Crowned Heads JD Howard Reserve
During the years he lived in Nashville (the home of Crowned Heads cigars), James went by the name “J.D. Howard.” He spent a year or two there, from 1875-1876 with his wife and child, and his home at 711 Fatherland St. is still preserved as a historic property.
An outlaw with principles.
A rebel with discipline.
A perfect inspiration for a cigar from this southern company.
To make the Crowned Heads J.D. Howard Reserve cigar, the company tapped a partner from even further south: Ernesto Perez-Carrillo. Long before he nabbed his Cigar of the Year win from Cigar Aficionado for the Encore Majestic blend, E.P. was working on this spicy little number. It features a fermented Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper that’s thick, tough, and leathery. Inside is a steady Ecuadorian Sumatra binder and a mix of Nicaraguan long-fillers.
As you might expect, the smoke starts out with red pepper and hot cinnamon. A cigar made in honor of a gunman has to deliver a kick, right? Following that come raw earth and cocoa powder flavors, plus a touch of sweetness on the finish. When this one finally gets the pistol out of your face, it actually is a pretty decent cigar. It’s the Jesse James experience, rolled into a smokable form.
He’s an old-time American icon, and whether you’re anti-establishment or a hardcore lawman, you can smoke this one. You’re either honoring the legend or putting the flame to one of the bad guys. It’s all a matter of your perspective.
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Crowned Heads JD Howard Reserve FAQ's
What are the flavors like?
Mesquite, leather, espresso.
What’s the strength level?
Who is this cigar for?
Crowned Heads JD Howard Reserve cigars are for people who like flavor, personality, and a run and gun lifestyle.
Will I want to smoke it to the nub?
It’s a distinctive flavor. Not everyone is going to be hooked on this one.
What’s a good pairing with it?
A moonshine cocktail? There’s a recipe out there for an adult root beer float made with moonshine that would be fun times with this cigar.
What’s the best time/place to smoke this cigar?
When you’re trying not to attract the attention of authorities.
A distinctive flavor is going to cause the JD Howard to turn some people off.