Cigar Review Headley Grange

Published on July 27th, 2012 | by Siz

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Headley Grange

Initial Thoughts

Headley Grange is the sophomore release from the guys over at Crowned Heads. Their first release Four Kicks floored most of the cigar community and set an incredibly high standard for them to follow. The inspiration for this new blend came from the drum beat from the Led Zeppelin classic tune “When the Levee Breaks”. Jon Huber said he wished they could blend a cigar that tasted like the first six seconds of “When the Levee Breaks” the heavy ominous sound created from the drums. He told me about the conversation he had with E.P. Carrillo to describe what he wanted the blend to taste like. He said “Ernie was on the phone, so I put him on speaker phone here in the office and I had ‘When the Levee Breaks’ cued up and I started playing it for him, I told him I want the cigar to taste like this sounds!” So thats great and all, but where does the name Headley Grange come from? Well its the name of the house where Led Zeppelin recorded this song, along with quite a few other albums.

Headley Grange

Headley Grange

Unfortunately this cigar isn’t for sale to the general public yet. Luckily, for me I work right across the street from Crowned Heads headquarters. I emailed Jon and asked him if I could come over and get the down and dirty about Headley Grange before the big convention show next week. He was incredibly accommodating, he said he could squeeze me in for about 20 mins between calls to his retailers. So we set up a time and I headed over there. I ended up staying for almost 45 minutes just talking about cigars. Jon is one of the most passionate people I’ve ever met, and I think that passion just oozes out of the cigars that they make. I took my notebook to try and take detailed notes about the cigar, but honestly Jon talked so fast and so passionately it was all I could do keep up listening to him. So if I get any of the facts wrong, hopefully he’ll correct me!

Headley Grange Sample Pack

Headley Grange Sample Pack

On my way out Jon gave me a 4 pack sampler of Headley Grange to smoke for this review. He also gave me a HG hat and four brand new stickers that had just arrived that day. He literally opened the box on my way out and gave me the first stickers out of the box. These guys are incredibly generous and passionate about their brand. Hopefully I can do it justice in this review, so lets get into it!

Looks

As you probably know by I’m a huge fan of great packaging. The problem is I got these cigars as pre-release samples so they don’t have any bands on them. However, last week Jon tweeted pictures of the final packing for Headley Grange I have to say the pictures look good, but they don’t do the box justice from what I saw in person.

Headley Grange Box

From the Crowned Heads Twitter Account

They wanted to stay with a more traditional packaging style for this release. The box is the classic cuban style box with thin wood wrapped in a printed paper lining (I can’t remember what Jon called it, once again, couldn’t write fast enough). The crest on the box is absolutely gorgeous, like I said the pictures don’t do it justice. Laced with gold and hints of purple and green it’s a very classic looking crest that is imprinted on the box. In the middle of the crest you’ll see the letters H and G in the top right there is a tobacco leaf and the bottom left is a picture of the house known as Headley Grange. Pretty freaking cool right? Then making up the bottom edge of the crest are gold medallions it’s hard to make out what is in each medallion, but I can definitely see the Crowned Heads logo. The rest you’ll just have to see when you buy a box.

Headley Grange Crest

From the Crowned Heads Twitter Account

The band on the Headley Grange is classic and subtle, yet when you look at it you think ok, “Am I about to get my ass kicked?” The black background gives a look of dominance and power and then the words Headley Grange really pop off the band. It’s not a traditional font used for cigar bands, but it looks perfect. Honestly when I look at it I instantly think of someone riding a motorcycle, it’s looks calm and collected, but at any second it could pop out and kick you in the teeth. Take that for what’s worth, I don’t have any other way to describe it.

Headley Grange Band

From the Crowned Heads Twitter Account

Looking at the wrapper on this cigar there is only one word that comes to mind, Rustic. It’s a semi-light brown that has perfect coloring all the way down. It’s an Ecuadorian Sumatra it has a few small veins in it, but nothing that really should affect the smoke of it. Sometimes when I’m looking at a cigar I want a nice oily wrapper that just glistens. However based on the inspiration of this cigar, an oily wrapper wouldn’t have been the way to go. To really hone in on what the guys from CH wanted for the Headley Grange line, they needed a gritty rustic wrapper and thats exactly what they went out and got.

