Team Cigar Review: Crowned Heads Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2020 LC56

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Cigar Details: Crowned Heads Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2020 LC56

  • Vitola: Toro Extra
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 56
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: My Father
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $12.95
  • Release Date: July 2020
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Crowned Heads Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2020 LC56 is medium brown with a couple of slightly raised veins and some lumpiness from the veins beneath. The seams are easily visible as they are slightly raised while the head is finished off with a well applied set of caps. There are two bands with the primary being the traditional design for the line but carrying a purple and gold color combination for this year. The foot band is gold and black and carries the company name and is adorning most all of their recent releases. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of wood and dry earth while the foot brings wood and ammonia. The pre-light draw is all graham cracker with a mid-level spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

Finished with a lovely milk chocolate colored wrapper, the Crowned Heads Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2020 LC56 is a large cigar and firm throughout. The triple cap is perfect and the wrapper itself sports small veins throughout. It has a texture of freshly sanded wood and there is some tooth throughout. The foot gives off an aroma of rich earth, dark chocolate, espresso bean, stone fruit and spice, while the wrapper is sporting some wood, tobacco and leather qualities.

Pre-light Experience

The Crowned Heads Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2020 LC56 is double banded in an interesting and unusual way. The primary band indicates Las Calaveras EL2020 with the secondary band indicating Crowned Heads in black on gold. The cigar has a chocolate brown wrapper that is very smooth. For aromas, I was able to detect barnyard, sweetness, hay and cedar underneath. There was sweet chocolate and mild citrus from the foot.

Pre-light Experience

The Crowned Heads Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2020 LC56 has a gorgeous Colorado red wrapper shade. The wrapper is both smooth and uniform. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head with a multi-layered cap. Aromas from the wrapper tell assertive cedar and baking spices. Aromas from the foot tell roasted mix nuts and baking spices. Cold draw reveals a mixture of red pepper spice and cedar.

First Third

The cigar begins with a mix of wood and dry earth. At a half inch in, a mild black pepper joins the profile. At three quarters of an inch, some mustiness joins in. The retrohale is dominated by wood. At an inch and a quarter, the wood and mustiness are even with the black pepper still light in the background. As the third comes to a close, some dry earth joins the profile. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

The first third opens up by delivering a profile that is showing mineral, herbal and spice qualities. I am getting touches of white pepper, and it is paired with dry earth and seasoned wood notes. There is this sourness with the cigar as well, and I would classify the first third as being medium in strength and body.

First Third

Baking spices, fruit sweetness and musty wood to finish as the first third opens up. Mild, lingering spices join the post draw. A few puffs in and some mild cocoa joins the retrohale, as a toasted quality comes into the post draw. The post draw spices build in intensity as the cigar progresses. The retrohale cocoa steps up in intensity, as the post draw gains some red pepper flake at medium strength, rapidly moving to medium-full. The flavors begin to harmonize around the 30 minute mark. By the halfway point, the toasted character from the post draw is leading the flavor profile. In the bottom half, an earthiness accents the toasted post draw.

First Third

The first third has an abundance of toasty and mineral qualities. Toasted bitter cedar and minerals galore. Retrohaling brings out a decent amount of red pepper spice and nice trailing cherry cordial. The finish is long but not in a preferred way, giving a steady toasted bitter cedar. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the wood, mustiness and dry earth are all even with the black pepper light in the background. There is a lengthy finish of dry earth and black pepper. At a half inch in, the black pepper has departed the profile. The retrohale now carries the combination of musty wood and dry earth. At an inch in, the wood gains some char. As the third comes to a close, the profile remains charred wood, mustiness and dry earth. The strength in this third moved up to slightly above medium.

Second Third

The second third is a continuation of the first third and I am getting mineral, herbal and white pepper flavors. There is some dry earth present as well and the finish is that of seasoned wood and coffee beans.

Second Third

The post draw toasted earth is lingering into the main profile as the second third kicks off. Baking spices at medium strength make up the retrohale. After the re-light, wood joins the center of the profile. The post draw earth gains some sweetness, and begins to drive the profile as the cigar settles in. By the halfway point, baking spices and earth are fighting for the primary flavor position.

Second Third

Nothing different to note within the second third. The profile is still full of toasted bitter cedar and minerals. If anything, it layers heavier on the palate. Retrohaling continues to be the best part as it breaks away from the monotony of minerals and bitter cedar. Strength and body remains medium.

