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Cigar Review: Luminosa From Crowned Heads

Luminosa From Crowned Heads

 

 

 

 

 

 

A mild-medium bodied cigar that was blended to be a cigar that can be enjoyed anytime of the day. Whether it’s with the early morning cup of coffee to the after dinner drink. The Crowned Heads Luminosa blend is comprised of of the finest aged Central American tobaccos wrapped in a Connecticut Shade wrapper. The cigars are packaged in 20 count cabinet boxes and available in two sizes.

Luminosa uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper over an undisclosed binder and filler. The Vitola is offered in two sizes Robusto 5 x 50 and Toro 6 1/2 x 52. Paying great attention to detail, the rapid success of the brand is credited to the belief that quality, pride and integrity still matter. Blending cigars of high artisanal quality Crowned Heads is committed to providing cigars with a combination of excellent flavor, balance and consistency.  

With a handful of top rated blends on the market already, Crowned Heads Cigars fills a void in their portfolio with a mellow to medium bodied cigar line called Luminosa. 

 

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Jon Huber owner of the brand commented on The Crowned Heads IG on Oct 31st “Ever since we dropped the Mason-Dixon Project 2014 Southern Edition, I felt that we had a gap in our portfolio for a Connecticut (wrapper) blend. Mind you, I’m typically not drawn to CT cigars, however, I have been enjoying Luminosa with my morning coffee A LOT, lately. Trust me, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.”

 

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  • APPEARANCE

Crowned Heads Cigars fills a void in their portfolio with a mild to medium bodied cigar line called Luminosa. The Ecuadorian Connecticut shade wrapper is light butterscotch brown in color with notable tooth, seam and vein with a rounded cap and open foot. The production is being handled by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo from Tabacalera La Alianza S.A in the Dominican Republic.

The primary band is Sunkist Orange with brown and copper accents. The design reminds me of the Mayan Calendar minus the intricate designs and Demi god. The name of the vitola “LUMINOSA” is on the front of the label in gold and brown accents in straight block font. Pre-light aroma had notes of cocoa and vanilla bean, the cold draw produced cedar and leather.

  • FIRST LIGHT

Upon first light flavors of bitter leather, raw walnuts and charred cinnamon. Sweet flavors of milk chocolate, mocha and dried Cheerios. Pepper is mild, however the vitola is producing a slight spice element in the form of ginger snap. The retro is producing mild white pepper with a nuance of vanilla.

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

Entering cruise control, flavors of dried saltines and brown toast. Notes of vanilla with a lighter taste of milk chocolate, brown sugar and cinnamon char. The spice element has disappeared allowing the sweet earthy flavors to take point. Minimal white pepper on the retro is noted evolving into flavors of dark chocolate and vanilla bean.

“Notes of vanilla with a lighter taste of milk chocolate, brown sugar and cinnamon char”

  • FINAL THIRD

The final duration has brought out some complex, yet balanced flavors of leather with a heavy nutty element of roasted cashews, raw walnuts and a nuance of salted caramel. Sweet flavors of dried Cheerios, nutmeg and honey.

No spice was experienced on the shorter draw of the vitola thus allowing the creamy leather, nutty and dried earthy flavors to be enjoyed to the FULLEST! The retro is straight medium with minimal white pepper evolving into flavors of light milk chocolate.

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

Construction on all three examples smoked for review were solid, towards the final duration the vitola softened up slightly, but that’s pretty common with Connecticut wrappers. The ash held past the inch point but was loose and not very compact. The burn line was razor sharp and the draw produced the perfect amount of resistance resulting in huge plumes of thick creamy smoke.

The strength of the Luminosa was in the solid MEDIUM bodied range with a complex array of FULL and tasty flavors. Billed as a morning cigar this will pair perfect with morning coffee, hot chocolate or whatever suits you. This is a different offering from Crowned Heads but one that fits into its portfolio perfectly, highly enjoyable and highly recommended.

 

NOTABLE FLAVORS

  • Vanilla Bean
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Dried Cheerios
  • Creamy Leather
  • Raw Walnuts/Roasted Cashews
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon/Brown Sugar/Honey
  • Mild White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Milk Chocolate

 

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CIGARS FOR REVIEW: PURCHASED

CIGARS SMOKED FOR REVIEW: 3

CIGAR SMOKE RATE: 91

SIZE: 5 X 50 (ROBUSTO)

WRAPPER: ECUADORIAN CONNECTICUT SHADE

BINDER: UNDISCLOSED

FILLER: UNDISCLOSED

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

PRODUCED AT: Tabacalera La Alianza S.A

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