The Crowned Heads Le Careme was a new release at the 2016 IPCPR. The information released at the event divulged that this cigar pays tribute to Marie Antoine Careme, a culinary pioneer in France during the 1800’s.
The embossed band on the cigar was relatively simple but attractive. The wrapper appeared reddish brown and was smooth. Seams were modestly neat and the construction outwardly evidenced a hint of perfection.
While the wrapper itself smells of just cedar, the foot offers an interesting assortment of aromas. The top note is like a Saltine cracker, followed by secondary notes of peppercorn, honey, and even a pinch of cumin.
Tatuaje released The Jackal in 2015 as an Exclusive Series cigar. This was my second encounter with this shaggy-footed cigar and I was excited to review it! Tatuaje produced 2000, ten count boxes of the cigar in the My Father Cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaraugua.
Debonaire Cigars is a company born from a split partnership. Once partners with Rocky Patel, Phil Zanghi began his own company known as Debonaire Cigars & Rum. A visit to their website will let you peruse “ultra premium” cigars and premium rums.
At just shy of an inch into the Matilde Quadrata, notes of raw raisins drizzled in brown sugar begin to shine. If it didn’t before, this cigar has my full attention now. If you enjoy medium-bodied cigars with lots of flavor that tend to go towards the sweet side of the wheel,
Sporting a gorgeous Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, this cigar appears near perfect. The seams are difficult to see and the cap blends nicely with the light brown, caramel-colored wrapper. Scents from the wrapper are dry hay and sweet tobacco. From the foot I smell dry hay, wood scents and a little tingle of pepper.
I toast the foot and get the heat rolling on this cigar with peaked expectations following the cold draw. The initial smoke is cool on the palate. Earthy notes, pine, and anise are most evident. The flavors linger nicely, not finishing too quickly.
The hay from the pre-light inspection comes on strong right away, joined by creamy sweetness on the draw with light black pepper on the finish. The pepper quickly makes its way up front, delivering small amounts of pepper throughout the draw and finish. The finish has been dry on several of the Skinny Monsters; it’s particularly dry on the Tiff.
At approximately half an inch in, the Angel’s Anvil 2016 opens up and begins firing on all cylinders. Sweet notes of honey, chocolate, and floral components are tempered with an earthy base and a peppery finish that lingers between puffs. Our previously effervescent quality is replaced by a creamy, rich smoke.
First puff? A marriage of leather, cream, subtle hints of tangy earth, and an interesting citrus zing on the tip of the tongue. Very faint spice is present in the mouthfeel. Within moments, creamy leather with undertones of orange ride to the top of the profile. Silky smooth smoke, excellent burn line, and engaging flavors are my first few impressions of this stick.
With a big vein across the wrapper looking like a scar line, this cigar looks like Chucky, the monster it was named for. The cigar is quite a bit darker and more oily than Chucky though.