Our Score (3 / 5)


  • RH – 70% for 2 Weeks
  • MSRP – $11 for 1
  • Smoke Time – 1 Hour & 15 Minutes
  • Wrapper – Mexican San Andres
  • Binder – Ecuador
  • Filler – Nicaraguan
  • Length – 5
  • Ring Gauge – 50
  • Vitola – Robusto
  • Release Date – Fall 2018

Initial Reactions and Appearance

Crowned Heads Court Reserve XVIII is clear of blemishes and has a dark appearance with no major veins running through. There is a very sweet and chocolaty smell coming from the cigar, and the unlit draw provides a similar sweetness.

First Third

The initial puffs of Crowned Heads Court Reserve XVIII have the same sweetness as the unlit draw. There is a lot of chocolate and wood notes present, and while there’s a bit of spiciness on the retrohale, it’s nothing too crazy. The draw is quite good, and the smoke starts to get a bit creamy as the first third burns evenly down. As the smoke continues, the sweetness drops away and the smoke begins to get very draw. The wood flavors intensify as the second third approaches.

Second Third

With a lot of wood on the front and some minor spice on the retro, Crowned Heads Court Reserve XVIII stays relatively moderate with some minor sweetness and chocolate lingering on each draw. There aren’t many changes from the first third, though it does get a little bitter toward the end.

Final Third

As the bitterness of Crowned Heads Court Reserve XVIII subsides, the sweetness also disappears. Other than a little bit more chocolate, there is no change.

Would I Smoke Crowned Heads Court Reserve XVIII Again?

Yes. It’s a decently constructed cigar with some decent flavors and not a whole lot of complexity, but I’ll definitely revisit Crowned Heads Court Reserve XVIII in a few months.

 

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