Function

This cigar is shaped a little differently than most, its not quite a box press, its a little more rounded than that. Jon called it a ‘trunk press’. I didn’t have to do my typical ‘pinch test’ on the samples I got. Jon made sure to test them out when he pulled them out of the package for me. He made sure to give me great cigars.

Headley Grange Triple Cap

Headley Grange Triple Cap

The filler on the Headley Grange feels firm and packed in there really well, but it’s an incredibly light cigar. Because of the trunk press it sits in your hand really well and very comfortable to hold on to. The construction on this cigar looks absolutely flawless. It has a perfectly placed triple cap on the head. No soft spots whatsoever.

Headley Grange - Barrel

Headley Grange – Barrel

I brought out the ole V cutter for this cigar. I took a nice wedge out of the head to test the cold draw and WOW. The draw was perfect, very little resistance and I could just pull air right down the barrel and pick up little hints of flavor all the way down. This might be the best draw that I’ve ever had on a cigar. I seriously sat there for a couple minutes cold drawing on the cigar it was so good! Ok ok I know, you want to know how it smokes.

Smoking

I think I like to stick with one lighting technique for a few weeks then find a new one. I’m still on the kick with my new Xikar lighter so that’s what I chose to light up the Headley Grange. I made sure to toast the foot really well to get this stick off and going. The first drag off of this stick was incredible. It’s like the first time that a chubby kid discovers Oreo cheesecake, it’s somewhat magical. As a chubby kid that remembers his first bite of Oreo cheesecake I can make this reference, you might have to search for something else that’s magical for you to understand what I’m talking about. Go think about unicorns or some crap like that… Anyway back to the cigar.

Headley Grange Long Ash

Headley Grange Long Ash

Smoking the first third of this stick just flew by, the next thing I knew I was holding a 2″ ash off this stick. Are you kidding me? I’ve never seen an ash this long except for those Nub ads in cigar magazines. I was blown away. This cigar was smoking perfectly, the draw was absolutely incredible. I just sat there and enjoyed this cigar so much that it made it difficult to remember to actually review it for you guys.

I was afraid this might not last. I thought I would surely hit a snag along the way with this smoke. All good things have to come to an end right? Well this good thing took me all the down to the nub, where I almost burnt my fingers. By the way, I think I’m going to file a Worker’s Comp claim for almost burning my fingers, is that possible? I wonder how I go about that…

The construction and the draw on the Headley Grange are phenomenal, in fact they are perfect 10/10 for this cigar on how it smokes. Steady even burn all the way down, held the longest ash I’ve ever had. Fan-freaking-tastic thats all I can say about it.

Flavor

So after all this talk about wanting the blend to taste like the drum beat sounds. Does Headley Grange live up to that? You beat your ass it does! (Sorry for all the cursing by the way, but I really love this cigar and it gets me pumped up). Jon said he wanted something big and bold with this blend something that had some balls to it. Personally I think their slogan should be “If Chuck Norris smoked a cigar it would be a Headley Grange”, but thats just me thats probably why I don’t work in a big marketing agency.

This cigar hits you right out of the gate, it just starts attacking your taste buds like its tap dancing all over them. I picked up spice, woodsy notes, a very strong tobacco flavor ( it is a cigar after all). So many complexities with this cigar its hard to pick them all out. The whole first third is laying a solid foundation like its building up to something. I can’t help but parallel it to the song that inspired the blend. I just have to bob my head along to it while I’m smoking.

Headley Grange really hits it stride on the second third. It’s like an eruption, all of a sudden you’re rushed with flavor and strength. The  complexities and the same flavors are there but it seems like there are more of them! The tobacco notes have really picked up and are just hitting you right in the face, but it feels so good.

Headley Grange Nub

Headley Grange Nub

The final third brings you back down again from all the intensity into a nice soothing calm similar to the first third and just lets you fade out and enjoy it down to the nub. The blend is incredibly consistent all the way through. I don’t know how in the hell they deliver that intensity in the middle without bring out more spice, but they did. I’m still floored by this cigar as I’m writing this review.