Final Third

The final third continues on with the charred wood, mustiness and dry earth. The retrohale carries a mirror image. The third was consistent throughout and finished with the charred wood, mustiness and dry earth. The strength remained at slightly above medium.

Final Third

The final third delivers a flavor profile that revolves around white and black pepper notes, seasoned wood, dry earth, and meaty qualities. It has a sharp spice quality on the finish, and you can feel it with the retrohale. Like the first and second third, the cigar smokes at a medium level to the end.

Final Third

Citrus and wood come through during the transition to the last third. Baking spices and mild earth make up the post draw. Minutes later, lingering cedar also joins the post draw. As the cigar settles into the last third, earth returns to be the primary flavor driver. An earth and ash combination takes over the post draw by the halfway point, and begins to linger between each draw, overwhelming my palate.

Final Third

I’ll have to sound like a broken record on repeat as the final third still shows no changes. Still heavily focused on toasted bitter cedar and minerals. Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn was a bit wavy throughout and required one touch-up to keep things burning in unison. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.

Burn

Burn was good from start to finish. There were some times when it was wavy, but overall not a problem and it corrected itself.

Burn

The burn struggled throughout the review process. A canoe formed at the 30 minute mark, requiring a touch-up. A canoe formed in the second third requiring another touch-up. The cigar went out at the halfway mark requiring a re-light. The cigar went out again at the end of the second third requiring another re-light. The burn was uneven through the last third. It’s quite likely that the burn issues held back the overall flavor performance.

Burn

Burn performance could have used some work. There was a bulb of tougher burning tobacco(s). This led to an uneven burn and unburnt wrapper, causing multiple touch-ups and a re-light.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The cigar began with a mix of wood and dry earth. Some mustiness joined in fairly quickly and some dry earth rejoined towards the end of the third. The second third saw the black pepper depart and the wood gain some char. The final third maintained the charred wood, mustiness and dry earth throughout. Construction was pretty good and strength was slightly above medium most of the way. The Crowned Heads Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2020 LC56 had a fairly average enjoyment level throughout. It was very wood and dry earth focused, so if that’s your wheelhouse, you’ll likely find something you enjoy here. For me, it was a bit too monotonous and I would have liked a bit more of something else to liven up the profile a bit. I don’t see myself returning to this one.

Draw

The draw was fantastic from beginning to end. Larger ring gauge, but nice level of resistance.

Overall

I was not impressed with Crowned Heads Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2020 LC56. I thought the flavor profile delivered was not enjoyable and it was monotonous throughout. There was no complexity and the finish with each puff was sharp, bitter and unpleasant. I have never scored Las Calaveras well, I don’t think the blends are top notch, and that is definitely the case with the 2020 release. Construction was decent, solid draw and burn, but poor flavor profile. I would like to think that it has to do with the larger ring gauge, but I am fairly positive the smaller vitola will smoke similar and be unpleasant.

Draw

The draw was perfect, with at most a 1/2 notch of resistance.

Overall

The Crowned Heads Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2020 LC56 was an overall disappointing experience. The flavors in the first and second thirds were fairly average, but an earth harshness took over the profile by the halfway point of the smoking experience. That harshness, coupled with ongoing burn issues throughout the review, left me dissatisfied. I can’t imagine that this experience represents what the Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2020 LC56 was supposed to be, so I’d be willing to try the cigar again after a few months to see if it had improved. Additionally, since it comes in other vitolas, I’d also be interested to see how the other vitolas stack up. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Draw

The draw on the other hand was perfect. Ideal air flow.

Overall

The Crowned Heads Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2020 LC56 was unfortunately a miss for me. I would go as far as to say it is my least favorite Las Calaveras. The profile suffered from lack of complexities and depth of flavors. Having mainly dominance in toasted bitter cedar and minerals, the cigar could have used sweetness, more prominent fruit tones in citrus and stone fruits. Basically, anything to break away from the monotony of cedar and minerals. I’ll have to pass on this year and look forward to next year’s release.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.40

Cost/Point

$2.40

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

4.33

Cost/Point

$2.99

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John McTavish

SCORE

4.63

Cost/Point

$2.79

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.45

Cost/Point

$2.38

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Team Cigar Review: Crowned Heads Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2020 LC56
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