Crowned Heads has added a sixth size in the Jericho Hill line.
The new cigar is a 7 1/2 x 38 lancero named 12 Honest Men that is being rolled at My Father Cigars S.A. in Estelí, Nicaragua and is composed of a Mexican San Andrés wrapper covering a binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua. The vitola is limited to 3,500 boxes of 12, or 42,000 total cigars.
“I think the thin ring gauge really shines a light on the essence and flavor of the San Andrés wrapper,” wrote Crowned Heads co-owner Jon Huber in an text to halfwheel. “(It) lends nice rich, round, dark chocolate-like profile that complients the Jericho blend’s intensity.”
The new sizes joins the OBS (4 3/4 x 52), .44S (5 1/8 x 44), Willy Lee (6 x 54), LBV (6 1/2 x 46) and Shots (4 x 42), which was released in February. At an MSRP of $9.95 each, it is not only the most expensive vitola in the line so far by 20 cents, it is also the first size to be packaged in 12-count boxes.
Originally released at the 2014 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, all of the Jericho Hill vitola names draw inspiration from the Johnny Cash song “Cocaine Blues,” which tells the tale of Willy Lee, a man who travels down a destructive path and eventually kills a woman while under the influence of both whiskey and cocaine. He is eventually caught in Juarez, Mexico by the unnamed sheriff from a town named Jericho Hill. The new vitola name comes from a verse in the song that details the trial of Willy Lee after he is captured:
Into the courtroom my trial began/
Where I was handled by twelve honest men/
Just before the jury started out/
I saw that little judge commence to look about.
According to Huber, 12 Honest Men will begin shipping to retailers in late September.