I would describe Headley Grange as medium-full bodied cigar. It starts out very medium and then builds into a very full bodied cigar and then fades back out in a medium body. The flavor profile on this cigar is outstanding they’ve mixed a lot of different flavor notes into one fantastic blend that takes you on a ride throughout the entire stick. I can tell you right now, this is the best cigar I’ve ever smoked.

Would I Buy It Again?

It may be the only cigar that I ever smoke again, ok thats not true, but yes I would buy it every chance I can!

Is It an Every Day Smoke?

If I could, I would smoke one of these everyday. It’s that good!

Would I Buy a Box?

I plan on it! This may be the first box that I actually buy of the same cigar. I’ve purchased mix and match cigar boxes before, but I think I may have to buy a box of these for myself.

Conclusion

Typically I smoke one cigar for my reviews to get a first time impression, but I smoked three cigars for this review, not because I felt like I needed a more robust review, but because I literally didn’t want to put these cigars down! I’ve only been smoking for close to 7 years, but I can honestly say that the Headley Grange is the best cigar that I’ve ever smoked!

From the Crowned Heads Twitter Account

From the Crowned Heads Twitter Account

Contest (Now Over Updated 11/12/12)


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157 Responses to Headley Grange

  1. Jeremy Ellis says:

    Great review! Can’t wait to win a box!

  2. Frankie says:

    Awesome review, chief! And for anyone else reading these comments…the stick IS really that good! BUY A BOX! And also, I’ll be looking forward to winning a box. 

  3. Jeremy Ellis says:

    Eff off Frankie, that box has my name all over it

  4. weagleweagle says:

    Love the review! Would love to try one myself, even if I don’t win the box. Let me know on Reddit when they start selling / shipping to the general public!

  5. Jyow617 says:

    I will be smoking the only one of these I have tonight. I am a huge fan of crowned heads and would love to win a box of these! Win or lose, you are a saint for doing this!

  6. Matt Rosenthal says:

    You have talked this cigar up enough, and I’ve heard enough about it, that I am dying to try it.  How can I bribe you to win?! 😛

  7. Nik says:

    I’ve been enjoying the Four Kicks. I’d really love a box of these.

  8. Ryne Higgins says:

     I would love to have a box of these. Here is to winning 😛

  9. Pbrstgng says:

    I am a little nervous.  I have already burned through several boxes of Four Kicks and now they are going to tempt me with these beauties.

  10. Bobatt says:

    Great review, thanks!

  11. Sounds like a gem!  Nice work Eric… I haven’t had a chance to get my hands on any of these yet, but I’ll be on the look out for sure!  GREAT contest btw…

  12. Conor McCarthy says:

    This looks like a real winner! Haven’t been able to get any of these out here in the sea of humanity that is Omaha. Might get lucky and finally get some now!
     

  13. Corey Zerbe says:

    I gotta say the boys a CH are an amazing group and I have been lucky enough to sample this new Blend and its the bomb, I fired up my first one on my 33rd Birthday and it was my gift to myself.  Great stick great guys great brands

  14. jon siddle says:

    Excellent in-depth review. Looking forward to trying one.

  15. ptyler says:

    Sounds like a must try!  Thanks for the contest!

  16. Kdavis says:

    Great review. I feel like I know Jon personally after reading this (even though I don’t). I am so stoked to try this one. Keep up the good work!

  17. cmorrow says:

    If this is better than the four kicks, I better buy another humidor…

  18. 007MI6 says:

    Nice job man! Good review, good cigar and some swag! That’s why I visit this site daily. Can’t to try this, and since I have yet to find Crowned Heads locally, hopefully I can win this SWEET deal and have a stash to relax with. Win or not, thanks for this opportunity and all you do. 🙂

    • Eric Scism says:

      Thanks Jerad! I’m glad you’re a loyal visitor maybe we’ll have to try and figure out a way to get you some Four Kicks if you don’t win! 🙂

      • 007MI6 says:

        That would rock! Been looking for those Four Kicks since I found this site, but alas, nowhere to be found. And to add to my troubles, the last three cigar shops in my area that I drove to with high hopes have gone out of business. 🙁 So my options are limited. I would appreciate the assist! 😉

  19. Jeff Todd says:

    Great review and thanks for the contest!  I am looking forward to trying both Four Kicks and Headley Grange.

