In November of 2020, Cigar Federation announced that they would be working with Crowned Heads to release their first site exclusive cigar since Logan Lawler acquired the community in July of the same year. It was an exciting announcement and it came at a great time for both parties involved. Crowned Heads was having a huge 2020 year, and what better way to celebrate the acquirement of Cigar Federation for Lawler then to work with the most popular individual in the industry. The cigar that was created between the two was called The Buckingham, and just as there is a changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, there was a changing of the guard for Cigar Federation. I smoked the cigar when it first came out, enjoying the size and the flavors, but I knew it was a cigar that would just get better. Because of that, I have waited the six months since it was released and I am know reviewing it. Let's see what The Buckingham smokes like after six months.
With a total of 2,000 cigars produced, The Buckingham is the first cigar that Logan Lawler worked in creating for Cigar Federation. The site had the release of the Collective before, but as Huber has said, that was before the changing of the guard. It is a 6" by 46 ring gauge grand corona, and is made at My Father Cigars. It is finished with a Mexican San Andres wrapper has a Nicaraguan binder and filler blend. Finished with a lovely triple cap, the grand corona has a nice firmness and a leathery and oily wrapper. You can feel the oils on your fingertips, and the texture is great overall. There are a few minor veins throughout the cigar, and it has a nice maduro coloring to finish. The wrapper is giving off a very rich aroma, and it is an aroma that shows a lot of manure, rich earth, sweet spices, and moist tobacco notes. There is an aroma of coffee, anise, sweet spices, and tobacco on the foot, and I am eager to light this cigar up.
When I get into the second third of the cigar I find that there is a transition in the flavor profile and it is showing some more spice notes. The spice notes are that of Asian Spice, and they are paired with this creamy and tobacco flavor. I am still picking up those coffee bean and chocolate notes from before, and I really like the flavor profile being delivered. The body, flavors, and strength are really working well together and it is making for a smoking experience that is just between medium and medium-full. The long corona size is great in this blend, and it really delivers the flavors well. In terms of construction, the cigar is continuing to smoke wonderfully and it is showing that even burn line with a nice charcoal ash. The draw is cool and giving off a lot of smoke, and the flavors linger on the palate perfectly.
I am in the final third of the cigar now and it is showing more transitioning in the flavor department. I am picking up some nice spice notes on the cigar and it has some sweetness with that. There are touches of chocolate present as well, and it has a nice woody and tobacco flavor with that. The finish is that of rich earth and this is a nice finish to this Mexican offering. The flavors, body, and strength show an increase in this third and I would say that it is smoking around a medium-full level in all three areas. It is very balanced and every aspect is working off of one another perfectly. The construction remains top notch in the end and it is showing an even burn line with a solid charcoal ash on the end. The draw is cool to the nub, and it produces a solid amount of smoke and those rich and enjoyable flavors.
Seth's Humidor Rating: 90