Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Nicaraguan
Factory: Tabacalara La Alianza S.A (Dominican Republic)
Vitola: Robusto
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.

Crowned Heads Le Careme Review
8.5 Reviewer
8.7 Cigar Noise Network (4 votes)
Pros

Nice Flavors

Affordable Price

Near Perfect Burn

Cons

Bitter 1/3rd

Difficult Draw 1/3rd

Summary
Unfortunately, the Le Careme I smoked had a very difficult draw in the beginning stage. The bitterness that I encountered in the first third also detracted from my enjoyment. In fairness, those issues resolved themselves - but sacrificing a third of a cigar to get to the sweet spot was disappointing. I'd be very interested to try another in the future to give this cigar a chance at full redemption.
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Crowned Heads has another winner
This cigar really does it for me. The 5 or 6 I have smoked over the past few months have performed very well. The draw is firm but not what i would call overly tight. No burn issues and the flavors are all right in my wheelhouse. You get baking spices, creamy cocoa, leather and pepper, and throughout there is this salty undertone that kept me intrigued. Very satisfying smoke.
April 15, 2017, 12:26 am
Value9
Burn9.6
Draw8
Flavor9.9
Enjoyment9.9
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Le Careme wasn't too Le Bad
The first two thirds of this cigar were pretty good. Lots of dark, bitter chocolate and it produced a pretty decent amount of smoke. The last third was kind of underwhelming, but it wasn't terrible. I took it down to the nub.

The whole stick smoked flawlessly, and maintained a sharp burn line. I got them for $3 a piece, so I definitely got my money out of it, but I wouldn't pay more than $5 for a single.
December 18, 2016, 12:04 pm
Value6.4
Burn9.5
Draw8
Flavor7.4
Enjoyment7
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Le Careme is the Crowned jewel
Out of 4 cigars so far, I've had one that had the bitterness at the beginning. I've had no draw issues. Cigar is amazing and, for me, has taken over for the La Imperiosa.
October 17, 2016, 1:11 pm
Value10
Burn9
Draw9
Flavor9.5
Enjoyment10
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Perfect Burn
For starters, the slightly box pressed nature of this cigar adds a neat bit of allure to it. Throw in a perfectly even, crisp burn line and you've got the possibilities of something great.

The flavor for me was mostly dark, bitter chocolate like Bakers Cocoa. Underlying notes of cedar, leather, and cream developed towards the halfway mark, but I'll forever remember the heavy dark chocolate.

The draw remained consistently tight, even after a couple hours of letting sit on the counter in 12% RH
August 24, 2016, 11:47 am
Value8.7
Burn10
Draw7.5
Flavor7.7
Enjoyment8
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