Jericho Hill, which debuted at the 82nd IPCPR in Las Vegas, is the fourth regular production release from Crowned Heads. The cigar pays homage to Johnny Cashâ€™s 1968 song â€œCocaine Blues;â€ here is the story from Crowned Headsâ€™ website:
â€œJohn R. â€œJohnnyâ€ Cash is widely considered to be one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century. His legacy continues to inspire many, including Crowned Heads. Jericho Hill was inspired by Cashâ€™s rendition of â€œCocaine Blues,â€ found on Cashâ€™s 1968 live album, â€œAt Folsom Prison.â€ The song is a tale of a man, Willy Lee, who goes down a dark path brought on by the influence of whiskey and cocaine. Willy is captured in Juarez, Mexico, and is brought to justice by the sheriff from Jericho Hill.
Cash was the fourth of seven children, and Jericho Hill marks the fourth regular production release from Crowned Heads. The dark wrapper leaf utilized on Jericho Hill is a nod to â€œThe Man in Black,â€ as the wrapper leaf varietal (Mexican San Andres) is a nod to the â€œJuarez, Mexicoâ€ reference found in â€œCocaine Blues.â€ The four vitola names were all inspired by lyrics and music found on â€œAt Folsom Prison,â€ and when recited from smallest to largest (.44S, LBV, OBS, and Willy Lee), take on a lyrical element of their own.
Jericho Hill is a hedonistic blend of the best Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos, resulting in a rich and robust taste profile that is focused, potent, and complex. The smoke is a full-throttle experience that assaults your palate at break-neck speed, races around your mouth for a hundred miles, and leaves your taste buds in a cloud of power, intensity, and excitement. Manufactured at My Father Cigars S.A., Esteli, Nicaragua, and distributed by Crowned Heads, LLC.â€
With that in mind, letâ€™s get to smoking!
For this review I chose the “Willy Lee” Vitola. The Jericho Hill Willy Lee is a great looking box pressed toro (6×54). The wrapper is a bit toothy with some small veins present, however they seem to just fit in perfectly with the dark brown wrapper and the great looking band. The cigar is fairly dense but gives just enough and the wrapper remains perfectly intact when the triple cap is clipped.
The cold draw gives off notes of dark chocolate, black pepper, cedar and even a little bit of sweetness; itâ€™s pretty obvious that this cigar comes from the My Father Factory.
Upon lighting the cigar Iâ€™m expecting a small blast of black pepper which is typical for cigars from My Father, but I am instead hit with a very pleasant combination of cedar, chocolate, earth and only a little bit of black pepper with some cherry notes on the finish. The flavor profile remains the same throughout the first third and the body is at a medium-full. The ash is holding great and the burn line is impressively sharp. The draw on this cigar is perfect, just enough airflow and resistance.
As I enter the second third, the chocolate sweetness has picked up a bit and Iâ€™m introduced to a little more black pepper with the cherry notes remaining on the finish. Earth and cedar have remained consistent and thereâ€™s a faint leather note that fades in and out throughout the second third. Beyond that, the cigar has ashed at about an inch and a half, the burn line is becoming a little less even but it has not required any touchups as of yet. The body remains at a medium-full and the draw is still great.
During the final third of the cigar, the chocolate sweetness and cedar have faded along with the intermittent faint leather notes. The cherry notes on the finish have been replaced with walnuts and tobacco and the black pepper has remained consistent until the end. The smoke remained thick throughout and the burn was great the whole way through, requiring no touch ups or re-lights.
Total smoking time was just over an hour and a half.
In all, this is another home run from Crowned Headâ€™s! Iâ€™m excited to see what a few months of age will do to the Jericho Hill.