July 09, 2017

Las Calaveras Edicion Limitada 2017 LC46 (5 5/8 x 46)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Halfwheel.com website.)
Las Calaveras is an annual release, arguably Crowned Head’s most anticipated release, a My Father-made offering noted for its distinctive skull appearance.

This year’s Las Calaveras uses an Ecuadorian habano maduro wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers.

It’s offered in four sizes, three of which are sold in boxes of 24, while one is offered solely in a four-pack sampler that contains one of each vitola.

Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2017 LC46 (5 5/8 x 46) — $9.75 (Boxes of 24, $234) — 1,700 Boxes of 24 Cigars + 3,000 Samplers of 1 Cigar (43,800 Total Cigars) REVIEWED TODAY
Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2017 LC50 (5 x 50) — $10.75 (Boxes of 24, $258) — 1,700 Boxes of 24 Cigars + 3,000 Samplers of 1 Cigar (43,800 Total Cigars)
Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2017 LC52 (6 x 52) — $11.75 (Boxes of 24, $282) — 1,700 Boxes of 24 Cigars + 3,000 Samplers of 1 Cigar (43,800 Total Cigars)
Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2017 5 1/2 x 54 —$9.70* — 3,000 Samplers of 1 Cigar (3,000 Total Cigars)
*The four-count sampler, which contains one of each of the cigars, is priced at $41.95.

“Since we first introduced Las Calaveras in 2014, the marca has risen dramatically in popularity and notoriety,” said Jon Huber, Crowned Heads co-founder, in a statement to halfwheel. “One of the things I’m personally most proud of, however, is that the underlying message of the brand, i.e., to celebrate (rather than mourn) the lives of those who’ve passed on in the previous year, has been heard and received literally around the world.”

The cigar is very dark and well made. It has an average feel in the hand for a cigar of this size.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were black licorice, dry cedar, sweet cream, a touch of brown sugar, and a ton of black pepper which I rated at a 9. It is especially notice as being intense on the retro hale. There was also a deep espresso note. This is a very dark noted cigar and appropriately so.

About 1 1/2 inches in (22 minutes) the flavor notes have changed. The black licorice notes are gone and in their place are nice chocolate notes with sweetness. There are still some cedar notes, brown sugar and now, buttery notes. There continues to be plenty of espresso as the base. The black pepper has toned down to around an 8. The finish is chocolate with some lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied. 

With about 2 inches remaining (48 minutes) the cigar is full bodied. You still have the chocolate, light cedar, brown sugar, light buttery notes, and espresso notes. The cigar continues to be very dark with a nice amount of sweetness. The finish is unchanged. 

The cigar lasted 1 hour 8 minutes. The flavors at the end were very much like the last segment; chocolate, espresso, flashes of dry cedar, brown sugar, and nice black pepper. The black pepper on the finish increased as the cigar went along. The finish was unchanged. This was a good, dark noted cigar with plenty of sweetness. It ended full bodied. These are quite sought after and are on shelves now. I doubt they will be around very long so look for them and pick some up before they are gone.

Score: 93

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