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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Crowned Heads TAA 2014 The Angel's Anvil
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brlesq
90
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  Up for review this time is the Crowned Heads The Angel's Anvil TAA 2014, a release exclusive to members of the Tobacconists Association of America.  This cigar has been generously sponsored by our member Paul (lubrix).  Thanks very much for your generosity Paul!

Length:
7.125
Ring Gauge:
49
Country Manufactured:
Dominican Republic
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Habano
Color:
Colorado
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Churchill

This cigar was enjoyed with Fresca & Tequila

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 10 Possible

This sample sported a medium brown wrapper with some visible veins that were smoothed out and of no consequence, and no flaws to speak of.  The nice triple cap was easy to clip.  The sharp-looking band of blue and gold is reminiscent of a 1940’s industrial retro look.  The unlit cigar had an aroma of sweet tobacco.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

The burn was nice and steady and never required a touch-up or correction.  The medium gray ash was flaky and looked like it was about to fall frequently, but held on for over an inch every time.  This cigar produced a lot of billowy smoke.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

The wrapper was applied very well to firm but pliable cigar of excellent quality construction.  At the onset this one seemed to be rolled just perfectly with a perfect draw and nice steady, even burn.  No touch-ups were required.  In the second half as the cigar got hotter, a few soft spots developed near the heat, but were not detrimental to the construction.

Flavor: 31 Points of 45 Possible

The initial cold-draw flavor was not strong but reminded me of raisins and sweet tea.  Upon lighting, I started to get some sweet floral notes, some hits of white pepper and some zingy citrus.  The pepper proved to be much stronger on a retrohale than on a simple draw, and some cedar started to develop. So far this cigar is medium-full.

By the beginning of the second third, the floral and cedar are becoming a bit sweeter, and some creaminess develops along with some earth or maybe clay notes.  Citrus notes emerge and then disappear, and any pepper seems to be gone. The cigar has tamed itself a bit now to a medium bodied smoke.  
  
The final third brings back the full orchestra of flavor notes for an encore:  Cedar, sweet floral, sweet and zingy citrus, creamy clay, and now some toasted coconut or maybe toasted almonds.  The white pepper hits are back and occasional jump out and yell “surprise!”, but these are not constant.  The body and strength are now back to a medium-full.  The final clock on this one is just under 2 hours.


Summary

This is a very enjoyable, semi-complex cigar with a unique profile of flavors.  The cigar rewards you with lots of bonus characteristics if you smoke it slowly and set it down between every few puffs so that it can burn cooler.  It produces volumes of smoke.  Definitely a cigar that I want to have in rotation for a change of pace, and I have already gone and purchased some more.  Big thanks to Paul (Lubrix) for sponsoring this one and providing the awesome cigar samples!



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