Cigar Review: Las Calaveras EL 2015

It is possible this cigar won’t be available within the next two years thanks to the FDA. What a shame because this is a great cigar, but today it is available so get your hands on it while you can. The folks over at Crowned Heads have popped off one hit after another ranging from the Jericho Hill to the Yellow Rose of Texas (Texas only).

Las Calaveras El 2015 was so highly anticipated, it sold out within 4 hours of hitting the wholesale market. (source)

Embajadores Fine Cigars in Houston has two boxes of these and I bought a handful of them today. Everything Crowned Heads begins with an inspiration. Whether it is a Johnny Cash album or in the case of Las Calaveras, Mexican art:

Crowned Heads Las Calaveras was inspired by “La Calavera Catrina,” a zinc etching by Mexican printmaker and illustrator, Jose Guadalupe Posada.

The image depicts a female skeleton dressed only in a hat, and has become an icon of the Mexican Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.  The holiday focuses upon gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember those who have died. (source)

I am enjoying my third one of the day and each one has smoked like the last; perfectly. Only 90,000 were produced, so this is truly a limited edition cigar. Once the last one is smoked to a nub, that is it… it’s gone for good!

The wrapper is an Ecuadorian Habano Rosado with a Nicaraguan binder & filler. It is made by the legendary My Father Cigar family.

It smokes quite smoothly and you get a mix of cream, Earth and leather throughout the cigar. Neither of those tasting notes over power the other and the result is one harmonious cigar.

With each Cigar of the Week, I always look for harmony in flavors because from a blenders point of view, that is one of the hardest feats to achieve.

Anyone can make a cigar that kicks your ass with a round house of char or burnt peppers, but it takes a delicate palate to blend a cigar where all the flavors combine to create a new flavor only found in a particular cigar.

The Las Calaveras does that and more. It’s beautiful rosado wrapper isn’t too dark or too light; with a red undertone it’s very pleasing to the naked eye.

Around the neck of the cigar is a regal gold and white wrapper with Las Calaveras stamped in black between gold lettering that reads: El 2015 atop and Esteli Nicagragua underneath.

The cigar once lit, will last a solid 40 minutes with a chill smoking pattern. This cigar would pair exceptionally well with a Johnnie Walker Blue Label.

Have you had one of these cigars? If so, what did you think?