Press Release | Crowned Heads Announces Headley Grange Black Lab LE 2018

November 26, 2018

“The goal was audacious and original: to make a cigar that tasted like the heavy, plodding drum beat on the lead-in to the Led Zeppelin classic ‘When the Levee Breaks.” – Cigar Aficionado Magazine / The 25 Best Cigars of the Year 2012

In 2012, Crowned Heads launched it’s sophomore brand release, Headley Grange. The cigar received almost immediate acclaim from cigar enthusiasts and the cigar media, alike.

Crowned Heads Headley Grange Black Lab LE 2018

As the story has been previously told, the Headley Grange blend was sonically inspired, specifically by the steady, heavy sound of John Bonham’s drums recording at Headley Grange. Headley Grange was the former poorhouse built in 1795 (East Hampshire, England, UK) converted to a recording studio where Led Zeppelin I was recorded. The Led Zeppelin, “Black Dog,” which like “Stairway to Heaven,” appeared on Led Zeppelin IV, was named after a black Labrador Retriever which was found hanging around Headley Grange during recording.

Crowned Heads Headley Grange Black Lab LE 2018

It is with this inspiration that Crowned Heads announces, “Headley Grange Black Lab LE 2018.” Black Lab utilizes the original Headley Grange blend, and is finished with a dark Connecticut (Habano) maduro wrapper. The cigar is box-pressed, and for the first time on any Crowned Heads cigar, features a closed-foot, which highlights the initial flavor of the sumptuous Connecticut Habano flavor upon the initial ignition. Production is limited to 1,500 12-count boxes (18,000 total cigars).

Headley Grange Black Lab LE 2018 is manufactured at Tabacalera La Alianza, S.A., under the supervision of cigar industry icon, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, will begin shipping early December, and will have an MSRP of $10.95 per cigar. It comes in a single 6 x 52 vitola.

Cigar Accessory Review | Colibri SV-Cut

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, we check out another cigar accessory. On the review block today is the Colibri SV-Cut. This cigar cutter offers two styles of cutting in one dense package and retails for $75.

Colibri SV-Cut

The SV-Cut is a cigar cutter featuring both a traditional straight cutter on one side as well as a V-cutter on the other. The straight cutter can accommodate up to a 68-70 ring gauge, while the V-cutter is a little bit smaller.

The cutter is spring loaded. A button is depressed which shoots the blades up. It then needs to me manually closed.

Colibri SV-Cut

Both sides feature sharp blades, though I did experience a couple cracks from the straight cutter while testing. This was minimal, and almost every cigar I cut was clean and precise. The depth of the straight cut is limited to 3mm.

The V-cutter works much the same as Colibri’s popular V-Cut. It’s a very deep cut that slices through any cigar head with ease. Of the two styles on this cutter, I actually prefer the V even though I’m often a straight cut fan.

Colibri SV-Cut

One feature I found rather useful was turning the cutter into a cigar rest. The cutter can stand up on the sides, top, or bottom, and a cigar can be rested above. I’m unsure if this was made by design, but it certainly works well.

Colibri SV-Cut

I’ve used this cutter for some time now, and it’s been reliable and easy to use. The blades haven’t dulled one bit. The only downside to this cutter is the weight. Being that it incorporates two cutters in one device, it’s got some serious heft to it. I haven’t weighed it, but it’s definitely noticeable in the pocket. Nonetheless, this is a reliable and versatile cigar cutter I’d recommend picking up, especially if you like to switch between cutter styles.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

IPCPR 2018 | Altadis USA

Altadis USA had a large booth at IPCPR 2018 with all their brands on display. These included new offerings from Montecristo, H. Upmann, Romeo y Julieta, Aging Room, Onyx, and Henry Clay. We got an inside look at what’s new.


Montecristo Artisan Series Batch III

Montecristo Artisan Series Batch III

All tobaccos in this blend are hand selected by Grupo de Maestros. Production is limited to 2,000 boxes of 25.

