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Review: Crowned Heads – The Angel’s Anvil TAA 2014

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David Carroll
Written by David Carroll


Produced exclusively for members of the Tobacconists Association of America (TAA), the Angel’s Anvil is the sixth limited edition release by Jon Huber and the Crowned Heads name. Rolled by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr. in the Dominican Republic, using Nicaraguan tobaccos and an Ecuadorian wrapper, the Angel’s Anvil is said to be inspired by the classic Cuban Churchills “of years gone by.”

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Country of Manufacture: Dominican Republic
Rolled: Tabacalera La Alianza, S.A.
Size: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
MSRP: $10.50 (20,000 total rolled)
Sample: purchased by CM
Quantity smoked: 3

The Angel’s Anvil wears a light brown wrapper with some medium sized veins and light toothiness. It is quite firm overall as it is obviously tightly but skillfully rolled. The cap is also very skillfully applied and appears almost seamless. The pre light aroma is primarily a grassy and barnyard like aroma. The cold draw is a bit snug, as I could have guessed from a firm Churchill, and has a subtle natural tobacco sweetness to it.

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First Third

Despite the snug draw, the smoke production is more than satisfactory right from the start. The cigar starts off with a strong cedar profile along with a light pepper that sits predominantly on the back of the tongue. The subtle tobacco sweetness from the prelight continues on into the actual smoke alongside a light cinnamon that fades out near the end of the first third.

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Second Third

As the cinnamon from the first third fades out, a floral profile comes into existence at the beginning of the second third. The pepper from the first third also all but disappears at times while the cedar continues unchanged. At points the floral notes come through quite clearly, and although I am not much of a tea drinker, I am clearly reminded of green tea at times. The tea is even occasionally accompanied by a light citrus flavor.

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Final Third

The smoke has begun to absolutely pour out of the Angel’s Anvil at this point. The floral notes have begun to back off considerably and by the end have been mostly replaced by some light kitchen spices that give that graham cracker aroma. Meanwhile the cedar base and natural tobacco sweetness continue right along the whole time. From start to finish the strength and body sat centered in medium.

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The multitude of flavors and experiences the Angel’s Anvil forces upon you makes it very hard to cast into a single category. In the end it is not a matter of what the Angel’s Anvil is, but where it fits best, and that would be Santa Fe. While it does not have the pepper or spicy heat that some other Santa Fe’s are known for, it nails it on the head with the cedar, floral, kitchen spices, graham cracker and citrus flavors experienced throughout the length of the cigar.

This cigar provides an unrivaled and incredibly enjoyable smoking experience that is ideal for a warm afternoon. It provides complexity and an absolute adventure of flavors as it progresses, and it does so without completely overwhelming your senses. I have multiple cigar buddies that claim the Angel’s Anvil was THE best release of 2014. It is hard to tell them they are wrong, and while it was just outside of my 2014 top five that is because another Crowned Heads limited release knocked it out (the Las Calaveras).

About the author

David Carroll

David Carroll

Over a decade of cigar and pipe smoking under the belt, and still learning more about the lifestyle every day. Besides being an enthusiastic collector of the leaf, I also spend way too much time (and money) on spirits, craft beer, hiking, camping and recreational shooting.

  • William Burke

    I agree; the Las Calaveras is definitely the better smoke of the two.