  20. Crinc4 says:

    Sounds fantastic

  21. Al Montalvo says:

    Well that had to be the most enthusiastic review i ever read and being an avid cigar lover it really sold me if i ca ‘t win this box then i hope i will be able to find it i a local tobacanist or online thank you

  22. Crinc4 says:

    Sounds Fantastic

  23. Erin L says:

    Great review…detailed and engaging. Makes me reorder my cigar purchasing priorities! Thank you!

    • Eric Scism says:

      I would put this at the top of your purchasing priorities honestly. The box is going to attract a lot of eyes in the humi and the taste is gonna keep bringin em back. Just my $.02 🙂

  24. @mdamore4 says:

    That has got to be the most glowing review I’ve ever read – of anything, not just cigars! Cannot wait to get my hands on these sticks!

    • Eric Scism says:

      Wow. what a glowing review about a glowing review! Thank I appreciate the compliment I try to bring happiness to readers minds while they are thinking about cigars.

  25. irratebass says:

    Man this review made my mouth water!!!!! Entered all 4 ways!!!! Whoo Hoo!!

  26. Leo_Botl says:

    Fourkicks was one of the best gars I smoked last year, Im looking forward to these.

  27. Scott says:

    Great review! It sounds like these sticks are right up my alley. 

  28. Jeremywscott says:

    Awesome review. With all I’ve read about this cigar I’m already planning on buying a box as soon as they hit the shelves.

  29. Josh mccoy says:

    Great review. The four kicks is an awesome smoke, can’t wait to try the HG

  30. irratebass says:

    My entry is already in, but I just wanted to add….I loved this quote:

    “It’s like the first time that a chubby kid discovers Oreo cheesecake”

    Great review (wish all reviews were this fun to read) and thanks for the contest.

  31. Jake says:

    The Four Kicks were amazing. I can’t wait to try these!

  32. Mitchell Bonner says:

    Looking forward to it.

  33. Jacob Barrett says:

    Dude, nice review. I’m super stoked on everything these guys are doing and having gotten to try one already as you well know, I wasn’t disappointed at all. Hope you enjoy the rest. Don’t be a sucker and give them out, I did and now I’m sad-face-clown all over the place.

  34. Amacunlv says:

    Wow! I would love to sample this stick!

  35. Good review, can’t wait to try them! Email me directly at ttyszka@cigarevaluations.com, thanks!

  36. Sahgrif says:

    Sounds awesome. Sahgrif@gmail.com

  37. I have heard nothing but good things about Crowned Heads, but have yet to have one.  I must say, the review makes me want to go out and look for them.  Thanks for the opportunity.

  38. CoastieET90 says:

    Great review, seems like you really enjoy the brand and the two guys sound like a couple of great guys.

  39. Mike D. says:

    This is the first review I’ve read of yours; fantastic – on my favorites list you go!

    I’ve had some limited contact with Jon – a fantastic guy.  I wear my 4 Kicks hat with pride.

    I see one problem, this cigars is so “hot” in pre-release that it will be hard to get.  Good luck to all.

    Thanks,
    Mike D.

  40. donald says:

    Sounds like a late afternoon smoke 4 me hope I win so I can share them

  41. Ace says:

    This is the third review I’ve read claiming that this cigar is remarkable. Nice to see EPC getting the credit he deserves.

  42. Drake Bishop says:

    Would love to try one. Or ya know, 24. 

  43. Manthatlaughs says:

    I hope I win to share the wealth

  44. Ian Massey says:

    Looking forward to trying these, love the Four Kicks!  Thanks for the review and contest.

  45. These looks great and your review has made me very interested! I will definitely have to try them.

  46. Four Kicks is one of my fav sticks so i can’t wait to try these. Thanks for the review.

  47. Nrperales says:

    Great review, almost felt like I was smoking one with you. Keep up the great work! I’m sure it’s a labor of love

  48. Isaac Lafond says:

    Great website and a Great review. Flavor wheel is especially helpful. All their packaging looks pretty sweet!

