Cigar Review: Las Calaveras LE 2015 by Crowned Heads

Cigar Review: Las Calaveras LE 2015 by Crowned Heads

Crowned Heads Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6” x 52
Strength: medium-full to full
Price: $10.95

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Overall Rating: 9.0

Crowned Heads is a company that just seems to be nailing everything it releases lately, and this was reflected in their being awarded the Cigar Media Association’s Brand of the Year Award. The 2014 Las Calaveras was a huge hit, and will be rereleased as a regular line called La Imperiosa. This year’s Las Calaveras is the perfect follow up to last year’s hit, and is in my opinion an even better cigar. Made at the My Father factory in Nicaragua, the 2015 Las Calaveras is a flavorful and impeccably made cigar. It is a cigar that is certainly worth adding to the collection of any Crowned Heads fan.

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Pre-Light: The 2015 Las Calaveras features a light brown habano wrapper with a slightly oily sheen. There are some prominent veins and noticeable seams. The band is much the same as last year’s Las Calaveras with the exception of the change of year, but it doesn’t quite have the same contrast it did against last year’s darker wrapper. All in all, this is a very good looking cigar.

The wrapper has a solid woodsy scent to it. There is a mix of cedar and spice scents to the unlit foot of the 2015 Las Calaveras, with just a slight hint of a cinnamon aroma. An easy cold draw allows through notes of cinnamon, hay and sweet wood.

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Burn: The draw of the new Las Calaveras is smooth and easy, and what I’d consider perfect. There’s a fairly even burn to the Las Calaveras 2015 Edition.

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Flavor: The 2015 Las Calaveras begins with a good deal of wood and nuts flavors, while there is a mix of mild pepper and spice lingering in the background. Spice and pepper build slightly, and they soon begin to mix with a combination that is equal parts cedar, slated peanuts and hay. There is a pleasing underlying sweetness and earthiness to this year’s Las Calaveras that is very different while still remaining true to what one would expect from Crowned Heads and Don Pepín Garcia. On the retrohale during the first half of the cigar, nuts and spice are the main characteristics. During the transition to the second third of the Las Calaveras there is a growing build in the cedar, pepper and spice flavors. There is a slight floral note to the second third of the Las Calaveras that compliments the existing cedar, spice, pepper and nut flavors. The transition to the final third of the cigar see a bit of coffee flavor peek through. A pleasing blend of cedar, nuts, coffee and earth mingle with pepper and spice throughout the final third of the 2015 Las Calaveras from Crowned Heads. The retrohale is a mixture of strong cedar, pepper and spice notes. The new Las Calaveras is a very flavorful cigar.

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Overall: The 2015 Las Calaveras is a curious cigar. It’s both different and similar to the 2014 Las Calaveras at the same time. (See our review of the Las Calaveras 2014.) A very smooth and flavorful cigar, a friend of mine described the new Las Calaveras as “very Pepín like” (and I have to agree). It is a Pepín like cigar, but there is also a similarity to other non-Pepín Crowned Heads cigar. There’s some great cedar, pepper, spice and nut notes to the cigar that make it compliment each other perfectly. Like last year’s Las Calaveras (and other Crowned Heads’ limited editions), the 2015 Las Calaveras is a cigar that is sure to disappear from retailers’ selves fairly quickly. Personally, I found that the Las Calaveras 2015 Limited Edition to be a wonderful cigar, and I plan on adding a box to my stash to revisit in the future. While I liked last year’s edition, I found the 2015 Las Calaveras to be an even better cigar. The new Las Calaveras is a hard to put down cigar.

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Pairing: I find that the 2015 Las Calaveras pairs very well with a smooth Speyside single malt. The Balvenie 12 DoubleWood, Cardu 12, Macallan 18 or Glenfarclas 25 are all excellent choices for pairing with the 2015 Las Calaveras. A good glass of Shiraz or Syrah also seems to pair well with this year’s Las Calaveras.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)