Personal Cigar Review: Crowned Heads La Coalición Gordito

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Cigar Details: Crowned Heads La Coalición Gordito

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Binder: Sumatra
  • Filler: Nicaragua and Dominican Republic
  • Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate
  • Blender: Willy Herrera and Jon Huber
  • Price: $12.25
  • Release Date: November 2019
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Crowned Heads La Coalición Gordito is a dark mottled brown with a slight red hue. There is a network of slightly raised veins and the seams are easily visible due to the thickness of the leaf. The head is finished with a double cap and the top cap is lifting on one side. The band is red and gold (omitting some blue that was on the pre-release version) and has the line name and Crowned Heads name on front with the Drew Estate logo and country of origin on the back. The aroma from the wrapper is barnyard funk and smoky wood while the foot brings sweet bread and wood. The pre-light draw brings a slightly sweet cedar along with a mild spiciness on my lips.

First Third

The cigar begins with dark wood, bakers chocolate, earth and a faint black pepper. At a quarter inch in, some mustiness joins as the chocolate departs. At a half inch in, the profile is dark wood, earth and mustiness as the black pepper has now departed. The retrohale is musty wood, earth and faint black pepper. At an inch and a quarter, some char joins the dark wood. At an inch and a half, some bakers chocolate returns to the profile. As the third comes to a close, the profile is charred dark wood, mustiness, earth and light bakers chocolate. The strength in this third was slightly above medium.

Second Third

The second third begins with the bakers chocolate dropping out of the profile. At a half inch in, the mustiness and charred wood are up front with the earthiness not too far behind. The retrohale is now just musty wood. At an inch in, a good amount of black pepper rejoins the profile. At an inch and a half, the pepper leaves and the earthiness becomes a bit dry. The retrohale has now added some of the dry earth. As the third comes to a close, the profile has the charred wood, mustiness and dry earth all even. The strength in this third remained at slightly above medium.

Final Third

The final third continues on with the even mix of charred wood, mustiness and dry earth. At a half inch in, the mustiness has a slight lead over the other components. The retrohale is now mustiness with some dry earth in the background. At three quarters of an inch in, a slight vegetal note joins the profile. As the cigar comes to a close, the mustiness is up front with the charred wood and dry earth slightly behind and a vegetal note in the background. The strength remained at slightly above medium.

Burn

The burn line was wavy and required two touch-ups to keep things burning in unison. The cigar also went out once requiring a re-light. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.

Draw

The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar began with dark wood, bakers chocolate, earth and a faint black pepper. Some mustiness joined fairly quickly as the chocolate dropped out. Some char also joined in as the chocolate reappeared. The second third saw the chocolate and pepper leave as the earth became dry. The final third saw the mustiness take the lead and a vegetal note join in. The burn was a bit of an issue and strength was slightly above medium the whole way. The cigar started with a nice combination of flavors, The second third saw some components drop out and the profile was a bit dry and average the rest of the way. I was looking forward to this cigar as it had a good amount of buzz behind it. The Crowned Heads La Coalición Gordito started well, and if the profile from the first third had maintained itself throughout, we’d be talking about a really good cigar. As it sits, it’s still a fairly good offering although the price is a bit high. I would smoke this again, but it’s not something that’s high on my list to revisit.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.80

Cost/Point

$2.11

Scoring System

Aaron
GoodPre
Light
GoodFirst
Third
AverageSecond
Third
AverageFinal
Third
AverageBurn
AmazingDraw
AverageOverall
Personal Cigar Review: Crowned Heads La Coalición Gordito
Aaron LoomisPersonal Cigar Review: Crowned Heads La Coalición Gordito

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