  49. Stephen thompson says:

    Am already a Four Kicks fan so I can’t wait to try this one. It’s great to see some new thinking that includes old standards. Best.

  50. Drew says:

    Great review. You’ve got me pumped to buy a box on sight without smoking one. Four kicks is my favorite cigar but I have a feeling this one move to the top of the list. Thanks for the good review.

    • Eric Scism says:

      Yeah man if you love Four Kicks you won’t even have to second guess buying these Headley Grange sticks! More flavor and more body. Both great cigars!

  51. Marc says:

    My thoughts on your review – “Whole Lotta Love”. Thank you for the review and anticipation. 

  52. Mark Klein says:

    Looking forward to trying this second release, as the Four Kicks corona was a worthy smoke.

  53. LukeB says:

    Love the band on this cigar! Good review -ccan’t wait to smoke one of these.

  54. Meatcake says:

    Killer sounding cigar, great review too. look forward to trying some!

  55. Jack Mehoff says:

    Great cigar! I had one of these a few years back and can still taste the greatness. I hope I get the box, the second mouse always gets da cheeeeeze!!!!

  56. Anthony Tassin says:

    Hmm. sounds like an interesting cigar.

  57. Gllerner says:

    ready for a box….

  58. Mikeee says:

    Would love to have a box!

  59. Neal says:

    It makes me want to get a box today.  Cannot wait to enjoy the smoke!

  60. thatrev says:

    I loved the review! Sign me up for the contest

  61. Tom says:

    Exited the new Crowned,Heads stick is a Sumatra! It looks like a slam dunk, and something I’m looking forward to trying. Thanks for the review!

  62. John bradburne says:

    great job guys, i have facebooked, google+ and commented hopefully i can try these

  63. numismaniac says:

    Great guys, I’m sort of lucky, live just over two hours away, but health keeping me from traveling often. Stopped by their office,great buncha folks, can’t wait to get my hands on some of these. Wish me luck, sign me up, brother. In West Tn. Gonna look you up sometime.

  64. great reveiw love to try them

  65. Brent Hachigo says:

    I loved the Four Kicks and I can’t wait to try these.

  66. JohnG says:

    One of the top cigars coming out of the show that I am looking forward to smoking. Thanks for the opportunity to win a box.

  67. Cigars4mango says:

    Great review. Love the Four Kicks, can’t wait to get my hands on these.
    Mango

  68. numismaniac says:

    Got a treasure of a wife, I don’t do facebook, but she has an account and went through the motions, thanks for the chance and the review, brother.

  69. 007MI6 says:

    Looks like a 1 in 132 chance of winning. Hmmmm, come on lady luck! Awesome contest Eric! Thanks for all that you guys do at SOTR!

  70. Chris franke says:

    So as I smoke my Punch I now feel like this box must be mine.

  71. Dan Stanley says:

    Great review can’t wait to try them!
     

  72. Chad Bonanno says:

    Nice review! I am looking forward to trying these! VERY EXCITING!

  73. 007MI6 says:

    Did I totally miss it, or have you not announced the winner yet? Because I haven’t received any winner notifications in my box yet…. 😛 

  74. irratebass says:

    Yo! Did I win????

  75. John Cowan says:

    This sounds like a great cigar. I just found your web site. I probably will not get to try this cigar this year. So, I hope I am lucky enough to win a free box.

    • Eric Scism says:

      @johncowan:disqus thanks for stopping by! Im glad you found it. Sorry the contest was over a week ago. The winner has already been picked. I guess I better update this post! 🙂

  76. Jeff Curtis says:

    Had a Headly Grange this week and really enjoyed it

  77. Kimm Hunt says:

    Your review leaves me not caring whether I win or purchase a box, but a box it shall be!

  78. OchoZacho says:

    I just picked up two singles at my local shop and can’t wait to give them a try!

  79. BWallace says:

    Great review! Love the four kicks and will have to give this one a try. Has the contest ended?

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