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Crowned Heads Juarez OBS
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Ryan (Adwinistrator)

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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

A slightly short robusto with a maduro wrapper.  Prominent veins and slightly lumpy, not too oily, with a decent double cap.  Wrapper smells of bakers chocolate and cinnamon.  Light in the hand, but firm to squeeze.  Guillotine cut without issue.

Lighting and Burn: 7 Points of 15 Possible

Easy to light and get going.  Ash was extremely flaky, with the wrapper falling away within .25".  I did have to do some touch-ups throughout, as well as a few relights.  This cigar seemed difficult to keep lit and happy at times.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

Double cap construction was perfect, cut well, and had no issues.  Wrapper stayed intact and had no splits or issues.  Draw was a little loose but good.  Not sure if underfilled, as there were some burn issues, but it could have been the tobacco.

Flavor and Aroma: 35 Points of 45 Possible

Cigar started off with earth, leather, and cocoa, with moderate black pepper on the retrohale.  This was a nice profile that I enjoyed, but it did not develop much throughout the smoking experience.  By the end of the 2nd third, some charred notes came in that reminded me of smoked brisket.  Black pepper retro ramped up through, until finally adding a floral white pepper by the final third.


Thanks to Pete for including me in the blind review! This was a decent cigar that had an enjoyable profile, but did not develop or progress in a way that kept my interest.  It seemed to have trouble burning at times, and I wonder if it was slightly under-packed, which may have diminished the complexity of this cigar.

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