He was America’s Robin Hood, and the legend says that if you had calloused hands, he wouldn’t steal from you. The outlaw Jesse James had a code, even if...
He was America’s Robin Hood, and the legend says that if you had calloused hands, he wouldn’t steal from you. The outlaw Jesse James had a code, even if he was one of the most famous robbers of his day.
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.
Please browse our selection of Crowned Heads J.D. Howard cigars at your leisure.