Once employees of the well-established cigar company CAO International, located in Nashville, Tennessee at the time, Jon Huber and Mike Conder were veterans within the cigar industry. Everything for them was going well until it was decided in 2010 that CAO would be moving to Richmond, Virginia. Jon and Mike were not about to uproot their lives and lifestyle in Nashville. So they did what any reasonable men would do. They quit their jobs at CAO and launched their own cigar company. The duo, along with two other former CAO employees, worked long and hard to make their dreams come true and by November, 2011 Crowned Heads was born with the distribution of their first cigar brand: Four Kicks.purpose that what they aim for is, “a combination of excellent flavor, balance, and consistency.” (crownedheads.com) For them, this is more about breaking today’s norm on cigars and bringing back tradition, while still being adaptive to innovation. With these company values, it’s no surprise that Crowned Heads has such a strong following for being such a young company.
Now located in the old CAO International building, Crowned Heads, which uses manufacturing facilities based in Tabacalera La Alianza, S.A., is doing exactly what its owners intended: creating a name for itself. With tobacco origins that include the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, they are producing some tasteful cigars at a respectable price. Even though most of their cigars, like the Four Kicks and J.D. Howard, are a homage to icons, they still want to hold true to the fact that the cigars are the main star. They make sure that the quality of the cigar isn’t outshined by the label or name of the cigar.Cigar Aficionado was one of the first publications to recognize Crowned Heads after the news was released and has made numerous promising reviews and releases on the company while staying true to their followers. Along with Cigar Aficionado, many popular cigar blogs, like Stogie On the Rocks, have given many promising reviews for the company and its cigars.
Crowned Heads cigars are something to experience. If you haven’t tried one or have any doubts, make sure to grab one this week. Let us know what you think with a comment below!Spotlight: Crowned Heads Cigars by Ted Esposito