-Wrapper: Dominican
-Binder: Dominican
-Filler: Dominican
6 1/4 x 52 – $19.50 (Box of 25 – $487.50)

Montecristo Grupo de Maestros Private Batch IV

This newest installment in the Private Batch series is yet another cigar made by the Grupo de Maestros, Altadis’ best rollers and blenders. It’s limited to 500 boxes of 100.

-Wrapper: Nicaraguan
-Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
-Filler: Dominican & USA
6 3/4 x 48 – $16.50 (Box of 100 – $1,650)

Romeo y Julieta

Romeo y Julieta 1875 Nicaragua

Romeo y Julieta 1875 Nicaragua

-Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
-Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
-Filler: Nicaraguan Habano
Bully (5 x 50) – $6.80 (Box of 25 – $170)
Toro (6 x 50) – $7.10 (Box of 25 – $177.50)
Churchill (7 x 52) – $7.70 (Box of 25 – $192.50)
Magnum (6 x 60) – $7.95 (Box of 20 – $159)

H. Upmann

H. Upmann Grupo de Maestros Connecticut

H. Upmann Grupo de Maestros Connecticut

This is the first time the Grupo de Maestros blended an H. Upmann brand.

-Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut & Ecuadorian Maduro
-Binder: Dominican
-Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan
Robusto (5 x 52) – $8.35 (Box of 20 – $167)
Toro (6 x 50) – $8.60 (Box of 20 – $172)
Belicoos (6 1/8 x 52) – $8.80 (Box of 20 – $176)
Churchill (6 3/4 x 48) – $8.95 (Box of 20 – $179)

Aging Room

Aging Room by Rafael Nodal

Aging Room by Rafael Nodal Connecticut

-Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
-Binder: Dominican
-Filler: Dominican
Rapido (5 x 48) — $8.90 (Box of 20 – $178)
Vivase (6 x 50) — $9.20 (Box of 20 – $184)
Adante (7 x 50) — $9.95 (Box of 20 – $199)

Aging Room by Rafael Nodal Maduro

-Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro
-Binder: Dominican
-Filler: Dominican
Rondo (5 x 50) — $10 (Box of 20 – $200)
Mezzo (6 x 54) — $10.50 (Box of 20 – $210)
Major (6 1/2 x 60) — $11 (Box of 20 – $220)

Aging Room by Rafael Nodal Habano

-Wrapper: Dominican
-Binder: Dominican
-Filler: Dominican
Rondo (5 x 50) — $9.20 (Box of 20 – $184)
Mezzo (6 x 54) — $9.95 (Box of 20 – $199)
Major (6 1/2 x 60) — $10.80 (Box of 20 – $216)

Aging Room by Rafael Nodal Quattro Nicaragua

-Wrapper: Nicaraguan
-Binder: Nicaraguan
-Filler: Nicaraguan
Espressivo (5 x 50) — $10.65 (Box of 20 – $213)
Concerto (7 x 50) — $10.75 (Box of 20 – $215)
Maestro Belicoso (6 x 52) — $10.95 (Box of 20 – $219)
Vibrato (6 x 54) — $11 (Box of 20 – $220)

Henry Clay

Henry Clay Rustic Cheroot

Henry Clay Rustic Cheroot

-Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
-Binder: Honduran
-Filler: Dominican
5 5/8 x 38 – $4.25 (Box of 20 – $85)


Onyx Reserve

Onyx Reserve

This is an old brand that’s getting total face-lift. It’s the same blend, though.

-Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
-Binder: Dominican
-Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan, & Peruvian
Robusto (5 x 50) — $6.75 (Boxes of 20, $135)
Toro (6 x 52) — $7.03 (Boxes of 20, $140.60)
No. 2 Belicoso (6 1/8 x 52) — $8.23 (Boxes of 20, $164.60)
Churchill (7 x 50) — $7.74 (Boxes of 20, $154.80)
Torbusto (5 1/2 x 60) — $8.23 (Boxes of 20, $164.60)

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