|Photo from Holts.com|
Video review HERE.
Well, here I am in beautiful Ocho Rios, Jamaica, at the Couples Sans Souci resort and today I reviewed the new Crowned Heads Las Mareas Olas cigar. Although I took pictures of the cigar none of them came out. So, my review will not have the usual pics before and during the review. The above pic was taken from the Holts.com website. However, if you want to see how the cigar transitioned you can click the video review tab above. In this case I highly recommend watching the video because it includes running commentary from two friends who accompanied me on this trip. Let's say, it is interesting!
Las Mareas is the first time a Crowned Heads cigar has been made of 100 percent Garcia tobacco. Las Mareas, which is Spanish for The Tides, is meant to pay homage to surf culture. It uses all-Nicaraguan tobaccos featuring a Criollo ‘99 wrapper and comes in four surf-themed sizes:
Olas, 6 1/8 by 46 REVIEWED TODAY
Tuberia, 4 1/2 by 48
Rebeldes, 5 1/2 by 52
Ciclopes, 6 by 54
The cigars will available in boxes of 20.
The cigar is a medium to dark brown and has an average feel in the hand.
The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors were orange citrus with whipping cream and brown sugar. The black pepper was rated at an 8.
About one inch in the flavors are about like they started. The whipping cream gives the cigar a touch of butter. The pepper remains very good. The finish is a tapioca pudding flavor with a touch of lingering black pepper. The flavor mix is very good. The citrus notes are equal to the brown sugar notes. The whipping cream give it some smoothness and richness. The cigar is medium bodied at this point.
At about the midpoint the flavors are still in play but the brown sugar is the lead flavor. The whipping cream is the secondary flavor followed by the citrus. The cigar is moving up a little in strength to a little above medium bodied.
In the final third there is still a lot of pepper. The burn is even. The flavor notes are about the same.
The cigar ended with the flavors staying true. The pepper remained very good on the front end. There were a lot of sweet notes in this cigar. The cigar topped out just a tad over medium bodied. I found this to be a very good cigar and a must try for all Crowned Heads and Pepin lovers.