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Cigar Review: Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2015 LC46

8 Sep 2015

While a top-notch, limited edition cigar rolled at a major factory with a price tag under $10 isn’t a black swan, it might qualify as a gray one. These days, the $20+ My Father LE and Davidoff’s $30+ Year of the Sheep may seem more the norm.

CalaverasAnd with only 30,000 of each of the three Las Calaveras vitolas released, this year’s edition may no longer be easy to find, but it is one smoke worth the hunt. I praised its sibling, LC52, in a Quick Smoke earlier this summer. Picking up a five-pack of the LC46 gave me the opportunity to smoke, and enjoy, more.

This cigar, rolled for Crowned Heads at the My Father Cigars factory, is 5.625 inches long with a ring gauge of 46. The wrapper is an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro, and the binder and filler are Nicaraguan.

They combine for a complex smoke that began with roasted nuts, dry cocoa, and a little back-of-the-throat spice. By the start of the second third, that spice had mellowed, and I picked up notes of cinnamon, cedar, and leather. Pepper joined in during the final third. Throughout, the flavors were even, smooth, and well-matched.

Construction and burn were excellent, the ash held tight, and the smoke was rich and ample. I did find the draw a bit tight, especially when I used a V-cut. I’d highly recommend opening up the head by using a guillotine cutter instead of the V or a punch.

The first incarnation of Las Calaveras debuted to high praise last year, and Crowned Heads plans to make it an annual release with a different blend each time. In addition, for 2015, Crowned Heads introduced some different sizes. Bands clearly note the year of issue and display some different colors, making it easy to distinguish between 2014 and 2015.

By now, though, noting the difference is likely to be more of a test at home than on the shelves. The Las Calaveras, whose name comes from an image related to Mexico’s Day of the Dead holiday, has been a sales success both years.

I can’t wait to see what 2016 brings. For 2015, I rate the Las Calaveras LC46 four and a half stogies out of five.

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–George E

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One Response to “Cigar Review: Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2015 LC46”

  1. Mike Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

    Sounds great. I love cigars in that ring gauge. Glad to see that size has not been abandoned in favor of 60-plus monster sticks.