May 27, 2021

Cigar Review: The Buckingham

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.

The first third opens up by showing some wonderful dark chocolate and coffee bean notes, and even the coffee flavors are rich and chocolate like. There is a creaminess that is present as well, and it has this nice orange and cedar like finish. It has this subtle citrus vibe with the wood that is really nice, and it is smooth finish with a nice tobacco flavor profile. The flavors are medium-full in my opinion, and they are pairing well with the body and strength which are just above the medium level. The construction is top notch thus far and it is producing an even burn line with a nice charcoal ash on the end. The draw is cool, producing a lot of smoke, and this cigar has been aging very well. It has changed dramatically since the beginning of December, and is really smoking in a manner that is to my liking.

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.

I have smoked this cigar when it was first released in early December till know and I can tell you that it is continuously getting better. When it was first released you could see the potential with the cigar, and even know I look forward to seeing where it is going to be in another six months. The flavors are rich and filling, and it is a balanced cigar that is complex and truly enjoyable. I am 50/50 when it comes to Mexican San Andres wrappers, and this is one example that I really care for. You can get that richness from the wrapper on the cigar, but it is not overpowering as it is in some blends and is balanced by the Nicaraguan tobacco in the filler. I know these sold out quickly and are all gone, I am proud of Logan and happy for Huber on that, so this review is really for the guys who still have some around. If you are like me and hold onto cigars for a long time, light one of these up. You will be impressed as I am as to where this blend is. The Buckingham gets a 90 in my book, and is a great size with some top quality flavors.

Seth's Humidor Rating: 90