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The J.D. Howard Reserve cigar is becoming more common in local brick and mortar stores across the country as Crowned Heads expand their reach in the cigar world. The J.D. Howard Reserve cigar is named after infamous outlaw of the west, Jesse James. J.D. Howard was the alias that James went under when he and his wife lived incognito in Tennessee with their two children. Eventually, James would meet his maker by way of bullet by Bob Ford in April 3, 1882. This cigar is made to commemorate the life of Jesse James, and all of his dastardly deeds.
The J.D. Howard Reserve cigar by Crowned Heads is a medium to full bodied cigar made up of a Brazilian wrapper, Sumatran binder and Nicaraguan filler.
The pre-puff gives of a ton of spice that lingers on the tongue. Once I sparked up the J.D. Howard Reserve cigar I got hints of earth, grass, pepper with a fairly creamy finish. A solid flavored cigar for any cigar lover who enjoys a stogie that balances between medium and full bodied tones. Perfect after a large meal or to relax with at the bar.
The burn of the J.D. Howard Reserve cigar was super even showing zero signs of canoeing and gave off grey/white ash; displaying an evenly constructed smoke. The draw was slightly tight but began to even out more as I reached halfway through the stogie.
The retrohale gave off more hints of earth and coffee. The J.D. Howard Reserve cigar paired great with coffee, bourbon and heavy beers like strong ales and stouts/porters. Overall, the J.D. Howard Reserve is an enjoyable smoke that has found a nice place in my humidor throughout the years.
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