Team Cigar Review: Crowned Heads La Vereda No. 50

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Cigar Details: Crowned Heads La Vereda No. 50

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5.38″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Jalapa
  • Binder: Nicaraguan Jalapa
  • Filler: Nicaragua and Dominican Republic
  • Factory: Tabacalera La Alianza
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $18.40
  • Release Date: August 2023
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Crowned Heads La Vereda No. 50 is light brown with some decently raised veins present. The seams are smooth and the caps very well applied. There are two bands, both in a black, gold and white color combination. The primary denotes the line in a very Cuban Vegueros style, while the foot band denotes the company. The aroma from the wrapper is an earth forward barnyard note, while the foot brings graham cracker and light earth. The pre-light draw brings cedar and floral notes along with a mild spiciness on my lips.
Seth: Very confused by all the bands and this being a Crowned Heads release. Too Vegueros Cuban style as well. The Crowned Heads La Vereda No. 50 is a rough looking cigar. Marbled but not in a good way. Wrapper looked like it went two rounds with Tyson. Veins everywhere. Aromas of rich earth, mineral spices and damp wood. Strong tobacco as well.
John: The Crowned Heads La Vereda No. 50 comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker with an integrated tear space to remain intact when opened. There is a primary La Vereda band along with a secondary Crowned Heads foot band. I weighed the cigar at 12.2 grams and the humidity as measured by the HumidiMeter Pro was 61.7%. Aromas off the wrapper included sweet bread and light wood. From the foot, I was getting sweet tobacco and wood.
Jiunn: The Crowned Heads La Vereda No. 50 has a slightly dull Colorado wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the head is well wrapped and capped. Aromas from the wrapper tell of rich barnyard and a hint of metals. Aromas from the foot reveal mixed nuts. Cold draw tells of dusty hay and cedar.

Crowned Heads La Vereda No. 50

Crowned Heads La Vereda No. 50

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with dry, toasted cedar, earth and mild black pepper. At a half inch in, the dryness is barely hanging on. The retrohale is toasted cedar and earth. At an inch in, the black pepper is now very faint. As the third comes to a close, the profile is slightly dry, toasted cedar up front, with earth in the middle and faint black pepper in the background. The strength was mild-medium.
Seth: Lots of mineral qualities with rough sharp spices. Pepper here and there. Damp earth and wood. Muddled. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: My initial flavor impressions here are sweet tobacco and mild wood on the finish. Some baking spices come into the retrohale at a restrained light plus strength level. Mild earth comes into the finish as the first third progresses. Light, dry wood comes into the post draw by the halfway point.
Jiunn: The first third has a soft delivery of baking spices, cherry cordials and scorched hay. The retrohale brings amplified cherry cordials and spicy cedar. The finish mainly shows a lingering scorched hay. Strength and body is medium.

Crowned Heads La Vereda No. 50

Crowned Heads La Vereda No. 50

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the earth increases a bit. At a quarter inch in, the cedar has become pretty dry again. The retrohale remains toasted cedar and earth. At an inch in, the toast level increases a bit. As the third comes to a close, the dry, toasted cedar is up front, with earth right behind and faint black pepper in the background. The strength remained at mild-medium.
Seth: The second third was right in line with the first third. Was not smoking well and I had some canoeing as well. Minerals, sharp spices, damp earth and wood. Strong tobacco notes. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: Sweet vegetal is the initial flavor component, followed by tobacco and a dry wood finish. Tannins join the post draw wood as it settles in. Baking spices come into the retrohale as the second third continues. I find the profile consistent with no significant changes until the mid way point. On the post draw, the tannic wood has built up to medium strength as it continues into the bottom half.
Jiunn: The second third has a general staleness to the hay and cedar notes. The baking spices and cherry cordials are now intermittent. Strength and body remains medium.

Crowned Heads La Vereda No. 50

Crowned Heads La Vereda No. 50

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the black pepper picks up a bit. The retrohale remains toasted cedar and earth. At three quarters of an inch in, the toasted cedar and earth are now even up front. At an inch in, a light vegetal note joins the profile. As the cigar comes to a close, the dry, toasted cedar and earth are even up front with black pepper and vegetal note in the background. The strength bumped up to slightly below medium.
Seth: Right in line with the second.
John: Baking spices combine with a vegetal center as earth and wood combine on the finish. Earth and wood are driving the profile by the halfway point.
Jiunn: The final third mimics the second third such that there’s still a cloud of stateless to hay and cedar. Unfortunately, as a result, the flavorful notes of cherry cordials and baking spices are diminished quite a bit. Strength and body finish the same medium.

Crowned Heads La Vereda No. 50

Crowned Heads La Vereda No. 50

Burn

Aaron: The burn was straight through the first half and then became a bit wavy through the second half. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.
Seth: Subpar burn.
John: The burn was wavy in the first third but evened out, never requiring an intervention.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Crowned Heads La Vereda No. 50

Crowned Heads La Vereda No. 50

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Draw was average.
John: The draw is at most one notch towards the open spectrum, still putting it in the ideal range for an amazing draw.
Jiunn: Draw performance was on point, providing the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with dry, toasted cedar, earth and mild black pepper. The second third saw the earth pickup a bit. The final third saw the earth join the toasted cedar up front and a light vegetal note joined in. The Crowned Heads La Vereda No. 50 had a flavor profile that was linear and mundane. Just some slight changes in fullness from the components of dry, toasted cedar, earth and black pepper. There is nothing exciting about this cigar and the high price point just makes me scratch my head. I’m curious if the others think differently, but I don’t see coming back to this cigar.
Seth: This Crowned Heads La Vereda No. 50 smoked like a bundled or second cigar from 10 years ago. This did not smoke well and it made Vegueros look like Cohiba. Not much to say on this cigar.
John: The Crowned Heads La Vereda No. 50 had some promising moments in the first third, but the remainder of the review experience was flat, with no dynamic character that made the experience stand out from the crowd for me. The burn and draw were both perfect. Crowned Heads has put out a number of cigars over the years that have really impressed me, and the La Vereda No. 50 was one I was looking forward to. The combination of flavor profile and premium price point make this an easy pass in the future for me, unfortunately. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 2 minutes.
Jiunn: Another Crowned Heads, another experience in which it was almost there but didn’t quite make it. In recent memory (the last 2 years or so of CH reviews), the general feel is, there’s some good/great flavors to the blend but there’s one bad flavor that allows the overall blend to break down. This sentiment happened again with the Crowned Heads La Vereda No. 50, with its combination of staleness and scorched hay. I’ll skip out on this one and see what the next blend brings.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.65

Cost/Point

$2.39

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

3.48

Cost/Point

$5.28

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$3.02

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$3.02

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Crowned Heads La Vereda No. 50

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