In a love-letter of sorts to their fans, on Valentine’s Day this year Crowned Heads released news of their next big release through a particular “lifestyle” magazine’s website. They usual are reliable for cigar information, so I’m using their article for a bit of the background; for the full read, click here. The short story is that for a short time the outlaw, Jesse James, lived quietly in Nashville, very likely under the alias of J.D. Howard. Crowned Heads principles Jon Huber and Mike Conder sought to pay homage to this slice of Nashville history in this release. The cigar itself is being made (like their others) by the EP Carrillo Cigars Company in the Dominican Republic. It features Nicaraguan fillers, a Sumatran binder, and a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper that could be justifiably called “Maduro” if you are just looking at Maduro as a color classification, but from the experience of smoking a few of these before now, I believe they are true Maduros, having gone through the extra fermentation required to be “ripe.” J.D. Howard Reserve comes in 5 different sizes; I’ve smoked several of a variety of vitolas and I honestly don’t remember where this review sample came from...I’ve bought some, I got one from the Chattanooga Tweet-Up, I’ve been given others by Mr. Huber. Let’s just assume I probably didn’t pay for this sample, but also specify that that fact will have nothing to do with the final score it received.