December 2019 Cigar Reveal

Crowned Heads - Headley Grange

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Brand Crowned Heads
Cigar Headley Grange
Wrapper Ecuador
Binder Nicaragua
Filler Nicaragua
Description "The concept for Headley Grange came somewhere in the Summer of 2011 while we were in the midst of finalizing the blend that would become our first release, Four Kicks.  A tweet was posted to the effect of, “I wish we could blend a cigar that tastes the way the drums sound on ‘When The Levee Breaks.”  The steady sound of John Bonham’s drums on that track are unforgettable: heavy, plodding, ominous, and thick.  What may not be as widely known as that signature drum sound, is that Headley Grange is a former poorhouse built in 1795 in Headley, East Hampshire, England, UK.  Headley Grange is best known as a recording venue in the 1960s and 1970s.  The acoustics of the room at Headley Grange in which ‘When The Levee Breaks’ was recorded is what is credited in large part for giving Bonham’s drum lead-in on that track that unmistakable sound. In August 2012, one-thousand boxes of one vitola (Estupendos) were released at the IPCPR trade show in Orlando, as a sneak-preview of what would later become the official 2013 launch of Headley Grange.  Those 1,000 boxes sold out in a matter of 2 1/2 days and the industry ‘buzz’ about Crowned Heads soon-to-become second brand quickly spread.  By the end of 2012, Headley Grange was on numerous “Best Cigars of 2012” lists, including Cigar Aficionado Magazine’s “The 25 Best Cigars of The Year 2012. Headley Grange is a truly unique blend that has been described as 'big, bold and gutsy.'”  - Jon Huber, Co-Founder of Crowned Heads
Review:           Cigar Aficionado
(2012 Top 25 Cigars of the Year) The goal was audacious and completely original: to make a cigar that tasted like the heavy, pounding drum beat on the lead-in to the Led Zeppelin classic “When the Levee Breaks.” The young company Crowned Heads LLC dubbed the cigar Headley Grange, after the name of the building where the song was recorded, turning to cigar guru Ernesto Perez-Carrillo (who just happens to be a former drummer) for the task. The cigar is medium to full in body, with rich coffee flavors as well as notes of almond and spice, a solid follow-up to the first Crowned Heads cigar, Four Kicks. In a another unusual move, Crowned Heads released but one size of Headley Grange in 2012.
Review: Halfwheel
The Headley Grange Estupendos for this review was purchased when the cigars were released, shortly after my original review. I only have about six left and I have smoked one from the box about every month or so, on average. I have noticed that while the core flavors have remained the same for the most part, over time the distinctness of the notes has blurred a bit, so they are not as sharp as when they were first  released. This is not necessarily a bad thing – in fact, I like it slightly more now then when they were first released – and the Headley Grange Estupendos is still a wonderful blend with a few somewhat unique flavors, perfect construction and excellent balance. Well worth picking up a box to smoke or age – or both.

All Saints - Solamente

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Brand All Saints
Cigar Solamente
Wrapper Ecuador (Habano)
Binder Nicaragua
Filler Nicaragua
Description We're doing this one a little different! Standard & Twain is proud to introduce the world to All Saints Fine Cigars- along with their debut cigar - Solamente. S&T subscribers are the first to smoke this cigar (you won't find any reviews out there!). Though you may not know All Saints yet, you will be seeing their cigars on humidor shelves soon, and whether you know it or not, chances are you've already seen All Saints founder Micky Pegg's work in the industry. That's because Pegg is the former VP of Sales at CAO Int., and has also worked for Felipe Gregorio and industry giant Davidoff. After departing from CAO, Pegg took a break from cigars and worked in wealth management. But it wasn't long before his two friends convinced him it was time to return with his own brand. Together they launched All Saints. Pegg calls Solamente their 'pre-release cigar,' and it debuted on, of course, All Saints Day (November 1st). It is also a limited release, with only 500 boxes made in a single size (5x58). It was made in the TAVICUSA cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. Their first regular production line, Dedicacíon, will release in March for St. Patricks Day.
Review: Our Review
This is a rich, delicious after dinner smoke worthy of being a debut cigar. It has an oily, gorgeous dark brown wrapper that burns slow and even. From the first puff comes dark chocolate and caramel, with just the right of spice in the nose to add to it's complexity. That flavor endures through the smoke with an added cedar note and even a touch of cinnamon into a slightly short finish.  Indeed, the perfect dessert to follow up a good meal.