Cigar Review: Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2016 by Crowned Heads

Cigar Review: Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2016 by Crowned Heads

Crowned Heads Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6” x 46
Strength: full
Price: $9.25

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Overall Rating: 9.1

Once again Crowned Heads has released their annual Las Calaveras cigar, and once again it is a very good tasty cigar made at My Father Cigars’ Nicaraguan factory. This year’s Las Calaveras features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, which helps make for an especially flavorful full bodied cigar. Coming in three vitolas, only 4,500 boxes of the Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2016 will be made. Like previous Las Calaveras releases, the newest edition is likely to be much sought after.

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Pre-Light: The Las Calaveras EL 2016 has a beautiful dark Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, with a few large veins and a slightly rugged look. The Las Calaveras band really stands out against the dark and oily wrapper.

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There’s an earthy aroma to the wrapper of the 2016 Las Calaveras. From the unlit foot there is a blend of sweet cocoa and coffee scents. An easy cold draw allows through massive amount of sweetness with notes of cocoa, coffee, earth and mild pepper.

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Burn: The Las Calaveras EL 2016 has a great draw, and allows through plenty of flavorful smoke. The burn can be a little uneven on the LC46 at times, but on the LC54 and LC50 the burn was extremely even. The Las Calaveras 2016 produces a nice ash which clings firmly to the foot of the cigar.

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Flavor: The 2016 Las Calaveras begins with a sweet chocolate note. Soon there is a bit of spice and white pepper that begins to be noticeable. There is an undercurrent of coffee and sweet molasses during the first third of the Las Calaveras EL 2016. On the retrohale there is a pleasing blend of chocolate and subtle white pepper notes. Chocolate, dark coffee, earth, molasses and white pepper mingle together in a great way. At the halfway point in the new Las Calaveras the molasses mixes with hints of sweet cinnamon and spice. During the transition to the final third of the cigar there is a lot of coffee and cocoa flavor in the foreground, while earth, molasses and white pepper remain in the background. As the final third of the Las Calaveras 2016 gets going the white pepper becomes more noticeable. The cigar finishes with white pepper being the main note, with earth, chocolate and dark coffee still remaining.

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Overall: Last year’s Las Calaveras was a step up from the year before, and it seems to me that each year this cigar only seems to get better. I’m a fan of the cigars Crowned Heads has been releasing, so much so that my wedding guests received Crowned Heads Yellow Rose Cigars. This lasted edition of the Las Calaveras is a very good cigar with a lots of chocolate, coffee, molasses, white pepper and spice to it. Made at the My Father Factory in Nicaragua, fans of fuller bodied Nicaragua or Connecticut Broadleaf cigars will find the Las Calaveras 2016 much to their liking. After trying all the vitolas in the line, I found the LC46 to have the most flavor, despite being the one size that could occasionally burn a little uneven. Personally, I really enjoyed the 2016 Las Calaveras, and will likely be smoking it many more times this year as I plan to purchase a box.

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Pairing: The Las Calaveras pairs extremely well with the island single malts from Scotland. The Laphroig 10, Bowmore 12, Isle of Arran 10 and Coal Ila 12 are all excellent compliments to the Las Calaveras 2016.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)