Cigar Review: Crowned Heads Yellow Rose (Texas Exclusive)

Cigar Review: Crowned Heads Yellow Rose (Texas Exclusive)

Crowned Heads Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6 1/4” x 54
Strength: full
Price: $9.50

Overall Rating: 9.3

Crowned Heads was the Cigar Media Association’s Brand of the Year in 2014. It’s not very hard to see why to anyone whose smoked their recent releases, and the Yellow Rose is another great cigar from the company. Following the release of Tennessee exclusive Tennessee Waltz and the Hawaii exclusive Paniolo Especiale, the Yellow Rose will be available exclusively in the State of Texas. Many at the My Father factory in Nicaragua, the Yellow Rose is an impressive cigar that is sure to be much sought after by collectors and regular smokers alike.


Pre-Light: With only a yellow ribbon around the foot of the dark wrapper, the dark Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper is on full display in this box pressed torpedo. The dry and toothy wrapper has many veins and several dark spots, giving it a rough Texas look.


The Connecticut wrapper of the Yellow Rose has a leather and wet autumn leafs aroma to it. From the unlit foot of the Yellow Rose there is a great mix of cedar, cherry and spice notes to the aroma. A very easy cold draw allows through plenty of air, which brings through flavors of damp earth, wood, grass, and spice.


Burn: The Crowned Heads Yellow Rose has a perfect draw that lets through a good amount of smoke. The burn is even from beginning to end, and the cigar holds its ash quite well.


Flavor: The Yellow Rose comes out of the gate with earth, coffee and cocoa. There’s a fair amount of pepper up front. On the retrohale there is a strong pepperiness up front that may be too much for some. During the transition to the second third, there is a mixture of salt and pepper that leads into earth, coffee and hay. The retrohale still has a fair amount of pepper and a slight cocoa note also becomes noticeable. As the transition to the final third of the cigar begins, powdered cocoa and coffee begins to come to the forefront. In the last third of the Crowned Heads Yellow Rose notes of cocoa, earth, wood and leather dominate the flavor profile while salt and pepper remain in the background. This cigar will age quite well.


Overall: After smoking the Crowned Heads Yellow Rose it is very easy to see why Crowned Heads was the CMA’s Brand of the Year for 2014. The Yellow Rose is an impressively flavorful cigar full of earth, coffee, and pepper notes. Few cigars use Connecticut Broadleaf as well as  the Yellow Rose. Full bodied smokers who enjoy the cigars coming out of the Garcia family’s My Father factory will find the Yellow Rose to be a great cigar. Personally, I found the Yellow Rose to be a very impressive cigar. For me, it was a very hard cigar to put down, and I smoked it so low that I almost burned my fingers. This is certainly my favorite Crowned Heads cigar, and I’ve gone through more than one box since their release. I’m a big fan of the Yellow Rose, and highly recommend contacting a Texas retailer to get some of your own.


Pairing: My personal favorite choice for pairing with the cigar is the Dublin Texas Rootbeer. I find root beer pairs well with certain full bodied cigars, and the Yellow Rose happens to be one such cigar. Hebridean single malts such as the Lagavulin 16, Tobermory 15, Talisker 10, Caol Ila  12 or Isle of Arran 14 will all pair very well with the Crowned Heads Yellow Rose.


Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)