Top 9 Cigars of 2019: #8 Crowned Heads Le Carême 2018 L. E.
Over the next 9 days we’re counting down our picks for the top 9 cigars of 2019. Some of these cigars are new and some are not and all cigars were aged in our humidors a minimum of 2 weeks. All of the cigars selected achieved a minimum rating of “Boxworthy” and achieved the highest marks in all 10 of our recommendation criteria.- In Fumo Pax!
Crowned Heads Le Carême 2018 L. E.
- Profile: Medium
- Vitola: Belicosos Finos
- Length / Ring Gauge: 5.5″ x 52
- Origin: Dominican Republic
- Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
- Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
- Filler: Nicaraguan
- Price: $10.00 [Box $120.00]
- Box: 12 (limited to 1,500 boxes)
- Other Vitolas: (Regular Production) Cosacos [5 3/8″x42], Hermoso No. 1 [6.5″x48], Robusto [5″x50], Canonazo [5 7/8″x52]
Our chef-inspired feast kicks off with an ultra-smooth mélange of cream, pie crust and anise notes. There’s a delectably light nutty draw and she finishes with notes of peanuts and coffee. As our belicoso settles in, she puts out a dreamy smorgasbord of mild vanilla, nougat, nutmeg and an airy tang of cedar. There is more oatmeal on the finish as she develops a light spice. Transitions are equally as delicious behind oaky cores balanced with notes of caramel, chocolate and Worcestershire. This is a deeply rich, enchanting smoke that offers a ridiculously complex profile that walks the mild-to-medium-bodied line well while resisting the need to add strength for the sake of itself.
*NOTE: Yes, we’re a little late to the party picking a limited 2018 cigar for a Top 2019 list, but it falls in line with our other picks from previous years.