The Label Factor:
The label on the Headley Grange Drumstick is identical to the standard Headley label, just a bit smaller to accommodate the slender 38 ring gauge. The Drumstick has some serious allure – it’s not only the appeal of such a unique looking cigar, but also the knowledge that this is an endangered species with only a limited release. Because I know how rare these guys are, I feel like it should have a “Limited Edition” kicker band similar to what was found on the Mule Kick. I want people to KNOW that I’m smoking a limited edition. Well, that’s okay – I came prepared. As someone who has never thrown away a cigar label, I was able to do a bit of recycling here. Am I weird for doing this? Yes. Did I get a kick out of it anyway? Yes. Am I done asking and answering my own questions? Yes.
What We Liked:
The Headley Grange was inspired by the drumbeat on the legendary Led Zeppelin track, “When The Levee Breaks.” With that, the Drumstick is a limited edition release that just makes sense, as it resembles, well…a drumstick! However, I would advise against using these to lay down sick beats.
Like the 2012 Limited Edition Mule Kick, the Headley Grange Drumstick arrives in boxes of ten. These are truly a site to behold. If you are a sucker for high quality packaging, you will find a lot to like in the photos below:
If you are expecting a completely different cigar than the regular Headley, you may be disappointed. The Drumstick rolls with a lot of the same flavor characteristics of the original, but with some subtle nuances. When we reviewed the Headley Estupendos, we found the dominant profile to be of pure, natural tobacco. With the Drumstick, those flavors are still present, but the notes of toasted bread, nuts, and spice are more pronounced. It’s a delicious, super creamy smoke, and you’ll have no trouble smoking through the full 7.5 inches.
One thing that I didn’t recall from the original was the strength. By the end of the hour and a half it took the Drumstick to burn down to a nub, I was feeling a bit lightheaded. This may have also been related to the Flor De Caña 7 Year rum I paired it with, but my gut tells me otherwise.
As with every single Crowned Heads cigar I’ve smoked, the Drumstick is perfectly constructed with flawless burn and draw. For such a slender cigar, there is a tremendous amount of smoke production. I’d say the smoke output to ring gauge ratio comes in at high to very high.
Assuming Crowned Heads keeps on the same limited edition path, we can look forward to a JD Howard Reserve LE in the fall of 2014. I wonder what that will be named? My money is on the JD Howard Reserve Limited Edition Zerelda. You heard it here first, folks!
What We Didn’t Like:
Are you really going to make me fill out this section? Fine. If I must, I’ll say that I don’t like how hard it will be to find these cigars in the future. Once I smoke through the box that I was fortunate enough to find (partially because I live in Nashville – home of Crowned Heads), I probably won’t ever see one of these again.
Another very serious complaint: these don’t fit in my humidor laying vertically like all my other cigars! Plan to play some serious cigar Tetris to get the Drumsticks to fit in an aesthetically pleasing way. Or maybe I simply need to upgrade to a bigger humidor. Hmm…I like that idea.
Should You Try/Buy It:
There is a reason we picked the Headley Grange as one of our 10 favorite cigars of our first year of reviewing; it’s delicious. The Drumstick doesn’t change that, but instead brings different flavors to the forefont. Is it the best Headley ever? That’s tough to say. Should you be upset if you can’t get your hands on some? Yeah, because limited edition releases are fun! If you can’t, simply go buy some regular release Headley Granges and smoke them while looking in one of those fun house mirrors that stretches everything out.
Interested in trying the Headley Grange? You can purchase it here.