Today I will be smoking the much talked about Headley Grange cigar from Crowned Heads. This cigar is made by cigar legend EP Carillo so I am expecting good things from it. The look of this cigar is really cool. It’s a rusty brown with a cool looking understated/retro label. The smell is delicious with aromas of hay and earth the perfect smell in my opinion.
The pre light draw reveals a semi tight but acceptable resistance, much better than the 4 Kicks I tried a few days earlier which had a near impossible draw (UPDATE: I gave the Four Kicks another shot with dramatically improved results). The cigar lights easily and my first impression is of hazelnut and oak. To be honest with you the first inch of this stick didn’t impress me all that much, but maybe it was because my expectations were too high? The nice thing about this cigar is it seems to get better and better as you smoke it which is the opposite of what many cigars will offer you. By the end of the Headley Grange I was picking up all sorts of warm delicious flavors: caramel, toast, leather, subtle spice. Excellent! Now we are getting somewhere.
This is a medium bodied cigar with a matching medium strength kick and the burn was absolutely perfect as I never had to touch it up or mess with it in anyway whatsoever which highlights the genius of EP Carillo. My biggest criticism of this stick is the price. At just under $10 per cigar it’s a bit hard for me to recommend it because that’s not exactly cheap and while I enjoyed the cigar very much I would have felt much better about it if this were a $5 stick.
Would I Smoke This Cigar Again?
I might. I enjoyed it more and more as I neared the nub but I can’t say I would recommend it too highly merely because of the high price point. However, if you can get your hands on the Drumstick (lancero vitola) it’s worth every penny.
- Sweet looking presentation
- Great finish
- High Price
- Tight Draw