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Crowned Heads Juarez OBS
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Byron (Beegerply)

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Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique generously sponsored by our member junglepete (Pete).  This was done as a blind review so there were no pre-concieved notions about what anyone was smoking.  The cigar provided for this round is the">Crowned Heads Juarez OBS.  

Crowned Heads teamed up with a little-known factory called Tabacalera Pichardo out of Nicaragua. [Tabacalera Pichardo was founded by Eradio Pichardo, a Cuban agronomist back in 2005.] They were tasked with producing a value-conscious alternative line to Crowned Head's Jericho Hill brand line of cigars, originally as an exclusive for Thompson Cigar Co. but later rolled out nationally.

As for the name, it is inspired by Johnny Cash's "Cocaine Blues." The Juárez part comes from, "...made a good run, but I run too slow; they overtook me down in Juárez, Mexico." OBS is a reference to Orange Blossom Special, which was another song on the album at Folsom Prison.

Crowned Heads Juarez OBS

Crowned Heads
Juarez OBS
Ring Gauge:
Country of Origin:
Dominican Republic
Colorado Maduro
Average Member Purchase Price:
Average Member Rating:
3.75 star rating based on 4 Review(s) (4 Review(s))
Thompson Cigar Exclusive
This cigar was enjoyed with Water

Pre-Light: 10 Points of 10 Possible

This cigar is a dark brown, and as a semi oily wrapper with minimal veining. firm along the body, foot looks nicely bunched. The aroma along the body had a sweet barnyard smell, but I didn't detect any aroma at the foot.

Lighting and Burn: 15 Points of 15 Possible

Pre light draw was good with no restrictions and the cigar had somewhat of a baking spice to it. The cigar lit nicely. the burn was nice, it wasn't wavy but it wasn't razor sharp. I had no touch ups nor did I have to relight it and the smoke volume was very nice. The ash was solid and was salt and pepper in color, and it held for about an 3/4 of an inch before dropping.

Construction: 29 Points of 30 Possible

The construction on this cigar was very good. It was firm along the body with no soft spots. The wrapper was nicely applied as well as the cap. The cap cut nicely with no cracking or splitting. The draw was right were I like it with little to no restrictions but not wide open. There was one spot with a slight wrapper spilt which could have been from the removal of the band.

Flavor and Aroma: 40 Points of 45 Possible

This cigar started out with a very rich earthiness / woodiness, with a slight pepper. On the retrohale I notice a oaky aroma that was very smooth. Throughout the smoking period the cigar moved between the earthiness and the woodiness, with the pepper moving in and out. I half expected to have some coffee and leather but it didn't present itself. I found this cigar to be between medium to full in strength and body.


Overall I found this to be a very nice cigar. Although the cigar didn't have a whole lot of transitions, mainly the earthiness and woodiness along with the pepper was great for me, very simple but good. I would have some of these in my humidor for a great everyday smoke. Thank you Pete for giving me the chance to enjoy this cigar. Now for my guess it reminds me of Don Pepin Cuban Classic.

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