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Cigar News: Crowned Heads Announces Paniolo Especiale 2020 for Hawaii

For the second year in a row, Crowned Heads is partnering with Drew Estate for their annual “Paniolo Especiale” Limited Edition cigar. This is an exclusive to the state of Hawaii. Paniolo Especiale 2020 is rolled at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in Esteli, Nicaragua and is a corona gorda measuring 5 3/4 x 46. The blend is similar to last years using a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, Mexican San Andres binder, and filers from Nicaragua, and Dominican Republic, but this year features tobacco from Brazil. The Paniolo Especiale 2020 comes in boxes of 10 and have the same price of $9.80. Production is smaller this year at 5,000 cigars compared to 4,000 in 2019.

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Top 25 Cigars of the Year – 2019

Every year we put together a list of our Top 25 Cigars of the Year. Our list is a bit different from some other lists, it is not simply a rehashing of our top scores from the year, or one person’s opinion. We gave each of our panelists 10 votes to cast how they please for what they enjoyed the most in 2019. The order of their votes matter, so their #1 pick is worth twice as much as #10. The cigars do not have to have been reviewed by Blind Man’s Puff, but the panelist must have smoked it.

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Cigar News: Crowned Heads Announces Headley Grange Chamuco LE 2019

The original Headley Grange was inspired by the drum beat on the lead-in to the Led Zeppelin classic “When the Levee Breaks.” The name came from where the track was recorded, a former poorhouse (built in 1795) in East Hampshire, England, named Headley Grange. Last year, Crowned Heads released a limited edition version called “Black Lab LE 2018,” named after the black Labrador Retriever that was hanging around the Headley Grange studio during the recording of Led Zeppelin IV. That blend uses the same fillers as the original Headley Grange, but replaces the wrapper with Connecticut (Habano) maduro. For 2019, Crowned Heads is releasing “Headley Grange Chamuco LE 2019.”

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Cigar News: Crowned Heads And Drew Estate Ship La Coalicion

The Drew Estate and Crowned Heads collaboration known as“La Coalicion” was first shown off at IPCPR 2019. It is now shipping nationwide. La Coalicion is rolled at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate and sold by Crowned Heads. It comes in four sizes: Corona Gorda (5” x 46) MSRP $219.00/box of 20, Gordito (5 1/2” x 50) MSRP $245.00/box of 20, Siglo (6” x 52) MSRP $270.00/box of 20,  Sublime (6 1/2” x 54) MSRP $299.00/box of 20

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Cigar News: Crowned Heads Announces Third “Lawless Day”

The Crowned Heads Lawless Day is a day inspired by the 2013 movie “The Purge” where the company lets any retailer order the company’s state-only exclusives. This years Lawless Day will be November 1, 2019. These state exclusives include: Tennessee Waltz (a Tennessee state exclusive), Yellow Rose (a Texas state exclusive), and Buckeye Land (an Ohio state exclusive).

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Cigar News: Crowned Heads Announces CHC Reserve XVIII Full Court Press

Crowned Heads has announced a new limited edition version of its Court Reserve XVIII line. This line extension is called the CHC Reserve XVIII Full Court Press LE 2019 and comes in one vitola, a 5 7/8″ x 52 box-pressed toro. The original Court Reserve XVIII line was released in 2018 and shown off at the IPCPR trade show.

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Quick Cigar Review: Crowned Heads | Headley Grange Black Lab LE 2018

Everything you look for in a great cigar is here. Tremendous smoke output with creamy smoke, solid construction, and a nice balance of flavors. If there was a bit more evolution of flavors I think it would be the best Headley Grange release in years. I would definitely recommend picking up a fiver of these.

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Cigar News: Crowned Heads Announces Four Kicks Mule Kick 2019

Crowned heads released the original Mule Kick in 2012 and was their first limited edition cigar. The cigar featured a higher priming Habano wrapper than the standard line and a tweaked blend. Only 5000 were made on the first release. The original blend was released again as a 2017 limited edition then a new blend in 2018 that used a Connecticut Habano Maduro wrapper.

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Cigar News: Crowned Heads Announces Paniolo Especiale 2019

Crowned Heads has announced it’s annual Hawaii exclusive, Paniolo Especiale 2019. As with previous releases it is made at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in Esteli Nicaragua. The cigar is a robusto that measures 5 1/2 x 48. The blend uses a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, Mexican San Andres Binder, and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers.

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Top 25 Cigars of the Year – 2018

Each of our panelists were given 10 votes to towards our Top 25 Cigars of the Year – 2018. As with previous years, the order of their votes mattered as their #1 vote is worth twice as much as their #10. Our list is made up of cigars that had a wide release this year. The cigars that are eligible do not have to have been reviewed on Blind Man’s Puff, but the reviewer must have smoke it at some point to vote for it.

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Cigar News: Crowned Heads Announces Thompson Cigar Co. Exclusive ‘Juarez’

‘Juarez’ is a followup to the 2014 cigar ‘Jericho Hill’. That cigar was inspired by the Johnny Cash song ‘Cocaine Blues’. This Thompson Cigar exclusive has a Mexican San Andres wrapper like the Jericho hill, but that is where the similarity ends. It uses an Ecuadorian Sumatra binder and filler from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. It will come in 20 count boxes in three vitolas: 4 3/4 x 52, 6 x 54, and 5 x 56 all parejo shape. The price ranges from $5.95-$7.95.

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