Texas is a state rich in history and heritage. Â We are proud of where we came from and what we stand for. Â As many know we are a state that used to be our own country, we won our independence in 1836 and legend has it that we have the Yellow Rose of Texas to thank for that. Â Our independence was won at the battle of San Jacinto where Texan forces attacked the Mexican army while their leader, Gen. Santa Ana, literally was caught with his pants down. Â The story goes that he was seduced by Emily Morgan, a mixed race woman whom he had captured during his raids on Texas homesteads. Â Due to Ms. Morgan being of mixed race, common in the south at that time, she was considered to be â€œhigh yellow.â€ Â That was a term at the time for the light skinned mixed race persons. Â Her seduction allowed the Texans to defeat the Mexican army and the rest is history, so in Texas we celebrate our â€œYellow Rose,â€ Emily Morgan. Â Crowned Heads has recently decided to launch a cigar just for the state using the name Yellow Rose. Â This release is following the other releases that were for two other states, the Paniolo Especial for Hawaii and the Tennessee Waltz for Tennessee. Â The blends of all three cigars are the same, only the vitolas have been changed to create an exclusive for each state. Â I proudly smoked the Yellow Rose and felt it my duty as a Texan.
Vitolas: The Yellow Rose is only available in a single vitola, a 6 1/4×54 box pressed torpedo. Â The Tennessee Waltz was a 5 1/2×52 and the Paniolo Especial is a 5 5/8×46.
Blend: Â Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Appearance: Â The Yellow Rose is a beautiful cigar that features a dark and oily wrapper that is very smooth. Â The cigar is box pressed but not sharply, the torpedo cap is nicely constructed. Â The cigar feels very well packed and seems to have no visible construction flaws. Â The cigar has no band but does have a very fitting yellow ribbon at the foot.
Pre-Light: Â On my standard pre-light inspection I get a rich earth note from the wrapper on the nose with cedar and leather at the foot. Â After a quick clip of the cap the cold draw reveals some spicy cinnamon notes.
1st Third: Â After lighting the Yellow Rose I am met with a small blast of pepper. Â The pepper settles nicely but never goes away. Â As i start to move through the first third I am met with a mesquite wood like flavor that reminds me some of a South Texas BBQ. Â Latter in the first third a soft hint of vanilla shows its head and is a very pleasant addition to the profile.
2nd Third: Â As the second third of the Yellow Rose begins the profile turns to coffee and earth notes. Â Throughout the second third I also pick up a cocoa note that moves here and there, I believe that with time the earth will become that cocoa. Â Exiting the second third there is some leather in the mix, although it is not a strong player in the overall profile.
Last Third: Â In the last third of the Yellow Rose I am still getting a lot of coffee notes as well as spice. Â This cigar is pretty spicy throughout, especially on the retrohale. Â Toward the end of the cigar there is a faint caramel note that comes into play and the retrohale shows some wood notes. Â The caramel note was very good but only teased my palate.
Construction: Â The construction on the Yellow Rose was top notch, I noticed no issues at all with the ones I smoked. Â The draw was exceptional and the taper of the torpedo never became an issue.
Burn: Â When it comes to burn, the Yellow Rose also was stellar. Â The ash held for about an inch at a time and the burn line was great. Â I maybe touched this cigar up once if at all.
Final Assessment: Â Overall the Yellow Rose was a good offering from Crowned Heads. Â The cigar was a full bodied smoke that will appeal to seasoned smokers. Â I do however believe that this cigar need some time to really blossom into an amazing smoke. Â As it stands this is worth picking a couple up, but if you have the time and patience to sit on them a box will be very rewarding in about 8 months to a year!