The idea behind the Las Calaveras is a simple one: don’t live in the past. Crowned heads newest release crafted by Jose “Pepin” Garcia and Jaime Garcia commemorates those who have “moved on” in the past year. Even the name Las Calaveras is inspired by the La Calaveras Catrina, an image associated with Dia de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead.
The start of this annual release is the Edicion Limitada 2014, a blend and look that will only be around for so long, until moving on to a different style and taste. Much like life its self, the E.L. 2014 will be fleeting, but don’t fret. What’s important is that we enjoy it while we can, and savor every glorious moment. When this blend is gone, a new one will take its place, such is the circle of life, or rather… cigars.
Cigar being reviewed:
Las Calaveras EL 2014.
Size: LC 652. 6” x 52.
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano Oscuro (8th priming)
The dark wrapper and firm construction makes the Las Calaveras easy on the eyes, a slight oil sheen and smooth feel with veins few and far between shows the care and attention to detail that went in to the final product. A smoky musk of earth and wood, blending with the tobacco create a very heavy, intriguing aroma that begs to be smoked. A cold draw has the same idea, with heavy soil and woody notes it is absolutely mouth-watering.
The first 3rd:
This medium to full cigar is an interesting beast; Complex array of earthy soil and cocoa beans, muddled with a bitter acidic finish not unlike black tea. And an almost berry sweet taste in the draw creates a very unusual smoke indeed. A razor-sharp burn line and a plethora of smoke from the draw make a great first impression.
The Second 3rd:
One thing is for sure, this cigar is not short on surprises. This once medium-full stick makes a lovely transition to a fuller bodied smoke, with a flavor relying heavily on leather and potting soil. Deep and heavy this is a perfect cigar to cap off an evening with a nice dark stout or glass of port.
The Last 3rd:
With the Las Calaveras coming to an end, the smoke has held my attention, changing ever so slightly in flavor to keep you on your toes. A beautiful burn line has remained throughout this cigar; never a moment where relighting was necessary. A great smoke and a great way to pay respects to a friend or loved one no longer of this world.
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
Truer words have never been spoken then the ones by young Ferris Bueller . And I think the Las Calaveras embodies that very ideal; enjoy life while you have it. So light your cigars, whatever they may be, grab a drink and toast to life, love and death. But most importantly, don’t ever let a single moment pass by.
Pares well with: Sandeman Tawny Port.
or Left hand Brewing co. Nitro Milk Stout.
Reviewed by Cigar Consultant Sam Schuster