Media Association Brand of the Year Award and had the #6 Cigar of the Year (the Headley Grange Laguito No. 6) on our annual Top Tep Cigar List. There were a ton of releases from the company last year from the Mason Dixon to the Las Calaveras, but among the most impressive was the Angel’s Anvil TAA 2014. Medium bodied and full of complex flavors, the Angel’s Anvil is a cigar that is a great introduction to the brand. The Angel’s Anvil is a cigar that is going to be a classic that people end up talking about for some time to come.

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Pre-Light: A milky brown Ecuadorian wrapper covers the Angel’s Anvil. The cigar is smooth to the touch and has a nice oil sheen to the wrapper. I love the band on the Angel’s Anvil with its blue color and compass and t-square.

There is a cedar, leather and coffee aroma to the wrapper of the Angel’s Anvil. Off the unlit foot there is a sweet chocolate note that mixes with scents of leather, cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s important to be extra careful when cutting the Angel’s Anvil as the thin wrapper is very delicate.

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Burn: The draw on the Angel’s Anvil is very easy and near perfect. The burn is even throughout the course of the cigar. There is a good deal of smoke that is produced by the Angel’s Anvil.

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Flavor: At the beginning there is a pleasing spice and red pepper to The Angel’s Anvil TAA 2014, especially on the retrohale. Leather, oak, herbs and natural tobacco all make an appearance in the early moments of the cigar. Just over an inch into the cigar a sweet cinnamon and Italian spice flavor mixes with the leather and spice notes of the cigar. There is a floral note that joins coffee, leather, oak, cinnamon and mild spice as the second third begins. In the final third a bit of clove that begins to show through. There is a good amount coffee, nutmeg, oak and leather to the final third of the Angel’s Anvil TAA 2014.

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Overall: The Crowned Heads Angel’s Anvil TAA 2014 is a great medium bodied cigar with a complex mix of flavors. In the short history Crowned Heads, they have done a great job of producing high quality cigars. The Angel’s Anvil TAA 2014 is among the best that Crowned Heads has released. This medium bodied cigar is packed full of flavor. Personally, I found the Angel’s Anvil TAA 2014 to be a great cigar. In fact, I love this cigar! The only bad thing about the Angel’s Anvil is that it’s been hard to come by (even when it was first released), so it’s worth stocking up on when you see them. I’ve added a box (and some singles) to my collection to age. This cigar has the characteristics of one that should age well.

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Pairing: The Angel’s Anvil TAA 2014 is a cigar that pairs well with a wide variety of beverages. When is comes to single malt scotch a Glenmoranngie Quinta Ruban, Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength, Macallan 18 or Jura 10 are all great choices for pairing with this cigar. I find a red wine such as the Educated Guess Cabernet, Fess Parker Meritage, Bogel Pinot Noir or Coppola Claret pairs very well. Still, my personal choice for pairing is a bottle of Voss Sparkling Water since it allows the full flavor of the cigar to come through.

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On a side note: There seems to be some debate about the symbolism on the band. Maybe people have been watching too many conspiracy shows on the History Channel, but just because there is a compass and square appear on the cigar does not mean that it’s a masonic cigar. Jon Huber says that the idea was to incorporate the letters TAA into the logo, and that it purely coincidental that it looks masonic. Still because of the look, color scheme and extraordinary flavor of the Angel’s Anvil TAA 2014, it’s definitely a good gift for to give any masons in your life for special occasions.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Jonathan David serves on the board of the Cigar Media Association that named Crowned Heads “Brand of the Year”. The Cigar Media Association is a group of longstanding media outlets dedicated to improving relations between the press and the cigar industry, as well as fostering collaboration and communication between member brands. Follow the CMA on Twitter at @CigarMediaAssoc.