Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Factory: Tabacalara La Alianza S.A (Dominican Republic)
CigarNoise Price Range: $8-$10
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Crowned Heads Le Careme – Pre-Light
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 Le Careme is produced at the same EPC factory as the Four Kicks, Headley Grange and J.D. Howard Reserve, all staples of the Crowned Heads lineup.
The wrapper on my cigar was dark brown with a reddish hue, slightly oily, and appeared to have outward construction issues. The cap seam had two areas with small gaps between it and the wrapper. The wrapper was also slightly detached near the cap. The band adorning the cigar was classy in appearance, embossed with gold and royal blue against a white background.
Scents of dark chocolate, cherry, and sweet tobacco greeted me from the wrapper. The foot offered the same with an addition of mild spice and hay.
Crowned Heads Le Careme – Smoking Experience
Cedar, Baking Chocolate, Pie Cherries, Baked Pastry, Tobacco, Cream, Black Pepper
The first third of this cigar weighed in heavily on the tobacco notes and had a bitterness to it. Immediately, concerns loomed regarding the remainder of the smoking experience. Towards the end of the first third, this gem finally began showing some of it’s potential, teasing me with flavors of mild cedar, pie cherries and baked pastries.
The middle portion of Crowned Heads Le Careme continued to gain speed, accentuating the cherry flavors in wonderful fashion. Cedar notes were followed closely by baking chocolate, cream and the same baked pastry finish enjoyed earlier. Thankfully, the heavy tobacco flavor had found a quiet resting place for now. Heat in the retro hale was mild and enjoyable.
The final stanza brought a more refined melody of flavor. Cedar took the lead, playing off of cream and pepper in harmony. While the symphony reached it’s crescendo, cherry and tobacco played softly in the background, rounding out a fantastic finale!
Crowned Heads Le Careme – Burn and Draw
The burn line on the Le Careme was never crisp but required no touch-ups. The ash fell twice during the experience. This fact was a much better witness to the overall construction of the Le Careme than the outward appearance.
At the onset, the draw was exceedingly tight, and, often I had to urge air through to produce good smoke. The draw loosened considerably in the middle portion. Le Careme really opened up in the final third, offering a draw more conducive to a pleasant smoking experience.
The smoke quality of Le Careme really shined. Right from the start, the smoke was creamy and had a very heavy mouthfeel. As the draw loosened and more smoke billowed, this part of the Crowned Heads Le Careme experience became truly satisfying. Thick, nearly chewy smoke, delighted on every draw.
Near Perfect Burn
Difficult Draw 1/3rd