JC Newman

February 19, 2022

Crowned Heads Le Pâtissier (6 1/4 x 44)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

At the 2021 Premium Cigar Association (PCA) Trade Show, Crowned Heads introduced an exclusive cigar available only to retailers who attended the Trade Show known as Le Pâtissier.

Le Pâtissier means French Pastry Chef and it’s a 6 1/4 x 44 lonsdale-sized offering that features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder from Jalapa and fillers from Costa Rica and the Ometepe and Pueblo Nuevo regions of Nicaragua. The cigars will be presented in 20-count boxes. Production comes from Tabacalera Pichardo, the factory owned by Crowned Heads strategic partner ACE Prime. Pricing is set at $10.50 per cigar

The cigar is said to be inspired by Le Carême, another Connecticut Broadleaf cigar made at Tabacalera La Alianza in the Dominican Republic. That cigar was named for a specific French chef, Marie Antione Carême.

“When we were approached to do a PCA 2021 exclusive we wanted to bring something special to the show,” said Jon Huber, co-founder of Crowned Heads in a press release. “Pâtissier is an amazing expression of Connecticut broadleaf that exudes a unique combination of complexity, finesse and balance. We’ve produced broadleaf-based blends with three other factories to this point; however, Pâtissier brings a different dimension to the profile that makes it stands on its own.”

Blend and Origin

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Nicaraguan (Jalapa)

Filler: Costa Rican, Nicaraguan (Ometepe, Pueblo Nuevo)

County of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: Tabacalera Pichardo

Vitolas Offered

Lonsdale: 6 1/4 x 44

The cigar is well made with only a brown ribbon at the foot. It has a nice feel in the hand.

The test draw was a bit firm so I used my PerfecDraw to open the draw a little. The initial flavors at light up were peach, citrus peel, chocolate, and light black coffee. There was black pepper rated at 7 to 7 1/2. Interesting, nice start. The combination of peach and chocolate are a little unique.

At the first third (32 minutes) the cigar is burning very slowly, which is a good thing. There was a flavor that popped up and I couldn't pin it down until I sought my flavor wheel and as soon as I saw the word I knew that I had found it; molasses. It added some additional sweetness to an already sweet cigar. The notes are now peach, citrus peel, molasses, chocolate, slightly earthy black coffee. The finish is peach and brown sugar with good lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The cigar is interesting and different. I rated the first third 94.

Moving through the second third (1 hour 7 minutes) the molasses notes fell back a little. They now combine with the chocolate and black coffee. The peach notes moved forward a little. The citrus peel is not very noticeable so that helped the peach notes shine. The cigar is still medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged. The lingering black pepper remains good. The cigar held it's ground. I maintained the score of 94 for the second third.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 38 minutes. A very good burn time. The flavors you will predominantly notice at this point are peach, brown sugar, chocolate, and black coffee. There is still light citrus peel and the molasses has moved down the scale. The finish is still peach and brown sugar but now there is a touch of nutmeg. The lingering black pepper is still good. The cigar is a low grade full bodied. This is a good cigar that I suggest you go slow with to get all these nice flavor notes. I held the score of 94 for the final third. Impressive cigar from Crowned Heads.

Overall Score: 94

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