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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Crowned Heads TAA 2014 The Angel's Anvil
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: The Jackal A.K.A - Jason Sherlock (Jackal)
93
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 Flor de Cana Rum

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 10 Possible

This cigar sports a rustic looking medium brown wrapper with some minor veining.  There is a slight oily sheen and gives off a sweet tobacco aroma.  It clipped very easily and had a medium resistance cold draw that gave flavors of chocolate and cabinet spices.

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

Lighting of this stick was very easy and I was rewarded with lots of billowing smoke.  The burn line was very sharp and never needed touching up.  Ash was grey and held strongly, but tended to be a bit flaky.
  
The overall draw was easy, but still had enough resistance not to burn hot.  There was always very good air flow through this cigar, never giving any tight/ plugged spots.


Construction: 29 Points of 30 Possible

It would be difficult to find any fault in the way that this cigar is constructed.  The fill seems perfect, with no soft spots along the entire cannon.  Both wrapper and cap were expertly applied, with no defects in either.

Throughout the smoking, the feel of the cigar remained very firm, never developing “squishy” spots.  Air flow was excellent, providing copious quantities of sweet smelling smoke.

I was very impressed with how well this cigar was put together.  It is uncommon to see such uniformity of filling in such a large cigar.


Flavor: 32 Points of 45 Possible

I enjoyed how the complexity and intensity of flavors progressed during the smoking of this cigar.  It started off fairly mild with a dominant earth and oak and a sweet finish.  However, soon in, the profile became richer adding lighter notes of cedar, pepper, and dried fruit.  By the time that the flavors of first third had completely developed, the finish was creamy, sweet leather.

The dominant flavor of the second third was mocha.  There was still a lot of cabinet spice in the profile, reminding me of Mexican chocolate.  The oak had moved more into the background and was being replaced by a mix of floral flavors and a touch of citrus, similar to that found in Belgian Witbier.

The last third was mainly cedar with some nuts and graham cracker.  The creaminess continued to the end and may have even been a bit more pronounced in this last portion of the cigar.  By the end the cigar had reached a medium to medium-full strength.

Summary

I would like to thank Paul (lubrix) for the opportunity to enjoy this excellent cigar, and for the generosity in providing not only the Angel’s Anvil but also some very high quality cigars that went along with it.

This cigar was a big beast, but it had enough going on to keep my interests throughout the entire smoking experience.  The flavors were fairly complex, and were layered in combinations that I hadn’t previously experienced.

I hope that this blend may one day become a regular production cigar with general availability.  It would be very interesting to see how it would do rolled in different shapes/ sizes; I think that this blend would make for an excellent Lonsdale.



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