Let me start by saying how much I love a good lancero. With the delicious blends that have been introduced by The Crowned Heads over the past couple years I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these. A heads up as well, my final score will be on the bottom as usual but I’ve decided to do away with numbers next to each section. If you’re interested look at the Scales of Justice page for my breakdown.
The Drumstick is manufactured at Ernesto Perez Carrillo’s Tabacalera La Alianza in the Dominican Republic. Interestingly enough this is the first lancero to come out said factory. The cigar is comprised of an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, binder and fillers both being Nicaraguan.
Construction and Pre-Light;
The drumstick has small veins present throughout, giving it a rustic look and feel. The cigar is packed extremely well offering no soft spots. It is really a beautiful representation of a lancero topped with the perfect pigtail. A pre-light sniff offered up some nuts, wood notes, a slight coffee note, and a little spice. I almost opted to just pull the pigtail but being a creature of habit I gave it the good old straight cut. The dry draw gave me more nutty notes, wood, a slight leather, and spice.
The Drumstick starts out beautifully. The cigar offers wonderful flavors of nutty notes, wood, and a spice note that is just right. Throughout the first third these notes were the most prevalent. At times I picked up a slight coffee sensation. The nut and wood notes blended so perfectly forming the most delicious profile topped off by the spice note at the end and through the nose.
The second third continued with the nut and wood. In this third I also picked up a note of hay breaking through from time to time. along with that the coffee was also a tad more noticeable than the first third. The flavor profile to this point had been absolutely outstanding. The dominance of nutty, wood, and spice notes accompanied by the introduction of coffee and hay gives this cigar a really unique twist. A tasty twist at that.
The final third saw yet another introduction of leather to the profile. In many cigars I’ve usually noticed that the core flavors begin to diminish in the final, not the case here. The wood, nut, and spice notes added with the leather remained till the very end. A nubbable cigar if there ever was one.
Draw, Burn, & Ash;
The draw was fabulous from beginning to end. No complaints from me.
The burn was almost razor-sharp throughout my experience. Towards the very end the cigar seemed to lose a little of the burn and putter out, but again this took place at the end.
The ash was great. Strong yet at times seemed as though it may fall easily but surprised me by holding on. It wasn’t the strongest I’ve encountered but not the weakest either.
Jon Huber is quoted as saying that he wanted to produce a cigar that hit like the drums from the song “When the levee breaks” by Led Zeppelin. In my most humble opinion he has, along with the master blending skills of E.P. Carrillo, attained this goal. The Headley Grange Drumstick’s flavors resonate on the palate as does beautiful music in the ears and soul. It is a fantastic cigar presented in the sometimes difficult vitola of lancero. One of the best I’ve had the pleasure to smoke. It is absolutely box-worthy and I’d suggest at least that being as they are limited. I’ve already gone through half a box and just today ordered one from Smoke Inn. Try it my friends, you’ll love it. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan
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