July 07, 2013
Headley Grange Dobles (toro) (6 x 50)
Video review HERE.
This is a new cigar for me. It was recommended to me by one of the local shops. The make up intrigued me.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
The blend for this cigar was created by Jon Huber, formerly of CAO fame. The name, Headley Grange, comes from the studio where Led Zeppelin recorded "When the levee breaks".
These cigar some in 5 sizes but today we are concentrating on the toro size, which they call "Dobles".
The cigar is not very oily looking and it's a medium brown in color. It is triple capped and has a nice density.
The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were oak, tangerine, cedar, light vanilla or cream, earth, and pepper at a 6 + rating.
About 3/4 inch in the cigar has already changed. They are now a heavy nutmeg and graham, like graham crackers. The pepper ticked up to a 7. The earthy notes and wood still hold the base. The finish is a oaky cream and it's a thick, sweet cream. There is also some nice lingering pepper. The nutmeg and graham have a nice sweetness to them and there is a little richness starting.
About 2 1/2 inches in the wood notes are now charred and they are quite prominent. The nutmeg notes are now combining with cedar and they are both sweet. The graham notes have really dropped but still around. The pepper is still at least a 7. The finish is now a toasted cream. The oak notes have converted to a toasted flavor on the cream. The cigar is medium bodied and burning very evenly.
Somewhere close to the band the charred oak notes are still prominent. The nutmeg and cedar are still nice and sweet. The earth notes are still at the base. The finish has not changed and the cigar continues to be medium bodied.
Just a bit further I noticed something. It started around the midpoint and I wanted to see if it would stick. Right at the beginning of the draw you get flashes of spearmint. It does not last very long but it is noticeable. It's right before you get the cedar and nutmeg. It doesn't filter over to the finish. I thought that was worth pointing out.
The nutmeg notes really decreased in the final quarter. The cedar notes continued to have nice sweetness with a touch of richness. The faint spearmint notes also continued. The oak and earth notes continued. The pepper remained very good. The finish was unchanged. The cigar moved to the medium to full bodied range in the final third. This cigar burned very evenly. I really liked the phantom spearmint notes. They made the cigar interesting. While this cigar was new to me it will be in my rotation. The cigar took about 1 hour 20 minutes to smoke. I found this cigar to be very enjoyable.