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Crowned Heads La Imperiosa Double Robusto 

Toar Campbell

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, Stouts, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untappd @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder cigarsmoke.net
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Originally a Cuban brand from the early 1900’s, La Imperiosa translates to ‘the imperative,’ or, “..that which is absolutely necessary or required.” The La Imperiosa artwork and band were inspired by the original Cuban vista and band of years gone by. In 2014 there was a cigar known as Las Calaveras LE 2014 it was highly sought after and production was limited. Jon Huber knew he had something special, La Imperiosa by Crowned Heads is that same blend. The blend of 100% Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos, finished with a dark and imposing Ecuador Habano Oscuro wrapper, is identical to the Las Calaveras EL 2014 blend. Released in May 2014, the Las Calaveras EL 2014 brand went on to become one of the year’s most sought-after new releases, and was praised by cigar enthusiasts around the world. Despite selling-out in a matter of weeks, the demand for Las Calaveras EL 2014 remained high and constant. As a result, it became ‘imperative‘ and ‘absolutely necessary‘ to respond to that demand. La Imperiosa is the second Crowned Heads regular production brand (following-up ‘Jericho Hill’) released from the My Father Cigars, S.A. factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, for worldwide distribution.

APPEARANCE 

The Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper is dark brown in color with notable seam and slight vein. On my particular Vitola near the cap there was a minor blemish or inconsistency in the wrapper that posed no disruption in the draw. The wrapper had a nice oily sheen appearance and was smooth to the touch. The label was teal in color with an embossed gold crown that strikingly stood out against the dark Oscuro wrapper, above the crown read La Imperiosa with Nicaragua rounding the bottom. Pre-Light draw was wide open with aromas of coffee, cedar and dark chocolate.

FIRST LIGHT

Upon first light you are treated to flavors of coffee, black pepper and copious amounts of dark rich chocolate with nuances of leather and char. Flavors of sweet cedar and black licorice rounded out the finish.

CRUISE CONTROL BURN

After cruise control burn the black pepper decreased slightly allowing flavors of bitter dark chocolate and coffee to be predominant, burnt cedar, leather and earth remained in the background with notes of anise and char on the finish.

FINAL THIRD

The black pepper kicked up a notch as did the core flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. Background flavors of burnt cedar, leather and black licorice were noted on the finish as the black pepper added a spicy aftertaste to the FULL bodied FULL flavored cigar.

CONSTRUCTION

Was good and despite the small inconsistency I noticed on the initial inspection of the wrapper, it posed no performance issues throughout the smoking duration. The draw had the perfect amount of resistance that produced large amounts of dense creamy smoke. The ash was blackish grey in color and held tight past the inch point, no additional damage was noted upon removal of the band with zero re-lights required.


La Imperiosa Sampler purchased from: The Cigar Federation Store

Cigars smoked for review: One Double Robusto from the Crowned Heads La Imperiosa Sampler

Cigar Smoke Rate: 93

Size: 6 3/8 x 50 Double Robusto

Wrapper: Ecaudorian Habano Oscuro

Binder: Nicaragua 

Filler: Nicaragua

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