The Crowned Heads Mason Dixon Line Cigars ReviewOne of the more interesting new boutique producers around is Crowned Heads, and their Mason Dixon project is a clear example why. This release consists of two cigars, one blend for the northern part of the U.S., and one blend for the south. The only real difference between the two is the wrapper, and this tobacco experiment is an excellent example of what kind of impact the wrapper can have on the taste and feel of a cigar. The cigars are also produced sharply, primarily due to My Father Cigars offer to assist with manufacturing.

The Crowned Heads Mason Dixon South uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers. The North version uses the same binder and fillers, though it goes with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper instead. The South has a gentle look to it, with a light tan color and a smooth appearance. Though it has a mild appearance, the cigar is not a lightweight, with a firm pack and some noticeable mass. Overall, it is a sharp looking stick and is even sharper with a minimalistic gold and black band. The band features the name of the stogie in fat type. The pre-light draw is what an aficionado would expect from an Ecuadorian Connecticut, producing a combination of cream, cedar and spice notes. Reviewers noted that they were more savory than sweet, though, which is a bit unexpected.

The first-third of the cigar begins similar to the pre-light draw, with the same cream and cedar notes detected on the pre-light. Some black pepper brings a bit more heat to the profile, keeping it from being an entirely mild experience. Before long, though, the initial third develops into a mix of cedar, black pepper and leather flavors, offering a fuller smoke than initially thought.

During the middle third of the Crowned Heads Mason Dixon South, the same combination of flavors holds for the most part, with the cedar and leather representing the major notes. The black pepper is only noticeable on the retrohale at this point, but it is still putting out impressive heat. Near the end of the second-third, some reviewers detected the cream moving back into the profile, along with some spice that tastes closest to baker’s spice.

In the final third, the cream fades out quickly, leaving behind the cedar, leather, spice and an earthy flavor that darkens the profile. The cedar and leather remain the dominant notes down the stretch, with the spice and earth backing everything up. The cigar ends off this way, producing an agreeable, smooth and cool finish. 

This cigar stays between mild and medium in body and strength for the most part. The burn and draw are both excellent, and the cigar produces a nice volume of smoke for an Ecuadorian Connecticut. In all, it is an ideal stick when a smoker wants something more laid back, and a little slower paced, both attributes that a southerner should be able to appreciate.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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