Cigar Reveal #83

Crowned Heads - La Coaliciòn

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Brand Crowned Heads
Cigar La Coaliciòn
Wrapper Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder Sumatra
Filler Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
Description We're proud to present to you La Coalición, a partnership between two of the guys that kicked off the boutique cigar movement: Jon Huber of Crowned Heads and Willy Herrera of Drew Estate (formerly El Titan de Bronze). Though Crowned Heads is now a household brand name and Drew Estate is one of the largest cigar companies in the world, these guys are still cutting no corners and putting out some of the highest regarded cigars on the market. This one is no exception. La Coalición is made for Crowned Heads at the famed Drew Estate factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. With a price point between $13-16, this is also one of Crowned Heads most expensive cigars. About La Coalición, Huber said, "Willy Herrera and I share a similar vision towards the tradition and artistry of cigars, blends presentation, and so forth. What you’re going to see with La Coalición is truly a collaborative effort on every level between Crowned Heads and Drew Estate, and between Willy Herrera and Jon Huber.” If you're familiar with their blending style, this cigar is what you would expect: Layers and layers of dense, chewy smoke that makes this a true 'after dinner' cigar. Though the thick broadleaf wrapper does require the occasional touch-up with a lighter, the ever-changing flavors of leather, earth, cocoa, coffee, pepper and a nice balance of sweetness throughout makes that easy to look past. This cigar may not fit everyone's favorite profile (see reviews below), but as for us... we're here for it. 
Review: Cigar Dojo La Coalición offers a full-bodied smoke experience that fills the palate and gives a very satisfying exhale and retrohale. There is a sweet tobacco note along with some woody flavors that leave a lingering chocolate fudge and toasted oak character on the palate. As I get close to two inches in, the ash is still holding strong, as the combustion line holds a perfect ring around the cigar. The spice and chocolate mellow into a syrupy maple note. It reminds me of a rum barrel-aged stout with ancho chilis ... This cigar is a true intersection of the flavor, quality, and construction that I have come to know and love of Crowned Heads and Drew Estate. The cigar is a rich and syrupy concoction, delivering flavors of coffee, chocolate, and charred oak that leave the palate wanting more. I found it to be a great compliment to pair with a brown ale, porter, or stout.
Review: Halfwheel I’ve smoked five of these—three from a store and two prerelease samples—and none of them have burned correctly. For those wondering, only the three that were purchased factored into this review. I’m not sure if this is a problem with just these five, the size or a larger indictment of the blend itself. There were times in which the La Coalición showed promise, but touching up a cigar 6-8 times of any size, let alone this small of a cigar is a problem. Given all that, I’m not sure what to make of the blend as a whole, but my experiences were subpar.