Cigar Reveal #155


Cigar Reveal #155

Crowned Heads
LE CARÊME

There are a few reasons we led off this month with the Crowned Heads Le Carême, and we're not even counting that we get to use the little ^ thing over the e. One reason is that we love our fellow Nashvillians and we support and paratner with them whenever we can. It doesn't hurt that they make some pretty good cigars with the help of some pretty good cigar makers. You may have heard of them: Pepin Garcia (My Father Cigars), EP Carillo (Tabacalera Alianza), and Luciano Meirelles (ACE Prime). This one happens to be made by Carillo, producer of cigars that have been named Cigar of the Year twice by Cigar Aficionado. That's all well and good, but the main reason we featured Le Carême is because, well, it's named after the maker of a chocolate souffle and all that (Huber will get into that in the video) so, you've probably never been able to smoke this cigar without going into thinking, "I bet this taste all desserty and chocolaty!" And of course when you do that what do you taste? That's right, dessert and chocolate. So with that said, let's take the label off and see what's actually going on...

Le Carême
Anatomy

  • Nicaragua

  • Ecuadorian Sumatra

  • Connecticut Broadleaf

Le Carême
Flavor Notes

First Third

Cream

Cedar

Black Pepper

Cream

Cedar

Black Pepper

Second Third

Cedar

Espresso

Red Pepper

Cedar

Espresso

Red Pepper

Final Third

Cocoa

Cinnamon

Earth

Cocoa

Cinnamon

Earth

Reviews + Notes

Halfwheel

If Crowned Heads was going for a cigar that tasted like a sweet dessert, it certainly did quite a good job at doing just that. The first third doesn’t have quite as much of a dessert quality as the second, with the middle of the cigar really peaking with a sweet, creamy chocolate dessert-like profile. While the first and final third certainly aren’t bad—they were quite enjoyable—I found myself wanting more of the middle part of the cigar. Having said that though, I am very happy that this is regular production, and it’s certainly something I will find myself picking up more of. Unlike many of their popular limited releases, you don’t need to rush out to grab these before they’re gone, but I certainly wouldn’t wait around either - I doubt you’ll regret trying them for yourself.

Leaf Enthusiast

Repeated smoking of Le Careme has not diminished my love of this cigar. I’m having trouble saying if this is my second or third favorite blend from Crowned Heads (Four Kicks still being my favorite and Las Mareas being the other one vying for the #2 spot), but I can say that this is a dynamite Maduro blend that is enjoyable with a morning cup of coffee (or 5) for all but the most novice of smokers.