Crowned Heads
J.D. Howard Reserve by Crowned Heads

Vitola: HR52 (Toro)
Length: 6.0
Gauge: 52

Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca Maduro
Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Nicaragua
Blender/Creator: Ernesto Carrillo
Factory: Tabacalera La Alianza S.A.
Country: Dominican Republic
Purchase Source: Sellwood Cigar
Date Purchased: December 20, 2018
Price: @ $10.35 ($6.73 Sale)
Date Smoked: July 17, 2019

J.D. Howard Reserve by Crowned Heads

Brazil Arapiraca Maduro, Brazilian Arapiraca, Crowned Heads, Dominican Republic, J.D. Howard ReserveTruth be told, I couldn’t wait to blaze this Crowned Heads J.D. Howard cigar today, and I was not disappointed.

I immediately welcomed the smooth chocolate blast from a perfect draw… I just want to sink into my chair and forget about everything else around me.

The J.D. Howard delivered what I was anticipating this morning; cocoa, earthy leather, and coffee flavors all packaged up for me in this delicious cigar.

I’m glad I grabbed this one for today’s two-hour “In-The-Zone” experience.

Stay Smoky
Stay Chill


Brazil Arapiraca, Crowned Heads, J.D. Howard ReserveI have finally made time for this long-anticipated day, as I will get to try the Crowned Heads J.D. Howard cigar once again since my first time about a month ago.

A snip and a cut and I’m inhaling chocolate bars and baking spices. Once lit, I’m in my “zone” once again; this cigar is just as I remembered it.

The Crowned Heads J.D. Howard cigar is a hefty cigar with smooth and balanced smoke that bring in the cocoa, earthy leather, and coffee flavors that hits all my flavor checkboxes. I will add that this isn’t a “Knock-Your-Socks-Off” cigar, but pretty dang close. I could smoke this cigar every day. There are just a few others that I could say the same for.

Maybe I’ll up my “5-Pack-Worthy” to a “10-Pack-Worthy”. These need to be in my regular rotation.

Stay Chill
Stay Smoky

Brazil Arapiraca, Crowned Heads, J.D. Howard ReserveNot bad, not bad. The more I read about the Crowned Heads J.D. Howard cigar, the more I’m impressed.

A snip and a straight-cut and earthy woody cocoa smoke with enough pepper spice on the retrohale to let me know it’s there greet me. Volumes of chewy medium-bodied smoke come pouring right off the first light with a perfect draw … a short subtle finish lingers briefly.

At the halfway point, creamy earthy cedar and leather take over the flavors to keep me company at this point with a coffee and pepper finish and it’s noticeable on the retrohale too. This is a fast cigar; I think I’ll be finished within an hour of my first light.

The Crowned Heads J.D. Howard cigar is a cigar that sits right in the middle of my flavor wheelhouse; it doesn’t make the mark of some of the more premium cigars (not a premium cigar in my opinion), but a solid cigar experience that I enjoyed.

This is 5-pack worthy. Who knows I may change my mind and purchase a box?

Stay Tuned
Stay Smoky

The Experience

Ash: Even
Draw: Perfect
Smoke Output: Thick
Flavor: Earthy
Strength: Medium
Body: Medium
Finish: Short
Value: Good
Overall Rating (1-5): 3

The Cigar

Chocolate: 3
Coffee: 2
Cream: 2
Earthy: 4
Leather: 3
Pepper: 2