"This enjoyable cigar featured great construction from start to finish. While there was not a great deal of complexity present, the transitions in both strength and dominant flavors (especially in the second third) were quite enjoyable. While I wish the creaminess had stuck around longer, the bold cedar and mostly consistent spice danced very well together throughout the smoking experience." -Matt Cade (CadeTNCC)
"I really enjoyed this cigar. I was a little worried about the pepper blast at the beginning, but it smoothed out and was enjoyable. Not overly complex, but not linear in flavor profile either. It had just the right mix and developed nicely as it went along. This is a cigar I would be proud to hand my experienced smoking friends, and even those less experienced looking for a medium to full-bodied experience without the strength making it tough for them. I am looking forward to finding out what this one is! " -Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
Last year, Crowned Heads released the Four Kicks Capa Especial, a blend that was one of the final contenders for the original Four Kicks, but didn't make the original cut. Now that blend is coming in a new limited figurado vitola for 2021, Águilas. The Águilas viotla goes back to the Cuban Romeo y Julieta Águilas in the 1960's that was later discontinued in the 1970's. "Águila" translates to Eagle in English.
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"At first, I really didn't know if I was going to enjoy this one. The flavors were very good but the finish in the first third was throwing me off. Once the finish settled though, I really enjoyed this one. I'd definitely smoke this one again. The perfect pairing for me would be nice smooth bourbon or dark beer." -James H. (Keikan Jim)
"This cigar checks all of the boxes. Great construction, wonderful changes in the profile, and impactful. It kept my attention for the whole smoking experience. If you are a lager ring gauge fan, you should seek this out. It has something for every level of smoker. At a little over an hour it makes for a great smoke for any situation. Find some and share it with some friends. You won't be disappointed" -Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi
JR Cigar continues to celebrate their 50th Anniversary with their latest cigar, a special version of one of their most popular house cigars, the JR Ultimate. For this special release, they partnered with AJ Fernandez to make the JR Ultimate 50th Anniversary.
Crowned Heads is releasing its eighth version of the Las Calaveras series, Las Calaveras EL 2021. For the first time, the blend will feature an Ecuadorian Sumatra Oscuro wrapper. The rest of the blend uses Nicaraguan binder and fillers.
"This was a very enjoyable cigar based upon flavor and performance. My only complaint is the flavors becoming somewhat muted during the middle portion. I would highly recommend this to any smoker who enjoys bold flavors and has a bit of time to dedicate to the experience. I’d love to pick up a five-pack of these for future enjoyment." -Jason H. (Jokey Smurf
"If the burn hadn't been so impossible to deal with, this would have been quite a decent cigar. The blend had some pleasant flavors, and the smoke output was on point. Unfortunately, the burn just knocked it down several notches for me. I'm hopeful that this was just a fluke, and the other sticks burn perfectly, but mine just did not." -Nate H. (SineQuaNon)
I liked this cigar quite a bit. While I was initially worried about that strong mesquite woodsiness overpowering any other flavors that might come my way, the cigar managed - and managed well - to balance that with some other flavor notes that made this smoking experience one that I wouldn’t mind at all revisiting." -Matt Cade (CADE)