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J.D. Howard Reserve by Crowned Heads Cigars Paired with Brinley Gold Shipwreck Spiced Rum.


Crowned Heads’ mission is to be a premium cigar company committed to producing cigars of artisanal quality that are defined by a combination of excellent flavor, balance, and consistency.  They believe in continuous improvement, working to marry both tradition and innovation.  The company prides itself in strict attention to detail, and only allow an exclusive and select group of retail partners to offer their brand.  The goal is not to be everywhere, but rather, to provide an unparalleled level of service, attention, and excellence to those that support Crowned Heads.

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 J.D. Howard was the alias used by Jesse James after he went into isolation after an infamous bank robbery in Nashville, Tennessee. J.D. Howard Reserve blend was created to capture the juxtaposition and contradiction of this famous outlaw – its character is bold yet refined; its flavor profile is simple yet complex. The wrapper is rich and dark with an oily finish, and it has a very smooth draw with complex flavors and dense smoke. It meets your palate with a spicy pepper rush and leaves it with subtly sweet cocoa notes – I noticed these immediately. There is also some creaminess and earthiness that maintains throughout the smoke. It is a rugged yet balanced smoke that is medium in body and full in taste. Overall, the J.D. Howard Reserve is a very well-made cigar that I would highly recommend.

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In thinking about what I could pair the J.D. Howard Reserve with, I wanted something that would highlight the creaminess and sweet undertones of the cigar.  Brinley Gold Shipwreck Spiced Rum came to mind and it turned out to be an amazing combination.  Shipwreck is a sweet rum and very smooth right out of the bottle.  You will definitely taste a bit of woody and creamy notes, and it is so well balanced with the spice that it is a great rum to enjoy all day long.


Tasting Notes: Amber color, Four year old molasses based rum, aged in oak barrels.  Blended with natural vanilla, nutmeg, and clove, orange and exotic spices.


  • Hand-crafted on St. Kitts
  • Molasses based
  • Four Year Aged in once charred American oak barrels
  • 750ml
  • 72 Proof
  • Natural flavor.

Myron Gooch Sr. 

Time Smoked: 1 Hour and 5 Minutes

Cost: $9.50

Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca.

Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra.

Filler: Nicaragua.

Size: 5 ½” x 50.

Rating: 90





3 thoughts on “J.D. Howard Reserve by Crowned Heads Cigars Paired with Brinley Gold Shipwreck Spiced Rum. Leave a comment

  1. Hello, I noticed that you have an image with a cigar and a coffee mug. Do you have any suggestions for pairing cigars with coffee? Also are ports and cigars a good combo?




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