The same words that accurately describe the legendary Johnny Cash can be used for a cigar that was inspired by one of his songs, “Cocaine Blues.” It's time to make the acquaintance of Jericho Hill by Crowned Heads.
Crowned Heads cigars are built with a rebellious aura surrounding them. And this aura isn't just a marketing ploy or some insecure attempt to appear cooler than they really are; these guys are legit. Their first cigar, Four Kicks, and their second, Headley Grange, were both inspired by songs and were specifically blended to mirror the beat of the music. It's the same exact story with Jericho Hill, only this time the spotlight falls on none other than Mr. Johnny Cash. The song tells the sad tale of a man fueled up on whiskey and cocaine who accidently kills a woman. The sheriff who catches him is from a town called Jericho Hill. All of the size names come from the songs on Cash's “At Folsom Prison” album.
Jericho Hill is the first regular production cigar from Crowned Heads to be offered out of Nicaragua, and comes from My Father Cigars. The Nicaraguan binder and filler leaves are accompanied by a San Andres wrapper, also a first for the company, that's visually stunning with minimal veins and blemishes. Flavor notes of earth, sweetness, and spice are all present, and the strength is decidedly medium, though it does perceptibly intensify in the final third. Fans of Cash, fans of Crowned Heads, and fans of great cigars would all do well to give it a shot.