Jon Huber over at Crowned Heads is releasing a new line addition called Jerico Hill. This augments the original Four Kicks, Headley Grange and J.D. Howard Reserve. The company began only in 2011 and has scored some impressive hits. The Jerico Hill. The name was inspired by Johnny Cash’s version of Cocaine Blues from the Live at Folsom Prison album. The song is about a guy who is brought to justice by a sheriff from Jerico Hill…hence the name. The wrapper is a dark San Andres leaf over Nicaragua filler and binder. Most of the cigars from Crowned Heads come from the factory of Ernesto Perez Carrillo in the Dominican Republic…but this one comes from Pepin and the My Father factory in Nicaragua. It brings a new flavor to the line. It comes in four sizes from 5.125” x 44 up to a 6” x 54 with prices ranging from $7.95 to $9.75.
Speaking of the Perez-Carrillos, Ernesto’s daughter Lissette wanted to bring out a cigar as an homage to the family’s Cuban roots. The result is La Historia featuring a beautiful band showing Lissette’s grandmother in Cuba on one side and Lissette herself in Miami on the other. The blend is medium to full using a Mexican San Andres wrapper over Ecuador Sumatran binder and Nicaraguan fillers. There are three sizes –6.125” x 50, 5.375” x 52 and 6.875” x 54 with prices running from $7.75 to $8.75.
At Toraño, Charlie Toraño is putting his name on a cigar this year. It is called Captiva named for the small island off the southwest coast of Florida and one of Charlie’s favorite places. The cigar uses a nice oily Ecuador wrapper over Nicaraguan fillers for a medium to full bodied smoke with very good flavors. It comes in 4 sizes and is priced from about $8 to $9 for the 6” x 60.