Among Crowned Heads’ latest releases is the limited edition Four Kicks Capa Especial Águilas LE 2021, which is being described as a unique take on its 2020 release of the Four Kicks Capa Especial. Crowned Heads began working on the Four Kicks Capa Especial Águilas LE 2021 in the summer of 2011 while in the office of Ernesto Perez-Carrillo at Tabacalera La Alianza, S.A. in Santiago, Dominican Republic. While there, Perez-Carrillo gifted Crowned Heads co-founder Jon Huber with a unique and special cigar that had what Huber describes as being a “vintage aesthetic to it in terms of visual appeal and shape.” Perez-Carrillo referred to the cigar as “águilas.” Huber placed the cigar in a ziplock bag and stored it away in his humidor where it remains today.
Four Kicks Capa Especial Águilas LE 2021 has the same blend as the 2020 release did–an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and Nicaraguan and Dominican filler tobaccos. Four Kicks Capa Especial Águilas LE 2021 is a shapely 5 1/2 x 50 figurado with a tapered head and foot. This cigar comes in 12-count boxes with only 3,000 boxes shipped to retailers in June 2021. Each cigar has a suggested retail price of $10.95.
Crowned Heads is expanding its Crowned Heads Court (CHC) line with the upcoming release of the CHC Serie E. This cigar’s blend was inspired but he instrumental rock guitar solo performed by Eddie Van Halen on the track “Eruption” from the album Van Halen, released on Feb. 10, 1978.
“I listened to that solo and saw it as a sonic metaphor for smoking this cigar,” says Crowned Heads co-founder, Jon Huber. “From the drum and bass intro, which I saw as the cutting lighting-prep of the cigar, to the mixing of triads and harmonics which I compared to the complexity of the flavor profile, to the bottoming-out dive bombs that was reminiscent of the finish of the cigar, it all paralleled seamlessly.”
CHC Serie E’s blend is comprised of an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper, a Nicaraguan Jalapa binder, and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua regions Pueblo Nuevo, Ometepe, and Jalapa. The cigar was handcrafted at Tabacalera Pichardo in Esteli, Nicaragua.
“The CHC Serie E smoking experience is a medium-plus-bodied dance on the edge between technical mastery and random entropy, resolving in a balanced, melodious harmony,” Huber describes.
CHC Serie E will be packaged in 20-count boxes and made available in four sizes: Hermoso No. 2 (6 1/8 x 48), 5150 (5 1/2 x 50), Petite Edmundo (4 3/8 x 52), and Sublime (6 1/2 x 54). Price per cigar will range from $10.25 to $12.25 and will begin appearing in retailers starting in August 2021.
Also coming from Crowned Heads this year will be a new brand, Le Pâtissier (French for “Pastry Chef”), which was partly inspired by the company’s Le Carême release. Le Pâtissier incorporates a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, Nicaraguan Jalapa binder and filler tobaccos grown in Costa Rica as well as Nicaragua’s Pueblo Nueva and Ometepe regions. To quote the Crowned Heads, Le Pâtissier “exudes a unique combination of complexity, finesse and balance.” This cigar is produced at Tabacalera Pichardo, located in Nicaragua. Le Pâtissier will be available in a singular 6 1/2 x 44 size and packaged in 20-count boxes with a suggested retail price of $10.50 per cigar.
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