The newest line from Crowned Heads dubbed Jericho Hill is the second blend to be made outside E.P. Carrillo's Tabacalaera La Alianza in the Dominican Republic. Instead, like the limited edition Las Calaveras before it, the Jericho Hill is made in the My Father Cigar Factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. But unlike the limited annual release Las Calaveras, the Jericho Hill is the first regular production line to be made outside La Alianza. This new partnership between Crowned Heads and My Father is exciting to say the least. With a new region and access to different tobaccos this new found friendship gives Crowned Heads a bigger park to play in.
The Jericho Hill was inspired by the musician Johnny Cash, and his performance of Cocaine Blues from his 1968 Album "At Folsom Prison". The song spins a grim tale of a man named Willy Lee, who, on a cocaine and whiskey binge spirals down a retched path of violence and crime. Willy Lee eventually ends up captured in Jaurez, Mexico. Where he pays for his misdeeds at the hands of the sheriff from- you guessed it... Jericho Hill. Manufactured in the My Father Cigars factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. The Jericho Hill's filler and binder are both Nicaraguan with a Mexican San Andrés wrapper. Coming in four sizes, this box pressed stick has peaked my interest with it's intriguing back story. For this review I elected to smoke the name sake for the infamous man of Cocaine Blues, The Willy Lee.
- Cigar Reviewed: Jericho Hill
- Country of Origin: Nicaragua
- Factory: My Father Cigars S.A., Esteli, Nicaragua
- Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
- Binder: Nicaraguan.
- Filler: Nicaraguan.
- Size: Willy Lee (Boxed Press Toro) 6" x 54
The Jericho Hill is one that could easily be looked over on the shelf, it's non-assuming black and white band is neither bold nor memorable, yet its simple look and sleek appearance gives it a devil-may-care attitude, almost like it doesn't need to prove itself to anyone. Toothy feel and oak colored it appears ragged, yet refined; like Slash playing Beethoven. The aroma is a dark chocolate muddled with potting soil, an almost sweet candy scent permeates the nostrils. Black pepper and cocoa can be noticed on the cold draw, with a more visceral earthy tone which differs from the relaxed sweetness of the aroma.
The Jericho Hill Willy Lee starts off more complex than any cigar I've reviewed thus far, subtle notes of cocoa and and a touch of what I would describe as blackberries, mixing with something almost floral in the background. Smooth and slick much like the cool, sly musician this cigar was inspired by. It's easy to smoke and not lacking in intrigue.
Half way through, the Jericho Hill Willy Lee brings more dark chocolate and earthy tones to this symphony of flavor, all the little suggestions and subtle notes fade away to replace a more solid, substantial taste. The burn line has held fairly well, I've only needed to correct it once during this review, never straying far from good, but never getting too close to perfect. it's held it's own in a scrappy kind of way. The easy draw pulls a glorious cloud of smoke that would make anyone sit up and take notice.
The Home Stretch:
This cigar has remained a smooth, unwavering smoke. The Jericho Hill Willy Lee is medium to full, and not overpowering in it's flavor. Complex and subtle in it's start, while leveling out to a more simple straightforward taste. That idea continues as I come closer to the end, more mild in chocolate and earth it calms itself to a more simple taste of leather. Never burning too hot or too cold, it has held up beautifully.
Not all cigars are created equal, and it can be hard to find one that justifies switching from your go-to cigar to something new. However you won't have much trouble justifying the Jericho Hill. Rugged refinement and impeccable taste, the Jericho Hill can keep up with the big boys. It's smooth flavor and body make it a great way to cap off an evening. Despite it's namesake and background, this cigar is refined and subtle, something that can compete with high culture. It's safe to say if you give this stick a try, you wont be disappointed.