Crowned Heads: The Rockstar Cigar from Nashville, Tennessee
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It’s Wednesday night at Stogies of Houston and by chance I bumped into Wes & Brian of Crowned Heads cigars. What a pleasant surprise, because the cigars they represent have officially made it into my smoking rotation. Brian McGee who just joined Crowned Heads cigars as the Southern territory rep, shared a Jericho Hill LBV with me. Here is the official line on this cigar from Crowned Heads:

“Jericho Hill is a hedonistic blend of the best Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos, resulting in a rich and robust taste profile that is focused, potent, and complex. The smoke is a full-throttle experience that assaults your palate at break-neck speed, races around your mouth for a hundred miles, and leaves your taste buds in a cloud of power, intensity, and excitement. Manufactured at My Father Cigars S.A., Esteli, Nicaragua, and distributed by Crowned Heads, LLC.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Wes who’s been with the four year old boutique cigar company  for less than two years now, said co-owner Jon Huber writes all the content for their site

Huber used to be the Head of Marketing for CAO before he started Crowned Heads which explains his creative wizardry.  He actually started off as the Shipping Manager for CAO, but was much more effective in marketing.

Their company motto is, “When the rules don’t make sense, carve your own path…” And its this rock start attitude which permeates the entire organization, that’s led them to seek inspiration from different musicians for all of their cigar labels except the J.D. Howard Reserve.

That particular cigar was named after the alias famous outlaw Jesse James used while he was hiding out in Nashville.

Jericho Hill Cigar by Crowned Heads

Jericho Hill Cigar by Crowned Heads

The Jericho Hill labeled cigar was inspired by Johnny Cash’s album, “At Folsom Prison”. The four vitola’s were named after lyrics & songs in the album:

  • 44S – 5 1/8” x 44 – Referring to the song Love & 44 caliber
  • LBV – 6 1/2” x 46 – Long Black Bell name of the song
  • OBS – 4 3/4″ x 52 – Orange Blossom Special
  • Willy Lee – 6″ x 54 – Name of one the characters in the song Cocaine Blues.

My first smoke with Jericho Hill LBV impressed me with its mature craftsmanship for such a young brand and even younger 2 month old cigar label. But these guys are no stranger to the cigar world as their pedigree dates back to the Nashville based CAO brand.

This was of course before CAO was bought by the Scandinavian Tobacco Group, resulting in Huber and co-owner Mike Conder to start Crowned Heads, now the only cigar brand to be based out of Tennessee.

While Huber is the creative half, Conder is the business guy who keeps the numbers in order. If numbers don’t lie, then Crowned Heads are a safe bet because in four years they went from selling their line in 66 stores to 600 from USA to The Netherlands.

If you get a chance swing by Stogies of Houston and pick up a couple of sticks and try them yourself. The others in the line include 4 Kicks, Headley Grange, J.D. Howard Reserve and of course Jericho Hill.

There is one more specialty label, but it can only be found in Tennessee and its equally named the Tennessee Waltz. This is a Houston Cigar Life approved smoke so definitely check it out.

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