Blind Cigar Review: Headley Grange Drumstick
Blind Cigar Review: Headley Grange Drumstick

Blind Cigar Review: Headley Grange Drumstick

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed.

Vital Stats:

Vitola: Lancero
Length: 7.5″
Ring Gauge: 38
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacalera La Alianza S.A.
Blender: E.P. Carrillo
Number of reviewers: 5 Gregg (McGreggor57) Sandeep (Djangos) Ron (shuckins) Aaron (aaron72) Milton (mjohnsoniii)
Price: $10.00
Age: 1 Month
Release Date: October 2013
Contributed by: Blind Man’s Puff
Blind Cigar Review: Headley Grange Drumstick
Blind Review: Headley Grange Drumstick

Initial Impressions

Appearance: 90

“I’m slowly beginning to like Lanceros more and more. This one appears to be a bit rough around the edges but I’ve seen worse that smoked wonderfully. The little pigtail on the cap gives it a bit more pizzazz.” –Milton (mjohnsoniii)

Aroma: 90

“Nice chocolatey smell with some good amount of coffee. The dry puff is sweet and more chocolate and some leather.” –Sandeep (Djangos)

Blind Cigar Review: Headley Grange Drumstick
Cigar Review: Headley Grange Drumstick

Construction: 90

“Seems to be well rolled, very firm, and tightly packed.” –Ron (shuckins)

First Third

Flavor: 90
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Black pepper right off the bat. Not only on the retrohale, but on the palate and tongue as well. An unexpected surprise from this vitola. A bit of toast, leather and back of the throat spice. About an inch in the spice and pepper fade just a tad. Tobacco, toast and hay are mixing together.” –Gregg (McGreggor57)

Blind Cigar Review: Headley Grange Drumstick
Blind Cigar Review: Headley Grange Drumstick

“A hint of raisiny sweetness from the pre-light draw. Getting a very nice smokiness now that it’s lit. Also getting a residual peppery sensation at the back of my tongue and throat that lingers after the draw. Even with the peppery sensation on my mouth, the retrohale is very smooth. The ash fell after 3/4 of an inch and the strength seemed to mellow a bit. Flavor has changed into some woodiness in the mouth and on the retrohale.” –Aaron (aaron72)

Blind Cigar Review: Headley Grange Drumstick
Blind Cigar Review: Headley Grange Drumstick

Second Third

Flavor: 90
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Pepper is still present with baking spices in the background. The toast has lightend in flavor and some popcorn has made an appearance. There is a slight minty/medicinal taste occasionally.” –Gregg (McGreggor57)

“Pepper is beginning to pick up some as we transition into the second third. Flavors of chocolate and cedar predominate. There is a whiff of leather occasionally. The burn and smoke are still perfect. The ash is holding for nearly two inches before falling off. Though there are not many complex flavors, this is turning out to be quite enjoyable.” –Sandeep (Djangos)

Blind Cigar Review: Headley Grange Drumstick
Blind Cigar Review: Headley Grange Drumstick

Final Third

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Cedar has its pepper kick back. As the coffee fades, the leather loses what creaminess it had. The tobacco still has an earthy taste, just more of a peat than a barn hay flavor. Finishes on a stronger note than it started, although it did burn a little hot as it got closer to the end.” –Ron (shuckins)

“The final third was just as good as the second. The herbs and earth were just as prominent with the addition of a hint of peanut that lasted for a second. It wasn’t much, just enough to taste it.” –Milton (mjohnsoniii)

Blind Cigar Review: Headley Grange Drumstick
Blind Cigar Review: Headley Grange Drumstick

Overall Impressions

Draw: 92

“A near perfect draw from light to nub.” –Gregg (McGreggor57)

Burn: 92

“A worry free burn, with no touch ups needed.” –Ron (shuckins)

Overall Strength: Medium-Strong
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Overall Experience: 90

“Quite the spice bomb that, unfortunately, overpowered the subtle flavors of this cigar. It had the potential to be a great cigar but the pepper and spices really got in the way. The times it mellowed, some wonderful flavors came through.” –Gregg (McGreggor57)

“Though not overly complex, the flavors are very enjoyable. There is a sweetness to this cigar for the most part. Will definitely smoke again.” –Sandeep (Djangos)

“While it wasn’t my favorite vitola, I did enjoy smoking it, and was pleased with the flavors it had.” –Ron (shuckins)

Blind Cigar Review: Headley Grange Drumstick
Blind Cigar Review: Headley Grange

“The first third was really good, but after that things went downhill. I was really hoping the cigar would continue its performance, but it just wasn’t built well and the score reflects that. I hope that this isn’t a trend with the other reviewers and that this turns out to be something good.” –Aaron (aaron72)

“This has shaped up to be very enjoyable. I don’t have much experience with lanceros and I can’t say that I’d go and run out and try to fill my humidor with them but it was a very enjoyable 74 minutes and I’d welcome the chance to try more.” –Milton (mjohnsoniii)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 65

Total Score: 90 (Very Good)

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Reviewer Appea-
rance
Aroma Constr. 1/3 2/3 3/3 Draw Burn Overall
Gregg 91 92 91 90 90 89 96 91 90
Sandeep 89 90 89 90 90 90 92 93 90
Ron 90 88 90 88 89 89 88 95 89
Aaron 92 92 83 92 90 83 85 83 85
Milton 85 88 95 90 92 92 100 90 95
Overall 90 90 90 90 88 89 92 92 90

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Blind Cigar Review: Headley Grange Drumstick

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