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Category: E.P. Carrillo

Cigar News: Crowned Heads Announces Headley Grange Chamuco LE 2019

The original Headley Grange was inspired by the drum beat on the lead-in to the Led Zeppelin classic “When the Levee Breaks.” The name came from where the track was recorded, a former poorhouse (built in 1795) in East Hampshire, England, named Headley Grange. Last year, Crowned Heads released a limited edition version called “Black Lab LE 2018,” named after the black Labrador Retriever that was hanging around the Headley Grange studio during the recording of Led Zeppelin IV. That blend uses the same fillers as the original Headley Grange, but replaces the wrapper with Connecticut (Habano) maduro. For 2019, Crowned Heads is releasing “Headley Grange Chamuco LE 2019.”

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Cigar News: Ventura Cigar Company Ships Archetype Chapter 3

Back in June of this year, Ventura Cigar Company (VCC) announced the third series in their Archetype line, Archetype Chapter 3. These cigars started shipping today to the United States. Chapter 3 contains two blends, Sacred Scales and Dawn of Destiny. Both new cigars in the series, blended by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, stem from the long-term freindship between Perez-Carrillo and Michael Giannini.

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Cigar News: Crowned Heads Announces CHC Reserve XVIII Full Court Press

Crowned Heads has announced a new limited edition version of its Court Reserve XVIII line. This line extension is called the CHC Reserve XVIII Full Court Press LE 2019 and comes in one vitola, a 5 7/8″ x 52 box-pressed toro. The original Court Reserve XVIII line was released in 2018 and shown off at the IPCPR trade show.

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Cigar News: Alec & Bradley Ships Gatekeeper

Today, Alec and Bradley Rubin announced today that their second cigar, Gatekeeper, is how shipping to tobacconists worldwide. This cigar is a followup to last year’s Blind Faith, which we rated a 92. This new cigar, Gatekeeper, is made at E.P. Carrillo’s Tabacalera La Alianza in Santiago, Dominican Republic. It comes in four vitolas: Corona, Robusto, Toro and Gordo and sells for $8.75 to $12.25 per cigar.

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Cigar News: Ventura Cigar Announces Archetype Chapter 3

Ventura Cigars is bringing the Third Chapter of it’s Archetype Series to IPCPR 2019. This Chapter will feature two blends: Sacred Scales and Dawn of Destiny. Archetype Chapter 3 is a collaboration with E.P. Carrillo and rolled at his factory La Alianza in the Dominican Republic. Carrillo and Ventura Cigar General Manager Michael Giannini have been friends for 20 years and have collaborated before. 

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Quick Cigar Review: Crowned Heads | Headley Grange Black Lab LE 2018

Everything you look for in a great cigar is here. Tremendous smoke output with creamy smoke, solid construction, and a nice balance of flavors. If there was a bit more evolution of flavors I think it would be the best Headley Grange release in years. I would definitely recommend picking up a fiver of these.

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Blind Cigar Review: MLB Cigar Ventures | David P. Ehrlich PLM Series Churchill Score 89%

Blind Cigar Review: MLB Cigar Ventures | David P. Ehrlich PLM Series Churchill

“Definitely an easy going smoke. Medium to full bodied flavors of oak, leather, light black pepper and a bit of sweetness made for a nice enjoyable smoke. It seemed like eternity to finish this long sized cigar, so I did get a bit bored and would probably enjoy it in a smaller format. Not bad at all, give them a try!” -John A. (Bostoneo)

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Quick Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo | Encore Majestic

The Encore Majestic is the penultimate cigar smoking experience for me. Good looking, well constructed with a very good draw and burn, this smoking experience left me wanting nothing more than what I had. Easy to smoke, enjoyable to my palette and relaxing yet interesting, the Majestic maintained it’s great construction without need for touch-ups while producing a nice amount of bluish white smoke. The flavors were there right from the start with great progression and a weaving type quality that kept me very interested. It hits all my sweet spots of earthiness, chocolate and coffee, citrus and even a bit of nuttiness mixed in from time to time. I don’t buy a lot of boxes of cigars because I really do like variety but I dare say this is one cigar that will have a permanent place on my list of box worthy cigars.

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Cigar News: Carrillo-Agio Collaborate on DUETA Cigar

You will soon have the chance to enjoy the first handmade cigar blend released from the Balmoral Serie Signaturas (Signature Series) platform. Boris Wintermans collaborated with the E. P. Carrillo for this first release. The cigar is called DUETO, and it will premiere in the Royal Agio at the 2018 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas.

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Cigar News: Shore Thing Becomes Newest Crowned Heads Store Exclusive

Crowned Heads have partnered with Shore Thing Cigars in Watersound Beach, FL for a new store exclusive cigar.  The aptly named Shore Thing cigar is a 5 1/4 x 48 cigar made at Tabacalera La Alianza S.A.  Paul Copeland and Luke Bryan (yes, the International Country Music superstar) opened Shore Thing Cigars in July of 2016.  When they decided to have a namesake cigar made for their shop, they immediately thought of Nashville based Crowned Heads.

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Blind Cigar Review: Crowned Heads | Headley Grange Black Dog Dobles Score 87%

Blind Cigar Review: Crowned Heads | Headley Grange Black Dog Dobles

“This was a not a flavor profile that fit my wheelhouse. Having said that, for someone who likes hazelnut and some black licorice this will be a decent cigar for them. I didn’t like the bitterness of the cigar but it did progress into a tartness that wasn’t distasteful to me. I would have thought the cigar would be stronger than it was given the types of flavors but it remained a medium to full, on the more medium side for me. A decent smoke for a specific palette.” –Diana (ArmyRN)

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Blind Cigar Review: Crowned Heads | Luminosa Petite Corona Score 91%

Blind Cigar Review: Crowned Heads | Luminosa Petite Corona

“Have you ever lit up a cigar with no preconceived notions, and after the fist puff you say to yourself, or out loud “Damn, this is nice?” well I did and that same thought stayed with me the entire smoke. Just a great amount of cream/honey and sweetness. This would be an excellent first cigar of the day with or without coffee. My only complaint was it was so short, but maybe that was the maker’s intention, to keep you coming back for more. I personally would like to keep these in my humi, for when I need that perfect smoking experience. ” -Mickey T. (irratebass)

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