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Press Release | Crowned Heads Announces HCC XXV LE 2019 Exclusive for Hickory Cigar Club

In 2014, Crowned Heads created “Hecho Con Corazon LE 2014” (translation: made with heart) for the members of the Hickory Cigar Club to commemorate the club’s 20th Anniversary. On May 15, Crowned Heads will release the HCC XXV LE 2019 to recognize the Hickory Cigar Club’s 25th Anniversary.

Crowned Heads HCC XXV

The HCC XXV is a box-pressed 5 1/2″ x 56 cigar, produced at Tabacalera La Alianza, S.A. (Santiago, Dominican Republic), under the supervision of Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, the mastermind behind Cigar Aficionado magazine’s 2018 Cigar of the Year, the EPC Encore Majestic. Total production was limited to 300 (10-count) boxes. The HCC XXV LE 2019 will be offered first to members of the Hickory Cigar Club at its 25th Anniversary Dinner on May 15, and remaining inventory will be sold exclusively via Tinder Box Cigars South Park in Charlotte, N.C., beginning on May 17.

Crowned Heads HCC XXV

“When Craig Cass approached Mike (Conder) and I last year with the idea of creating a 25th Anniversary cigar,” commented Jon Huber, Crowned Heads co-founder, “we were excited for the opportunity, but we felt that rather than simply re-treading the 2014 blend we wanted to create something entirely new, unique, and exciting for the club. To do justice to one of the oldest active cigar dinner clubs in the country, we went straight to Ernesto and jumped in with both feet. We feel that the result is a top-notch expression of Sumatra (wrapper) leaf that is not only bold with excellent structure, but that retains the signature balance and complexity that Ernesto Perez Carrillo has become known for.”

Crowned Heads HCC XXV

The HCC XXV LE 2019 is comprised of 100% Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos, finished with an Ecuadorian (Sumatra) wrapper, and will retail for $109 per 10-count box.

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 Review | Crowned Heads, Montecristo Ciudad de Musica

Crowned Heads’ Jon Huber and Altadis’ Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr. have collaborated to create the Montecristo Ciudad de Music (City of Music) cigar. Comprised of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan and Dominican filler this cigar is offered in several vitolas:

Corona Gorda (5 5/8 x 46)
Robusto (5 x 50)
Sublime (6 x 54)
Piramide (6 1/8 x 52)

Pricing is set at $11.95-16 per cigar and the Piramide size is set to be a Casa de Montecristo exclusive. LeeMack912 smokes and reviews and lets you know if this was a home run or a swing and a miss.